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February 14, 2024

Airborne 02.14.24: Iran 747 Repo!, Unmanned Caravan, NetJets Deal

Also: Next-Gen Space Suit, Enstrom Repair Station, AIAA Honors Langford, FAA on Mental Health
 
 
A Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after the country filed a complaint that the plane's sale to a Venezuelan cargo line violated sanctions. The aircraft was sold off from Mahan Air to Empresa de Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur SA, a subsidiary of CONVIASA, a state-owned company in Venezuela. Reliable Robotics has hit another milestone on its way to FAA certification of its autopilot and navigation systems. The company established an agreement with the FAA on what testing and analysis is required to show that the 'highly automated systems satisfy FAA safety and perf

Collins Aerospace Tests Next-Gen Space Suit

Mobility Checks Bear Out Prospective Design Ahead of Vacuum, Microgravity Testing

The Artemis Program seems to be taking forever and a day to bring out the next generation of EVA-worthy spacesuits for NASA, but finally some good news has hit the wire. Collins Aerospace has successfully passed an important test on its way to becoming the face of the Artemis program after a microgravity mobility assessment. In an oscillating aircraft, a prototype suit was put through the paces in a series of mockup tunnels, hatches, and airlocks, checking the range of motion, size, and bulk of the suit as astronauts crawl, float, and maneuver their way through the ecosystem of spaceborne equipment.

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Repo Man Comes for Iranian 747

Boeing 747 of Mahan Air Handed Over from Argentine Custody

A Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after the country filed a complaint that the plane's sale to a Venezuelan cargo line violated sanctions. The aircraft was sold off from Mahan Air to Empresa de Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur SA, a subsidiary of CONVIASA, a state-owned company in Venezuela.

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Skydiver C-208 Makes Tragic Beachside Arrival

One Sunbather Killed As Caravan Makes Off-Airport Landing

A Cessna Caravan fitted for skydiving drops made an off-airport landing along a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico, killing one sunbather as it came down. The aircraft was carrying 17 when it had an engine failure. The pilots aimed for the least developed land around, deciding to make a landing along Bacocho beach. As the aircraft came in, it reportedly made contact with one beachgoer, a 62-year old local from Puerto Escondido. He was struck in the chest by either the aircraft or by flying debris, dying within minutes.

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Joby to Launch Air Taxi in Dubai

Exclusive Rights Allow Taxi Operation for 6 Years

Joby Aviation has signed an agreement with the Road and Transport Authority of Dubai, UAE to launch air taxi services in the region by 2026. The agreement will grant Joby an exclusive service window of 6 years, and comes along with "a variety of support from the Authority, including financial mechanisms for entry and maturing of service operations in Dubai". Joby has a target of 'early 2026' to begin commercial service, but they would like to beat that entry date if possible and hit the ground running as much as a full year earlier.

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Reliable Robotics Still Plugging Away on Certification

FAA Accepts Safety and Performance Capability of Reliable’s Navigation, Autopilot Systems

Reliable Robotics has hit another milestone on its way to FAA certification of its autopilot and navigation systems. The company established an agreement with the FAA on what testing and analysis is required to show that the 'highly automated systems satisfy FAA safety and performance requirements for operations' throughout national airspace. The systems provide "continuous autopilot engagement throughout all phases of flight including automatic taxi, takeoff, and landing", allowing a garden variety Civil Aircraft to be operated remotely - or one day, As Reliable Robotics plans, autonomously.

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Super Stallions Get COTS Solution for PFDs

Removable Do-All Tablet Comes to the Super Stallion

The Navy just got a new cost-effective panel upgrade for their CH-53E Super Stallions in the form of the Mission Data Extender, the "first ever fully integrated, hard-mounted commercial off-the-shelf tablet functioning as a primary mission display on a naval aircraft". The H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office found a way to integrate a pair of panel-mounted multi-function color displays for use as a replacement to legacy Smart Multi-Function Color Displays, or SMFCDs.

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Hartzell Names Indian Service Facility

Approval Process Adds Factory-Approved Service for Subcontinental Customers

Hartzell propeller has announced their first approved maintenance facility in India, naming Arrow Aviation Services as their first ‘Recommended Service Facility’ there. Arrow is based in Kolkata, and as the only approved prop shop on the subcontinent to work on Hartzell products, they’ll be the ones to go to for anyone in the region looking for overhaul or maintenance. The approval process guarantees that Arrow Aviation Services meets factory spec, but the firm has already cut its teeth as a ‘Hartzell Propeller recommended Service and Support Center’ for some time.

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Airborne-NextGen 02.06.24: AR5 Drops Life Raft, Super Bowl TFR, B4UFLY Program

Also: Autonomous R22, Airspace Link FAA-Approved, AMA HoF, DeltaHawk Adds 2 More

TEKEVER demonstrated the successful deployment of a lifeboat from its AR5 drone as part of a search and rescue exercise conducted by the Italian Coast Guard, in partnership with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Via a fully automatic operation, sensors onboard the drone enable the detection of vessels or humans on the water. As expected, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is a ‘No Drone Zone’ for Super Bowl LVIII. Drones also are prohibited around several additional locations during the days leading up to the event. Drones will be restricted during several times

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 747-87UF

Inspection Of The GEnx-2B67 Engine Revealed Burn Through Of The Thrust Reverser Fan Duct Fixed Inner Wall

Atlas Air flight 3885, a Boeing 747-87UF sustained an inflight engine fire following departure from Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, Florida. The flight was a cargo flight conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 destined for Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flight crew reported that, after departure and while passing through about 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) they received an “OVHT ENG 2” followed by a “FIRE ENG 2” warning message on their engine indicating and crew alerting system (EICAS) display. Simultaneously, the fire warning light illumin

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Classic Aero-TV: UAvionix - Transitioning Between Manned & Unmanned Technologies

From 2017 (YouTube Version): ADS-B For Airplanes And Drones…

ADS-B technology developed by uAvionix has come full circle. The company began with a device developed for manned aircraft, scaled that down for the drone market, and now has scaled back up with a new device for manned aircraft with the Echo UAT system. Ryan Reed, director of Communications and Support for uAvionx, told ANN news editor Tom Patton at Sun 'n Fun in April that the early devices were heavy and used a lot of power, which is not ideal for small UAVs. So they made the devices smaller, lighter and more efficient for use on drones.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.24)

Aero Linx: Chico Air Museum The non-profit Chico Air Museum was founded in 2004 by a group of local residents who were concerned that the rich, local aviation history was being lost to time. Founders included Vic Alvistur, Jim Babcock, Brian Baldridge, Norm Rosene, Gary Thompson, and Noel Wheeler. In 2004 the museum accepted its first two aircraft donations: a Lockheed P-2V Neptune Navy anti-submarine aircraft and the largest production biplane ever built, a Russian Antonov AN-2 Colt. In May 2005 the museum officially opened its doors to the public in a small WWII Army Airfield building at the Chico Municipal Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.24): Go Around

Go Around Instructions for a pilot to abandon his/her approach to landing. Additional instructions may follow. Unless otherwise advised by ATC, a VFR aircraft or an aircraft conducting visual approach should overfly the runway while climbing to traffic pattern altitude and enter the traffic pattern via the crosswind leg. A pilot on an IFR flight plan making an instrument approach should execute the published missed approach procedure or proceed as instructed by ATC; e.g., “Go around” (additional instructions if required).

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ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release

Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and the most quaint of air shows. After having seen the best and the worst in press releases over the years, we have some ideas to help companies do so much more to help themselves, both with ANN and with the general media.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.14.24)

“The United States’ forfeiture of the Boeing 747 cargo plane culminates over 18 months of planning, coordination, and execution by the United States government and our Argentine counterparts. Bad actors – both near and far – are on alert that the United States will use all its tools to hold those who violate our laws to account.  The successful seizure of the Boeing 747 underscores our commitment to prevent the illegal exportation of U.S. technologies and enforce U.S. export control laws.” Source: U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, discussing how a Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after

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