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Aviation Audio Clips / Stinson 108 landing crash at San Diego Gillespie
« Last post by KB4TEZ on September 28, 2023, 06:04:43 AM »

Busy little airport got real busy.  Thankfully, he'll be ok.

The aircraft was landing on Runway 27L with a slight southern crosswind, the aircraft appears to have ground looped to the left, ending up skidding the right wing on the runway until the aircraft came to arrest on the left side of 27L around 1,700 feet down the runway. There were only minor injuries(s) to an occupant of the aircraft.
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Aviation Audio Clips / Small plane makes emergency Grand Junction
« Last post by KB4TEZ on September 27, 2023, 10:46:48 AM »

Safe landings are always a great thing at an airport — even those that land in the dirt.

That’s what happened at the Grand Junction Regional Airport shortly after noon on Tuesday.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. a single engine private Cessna 150 contacted the airport tower with an emergency call that the plane had lost engine power and was going to make an emergency landing.

The pilot was on a final decent to the airport with Runway 11 the goal. Flying from west to east, it became apparent to the pilot that Runway 11 was out of the question, so the plane touched down safely in the dirt northwest of the Grand Junction Regional Airport, but within the boundaries of the airport.
Airport Director Angela Padalecki said the pilot was the only occupant and sustained no injuries.

Padalecki said once the emergency call came in, there was a large response from emergency responders that included the airport firefighter department, Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Police, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management.

As those emergency crews arrived on the scene and saw the pilot standing uninjured next to the plane sitting in the dirt, they determined the emergency was officially over.

Padalecki said the National Transportation Safety Board was contacted and conducted its investigation, and the plane was removed from where it made the emergency landing.

The airport director said small incidents like this — where emergency calls come into the airport — are more frequent than one might thing.

“It happens on an average of once a month, sometimes a couple of times month,” she said.

The calls from pilots in small planes in these types of situations report some kind of problem and ask the airport to be ready in case something happens, and emergency crews are at the ready, she explained.
Aviation Audio Clips / Interesting Pilot Exchange on 123.45
« Last post by RonR on September 27, 2023, 09:43:12 AM »
I stumbled across this exchange between two pilots yesterday.  They were apparently doing some kind of maneuvers in the vicinity of Poughkeepsie, New York.  Unfortunately, the receiver that picked this up was located on Long Island so there are sadly some portions that are harder to hear than others.  Also, I missed the first couple of minutes of their exchange.  They were doing these maneuvers for a little over 30 minutes.  The attached recording is condensed to about six minutes.  To me this sounds military (national guard maybe?); Stewart Airport (KSWF) is very close to where this was taking place.  But if it is military, wouldn't they have used a uniform frequency instead of a victor frequency?  Curious if anyone has some more insight into this...

Aviation News (General) / Air Force Gets Its First Electric Air Taxi
« Last post by KB4TEZ on September 27, 2023, 06:35:15 AM »

Sept. 25, 2023 | By Greg Hadley
A sleek, futuristic, six-rotor aircraft stood behind a red ribbon at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 25—marking the latest milestone in the Air Force’s involvement in the “electric air taxi.”

The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Joby Aviation was unveiled at Edwards a full six months earlier than originally planned when the Air Force Research Laboratory announced a contract extension with Joby in April valued at up to $131 million with options for up to nine aircraft.  The aircraft arrived at Edwards last week and has already conducted three “hover” tests, Joby Executive Chairman Paul Sciarra noted at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A second aircraft will arrive in early 2024, Sciarra added

The Sept. 25 ceremony marks the first time the Air Force has accepted delivery of an eVTOL aircraft, and a release from Joby claimed it is believed to be the first delivery of any electric air taxi anywhere in the U.S.

“Today’s delivery is a hugely significant moment for Joby and for our industry,” Sciarra said. “But more than that, it’s a validation of the long-term vision of the Department of Defense.”

That vision has included development from the Defense Innovation Unit and the Marine Corps, but the Air Force in particular has heavily invested in eVTOL since 2020 through its “Agility Prime” program as part of its AFWERX innovation arm. 

In that time, the service has awarded hundreds of contracts to stimulate development in the eVTOL industry, which has seen intense commercial and government interest. Potential uses range from “flying taxis” in cities to search and rescue missions and short-range airlift for the Air Force. 
The Air Force’s Emerging Technologies Integrated Test Force and 412th Test Wing will collaborate with Joby and NASA to test the new aircraft.

“NASA and AFWERX are both trying to advance technology around air taxis,” Wayne Ringelberg, the chief pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, said at the ceremony. “Although we’re looking at different aspects of missions for these aircraft, there are several areas that overlap, and it’s in those areas of overlap that we’ll gain efficiencies in learning about these kinds of vehicles.”

The Air Force in particular is interested in studying the aircraft’s potential use for “short-to-mid range cargo operations at low operating costs and just-in-time delivery constructs,” an AFRL spokesman previously told Air & Space Forces Magazine. 

It will also be used to support operations at Edwards’ test ranges, transporting personnel around the 470-square mile base, the spokesman said.
“We will utilize the 412th Test Wing’s world-renowned risk management systems to conduct flight testing and evaluation of eVTOL technology in a safe and agile manner,” Maj. Phillip Woodhull, commander of the Emerging Technologies Integrated Test Force, said.

Agility Prime has taken several major steps this year. In April, Air Force pilots took command of a Joby aircraft for the first time, remotely piloting the five-seat airframe through its full flight envelope at the company’s Marina, Calif., facility. In July, AFWERX announced another deal with Archer Aviation worth up to $142 million for up to six of the company’s aircraft.

On Sept. 19, AFWERX broke ground on the service’s first-ever electric aircraft charging station at Duke Field, Fla., in partnership with BETA Technologies, another electric air taxi company. The charging station will be able to fully recharge an aircraft in less than an hour, according to an AFRL release, and will be completed just a few weeks before BETA’s airframes start arriving at Duke Field for testing.

“There’s no doubt that the electrification of aviation is going to be a critical piece in the broader energy transition,” Col. Douglas P. Wickert, commander of the 412th Test Wing, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “And I’m proud that we get to the opportunity to contribute to a sustainable future for humanity.”

Joby’s aircraft has scored a high-altitude mark of more than 11,000 feet and a speed of more than 200 miles per hour, with a projected range of around 100 miles.
Aviation Audio Clips / Southwest B737 near Baltimore on Sep 25th hydraulic leak
« Last post by KB4TEZ on September 27, 2023, 05:56:03 AM »

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N925WN performing flight WN-1551 from Atlanta,GA to Washington National,DC (USA), was descending towards Washington when the crew decided to divert to Baltimore reporting a hydraulic fault. The aircraft landed safely on Baltimore's runway 33L, attending emergency services reported a lot of smoke emanating from the brakes of the aircraft.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 registration N237WN "hopped" to Washington National reaching a maximum altitude of 4000 feet and continued the next sectors of flight WN-1551.
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