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July 25, 2023

Airborne 07.25.23: Catalina Rebirth!, Wisk Flies, Volt Aero

 Also: Able Flight, Comp Air 6.2, Hartzell is EVERYWHERE, Pelton Part 2 

 
Catalina Aircraft, holder of the Type Certificates for the 28-5ACF Catalina, has announced the rebirth of the iconic and legendary Catalina as the Catalina II Amphibious Turboprop. A production re-start program has been formalized for the Next Generation Amphibious Aircraft (NGAA) Catalina II twin turboprop amphibious flying boat, and the company is preparing to take pre-orders. One of the more avidly anticipated displays is the promised Wisk flight demonstration here at Wittman Field. Oshkosh is becoming more and more of a hub for such demonstrations and the EAA crowds are loving every second of it. In the past, aviation built whole companies around one type of power system o

General Release of Opener’s BlackFly eVTOL Nears

Tilt-Aircraft Architecture Promises Unique Flying Experience

Opener has unveiled its Early Access Program (EAP), a significant milestone towards achieving market readiness and successful commercialization of BlackFly. In addition to allowing early BlackFly owners to take off on adventures, the program enables a select group of participants to provide Opener with invaluable feedback on every aspect of their customer experience.

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WWII Era Catalina Flying Boat to be Resurrected

Production Transport Category Turboprop Planned

Catalina Aircraft, holder of the Type Certificates for the 28-5ACF Catalina, today announced the rebirth of the iconic and legendary Catalina as the Catalina II Amphibious Turboprop. A production re-start program has been formalized for the Next Generation Amphibious Aircraft (NGAA) Catalina II twin turboprop amphibious flying boat, and the company is preparing to take pre-orders as part of the turboprop production re-start program.

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Daher Delivers 80th TBM 960

All In the Family

Daher has delivered the 80th TBM 960 executive single-engine turboprop aircraft, thereby marking a milestone in the annals of the company’s top-of-the-line turboprop offering. The fourth-score TBM 960 was handed over to a private owner just over one-year after the model's April 2022 launch. To acknowledge the model’s popularity and celebrate the program’s success, Daher will exhibit its TBM 960 demonstrator aircraft at booths 387-392 throughout EAA’s AirVenture 2023 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport (OSH). Subject aircraft features Daher’s distinctive Sirocco paint scheme.

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DeltaHawk Engine Option Announced for Select Bearhawk Models

Hawks Hawking Hawks

Racine, Wisconsin-based DeltaHawk Engines Inc. and Bearhawk Aircraft have partnered to develop a firewall-forward package by which DeltaHawk’s new DHK180 jet-fuel-burning piston engines may be installed in Bearhawk’s Four-Place aircraft.

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Airborne 07.17.23: eAircraft Symposium, Comp Air 6.2, 'Flight to End Polio'

Also: VerdeGo Aero, Nova-C Lunar Lander, Delta Orders A220s, Avflight

Representatives of more than forty of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers will contribute their expertise and insight to the 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS). Hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the event will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 22 and 23 July—the weekend prior to AirVenture 2023 -- where ANN’s crew is already hard at work at our onsite HQ building. Comp Air Aviation will bring its slick and capable Comp Air 6.2 to EAA’s AirVenture 2023. The aircraft will be featured at booth 315 on the AirVenture grounds. A great deal

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Piper’s AirVenture Updates Telling, Illustrating a Company Planning Ahead

Taking New Machining Work, Employee Health Services, and Connectivity Round out the News from Vero Beach

Piper’s AirVenture conference didn’t have much meat on the bone for enthusiasts, but may provide a small window into where the company’s compass is pointing. Overall, the company was proud of its recent successes, coming off a record-making run of sales in 2022 to the tune of 230 aircraft. This year, the firm is on track to finish off with 270 in all. Piper dealers can barely hold on to stock, being sold out with names on the list for pretty much everything the company makes. Sure, Piper reps may see a couple M-350s, or 500s, or 600s in the system, but odds are dealers are eagerly eyeing each one to scoop them up for a client.

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Virgin Atlantic On Track for 100% SAF Int'l Flight

Trent 1000/Dreamliner Combo Set for Trip Between Heathrow and JFK Next November

Virgin Atlantic and Rolls-Royce have said that everything is looking good for their November 28th SAF flight from JFK to Heathrow. A series of successful ground tests involving the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine using their 100% SAF blend have proven promising for their planned timelines, which would put the pair on the books as the first flight to use synthetic aviation fuel for an international flight. The plan is to connect the London Heathrow and New York JFK airports with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, using stock engines. The fuel will be "produced through the Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) pathway as well as synthetic aromatic kerosene (SAK) SAF at a

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Eve Air Mobility Opens Factory with Embraer

Brazil Home to EVE's First Mass Production Facility

Eve Air Mobility announced the location of its first production facility, naming the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The location will be located inside of expanded Embraer facilities. The company says the site "benefits from a strategic logistical location, offering easy access via two highways and close proximity to a railroad". In all likelihood, the firm also likes the labor costs of the region, too, though its proximity to nearby Embraer HQ and the EVE engineering department will help smooth out the transition to full production.

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MD Helicopters Begins STC Process for Rolls-Royce 250-C30 Engined MD 520N

New Upgrade Offers 300 Lbs Payload, 15% more SHP, and 15% TOT Margins

MD Helicopters expects certification on a new STC for the MD 520N Helicopter by the end of 2023, adding a good deal of power and high-altitude performance. The STC will see the installation of the Rolls-Royce 250-C30 engine in the N-model 520, adding 300 pounds of payload, 15% more shaft horsepower on a hot day, a 15% increase of TOT margins, and better overall maintenance costs over the life of the aircraft. Once approved, the STC kit will be available at MDH Service Centers, with the upgrades taking about 2 months to reach completion on each aircraft.

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 717-200

First Officer (FO) Lowered The Landing Gear Handle And Observed The Nose Wheel Unsafe Condition Light Illuminate

On June 28, 2023, about 0858 eastern daylight time (EDT), Delta Air Lines flight 1092, a Boeing 717-200, sustained substantial damage when the nose landing gear did not extend before landing at Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT), Charlotte, North Carolina. The 104 passengers and crew evacuated with no injuries. The flight was operating as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 scheduled domestic passenger flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to CLT. The flight crew reported that when the airplane was about 2,000 ft above ground level (AGL), the first officer (FO) lowered the landing gear handle and observed the nose wheel unsafe

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.25.23)

Aero Linx: Hatz Biplane Association Welcome to the official webpage of the Hatz Biplane Association, dedicated to the education and enjoyment of building and flying the Hatz CB-1, Hatz Classic, Bantam, and Kelly-D biplanes. Happiness Is A Hatz. Here you will find HBA news, builder info, where to buy plans and information packs about the Hatz, Hatz Classic and the Kelly-D biplanes, a forum to trade messages with other builders, a bookstore, and so much more! Stay Hatzy!  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.25.23): Ground Stop (GS)

Ground Stop (GS) The GS is a process that requires aircraft that meet a specific criteria to remain on the ground. The criteria may be airport specific, airspace specific, or equipment specific; for example, all departures to San Francisco, or all departures entering Yorktown sector, or all Category I and II aircraft going to Charlotte. GSs normally occur with little or no warning.

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