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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

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The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control in the FY2018 budget has brought strong reaction from both sides of the issue. Writing in The Hill, former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now a consul

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

GA Organizations Reiterating ATC Privatization Concerns

Associations Requesting Sufficient Time To Review And Debate Bill

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of general aviation association leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Trump Budget Curtails Essential Air Services Program

Congressional Delegations From Rural States Opposed To The Change

President Donald Trump's budget document cuts $175 million from the Essential Airline Services (EAS) program, and that has lawmakers in several rural states preparing to fight for the subsidy.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Drone Privacy Legislation Introduced In U.S. Congress

Authors Say Bill Would Protect Citizens From Invasions Of Privacy By Government And Private Drones

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) hae introduced bicameral legislation in the United States Congress to establish safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals from the expanded use of commercial and government drones. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act will ensure standards for informing the public about the location, timing and ownership of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Initial Arguments Heard In Taylor vs. Huerta Case

Attorney Challenged The FAA's Registration Policy

Opening arguments in the case Taylor vs. Huerta were heard last week, and the judge was apparently not impressed by the arguments made by the agency.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

EAA Chapters-Members To Benefit From Introduction To VMC Club Programs, Content

Safety Information And Scenarios Available For Non-Instrument Rated Pilots

Non-instrument rated pilots who want to improve their safety skills and knowledge now have an excellent new resource through the EAA, as VMC Club programs and content are available as a membership benefit.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Prop Separates From Regional Express (Rex)Flight On Approach To Sydney Airport

Airplane Landed Safely, Prop Has Been Found

On Friday 17 March 2017, Regional Express (Rex) flight ZL768 from Albury to Sydney, carrying 16 passengers and 3 crew, was on approach to land at Sydney Airport when its right hand propeller separated from its shaft approximately 25 km south west of Sydney.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Drone Hinders Firefighting Effort In Arizona

Forest Service Officials Say Flights Were Disrupted When Drone Spotted In The Area

Aircraft participating in fighting a human-caused wildfire in the Coconino National Forest were grounded temporarily when a drone was sighted flying in the area.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

IAG Introduces New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airline

'Level' Will Begin Operations In June

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced the launch of "Level" - a new low-cost long-haul airline brand that will take to the skies in June 2017 with flights from Barcelona to Los Angeles, San Francisco (Oakland), Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.

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Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Emerald Expositions Acquires InterDrone Conference & Exposition

Show Attracted More Than 3,500 Attendees From 54 Countries In 2016

Trade show and conference producer Emerald Expositions has completed the acquisition of the International Drone Conference and Exposition (“InterDrone”), the largest commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) trade show and conference in North America, from BZ Media LLC.

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