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September 21, 2022

Airborne 09.21.22: G700/G800 Engine Cert, Reno Tragedy, Mriya Rebuild?

Also: 101st' Pee Wee Martin, FAA Rejects Airline’s Request, Russia v Starlink, RACCA UPS Scholarships
 
Gulfstream has announced the all-new Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines by which its G700 and ultralong-range G800 aircraft are to be powered have achieved EASA certification. Gulfstream president Mark Burns remarked: “The certification of the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines for the G700 and G800 is a significant step that brings us closer to delivering these game-changing aircraft to our customers..." The Reno Air Racing Association confirmed that a "fatal incident" occurred on Sunday, 18 September 2022, during the third lap of the event's Jet Gold Race. In a statement shared on social media, the association’s chairman and CEO,

Gulfstream G700 and G800 Engines Earn EASA Certification

“Pearls are Always Appropriate”  —Jackie Kennedy

Gulfstream Aerospace, the General Dynamics subsidiary and maker of jets coveted by One-Percenters and one-hundred-percent of pilots, has announced the all-new Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines by which its G700 and ultralong-range G800 aircraft are to be powered have achieved European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.

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FAA Rejects Airline’s Request to Reduce ATP Flight-Time Requirement

In Defense of Dues Paid

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has denied Republic Airways’s request to halve the flight time requirements for graduates of its Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy—a Part 141 flight-school operated by the Indianapolis-based air-carrier. In its decision, the agency made clear that Republic’s request for exemption from orthodox pilot certification minima was an inappropriate means by which to catalyze sweeping and foundational change to longstanding Federal Aviation Regulation. 

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Rolls-Royce Withdraws from Boom’s Overture Project

Boom to Bust

Boom Technology has lost its engine partner, Rolls-Royce. In a September 2022 statement, the storied British aerospace marque attested: “We’ve completed our contract with Boom and delivered various engineering studies for their Overture supersonic program. After careful consideration, Rolls-Royce has determined that the commercial aviation supersonic market is not currently a priority for us and, therefore, will not pursue further work on the program at this time.”

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Uh, Oh... FAA Admin Nominee Named in LA Corruption Probe

Former MTA Supervisor & Possible FAA Administrator Named for Role in Public Works Contract Award

Phillip Washington, the Biden administration's nominee to head up the FAA has been included in the warrant of a Los Angeles Corruption probe. Washington, who assumed the position as CEO of the Denver International Airport in July 2021, may be on track to fill the shoes of Steve Dickson after his surprise resignation from the FAA earlier this year. (Currently, Billy Nolan continues to act as interim FAA Administrator.) It was hoped that Washington's resumé of transportation industry bonafides would provide a solid base of experience to steer the figurative ship through uncharted and uncertain economic waters. Before his stint in Denver,

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Airborne-UnCrewed 09.13.22: Reliable Robotics, UAL Eve eVTOL, MQ-25 Demo

Also: Electra Hybrid Engine, UAS Right-of-Way, Artemis Launch Date, SpaceX to Launch Iridium

Reliable Robotics and Kenya-based cargo operator Astral Aviation have announced their collaboration in using autonomous cargo aircraft throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Reliable Robotics has been hard at work seeking certification of its automated Cessna Caravan 208, making headway as they obtain approval for fully-autopiloted flights with a safety pilot at the helm. United Airlines announced a $15 million investment in Eve Air Mobility, with a conditional purchase agreement for 200 of the marque's 4-seater eVTOL aircraft. The deal includes an option for 200 more ai

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Aero-TV: Virtual Fly Partners with J.A. Flight Center

Sims of the Windy-City

A wealth of extant aircraft simulator technologies are capably embodied in the various product lines of Virtual Fly—a maker of first-rate flight training devices, and a subsidiary of Spanish aerospace concern Aircatglobal Aeronautical Group. Virtual Fly flight-training devices and simulators are distributed in the U.S. by J.A. Air Center—an FBO, flight-school, maintenance facility, and aircraft brokerage on Sugar Grove, Illinois’s Aurora Municipal Airport.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 09.13.22: Reliable Robotics, UAL Eve eVTOL, MQ-25 Demo

Also: Electra Hybrid Engine, UAS Right-of-Way, Artemis Launch Date, SpaceX to Launch Iridium

Reliable Robotics and Kenya-based cargo operator Astral Aviation have announced their collaboration in using autonomous cargo aircraft throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Reliable Robotics has been hard at work seeking certification of its automated Cessna Caravan 208, making headway as they obtain approval for fully-autopiloted flights with a safety pilot at the helm. United Airlines announced a $15 million investment in Eve Air Mobility, with a conditional purchase agreement for 200 of the marque's 4-seater eVTOL aircraft. The deal includes an option for 200

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Bayou State Escadrille Assigned CAF’s Sole Flying Helicopter

Historic Bell 47 to Roost at Louisiana’s HDC

In September 2022, members of the Bayou State Escadrille traveled to San Marcos, Texas—approximately 39-nautical miles northeast of San Antonio—to pick up their newly-assigned Bell 47 helicopter. The Bell 47 is immediately and poignantly familiar to Korean War veterans and fans of the long-running, 1970s, television comedy-drama series, M*A*S*H. With the addition of the Bell 47, the long and breathtaking story of American military aviation told by the CAF fleet broadens to include the Korean and Vietnam wars, in which the intrepid helicopter served with distinction.

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U.S. Coast Guard New Orleans Sector Rescues Boaters—and Dog

A Text in Time

An MH-60 aircrew from the United States Coast Guard's New Orleans-based 8th District, the service’s largest geographical sector, rescued two boaters and a dog from a capsized vessel on Louisiana's Lake Borgne. The incident underscored the need for boaters to equip themselves with proper emergency communication equipment. 

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Airborne 09.12.22: MidWest LSA Expo, Zlin Savage Norden, MD Helicopters

Also: F-35 v China, SpaceX to Launch Iridium, UAL Buys 200 Eve eVTOL, Electra Hybrid Engine

ANN’s Jim Campbell escaped the office for a few days to venture to the MidWest LSA Expo... up in the wilds of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. While a bit on the smaller scale of LSA showcases, the event appears to be one of the most friendly we have ever encountered. Everything is free... admission, parking, you name it -- most of the LSA folks who need to be there, do turn out... and the LSA-interested folks that show up, mostly from the midwest USA, seem really interested... And more than a few brought checkbooks... and used them. During Jim Campbell’s escape

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Airborne 09.12.22: MidWest LSA Expo, Zlin Savage Norden, MD Helicopters

Also: F-35 v China, SpaceX to Launch Iridium, UAL Buys 200 Eve eVTOL, Electra Hybrid Engine

ANN’s Jim Campbell escaped the office for a few days to venture to the MidWest LSA Expo... up in the wilds of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. While a bit on the smaller scale of LSA showcases, the event appears to be one of the most friendly we have ever encountered. Everything is free... admission, parking, you name it -- most of the LSA folks who need to be there, do turn out... and the LSA-interested folks that show up, mostly from the midwest USA, seem really interested... And more than a few brought checkbooks... and used them. During Jim Campbell’s escape

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EAA Chapter 534 to Host Leesburg International Airport (LEE) Event

Pancakes and Circuses

On 01 October 2022, EAA’s Chapter 534 will host a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast at their hangar at the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) in Leesburg, Florida. In addition to serving a menu of blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage patties, and coffee or juice, the 09:00 to 11:30 EDT event will afford attendees opportunity to visit the chapter’s hangar, meet its members, and learn about the Squadron 534 youth group.

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NTSB Prelim: Conway Philip J Glasair Super II SFT

While On Base Leg, Banked Sharply To The Left And Pointed Nose Down Before It Crashed

On September 6, 2022, at 1325 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Glasair Super II SFT airplane, N11HC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Bay City, Wisconsin. The flight instructor and a commercial pilot-under-instruction were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight departed from Rochester Regional Airport (RST), Rochester, Minnesota about 1218. Following some air work, the flight proceeded to Red Wing Airport (RGK), Bay City, Wisconsin and entered left traffic for the visual airport traffic pattern to runway 9.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.22)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Zone Welcome to The Aviation Zone, a comprehensive online aviation resource for modern and vintage military transports, aerial tankers and fixed-wing gunships. This web site contains over 2,500 aircraft photos, images, diagrams and detailed fact sheets. Over 100 different aircraft types are represented, most having distinguished service careers and a significant presence in the annals of military airlift history since 1940. Featured aircraft include the C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules, KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Stratotanker, AC-130 Spectre and V-22 Osprey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.22): Standard T

Standard T An RNAV approach whose design allows direct flight to any one of three initial approach fixes (IAF) and eliminates the need for procedure turns. The standard design is to align the procedure on the extended centerline with the missed approach point (MAP) at the runway threshold, the final approach fix (FAF), and the initial approach/intermediate fix (IAF/IF). The other two IAFs will be established perpendicular to the IF.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.21.22)

Aero-News Quote of the Day “The certification of the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines for the G700 and G800 is a significant step that brings us closer to delivering these game-changing aircraft to our customers. We are seeing a high level of demand for both the G700 and G800, and they are set to lead the upper end of the ultra-long-range distance segment with their unique combination of range, speed, and cabin size.” Source: A portion of remarks made by Gulfstream president Mark Burns as engines for the G700 and G800 airframes have received EASA certification. 

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