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December 17, 2022

New York Governor Vetoes Anti-Helicopter Legislation

“Stop the Chop” Bill Chopped

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has vetoed her state’s Senate Bill S7493A, thereby safeguarding over 43,200 general aviation jobs and preserving $8.6-billion in yearly economic output by which the State of New York and its people currently benefit. Brazenly dubbed the “Stop the Chop” act, the legislation sought to allow anyone—ANYONE—to bring legal action against a pilot, flight department, line service personnel, or company employee for alleged rotorcraft noise pollution by a flight operation in the state of New York—even if the operation was conducted in accordance with federal law and applicable FAA Regulations.

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Palm Beach Airport Shrugs off Jet Ban After FAA Battle

Beaten in Court, City Aims at Noise, Traffic Studies to Curb Airport Activity

Another airport battle has seen a temporary victory for the aviation side after Lantana Airport's ban on jet-powered aircraft ended. The Palm Beach, Florida field is one of 4 in the county, theoretically a reliever for the busier, larger Palm Beach International 7 miles away. Like many reliever airports, it's built up a thriving training and GA scene, the only aircraft permitted at the field by the county. Captain Errol Forman, a Cessna Citation pilot, landed at the field in 2016, kicking off the legal battle. He challenged the ban as outdated, given improvements in turbine noise, referring the situation to the FAA.

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Regional Aircraft Association Sounds the Alarm

Shrinking Routes, Shortage of Pilots, Things Are Not Rosy for Regional Service

The RAA's annual report was published last week, and this time around the org seems intent to get some eyes on it. Unlike reports of yore, the report makes frequent reference to the "community air service crisis", noting with increasing worry the number of shrinking regional air routes and empty pilot seats throughout the country.

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United Aviate Taps APS for UPRT Lessons

Students Will Receive Instruction in Inflight Loss of Control Prevention, Upset Recovery

Aviation Performance Solutions (APS)has been selected to provide its specialty training at United's Aviate Academy. The United Airlines training facility will make use of APS' Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) to provide enhanced education covering Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) hazards. The school in Goodyear, Arizona is one of a handful of similar efforts by the industry to begin fostering its own future pilot base, and this agreement may signify one of the real benefits of training with the big guys: Professionalism. 

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Leesburg EAA Chapter Caps Successful Year

4th Squadron 534 Student Obtains Ray Aviation Scholarship as the Chapter Looks to 2023

Chapter 534 of the Experimental Aircraft Association gathered for their yearly Christmas party at the Leesburg International Airport administration building. The meet was a chance to catch up with fellow members while having a good time with friends from the Leesburg, Florida region. After completing the gift swaps and catered dinner, the chapter's outgoing President Steve Tilford gave an address to close out the year, followed by Mike Hage before his term next year. 

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Dr. Shelly deZevallos Named to EAA Board of Directors

Of Matters Oshkosh

On 12 December 2022, the EAA announced that Shelly deZevallos, Ed.D., had been named to the association’s Board of Directors as a Class III Director serving a one-year renewable term. Dr. deZevallos is president of West Houston Airport (IWS), a privately owned, public use, general aviation airport operated by her family for two generations.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aero-Ingenuity – One Man’s Quad-Rotor Odyssey

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Some Guys Just Know How To Max Out Their Capabilities... And Their Enjoyment... Of Sport Aviation

While ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, was hanging around E-Fest 2015, he saw a lot of interesting aircraft and met with some very stimulating people. Towards the end of the show Jim ran into a gentleman that was simply known as “Quad Guy,” and he could be likened to a Marvel Comics superhero. A superhero, at least, as it relates to flying quadcopters.

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FADEC Alliance to Collaborate on CFM’s RISE Engine Concept

Expanding Aviation’s Fan-Base

On 14 June 2021, GE Aviation and Safran undertook a technology development program targeting decreases in fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions of twenty-percent over conventional turbine aircraft engines. Subject endeavor—dubbed the CFM Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) program—set out to demonstrate and mature a range of technologies for future engines. On 14 December 2022, FADEC Alliance—a joint venture of GE, BAE Systems, and Safran Electronics & Defense (Safran)—announced it will design and develop the electronic control system architecture for the CFM’s RISE demonstrator engine program.

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Universal Avionics Begins Domestic Repairs on ClearVision Suites

Advanced Imaging Suite Sees Improved Maintenance Capabilities for American Operators

Universal Avionics has begun offering repairs for the ClearVision EVS-5000 using its Part 145 approved facility in Tucson, AZ. The development is a new one for the Elbit Systems subsidiary, adding multispectral cameras to the growing list of Universal Avionics projects supported from an American repair center. The ClearVision Enhanced Vision System was a major tackle for the Arizona facility, standing as one of the most sensitive, complex systems in the company's portfolio.

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NTSB Prelim: Greg Hobbs Lightning

Airplane Yawed Left In A Slip, Then Rolled Inverted, And Subsequently Descended Rapidly

On November 30, 2022, about 1100 Pacific standard time, an amateur-built experimental Lightning airplane, N60MY, was substantially damaged when it was involved in  an accident near Torrance, California. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary ADS-B data showed that the airplane departed Zamperini Field Airport (TOA), Torrance, California, about 1042. The data showed the airplane flew several traffic patterns at TOA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.22)

Aero Linx: International Auster Club Mission: To bring together Auster owners and enthusiasts and anyone wishing to support or learn about Auster aircraft throughout the world. To foster and promote the worldwide survival of the type in an airworthy state through the provision of information and advice as is within the scope of the Club’s technical and financial resources. To raise awareness of the brand by means of marketing and publicising Auster’s contribution to the UKs aviation heritage....

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.22): Obstacle Free Zone

Obstacle Free Zone The OFZ is a three-dimensional volume of airspace which protects for the transition of aircraft to and from the runway. The OFZ clearing standard precludes taxiing and parked airplanes and object penetrations, except for frangible NAVAID locations that are fixed by function. Additionally, vehicles, equipment, and personnel may be authorized by air traffic control to enter the area using the provisions of FAA Order JO 7110.65, Paragraph 3-1-5, Vehicles/Equipment/Personnal Near/On Runways. The runway OFZ and when applicable, the inner-approach OFZ, and the inner-transitional OFZ, comprise the OFZ.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.17.22)

“In addition to submitting the Corrective Action Plan required by the FAA, we will be requesting the FAA to conduct a safety assessment of jet operations at the airport and an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act in connection with its approval of the Corrective Action Plan. The County has also initiated a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study for the Lantana Airport, which was paused due to the litigation.” Source: Palm Beach Director of Airports, Laura Beebe, signaling a new tactic after Lantana Airport was forced to forgo its highly restrictive jet ban. It seems that the questionable, anti-business, jet-hating attitude is not gone from the future of Lantana...

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