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Airborne 09.12.17: Stemme S12, Bell V-280 Valor, Belite Chipper

Also: Firefighting 747, Daniel Héligoin, Hartzell Composite, Frontier Airlines, Rolls-Royce, CH-53K, Drone Interferes

The FAA has Type-Certificated the Stemme Twin Voyager S12 powered glider, granting the ticket on August 16, 2017.

The Stemme S12 had already been certified the previous summer to the requirements of the EASA. Now it has successfully passed the FAA validation process of the EASA type approval, and received the official type certificate G06CE. FAA certification opens up the American market for Stemme. Bell Helicopter reports ‘exceptional progress’ on the V-280 Valor program, having achieved 100% build completion on the prototype. The team is now preparing for initial ground run at the Amarillo Assembly Center. The V-280 is a clean sheet tiltrotor, applying lessons learned from previous generations. Bell says the company remains focused on providing flexibility in an advanced aircraft with reduced weight, complexity, and cost. The first flight of the aircraft is currently planned for this fall. The Belite Chipper was at Angel Fire, NM, September 2. Belite owner James Wiebe flew the airplane nonstop one way on the round trip journey from Wichita, KS to Angel Fire, performed flight tests, then returned to Marion, KS before the sunset and covering 960 miles. Angel Fire, NM is the 4th highest airport in the U.S. at 8,322 feet. Density altitude was 10,400 feet. Chipper's takeoff roll was 600 feet, according to Wiebe. Climbout was greater than 200 fpm. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 09.11.17 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, September 11th, 2017... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • FAA Certifies The Stemme S12 
  • Bell V-280 Valor Prototype Achieves 100% Completion 
  • Belite Chipper Flies 460 Miles Non-Stop To Angel Fire, NM 
  • Firefighting 747 Flies Its First Missions Of The Year 
  • AVW: Daniel Héligoin's Snap Roll in Slow Motion Sussex NJ Airshow 1987
  • EASA Certifies Hartzell Composite Prop For Supervan 900 Conversion 
  • Arbitrator Orders Frontier Airlines To Open Talks On Deferred Pilot Pay 
  • Rolls-Royce Sets New Aerospace Record With Ultrafan Power Gearbox 
  • First Production Contract Awarded For CH-53K King Stallion
  • Drone Interferes With California Firefighting Effort

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at aero-news.net. And be sure to join us again tomorrow, LIVE from Oshkosh 2017, for the next edition of "Airborne Unlimited" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, tomorrow!

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