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Airborne 02.02.22: 1st Flt: E-Racer, Diamond DART, Joby Over SanFran?

Also: 777X Freighter Buy, Kadex Aero, JetBlue Supports NYPD, Alaska Airlines Pilot Update

Air Race E has continued its preparation for the upcoming race season with the first test flight of a piloted, all-electric racing airplane.

The Nordic Air Racing Team, often a frontrunner in the preparations for the series so far, took their racer-in-progress on a 10-minute jaunt at Norway's Tønsberg Airport. The aircraft operated under approval of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, allowing the high-performance, freshly completed aircraft to take its initial manned shakedown run. Diamond Aircraft's DART program has seen a few changes, replacing its powerplant with a PT6A-25C turboprop engine sourced from Pratt & Whitney Canada. The change removes the original engine for the program, General Electric's 550hp H75-A turboprop. The move to the venerable PT6 is said to be necessary to meet program deadlines, as the GE product is yet to be fully certified and ready for widespread use With the DART expected to be EASA certified by the end of 2023, Diamond decided to move forward with a turnkey solution while it can. Joby Aviation requested FCC approval for use of the frequencies and bands for prospective aircraft testing on the company's S4 which recently received its airworthiness approval. The prime testing locations are near some of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the bay area, with one between the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, and the other not far off the coast of Alameda. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.02.22 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Holland Lee. Holland is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • Air Race E Takes First All-Electric Race Flight 
  • Diamond DART Changes Engines
  • Joby Requests FCC Approval for R/C Test Flights in San Fran Bay
  • Qatar Selects Boeing 777X Freighter
  • Kadex Aero Supply Releases King Air 350 LED Wing Tips
  • Jetblue Offered Free Flights to Attendees of Police Funerals
  • Alaska Airlines Pilots Reelect Union Officers

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