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April 29, 2024

Airborne 04.29.24: EAA B-25 Rides, Textron 2024, G700 Deliveries

 Also: USCG Retires MH-65 Dolphins, Irish Aviation Authority, NATCA Warns FAA, Diamond DA42 AD

 
 
This summer, history enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to experience World War II aviation as the EAA launches a nationwide tour with its restored B-25 Mitchell bomber, known as the "Berlin Express." The Berlin Express will begin its journey at the TBM Avenger Reunion in Peru, Illinois, from May 16-19, before moving on to other locations including Cincinnati, Ohio; Olathe, Kansas; Rockford, Illinois; and Madison, Wisconsin. Textron Inc. reported a solid financial performance for the first quarter of 2024, indicating a strong start to the year with notable gains across its primary business segments. The conglomerate announc

USCG Retires MH-65 Dolphins From Fleet

USCG MH-65 Dolphin Helicopters Retired

After 36 years of dedicated service to Alaska's Arctic region, the Coast Guard's MH-65 Dolphin helicopters were officially retired in a ceremony at Air Station Kodiak. The event marked the end of an era for the venerable aircraft known for its reliability and crucial role in search and rescue operations across one of the most remote parts of the United States. The ceremony, led by Capt. Timothy Williams, the commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, celebrated the achievements and the critical missions carried out by the Dolphin fleet and its crews.

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EAA to Offer B-25 Rides on Nationwide Tour

B-25 Mitchell Rides Available on Berlin Express During EAA Summer Tour

This summer, history enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to experience World War II aviation as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) launches a nationwide tour with its restored B-25 Mitchell bomber, known as the "Berlin Express." The tour will make several stops across the United States, offering an immersive flying experience aboard a genuine piece of World War II history. The Berlin Express will begin its journey at the TBM Avenger Reunion in Peru, Illinois, from May 16-19, before moving on to other locations including Cincinnati, Ohio; Olathe, Kansas; Rockford, Illinois; and Madison, Wisconsin.

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Merlin Labs, MIT Collaborate on Next Generation TCAS

Merlin Labs Teams With MIT Lincoln Laboratory on New TCAS

Merlin, an aviation technology working on developments for the future of automated flight, announced its partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory (LL) in the first step towards an operational next generation collision avoidance technology. This partnership will see the two organizations explore the commercial adoption of the Airborne Collision Avoidance System Xu (ACAS Xu) on unmanned aircraft systems. The partnership will focus on the initial integration and further implementation of the ACAS Xu software standard, RTCA DO-386, with the Merlin Pilot, allowing Merlin to deliver enhanced automated collision avoidance measures based on the outputs from ACAS Xu that exceed the standards of the N

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1st Delivery of Naval King Airs Made

Textron Makes Good on Next-Gen Training Twin

Textron's 1st delivery of the Beechcraft T-54 Multi-Engine Training System has been made, handing over the first pair of up to 64 aircraft to the US Navy. The aircraft is, at its core, a King Air 260 with a cool new mil-spec designation, chosen to replace the aging fleet of T-44C Pegasus aircraft. In similar fashion, those were King Air B90s, configured for training and observation throughout the multi engine training process.

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Textron Has Strong 2024 Start

Textron Reports Solid Q1 Financial Performance

Textron Inc. reported a solid financial performance for the first quarter of 2024, indicating a strong start to the year with notable gains across its primary business segments. The conglomerate announced a net income of $1.03 per share, up from $0.92 in the same period last year. Adjusted net income rose to $1.20 per share from $1.05 per share in the first quarter of 2023, showcasing continued financial health and operational efficiency.

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Kaman Delivers New K-MAX Helicopter to Black Tusk Helicopter

Kaman Delivers New K-MAX to External Lift Operator Black Tusk

Kaman Corp., a notable player in the aerospace and defense sectors, recently announced the delivery of a new K-MAX helicopter to Black Tusk Helicopter Inc., based in Squamish, BC, Canada. This transaction marks a significant reinforcement of the operational capabilities of Black Tusk, a company renowned for its diverse external lift operations including aerial timber harvesting, ski tower installations, firefighting, and hydroelectric projects. Phil Murphy, Vice President of Business Development at Kaman Air Vehicles, expressed his appreciation for Black Tusk's continued trust in Kaman's offerings, highlighting the K-MAX helicopter's exceptional performance in challenging envi

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Wright Intros WEAETC Electric Aircraft Engine Test Cell

Wright Electric Launchess Wright Electric Aircraft Engine Test Cell

Wright Electric, a developer of electric propulsion for large commercial aircraft, today announced the launch of its Wright Electric Aircraft Engine Test Cell (WEAETC). The WEAETC is designed to characterize the performance of megawatt-class electric aircraft propulsion systems. Founded in 2016, Wright's goal is to decarbonize the aerospace industry. Wright works with leading groups such as NASA, Y Combinator, The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy, and the US Department of Defense.

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GAMA Commends FAA on SMS Rule

GAMA Pleased With New FAA SMS Rule

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has applauded the FAA's final rule on Safety Management Systems (SMS), announced by GAMA President Pete Bunce. The new rule, supported by years of advocacy from GAMA, aims to enhance aviation safety by institutionalizing SMS in the industry. SMS encourages a systematic approach to managing safety risks and promoting a strong safety culture across all levels of aviation operations. This includes improved communication and the effective resolution of safety issues. The rule has garnered significant backing, including support from the U.S. Congress and collaboration from the FAA's Aircraft Certification Service.

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Airborne 04.19.24: Boom Supersonic, Aviation Alliance, BRM Electric

Also: CAF Normandy, NetJets Pilots Ratify, IWASM Trivia Night, MV-22 Accident $$$

Boom Supersonic got the first instance of Special Flight Authorization to go supersonic, planning to push their XB-1 aircraft beyond the sound barrier. The FAA granted the authorization for them to test fly at Mach 1+ in the R-2508 Complex and part of the R-2515 High Altitude Supersonic Corridor. The FAA says that it completed a thorough review and Environmental Assessment, paving the way for future supersonic flight testing in the commercial sphere. Paul Poberezny's work needs little introduction in the world of experimental aviation, sport flying, and hobbyist aero

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 04.18.24: CarbonCub UL, Fisher, Affordable Flyer Expo

Also: Junkers A50 Heritage, Montaer Grows, Dynon-Advance Flight Systems, Vans' Latest 

Officially, the Carbon Cub UL and Rotax 916 iS is now in its 'market survey development phase', meaning it's just about to head into the oven, but the recipe isn't inked just yet. CubCrafters VP Brad Damm wants to see everyone chip in with their two cents to see how they feel about the prospective aircraft. So far, everything that's been shown off paints a very attractive portrait of a lightweight, capable, eager little bird, boasting an empty weight "well below 900 lbs..." CKD Aerospace hit innovation preview with a couple goodies right off the bat, updati

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Classic Aero-TV: Upgrading The Future - Profiling the Stratos 716X

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Stratos Jets Will Initially Be Offered Kits

Stratos Aircraft presented an update on its VLJ program and introduced the Stratos 716 model at AirVenture this summer. The Stratos 716X is an evolution of the 714 Proof of Concept (PoC) aircraft. The all carbon fiber 716X features trailing link gear, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 and is configured with dual G3X screens, GTN 750 MFD, integrated Garmin Autopilot, dual standby attitude indicators, custom switch panels, fully automated pressurization syst

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NTSB Final Report: RANS S21

Owner’s (Pilot) Failure To Properly Torque A Fuel Filter B-Nut Fitting, Which Likely Introduced Air Into The Fuel System

Analysis: The pilot was conducting a test flight following recent maintenance when, shortly after departing, the engine began to lose power. He performed a forced landing on airport property, during which the airplane landed hard and sustained substantial damage.Postaccident examination of the engine revealed that the fuel filter b-nut fitting was not properly torqued, which likely introduced air into the fuel system. Additionally, there was no restricted bypass line between the inlet (pressure side of the fuel pump module) and the return line and no vent line from the header tank, both of which would have

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.24)

Aero Linx: Aerostar Owners Association The Association offers the Aerostar Owner a unique opportunity to tap an invaluable source of information concerning the care and feeding of this fine airplane. The networking aspect alone is worth the cost of the membership dues... You can make unlimited telephone calls to the AOA office and speak with a person completely knowledgeable in the operation of the various models and if the information is not readily available, every effort will be made to get the answer to the member as soon as possible.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.29.24)

“The T-54A benefits from an active Beechcraft King Air assembly line in Wichita, Kansas, where all required METS avionics and interior modifications are installed on the line; keeping costs down, aircraft conformity consistent across the fleet and optimizing the delivery schedule to the Navy. We are thrilled to continue our 47-year relationship of Textron Aviation aircraft conducting multi-engine flight training for Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Aviators.” Source: Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Missions Sales, Textron Aviation, commenting on Textron's 1st delivery of the Beechcraft T-54 Multi-Engine Training System, handing over the first pair of up to 64 aircraft to the US Navy.

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