Mars Copter Nabs Collier, Sun ‘n Fun Off To Great Start and also DHL 757 Goes Off Airport by hand

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To the shock of no person, Jet Propulsion Labs and also the NASA Helicopter group has actually been granted the Collier Trophy for their deal with effectively flying a tiny helicopter, called Ingenuity, from the surface area of Mars. The small chopper was meant as a side experiment that became part of the Mars Rover bundle yet promptly took the limelight with its exceptional trips that exceeded the group’s wildest assumptions.

Sunlight ‘n Fun left to a wonderful beginning in its initial genuinely post-pandemic (approximately it appeared) version, with document pre-sale ticket sales, large groups as well as active event halls with great deals of product and also cash altering hands. The program goes through Sunday.

The National Air as well as Space Museum obtained a $25 million present from Raytheon Technologies. The gallery will certainly utilize the present to produce an irreversible event called Living in The Space Age, which will certainly highlight technical advancements that came from room expedition and also the manner ins which have actually altered the daily lives of everyone.

A DHL Boeing 757 went off the path in San Jose, Costa Rica as well as barged in fifty percent. The aircraft, which experienced what was stated to be a hydraulic failing on departure, had actually gone back to land there when the collision happened. The pilots were unhurt in the mishap.

Textron Aviation introduced upgrades to 2 of its Beechcraft designs, consisting of a shock max departure weight upgrade to the G36 Bonanza that would certainly include 155 extra pounds to the solitary’s training numbers. The G36 will certainly additionally obtain updates to its indoor and also lights, improvements that the Beechcraft G58 Baron will certainly likewise be showing off. The brand-new versions are anticipated by around Oshkosh time.


A city center at Sun ‘n Fun combined the heads of 3 big aeronautics participant companies to review what the future path to a 100LL totally free may resemble. Mark Baker (AOPA), Jack Pelton (EAA) as well as Pete Bunce (GAMA) really did not draw any kind of strikes, talking about the intricacy of the job of reaching a commonly readily available drop-in substitute for 100LL and also the danger aspects that will certainly be included.

Daher introduced one of the most technically innovative TBM yet, the 960, which will certainly sporting activity a next-gen full-authority electronic engine control (FADEC) Pratt & & Whitney PT-6 engine. The computer-controlled engine will certainly permit higher gas effectiveness as well as efficiency increases to accompany streamlined procedure.

Package airplane manufacturer ScaleBirds brought a 55% range P-36 to Sun ‘n Fun. The all-metal Sikorsky reproduction is powered by a Verner seven-cylinder 125-hp radial engine. Spin-offs, stated to be coming down the line, would certainly consist of variations looking like the Curtiss P-40, Republic P-47 and also various other traditional birds.


STOL super star Steve Henry ground the equipment on his Super STOL kitplane throughout gusty tests at the STOL competitors on Day One at Sun ‘n Fun. Never ever one to emphasize misery, Henry, that was safe in the low-speed event, intended to have the aircraft up and also STOL’ing once more in a day or 2.

Piper Aircraft revealed 2 brand-new brand name ambassadors, Carson Calhoun as well as Piper Hecht, that will certainly share their individual training tales with Piper’s brand name network in addition to 4 formerly called ambassadors. No word on whether Piper’s moms and dad’s prescient choice of prosoponym figured in the positioning.


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