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May 10, 2023

Airborne 05.10.23: RyanAir Maxes Out, Denali AutoLand, B-29 Doc Heads To TUL

 Also: More Honors For The Kings, Astronaut Sam Durrance, Drone Symposium, FedEx Mother/Daughter Crew

Boeing has scored a major MAX order with their pals at Ryanair... announcing that the low-cost airline has selected the largest 737 MAX model to power its future growth with an order for up to 300 airplanes. The purchase agreement is the biggest in Ryanair's history and includes a firm order for 150 737-10 jets and options for 150 more. Textron is adding Emergency Autoland capability to its new Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop. The new feature is being implemented into the aircraft’s development and flight test program and will be available as a standard feature. The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land in Tulsa, Ok

Ryanair Places Its Biggest Boeing Order for up to 300 737 MAX Jets

Record Deal Includes 150 Firm Orders And 150 Options For 737-10 Model

Boeing has scored a major MAX order with their pals at Ryanair... announcing that the low-cost airline has selected the largest 737 MAX model to power its future growth with an order for up to 300 airplanes. The purchase agreement is the biggest in Ryanair's history and includes a firm order for 150 737-10 jets and options for 150 more. Ryanair has deployed a growing fleet of 737-8-200 airplanes to accelerate its post-pandemic recovery. The 197-seat 737-8-200 model has helped the airline reduce fuel use and emissions by over 20% compared to the airplanes they replaced.

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Barnstorming: NOT For Sale…

Integrity, Credibility, and the Future of the Aero-Verse

News, Opinion, Analysis by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell The 2023 Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo was a watershed event for us… We’ve never been asked to do as much in one week as we did at Sun ‘n Fun, and despite the ever-present possibility (maybe even a certainty), of things going wrong; the Aero-News and Airborne staff stepped up and performed like absolute magicians with our partners at SnF. Indeed; if any descriptive word truly applied, "magic" might be it.

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International Women’s Air & Space Museum Announces Rocket Day 2023

Children's Activity Celebrates 60th Anniversary of 1st Woman in Space

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is holding another fan favorite! Rocket Day 2023 is on once again. The event has been a perennial fave for the museum, celebrating the anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova's flight into space every June 16. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Tereshkova's launch, as well as the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride’s similarly historic flight.

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Aero-TV: AK1-3 Kit Helicopter Coming to America

Polish Experimental Category Helicopter Impresses

The Aerokopter AK1-3 is a Ukrainian designed and built helicopter distributed by Warsaw, Poland’s Manufaktura Lotnicza as the Argon AK1-3 Sanka. The aircraft is supplied as both a kit and a complete, ready-to-fly helicopter. In several Slavic languages, Sanka is the term for sled. Designed to comply with Ukrainian AP-27 rules—which approximate the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) CS-27 standards—the AK1-3 is a conventional helicopter featuring an enclosed, two-occupant cabin; a single main rotor; and a boom-mounted anti-torque rotor. The aircraft is powered

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Drone Tag Announces New $49 UAV Identification Option

“Dronetag BS” Strikes Bold Marketing Figure With Aggressive Introduction

Dronetag has announced their “Dronetag BS” system as a cost-effective method to bring consumer UAVs into Remote ID compliance. Dronetag BS is, of course, short for “Dronetag Basic Solution”, though the company is sure to draw in some eyes with their brash take on the normally staid UAV market. The firm will offer Dronetag BS for an introductory price of $49 upon its May 22 drop date, offering the special for the first 24 hours of its release. For those that miss the intro rate, the standard retail price will remain at $89. 

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Airborne-NextGen 05.02.23: Virgin Orbit, DJI Ag-Drones, Joby-Toyota

Also: Reliable Robotics, GAMA, GE-25M Drones, Teal 2 UAS

The unsecured creditors of Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson’s imperiled Virgin Orbit have prevailed upon a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject the satellite launch concern’s request to access nearly $32-million in Chapter 11 financing, contending Virgin Orbit’s parent company's arranged both the bankruptcy case and the post-filing loan for its own benefit. DJI introduced its Agras T20P agricultural drone to the Americas at Brazil’s Agrishow, an agricultural technology trade show that ranks among the world’s largest such events. The instance occasioned the platform&rsquo

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Mid-Continent Instruments is Moving to Chatsworth, California

Avionics Manufacturer Makes a Short Hop to a New Home

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced a change from its current Van Nuys, California locale to a new one in Chatsworth, 10 miles away. The change will see the firm leaving its aged Van Nuys facility for an expanded, more capable location with a little extra breathing room. The firm stressed that customers will see no changes on their end, all order fulfillment, warranty work, and communication will continue unchanged while things are shuffled around into their new home. 

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Airbus Completes First Flight for India's C295

India's Upcoming Twin Turboprop Passes Important Milestone

The first C295 for India has successfully completed its maiden flight, continuing its march towards delivery by the second half of 2023. The aircraft took off from Seville, Spain on May 5th, completing a leisurely 3-hour test flight as Embraer put the new bird through its paces. 

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NTSB Prelim: Helicopteres Guimbal Cabri G2

Examination Of The Flight Control System Revealed A Pin Used For The Removal Of The Cyclic Was Not In Place

On April 9, 2023, at 0845 central daylight time, a Helicopteres Guimbal Cabri G2, N372PA, was involved in an accident near Cahokia, Illinois. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight instructor received minor injuries and the student pilot was uninjured. The helicopter was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. The flight instructor stated that during the approach for landing at the departure airport, his cyclic had “a little bit of play,” and the helicopter was not responding “fully” to his control inputs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.10.23)

Aero Linx: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society, dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession for engineers and scientists.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.10.23): Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

The operation of a UAS beyond the visual capability of the flight crew members (i.e., remote pilot in command [RPIC], the person manipulating the controls, and visual observer [VO]), if used to see the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, spectacles, and contact lenses.

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