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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airborne 09.23.22: Kittyhawk Kaput, Eviation Taxi-Tests, B-21 Raider

Also: FAA Admin Nominee In Trouble?, Boom Loses Rolls-Royce, Parker-Hannifin/Kaman, KC-46 Pegasus

Larry Page, the Google (Alphabet) billionaire has clipped the wings of his 10-year experiment known as Kittyhawk. This effort was part of his long elusive dream of developing flying cars. By now, there are several variants out there still trying to make their way in the world, and so it comes as no surprise that this bird's wings have finally been clipped. However, this project will live on in some form through a joint venture between Wisk Aero and the Boeing company. Eviation has been hard at work on their all-electric commuter aircraft, completing their first high-speed taxi test days after announcing the installation of Gregory Davis as Chief Executive Officer. The company updated aviation enthusiasts with a short video of the test, showing their twin engine (or, twin motor) aircraft accelerating down the runway with relaxed stability before nosin

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 09.22.22: NO ATP Shortcuts Sez FAA, Top Aces, RACCA UPS

Also: Chattahoochee Tech Aviation Academy, Annual Space Day, EAA Chapter 534, RAA on FAA Decision

The 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 FAA asserted: “After full consideration of Republic’s petition for exemption and the public comments, the FAA has determined that the relief requested is not in the public interest and would adversely affect safety.” Top Aces Corp has announced its selection for the US Air Force Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support program, to provide advanced adversary air training to pilots at Eglin AFB in Florida and Luke AFB in Arizona. Top Aces was a shoo-in for the deal, a 5-year contract worth up to $175 million, due to their status as the sole operator of a commercial F-16 fleet in the U

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airborne 09.19.22: Drone Racing Championships, CO MidAir, Reclaimed Airliner

Also: Avgas White Paper, Annual Space Day, Reselling Chinese 737s, Brazilian H125s

The popularity of UAV racing was compellingly evinced by the 710 drone-pilots who vied to enter the 2022  MultiGP Drone Racing Championship—a six-day event to be held from 18 through 23 October at the No Quarter Ranch drone field in Citrus Springs, Florida. A mid-air collision has claimed three lives near Vance Brand Airport (LMO) in Longmont, Colorado—a home-rule municipality approximately 25-nautical-miles north of Denver. The accident occurred just before 09:00 MDT on the morning of Saturday, 17 September 2022, and involved a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Sonex Xenos—a light, aluminum, low-wing, kit-aircraft marketed by Oshkosh-based Sonex Aircraft. This month, in an operation predicted upon daring, chutzpah, stealth, low-altitude non-radar flight, and no small amount of luck, Wizz Air crept into Ukraine and stole-back one of the Airbuses&mdash

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 09.20.22: 2022 MultiGP Champ's, 5-Yr Sat Disposal, VAPOR 55 MX

Also: Eco Caravan Battery, Rim-Driven Hydrogen Motors, GlobalX, Commercial Space Mishap Investigations

The popularity of UAV racing was compellingly evinced by the 710 drone-pilots who vied to enter the 2022  MultiGP Drone Racing Championship—a six-day event to be held from 18 through 23 October at the No Quarter Ranch drone field in Citrus Springs, Florida. The FCC aims to reduce the disposal window for decommissioned orbital equipment: Up to 5 years after end of service, down from the more leisurely 25-year timeframe currently in effect. The Federal Communications Commission released a fact sheet regarding the incipient issue of space debris above as the commercial space race heats up. Currently, after decades of governmental and commercial space exploitation, Earth has more than 4,800 satellites floating in orbit, both operational and decommissioned. AeroVironment has announced the launch of its next-generation VAPOR UAV—the V

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airborne 09.16.22: NBAA Sounds Off, Elektra Trainer, AAL v Stock $$$

Also: Mars Rover Explores, True Blue Power, Faulty Ejection Seat, Historic Lockheed Electra

NBAA has issued a much-needed call to action urging members of the New York state business aviation community to write to Governor Kathy Hochul to urge against the signature of Senate Bill S7493A. The proposed law would allow anyone to sue a pilot, flight department, line service personnel, or company employee operating in the state for any alleged helicopter "noise pollution", regardless of whether or not the operation complied with Federal Regulations. The "Stop the Chop" act passed the NY state assembly last June. Elektra Solar GmbH has won the prestigious eTrophy at the Eletcrifly-In competition in Bern, Switzerland.  Elektra’s brand new two-seater UL Elektra Trainer aircraft beat out concepts from rival manufacturers Pipistrel and X-eye. The eTrophy is awarded to the electric aircraft that travels the longest, un-recharged distance to the c

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Did You Know That The CAF Has A French Wing???

Recently Participated In One Of The Largest Annual Airshows In France

The CAF French Wing has had a busy summer continuing the restoration of their Piper Cub and attending several fly-ins and airshows. They kicked off the season in May with a fly-in at their home airfield in Le Plessis-Belleville. They hosted over 30 vintage aircraft and held a barbecue with 200 guests.

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

USMC Debuts Beastly CH-53K Hauler

US Marine Corps Debuts Beastly CH-53K External Hauler Helicopter 

Earlier last month in Idaho, home of the spud, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 conducted tests by exercising a CH-53K King Stallion helicopter, straight from the stables of Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky subsidiary. The test site, Mountain Home Air Force Base (KMUO) is home to the 336 Gunfighters Fighter Wing and was the perfect place to conduct the nearly 3-week exercise of 3 of these heavy haulers in varied terrain and over great distances. The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter can haul an externally attached load of up to 27,000 over 110nm, and is considered an ‘upgrade’ over its older sibling, the CH-53E.

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Klyde Morris (09.23.22)

Klyde Just LOVES NASA Politics...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Bell To Begin Work on High-Speed VTOL Aircraft

New Design Aims to Combine 400+ Kts Top Speed, Low Downwash, Long Range, and Survivability in a Single Aircraft

Bell Textron has announced the impending development of a High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft, tapping in the Sierra Nevada Corporation for support in the developmental process. Bell’s HSVTOL aircraft will aim for similar, but loftier design targets as their V-22 Osprey, the only VTOL aircraft in the lineup that could approach fixed-wing speeds in level flight. The yet-unnamed HSVTOL is hoped to “blend the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft” at speeds greater than 400 knots.

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Sun, Sep 25, 2022

Airbus Begins Testing Outsized Cargo Loading System

After 1.5 Years of Design, Testing, & Development, BelugaST Fleet Sees Improved Loading Equipment

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new and improved loading system for its Beluga A300-600St aircraft, testing it out on a German CH53. Outsized cargo is the raison d'être of the Beluga series, with an expanding customer base for the unique fleet as air cargo demand rises around the world. The new loading system aims to simplify and streamline the process of cargo transfer to the inconveniently located door aboard the aircraft.

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