Airborne 12.12.22: Joe Kittinger Goes West, SF50 Prelim, EU Climate Shakedown


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Also: 1st of 20 PC-12 NGXs, IMU #1,000,000, Revised 2023 NDAA, Mars Helicopter Update

On 16 August 1960, 32-year-old USAF Pilot,Captain Joe Kittinger, kitted out in a pressure-suit and a specially constructed and rigged parachute—boarded a gondola tethered to a helium balloon, ascended to 102,800-feet above the New Mexico desert—and jumped. During the ensuing four-minute 36-second free-fall, Kittinger’s body accelerated to 614-miles-per-hour. At 14,000 feet, Captain Kittinger deployed his 28-foot main parachute and—in addition to setting records for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall the world had yet seen—provided the Air Force data that would help save the lives of innumerable pilots. The most recent parachute deployment and “Save” of a Cirrus SF50 single engine jet appears to have been the result of significant control issues, according to an NTSB Preliminary report filed within the past week. European Parliamentarians have announced a scheme to combat climate change via increased carbon regulations on commercial aviation. Negotiators from partner countries and officials announced a deal that will alter the way carriers receive permits from the European Union, changing the current system where they receive permits to cover carbon emissions. All this — and MORE in today’s episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 12.12.22 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, December 12th, 2022… Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Holland Lee. Holland is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

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USAF Legend Colonel Joe Kittinger Passes at 94
NTSB Prelim: Control Issues Took Down Cirrus Design Corp SF50
EU Combats Climate with Added Airline Costs
Pilatus Delivers First of Twenty PC-12 NGXs to Tradewind Aviation
Honeywell Builds IMU #1,000,000
Revised 2023 NDAA Reflects Growing Chinese and Russian Threats
Mars Helicopter Continues Record Setting

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