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October 06, 2022

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 En Route to the International Space Station

Up and Away

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket carrying one of the company's Dragon capsules departed the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 12:00 EDT on Wednesday, 05 October 2022. The successful launch marked the beginning of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station, and the sixth instance of crewed flight aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon capsule—dubbed Endurance—will dock autonomously to the space-facing port of the ISS’s Harmony module on Thursday, 6 October at approximately 16:57 EDT.

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Aero-TV: Curtiss Jenny Build Wows AirVenture Crowds

Jenny, I’ve Got Your Number...

Among the magnificent antique aircraft on display at EAA’s AirVenture 2022 was a 1918 Curtiss Jenny painstakingly constructed to Curtiss’s original specifications by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Chapter 1414 in cooperation with the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum. The two organizations, both of which hail from the village of Poplar Grove in north-central Illinois, set about the project in service of a noble, joint ambition to build a flying aircraft representative of aviation’s iconic early days.

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Hartzell Slated To Make A Presence At NBAA22

To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn

Hartzell Propeller’s latest works can be seen in the fullness of their sleek, purposeful splendor at the National Business Aviation Association’s 2022 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida from 18 through 20 October. New aircraft sporting Hartzell’s aluminum and composite propellers for piston and turboprop-engined aircraft will be on static-display for public viewing.

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Airborne 09.28.22: Eviation 1st Flight!, Airship Race, Yamaha LSA/Engine

Also: NBAA V Bloomberg, CA COVID Restrictions Cut, FAA Reauthorization, ATP Increases

Following years of intensive development and choruses of naysaying, Alice, the all-electric, nine-passenger commuter aircraft designed and built by Eviation, has made its inaugural flight. The nine minute undertaking saw the unconventional machine liftoff at approximately 07:10 PDT from Grant County International Airport (MWH) in Moses Lake, Washington. Test pilot Steve Crane urged Alice to an altitude of 3,500-feet and made several passes over the airport vicinity before bringing the sleek, low-wing aircraft to safe landing. Prince Albert II, of Monaco, has announced

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PWI’s King Air LED Cabin Lighting Granted AFAC Approval

Evolving Brilliance

On 4 October 2022. PWI announced that Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil (AFAC) [formerly DGAC] had granted final approval of the company’s LED cabin lighting upgrade for the Beechcraft King Air 300 and B300/350 models. Subject LED lighting upgrade previously earned STC, EASA and ANAC certifications.

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Northwest UAV Completes Initial Testing on NW-230 Multi-Fuel Engine

Precision and OR Reliability

On 3 October 2022, Northwest UAV completed initial testing of the company’s NW-230 twin-cylinder, multi-fuel, UAV engine. The new powerplant derives of technologies pioneered in its NW-44 and NW-88 progenitors, and is designed to offer endurance and reliability to Group III UAVs—a class of large unmanned air vehicles, the payloads and performance of which are conducive to both commercial and military purposes.

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2000th Startstick GPU Delivered

Unit Weights Range From 10 To 20 Pounds

Aviation Battery Systems (ABS) is crowing about a major milestone for their StartStick line of portable ground power units (GPU). The company has reportedly delivered some 2,000 of its StartStick GPUs. With weights ranging just 10 to 20 pounds and a compact form factor, StartStick GPU’s allow for remote starts, database/avionics updates and compressor washes are all easily accomplished with StartStick.

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Quiet Technology Aerospace HTF7000 STC Heading For NBAA-BACE

An End to Thrust-Reverser Door Corrosion

2022’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will see Quiet Technology Aerospace showcase its proprietary Permanent Solution to the recurring and costly problem of corrosion of the thrust-reverser doors and side-beam assemblies of  Honeywell’s HTF7000 engines. The HTF7000 is the 6,540 to 7,624-lbf mill by which Bombardier’s 300/350 Challenger, Gulfstream’s G280, Embraer’s Legacy 450/500, and Cessna’s Citation Longitude are powered.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 09.27.22: NASA Dart-Bullseye!, Vertiport Design, Avenger MQ20A

Also: Bell High-Speed VTOL, Artemis, China v Nearby AFB, SpaceX Starship

It is truly the ultimate unmanned mission... After 10 months flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successful impact, Monday, at 7:14 p.m. EDT. The FAA has released a memorandum outlining its initial design guidelines for vertiports—infrastructu

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AD NPRM: Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc.

FAA-2022-1159: Would Require Replacing The Fiber Gasket With The Copper Gasket Or The Stainless Steel Embedded Within...

The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2022-04-04, which applies to certain Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Continental) C-125, C145, IO-360, IO-470, IO-550, O-300, O-470, TSIO-360, and TSIO-520 series model reciprocating engines and certain Continental Motors IO-520 series model reciprocating engines with a certain oil filter adapter installed.

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NTSB Prelim: Luscombe 8A

Halfway Through The Turn, The Engine Sustained A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On September 10, 2022, about 1530 central daylight time, a Luscombe 8A airplane, N25144, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Kingsbury, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he had not flown the airplane “for some time.” The pilot performed the preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. The fuel tank was full of fuel (8 gallons of 100 low lead). The pilot started the airplane, taxied to the north end of the runway, and performed the run-up procedure with no anomalies noted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.06.22)

Aero Linx: Compassion Flights Compassion Flights was started by Doug and Robyn Pralle, who believe in the benefit of volunteering. We strive to keep all aspects of the organization volunteer. We are a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends that are proud to serve Iowa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.06.22): North American Route

North American Route A numerically coded route preplanned over existing airway and route systems to and from specific coastal fixes serving the North Atlantic. North American Routes consist of the following: a. Common Route/Portion. That segment of a North American Route between the inland navigation facility and the coastal fix. b. Noncommon Route/Portion. That segment of a North American Route between the inland navigation facility and a designated North American terminal. c. Inland Navigation Facility. A navigation aid on a North American Route at which the c

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.06.22)

“The International Space Station continues to serve a critical role in helping NASA and our partners understand and maximize the unique attributes of the microgravity environment. I am grateful to the many people who worked to ensure a safe Crew-5 launch despite the recent hurricane so the crew can fulfill their mission to the orbiting laboratory.” Source: NASA Space Operations Mission Directorate associate administrator Kathryn Lueders explains some of the challenges behind missions like NASA's Crew 5 which just launched to the ISS.

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