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Airborne 12.08.23: EcoPulse eFlies!, Rotor 550X, Epic E1000 GX FIKI Cert

Also: Van's Clarifies, Crocodile-Egg Crash, ISS Disposal Cost, Eve Joins Flexjet

A Daher TBM equipped with a suite of 6 electric motors took its first flight, going up for 100 minutes as the crew established function checks of major systems. 

The EcoPulse sports a hybrid powertrain, taking flight with a combined battery and turbogenerator arrangement that provides power to a series of electric motors mounted on each wing's leading edge. Rotor Technologies showed off the newest addition to their production line in the form of the R550X, the "largest uncrewed civilian helicopter on the market". The aircraft is based on the tried and true Robinson R44 Raven II, granting it a 1,200-lb payload thanks to its lack of pilotage. Much like its parent Raven, the R550X offers 3 hours of endurance and a top speed of 150 mph (given the right conditions, of course). Epic Aircraft's E1000 GX turboprop gained FAA certification for Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI), improving livability and safety for operators in an even greater number of missions. The certification was a long time coming, said Epic CEO Doug King. He said it was "one of the most challenging" that the company had faced during E1000 development. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unlimited!!!

Airborne 12.08.23 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, December 8th, 2023... 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:

  • EcoPulse Rides for the First Time Ever  
  • Rotor Begins Production on Uncrewed Helicopter  
  • Epic E1000 GX Sees FIKI Certification  
  • Van's Clarifies Process for Backordered Kits
  • Australian Board Issues Final Report on Crocodile-Egg Crash
  • NASA Begins Weighing ISS Disposal Cost  
  • Eve Joins Flexjet for Air Traffic Simulation 

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