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February 14, 2023

Ogden Regional Airport Association Seeks Support

Airport Hangars, Pilots, Threatened by Ogden City Officials

Ogden, Utah city officials have proposed a five-year program by which to pay for the planned demolition of old aircraft hangars on the Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD). The measure is part of a larger plan to make the airport more attractive to commercial airlines and air-travelers, thereby improving the Ogden’s financial status. The city’s program has been challenged, however, by hangar lessees, who’ve brought a federal lawsuit alleging improvements made to the hangars by leaseholders stand to be unconstitutionally appropriated by the city in the absence of compensation or equivalent recourse.

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Colgan Air Disaster Families Oppose Relaxing Pilot Standards

Regional Airlines Argue Extant Standards Hamper Hiring and Service

Sunday, 12 February 2023 marked the 14th anniversary of the loss of Colgan Air Flight 3407, the downing of which occasioned a host of revisions to airline safety regulations, to include the establishment of a current rule by which pilots are required to log 1,500 flight hours and meet the knowledge and experience provisions of FAR 61.153—which lays out the eligibility requirements for FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification—prior to operating a commercial aircraft under Part 121. Notwithstanding its inherent logic and demonstrable effectiveness, U.S. regional air-carriers led by Republic Airways have aggressively and repeatedly petitioned the FAA to re

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FAA Rescinds LODA Requirements

… for Noncommercial Flight Training in Experimental Aircraft

On 08 February 2023, the FAA published a Notice of Policy in the Federal Register confirming that it would no longer require letters of deviation authority (LODAs) for most flight training in experimental aircraft—including instances in which the training aircraft’s use is provided in the absence of compensation. LODAs pertaining to flight training in experimental aircraft were introduced shortly before AirVenture 2021 following a court’s ruling that almost all flight training in experimental aircraft was contrary to FAR 91.319(a)(2), which prohibits the operation of experimental aircraft for compensation or hire.

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Police Departments Sued for Helicopter Patrols

Rotor-Noise vs Security

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is being sued by a pair of local groups who allege the department has refused to disclose records pertaining to its helicopter fleet. The grassroots community group Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the University of California Los Angeles’s (UCLA) Carceral Ecologies Lab announced their joint lawsuit on Friday, 10 February 2023.

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Concern Mounts over Dearth of Canadian Helicopter Pilots

Air Ambulance Operators Struggling to Maintain Services

Vast expanses of rural Canada rely on air ambulance services and the skilled pilots by which such operations are staffed. Regrettably, the number of helicopter pilot licenses being issued by Transport Canada has declined precipitously over the last decade. The egregious shortfall has raised concerns over the future of Canada’s air ambulance services. In 2012, Transport Canada licensed 62 new helicopter pilots. A decade later, in 2022, the agency issued only 12 such licenses—a decline of eighty-percent.

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Daher Announces 2022 Performance Update

French Conglomerate Presents Takeoff 2027 Five-Year Plan

Daher has announced its 2022 financial performance and unveiled its Takeoff 2027 five-year strategic plan—a sweeping initiative by which the company asserts its ambition to “become a large, profitable international company developing in four complementary businesses: aircraft production, manufacturing, manufacturing services, and logistics.”

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USAF Leadership Introduces Charles McGee Award

Scholarship to Provide Housing, Tuition to ROTC Cadets on Leadership Track

The Air Force has introduced the Charles McGee Leadership Award, aimed at providing tuition or housing assistance to all Air Force ROTC cadets that commission into the Air or Space Forces. The unveiling took place at a ceremony held January 27 at the University of Maryland. The CMLA is a 2-year scholarship to help relieve financial burdens and help cadets focus on their academic and leadership development. Eligible cadets will be granted a 2-year tuition award of $18,000 per year, or have it converted to a housing benefit of up to $10,000 per year.

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Classic Aero-TV At OSH21: The Pro Max Is Here - And Certified

From 2021 (YouTube Version): Time To Upgrade Your Avionics

It’s time to upgrade your avionics, according to John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics. The company announced on the second day of Oshkosh the availability of its Pro Max to integrate with Genesis 3100 autopilot, allowing users to control the autopilot directly from the display. Uczekaj spoke with us at Oshkosh about the new technology. “We announced today that the Pro Max provides an interface with the autopilot that allows you to control the

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NTSB Prelim: Taylorcraft BL-65

During The Landing Roll The Right Wing Impacted A Street Sign And The Airplane Came To Rest In A Ditch

On January 13, 2023, about 1545 Alaska daylight time, a Taylorcraft BL-65 airplane, N29886, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wasilla, Alaska. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, after a heavy snow fall, the forward fuel tank cap was found dislodged allowing snow to accumulate into the tank.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.23)

Aero Linx: International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) is a non-profit organization, aviation services Industry Leader and forum for consultation on industry issues for all aviation services companies worldwide. The organization registered in Sweden and Montreal, Canada with its HQ in Geneva - Switzerland . There are two sub-organizations that fall under the umbrella of IASO – IFSO (International Fuel Services Organization) and IHAO (International Handling Aviation Organization). The main objective of IASO is to organize, educate, and improve the aviation services industry through collaboration, using best business practices and speaki

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.23): Sectional Aeronautical Charts (1:500,000)

Sectional Aeronautical Charts (1:500,000) Designed for visual navigation of slow or medium speed aircraft. Topographic information on these charts features the portrayal of relief and a judicious selection of visual check points for VFR flight. Aeronautical information includes visual and radio aids to navigation, airports, controlled airspace, permanent special use airspace (SUA), obstructions, and related data.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.14.23)

“Ogden City and the Ogden airport manager intend to take possession of every hangar at the Ogden airport without compensation by not renewing leases. Additionally the City has also more than tripled lease rates over the past five years. The goal of the City is to convert the airport from being part of the transportation infrastructure in support of aviation, to the equivalent of a municipal ATM machine at no cost to the City. This is wrong and is not aligned with FAA grant assurances which states airports should strive to be self-sufficient. A municipality should be supporting airport businesses not becoming one. But that is Ogden City's plan. “ORAA is taking legal and legislative steps to prevent Ogden City from taking the

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