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June 28, 2023

Airborne 06.28.23: Virgin Galactic Ready?, Pilot Imprisoned, Boom Supersonic

 Also: First Flight Society, NextGen Deicing, A&P Curriculum, WomenVenture Schedule 

 
 
Last month, Virgin Galactic claimed it had successfully completed its Unity 25 space mission—the final shakedown flight of the company’s Unity spacecraft -- or so they believe... This week, an announcement was made by Virgin Galactic introducing the crew of its planned, 29 June Galactic 01 mission—humankind’s 'first' commercial passenger spaceflight -- unless you count the Blue Origin flights that have been going on for a while now. command of a 2019 Moscow to Murmansk Aeroflot flight was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his actions, with courts finding him guilty of negligence. The 2019 flight was struck by lightnin

Russian Pilot from 2019 Crash Sentenced to Prison

Aeroflot Captain Charged with Rule Violations in Shoddy Landing Performance

The Russian Captain in command of a 2019 Moscow to Murmansk Aeroflot flight was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his actions, with courts finding him guilty of negligence. The 2019 flight was struck by lightning not long after takeoff, when Denis Evdokimov immediately began a return to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. While no apparent injuries were noted following the strike, it was Evdokimov's performance in landing that appears to have sunk his chances in court.

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First European Delivery of Challenger 3500

Germany’s Aero-Dienst Accepts New Super-Midsize Jet

On 23 June 2023, Bombardier announced the first delivery of its Challenger 3500 to a European customer. The handover occurred during a 29 May ceremony at the plane-maker’s Montreal headquarters.The aircraft, registration D-BAPE, passed into the care of its new owner, Germany’s Aero-Dienst GmbH, a charter airline operating business-jet and air-ambulance flights out of Nuremberg Airport (NUE).

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New SLS Rocket Engine Certified

Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25E to Power Future NASA Moon Missions

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne—the California-based manufacturer of rocket, hypersonic, and electric propulsive systems for the space, defense, civil and commercial sectors—have completed a series of certification tests of the new RS-25E rocket engines by which future iterations of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Space Launch System (SLS) will be powered. The test series was undertaken for purpose of ensuring the new engine maintains the standards of robustness and reliability established by its predecessor.

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Amerijet Pilots Ratify Tentative Agreement

45%+ Pay Raises, Better Schedules, Work Rules, & Retirement on the Way?

Amerijet International pilots, represented by their friends from the Air Line Pilots Association, voted to ratify a tentative agreement with company brass to the tune of 80% approval. Of the 120 eligible pilots who voted, 96 opted for the new collective bargaining agreement, which would provide a 3-year deal with "pay raises upwards of 45 percent, as well as improvements to schedules, work rules, and retirement security".

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Liechtenstein Buys 6 H125s

Europavia Continues to Support Swiss Market with Premium Rotary Aircraft 

Airbus Helicopters and its Swiss distributor nabbed a deal for half a dozen H125 helicopters for the Principality of Liechtenstein. Europavia SA, the distributor for all Airbus helicopters throughout the Principality and Switzerland, obtained the deal by offering "swift availability of H125s" according to the manufacturer. Each aircraft will be suitably customized for use however Liechtenstein desires, delivered quicker than their competitors around the globe. 

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Classic Aero-TV: AEA’s Paula Derks - Closing Out an Amazing Era…

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Aero-TV: AEA’s Paula Derks - Closing Out an Amazing Era…

Each year at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention and trade show, Aero-TV is granted unprecedented access to Paula Derks, the President and CEO of the organization. This year, Derks spoke with Aero-News Network Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Jim Campbell, about the future of the avionics industry and what AEA is doing to strengthen that future. Derks said one of the things the AEA is doing to brighten the future of the industry is the AEA Technology Incubator, set for August 16, 2018.

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Airborne 06.19.23: Diamond DART-750, Virgin Galactic 'Ready', Ryanair Scandal

Also: C-390 Millennium FlightSim, Space-Launch Airspace Protocols, Elixir Aircraft Bucks, Nolen's New Gig

Diamond Aircraft’s PT6A-25C-powered DART-750 aerobatic trainer has made its first flight at the company’s Austrian headquarters. The test-flight, which spanned thirty-minutes and covered all basic flight-maneuvers and performance and handling checks—was piloted by Diamond’s head of flight test Sören Pedersen and senior test pilot Niko Daroussis. Despite a fairly small number of "test flights," Virgin Galactic announced the date for its very first commercial spaceflight, planning on launching between June 27 and 30 of this year

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Volaris Announces Purchase of Another 25 A321neos

Total Backlog Swells to 143 for Mexican ULCC

Mexican ULCC and long time Airbus customer Volaris announced a purchase agreement for 25 A321neos, bringing the carrier's backorders to 143 A320neo aircraft in all. Strangely, the deal was merely announced last week, but was signed last October, making it the odd one out among a recent rash of Paris Air Show announcements. The order comes as little surprise given the rate of growth experienced in the region, with Latin America and the Caribbean accounting for more than 1,150 aircraft sold.

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Airborne-NextGen 06.20.23: Cassio 330, FlightSimExpo, Electric A/C Symposium

Also: Nolen Heads to Archer, General Atomics, Electric TBM, Launch Closure Protocols

VoltAero unveiled the first prototype of its Cassio 330 electric-hybrid STOL aircraft during a press conference at 2023’s Paris Air-Show. The first Cassio 330 prototype, somewhat unimaginatively dubbed no. 1, is slated to undertake its maiden flight in late 2023. Upwards of two-thousand attendees are expected to participate in FlightSimExpo, a dedicated flight simulation event organized by the Flight Simulation Association, a community-driven organization of developers, simmers, and real-world pilots about the noble business of improving in-home flight simulation and br

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Airborne-NextGen 06.20.23: Cassio 330, FlightSimExpo, Electric A/C Symposium

Also: Nolen Heads to Archer, General Atomics, Electric TBM, Launch Closure Protocols

VoltAero unveiled the first prototype of its Cassio 330 electric-hybrid STOL aircraft during a press conference at 2023’s Paris Air-Show. The first Cassio 330 prototype, somewhat unimaginatively dubbed no. 1, is slated to undertake its maiden flight in late 2023. Upwards of two-thousand attendees are expected to participate in FlightSimExpo, a dedicated flight simulation event organized by the Flight Simulation Association, a community-driven organization of developers, simmers, and real-world pilots about the noble business of improving in-home flight simulation and br

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Lilium Obtains G-1 Certification Basis on Track for 2026

Seeking Dual EU/US Certification for eVTOL 'Jet'

Lilium happily announced its reception of the necessary G-1 Certification Basis for its Lilium Jet from the FAA, keeping the program on track as it progresses on to full certification by 2026. Lilium has been seeking concurrent certification of its Jet through a process that will grant certification in the States and European Union. Thanks to the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement, the firm can start off with certification on both sides of the Atlantic, beating more than a few competitors to market with a certified, powered eVTOL aircraft.

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Sonaca Signs Biggest Contract in Company History

Leading the Leading and Trailing Edge Sector

Sonaca announced that it had entered into three discrete contracts with Airbus by which the Belgian marque will supply flaps for the consortium’s A321 family of narrow-body aircraft while continuing to supply slats (droops to commonwealth readers) to Airbus’s A320 and A350 aircraft programs. The deals occasion a major milestone in Sonaca Group’s diversification strategy and mark the largest, richest contracts in the company’s history.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on March 2023 Maule Accident

He Said, He Said …

The NTSB has released its final report on a 20 March 2023 accident in which a Maule M-7-235C, registration N79VE, was substantially damaged and one of its two occupants seriously injured.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR22

Airplane Banked Steeply Left, Leveled, Then Banked Right, Followed By Deployment Of The... Parachute

On June 6, 2023, about 1352 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22T, Canadian registration CGNMT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Jamestown, New York. The two Canadian-certificated pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to witnesses, the pilot in the left seat owned the accident airplane and brokered other airplanes. Additionally, the pilot in the left seat was preparing for an instrument rating practical examination, scheduled for the following week.

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Morningstar Air Express Working to Improve Pilot Retention

Power of the Canadian Dollar

Founded in 1970 as Brooker-Wheaton Aviation Ltd., the company known today as Morningstar Air Express Inc. is a Canadian cargo airline operating primarily as a subcontractor for FedEx. In addition to a contract, all-cargo FedEx service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, Morningstar offers ad hoc all-cargo charter services. Notwithstanding its long-standing, stable, and profitable arrangement with FedEx, the post-COVID era has seen Morningstar struggle to retain pilot talent.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.28.23)

Aero Linx: Aeromedical Reference and Waiver Guide (Navy)

The focus of the Aeromedical Reference and Waiver Guide is to explain the medical and physical standards required for aviation duty. As with previous editions, this reference is published as a supplement to the Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED) and as a service to the Aeromedical community. This publication serves as a guide that reflects MANMED, NATOPS, and NASA instructions and requirements for flight duty. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.28.23): Confidence Maneuver

Confidence Maneuver

A confidence maneuver consists of one or more turns, a climb or descent, or other maneuver to determine if the pilot in command (PIC) is able to receive and comply with ATC instructions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.28.23)

"After the decision was made to return to the airport of departure, Evdokimov made, without observing the procedure for operating the aircraft, a very rough landing, allowing the aircraft to ‘bounce’. As a result, the main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft structure was destroyed with a spill and ignition of the fuel." Source: From a statement made by the state prosecutor in a case where the Russian Captain in command of a 2019 Moscow to Murmansk Aeroflot flight was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his actions, with courts finding him guilty of negligence.  

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