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October 10, 2022

Aviation Advocate, John Ballantyne, Goes West

Founded, Led, USUA Through Pivotal Years

The gang here at ANN got a bit of sad shock this past week as we learned of the passing of US Ultralight Association Founder John Ballantyne... one of the most professional and effective aero-folks we have ever worked with. John occasionally served as a fly-writer for ANN, but more importantly, he was our friend.

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Aero-TV: Aspen Avionics Advances AIRO Group Success

Evolution in Both Name and Deed

Founded in 2005, the AIRO Group is a multi-faceted air mobility, autonomy, and aerospace electronics and technology concern. The organization comprises five highly-regarded core businesses: Sky-Watch, the Denmark-based maker of fixed-wing and quad-copter Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV); Jaunt Air Mobility, the Dallas, Texas-based manufacturer of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft; Coastal Defense and Agile Defense, providers of defense training and consultation services to the U.S. Government, its allies, and private industry; and Aspen Avionics, the Albuquerque-bas

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NM State PD Av Unit Settles Discrimination Lawsuit In Favor of Female Pilot

First Female New Mexico Police Pilot Gets $750K After Gender Discrimination Complaint

As much as we would all like to believe that the aviation business has grown up to avoid some of the discriminatory nonsense that occured as women became a larger part of the community, it's not always so... The New Mexico State Police Department has settled a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by its first female pilot, LeAnne Gomez. The department denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve Gomez's claims that she was consistently denied opportunities for training and career advancement while enduring a hostile work environment because of her gender.

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New World Hot Air Balloon Champion Crowned

Stefan Zeberli Becomes World Hot Air Balloon Champion For 2022

Just a few days ago, Stefan Zeberli of Switzerland was crowned World Hot Air Balloon Champion 2022, under a beautiful blue sky in Musrka Sobata, Slovenia. The pilot was already a name to watch out for, having moved from 3rd place in Saga, 2016 up to silver medal position in 2018, but was behind Yudai Fujita at the start of the 2022 competition. Zeberli was handed the trophy by previous champion, British pilot Dominic Bareford.

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Northern Changes... Manitoba Pilot to Lead EAA Canadian Council

Lincoln Is A Private Pilot Based At Lyncrest Airport In Winnipeg

Raquel Lincoln, EAA Lifetime 1306824, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who has extensive involvement in Canadian aviation activities and organizations, has accepted the leadership for EAA’s Canadian Council. The EAA Canadian Council is the primary connection and advisory group between EAA headquarters and the association’s thousands of Canadian members.

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Klyde Morris (10.07.22)

Klyde Can't Face 'Real' Reality, Much Less Virtual...


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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172S (A1); Sonex Aircraft Xenos (A2)

Fragmented Sections Of The Outboard Left Wings Of Both Airplanes Were Found In A Field

On September 17, 2022, about 0853 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N2117Y, and a Sonex Aircraft Xenos, N255BF, were destroyed when they were involved in a mid-air collision near Longmont, Colorado. The flight instructor and student pilot aboard the Cessna and the pilot aboard the Sonex sustained fatal injuries. The Cessna was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The Sonex was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

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AD: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

AD 2022-17-04 Prompted By Reports Of Broken P-Clamps On The Pressure Relief Line

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of broken P-clamps on the pressure relief line and the motive flow line in the fuel tanks, and a subsequent determination that certain service information lacked instructions for maintaining appropriate clearance between certain fuel tubes and their support brackets, and may also have led to incorrect installation of certain TeflonTM sleeves. This AD was also prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.10.22)

Aero Linx: Chicago Executive Pilots Association The Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association (PAPA) was formed in 1987 as a forum for the users of PWK. To acknowledge the airport’s new name, we became Chicago Executive Pilots Association. Our mission was and continues to be to promote the safety of operations and continued development of Chicago Executive Airport (formerly known as Palwaukee) in a fraternal environment with the pilots, users, and the community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.10.22): Helipad

Helipad A small, designated area, usually with a prepared surface, on a heliport, airport, landing/takeoff area, apron/ramp, or movement area used for takeoff, landing, or parking of helicopters.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.10.22)

“Aviation draws passionate people who enjoy the unique possibilities within flight, and it’s a community I truly enjoy and want to enhance. Volunteering in EAA programs such as Young Eagles and AeroEducate has shown me even more opportunities for aviators and future aviators in Canada, which is a major reason I look forward to chairing the EAA Canadian Council.” Source: Raquel Lincoln, EAA Lifetime 1306824, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who has extensive involvement in Canadian aviation activities and organizations, has accepted the leadership for EAA’s Canadian Council.

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