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October 12, 2022

Airborne 10.12.22: Flying Car Race, Alaska GPS Routes, HondaJet Elite

Also: Kargo UAS, Gray Eagle 25 Modernized, Disney's Gulfstream, Aura Aero
 
In autumn 2022, history was made on the salt-flats of South Australia when Airspeeder pilot Zephatali Walsh beat fellow-competitor Fabio Tishcler in the frenetic, inaugural EXA remotely-piloted race. The race occasioned the first instance in which the two pilots were given license to press their 4.1-meter-long eVTOL machines to the utmost in a blade-to-blade, fully-competitive remote race setting. The race took place over a one-kilometer digital sky-track, with the competition playing out in two sessions. Just in time for the start of 'serious' weather, the FAA is publishing 54 GPS-guided routes in Alaska, allowing pilots to navigate direct flight paths at lower altitudes to avoid

Alaska Gets 54 GPS-Guided Routes Added To Airspace

FAA Activates New GPS-Guided Routes in Alaska to Fly Below Hazardous WX

Just in time for the start of 'serious' weather, the FAA is publishing 54 GPS-guided routes in Alaska, allowing pilots to navigate direct flight paths at lower altitudes to avoid icing conditions. The 30 new and 24 amended Terminal Transition Routes, known as T-routes, are part of the FAA’s Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative. “Flying in Alaska is unlike any other place in the United States,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.

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More Big-Buck FuturePlane Deals... This Time, Its Delta and Joby

Delta, Joby Aviation Partner to Pioneer Home-to-Airport Transport

Delta Air Lines is making noise as they announce that they are embarking on a multi-year, multi-market commercial and operational partnership with Joby Aviation. The project is designed to deliver home-to-airport transportation service to Delta customers, starting with New York and Los Angeles.

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Zephatali Walsh Wins 'Inaugural Flying Car Race'

The Sprint of Progress

In autumn 2022, history was made on the salt-flats of South Australia when Airspeeder pilot Zephatali Walsh beat fellow-competitor Fabio Tishcler in the frenetic, inaugural EXA remotely-piloted race. The race occasioned the first instance in which the two pilots were given license to press their 4.1-meter-long eVTOL machines to the utmost in a blade-to-blade, fully-competitive remote race setting.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 10.04.22: Lilium eVTOL, Mavic 3 Enterprise, Wingcopter

Also: EViation Flies, HR 5315 Summary, ABQ Balloon TFR, FAA Reauthorization

Lilium has announced that its Phoenix II eVTOL technology demonstrator aircraft achieved its first full transition from vertical, thrust-powered flight to horizontal, wing-borne, aerodynamic flight. This was accomplished during a 23 September test-flight. The company currently holds provisional sales agreements for 483 aircraft. DJI has introduced its new DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Series. The DJI Mavic 3E and DJI Mavic 3T are reportedly the most comprehensive improvement to the world’s compact drone offerings in three years. The two new Mavic 3 Enterprise drones are based on

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Aero-TV: Restoration of B-25 Hoisted from Alaskan Crash-Site Proceeding Apace

The Ballad of Sandbar Mitchell

Founded in 2013, Brighton, Michigan’s Warbirds of Glory Museum was formed to restore and fly historic aircraft for the noble purpose of promoting general understanding of the Second World War and its immense impact on American life, culture, and national identity. By way of mentoring young people in mechanical and technical skills germane to the restoration of WWII-era aircraft, the museum’s founders and volunteers perpetuate awareness of America’s role in history’s most significant conflict, and occasion appreciation of the courage, patriotic resolve, and national values by which th

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Aura Aero Reports 130 New Letters of Intent

French Electric Commuter Aircraft Holds Industry Day to Discuss Design & Development

French sustainable aviation company Aura Aero has now signed more than 130 letters of intent with a variety of takers for its all-electric regional transport aircraft. Aura Aero held an Airline Day to bring together a number of buyers and prospective operators, addressing questions and concerns regarding the development process.

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General Atomics Unveils Gray Eagle 25 Modernized Variant

Enhanced UAV Adds Open Architecture, Systems Compatibility, Upgrades

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has launched the newest variant of its Gray Eagle line with the GE-25M, improving on the base model with open architecture, MOSA, and MDO capabilities. The 25M is a Modernized Gray Eagle, using updated ground systems, advanced datalinks, and an upgraded propulsion system, that greatly enhance its ability to grow into additional mission portfolios using its Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable system.

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GE Aerospace Continues Testing on Next-Gen Army Helo Engines

T901 Shaping Up to Offer 50% Power Bump with 25% Better Fuel Burn

GE Aerospace is on track for next year's T-901 testing program, getting ready to put the next-generation rotorcraft engine through its paces for installation in a range of combat helicopters. The T901-GE-900 will ultimately power the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, the AH-64 Apache, and the upcoming Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) once ready for duty. The testing process is part of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD 2022-20-07 Continues To Require Repetitively Inspecting The MGB Particle Detector...

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-10-10 for all Airbus Helicopters Model SA330J helicopters. AD 2021-10-10 required repetitively inspecting the main gearbox (MGB) particle detector and the MGB bottom housing (oil sump) for metal particles, analyzing any metal particles that are found, and replacing the MGB if necessary. Since the FAA issued AD 2021-10-10, additional review concluded that installing an improved planet gear assembly is necessary.

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NTSB Prelim: Czech Sport Aircraft AS Piper Sport

Audio Captured The Instructor Screaming, “Let Go, Let Go……. Let Go, Let Go, Let Go”.

On September 8, 2022, about, 1626 Pacific daylight time, a Czech Sport Aircraft, Piper Sport, N126WK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Santa Monica, California. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 91 instructional flight. The flight was an introductory flight lesson for the prospective student pilot, with a flight school was based at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.12.22)

Aero Linx: Helicopter Association of Canada Mandate: To promote a political and regulatory environment that will foster a prosperous Canadian Helicopter industry; To educate members, civil servants, and the general public about issues important to the industry; To promote the continued enhancement of flight safety; To develop expanded utilization of helicopter transport at all levels of Canadian life; and; To exchange maintenance practices and common issues among members;

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.22): Instrument Approach Procedure

Instrument Approach Procedure A series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under instrument flight conditions from the beginning of the initial approach to a landing or to a point from which a landing may be made visually. It is prescribed and approved for a specific airport by competent authority.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.12.22)

“Delta always looks forward and embraces opportunities to lead the future, and we’ve found in Joby a partner that shares our pioneering spirit and commitment to delivering innovative, seamless experiences that are better for our customers, their journeys, and our world. This is a groundbreaking opportunity for Delta to deliver a time-saving, uniquely premium home-to-airport solution for customers in key markets we’ve been investing and innovating in for many years.” Source: Delta CEO Ed Bastian, commenting on the investment and partnership being built between Joby and Delta Airlines.

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