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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Aero-TV At OSH21: Swift Fuel Disperses Unleaded Fuel To California

Swift Fuels CEO, Chris D’Acosta, Talks With ANN At Oshkosh 2021

D’Acosta revealed at Oshkosh that the company’s UL-94 sales have expanded into California. They have been in contact with at least a dozen airports in California, trying to help ease the pressures of public challenges the airports face and get unleaded fuels delivered as soon as possible. After arrival to California, the fuel will be dispersed into two different market hubs.

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Jaunt Air Mobility to Merge with AIRO Group

Creates Advanced Air Mobility Tech Group 

Jaunt Air Mobility has announced its upcoming merger with the AIRO group, a composite of six aerospace businesses focused in the AAM market. The group offers commercial, robotics, unmanned systems, and multi-modal aircraft and avionics under its umbrella. Jaunt has found its niche in the global eVTOL AAM market, specifically when using its patented Slow Rotor Compound (SRC) technology. SRC slows the rotation of the rotor once aloft, reducing drag, vibration, and noise while in cruise. With a streamlined fuselage, and efficient wing, the Journey, Jaunt’s entry into the AAM market, is said to have nearly “imperceptible” rotor noise.

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Airborne 10.13.21: HondaJet 2600!, Electric DA40!, Jaunt Air Joins Airo

Also: New Radar Altimeters, Net-Zero Pledge, SmartSky Networks, ThrustSense Autothrottle Deliveries

Honda Aircraft took the wraps off their new "HondaJet 2600 Concept”, at a special event hosted by Honda Aircraft Company at NBAA 2021 where the displayed a mockup. The HondaJet 2600 Concept inherits Honda’s Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on wings and fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage. What might it do? The HJ2600 has a range of 2,625 nautical miles, and also features a high speed cruise of 450 knots and a ceiling of 47,000 feet. Diamond Aircraft’s experimentation with electric aircraft began a decade ago, when they unveiled their hybrid DA36 E-Star, a modified HK36 motor glider. Its sequel arrived two years later, with the E-Star 2, sporting increased payload and performance. Continued collaboration with corporate partner Siemens brought the HEMEP, their hybrid-el

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

SmartSky Networks Begins Taking Orders

Promises a High-Speed “Office in the Sky”

Next-gen Air-to-Ground (ATG) networking specialist begins accepting orders for its Early Arrival promotion. Operators hungry for improved internet service aloft may find the newest competitor intriguing for its use of a bidirectional data link that promises real-time, low latency, “office in the sky” performance. Quoted performance is stated to be “over ten times better than currently available ATG services. SmartSky’s OEM and MRO partners can now begin installations, complete STCs and offer their products for widespread use.

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

NBAA Members Pledge Net-Zero CO2 by 2050

Expands on BACCC 2009 Goals

Business aviation leaders pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 after expanding and refining their earlier climate commitments amidst a busy week of sustainability announcements. The heads of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the NBAA set a target for the industry to increase fuel efficiency by 2% per year through 2030. This follows up a 2009 goal set by the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change (BACCC) made in 2009, when the industry said it would reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 2050, increase fuel efficiency by 2% per year, and achieve carbon growth by 2020. 

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Alto Aviation Announces New Cabin Equipment

New 3D Audio, Galley Touch Panels Released

Alto Aviation, maker of premium cabin audio systems, amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers,  has unveiled its latest addition to their lineup, the ALTO Soundstage. Described as the company’s most immersive 3D Sound System, it provides owners and operators with a stereo system just as good as what they might have at home, and, they believe, maybe even better. 

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Airborne 10.08.21: Bearhawk Upgrades, SnF Dec Fly-In, Honeywell Anthem

Also: Pix of Mercury, 777X Freighter?, USCG Rescue, ISS Movie Crew

Coming hot on the heels of a successful AirVenture showing, Bearhawk Aircraft has announced increased production at its factory to meet increasing demands for their Bearhawk quick-build kits. The company has expanded their offerings in recent years, to plan and kit-form for 5 models in all. The original Bob Barrows designed Bearhawk 4-Place, the 2-seater Patrol, and their newest addition, the Model 5. Introduced in 2020, the Model 5’s 6-person seating and 300+ horsepower engine selections made it an attention-grabber at AirVenture. The date is set for the 2nd annual ACE’s Sun n’ Fun Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show, at their Florida Expo Campus. Taking place on December 3rd and 4th, the expo is a fine excuse to head down and enjoy the temperate Florida autumn. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit scholarship programs and education at the Aerospace Cente

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Modernized Radar Altimeters On the Way

Light, Flexible, and 5G-Immune

FreeFlight Systems has announced the progress of their RA-5500 and RA-6500 Terrain series radar altimeters, on Track for TSO Certification by the end of 2021. Shane LaPlante, VP of Sales and Marketing, said “The timing of this certification is crucial as the accelerating deployment of 5G networks increasingly challenges the safety of flight of operators around the world. The RA-5500 and RA-6500 add dual install capabilities in support of Part 25 and 29 certificated aircraft.” 

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

NTSB Prelim: RANS S20

Shortly After The Helicopter Passed The Airplane, The Airplane Taxied Onto The Runway And Started Its Takeoff Roll

On September 18, 2021, about 1845 eastern daylight time, a Rans S-20 airplane, N6915G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The Wadsworth Municipal (3G3) airport surveillance camera captured the accident sequence on video. A preliminary review of the video revealed a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter and the accident airplane both utilizing runway 2.

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Wed, Oct 13, 2021

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.21)

Aero Linx: The Mars Institute The Mars Institute is an international, non-governmental, non-profit research organization dedicated to advancing the scientific study, exploration, and public understanding of Mars. Headquartered at NASA Ames Research Center (USA), with offices in Toronto (Canada) and Stavanger (Norway). The Institute is a world leading organization in the advancement of Mars science and exploration, in particular the human exploration of Mars. The Institute also focuses on the Moon, Deep Space, Near-Earth Objects, and Mars’s moons Phobos and Deimos, viewed as key stepping-stones in the exploration of Mars.

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