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November 27, 2022

EAA Promotes 'Safer' E-AB Operations... BUT, It Could Still Improve

Preliminary Figures Show An Increase In Flight Hours In 2021 And Into 2022

Fatal amateur-built aircraft accidents remained under the historic average over the 12-month period ending in September 2022, but the Experimental Aircraft Association notes that an uptick over the previous year’s total shows that focused efforts to enhance safety even further remain essential. For the federal fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration reported there were 56 fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft over the preceding 12 months, including 39 in amateur-built aircraft. That compares to 42 total accidents – 33 in amateur-built aircraft – during the 12-month period between October 2020 and September 202

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NTSB Claims Credit For New Balloon Regs

NTSB Recommendation Made After Unusual 2016 Crash

While much of the ballooning community has voiced disapproval of what they consider to be an unnecessary bit of over-regulation, NTSB  Chair Jennifer Homendy welcomed new medical rules for hot air balloon pilots while STILL citing the need for greater oversight of air tours. The new rule, adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration this week and mandated by Congress in 2018 after an NTSB recommendation, requires pilots of hot air balloons carrying paying passengers to hold a medical certificate and pass a medical exam – like commercial airplane and helicopter pilots.

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More Regulations on the Horizon? NTSB Chair Eyes Niche Commercial Operations

A Gander Into the Regulatory Crystal Ball May Reveal a Hunt to Close 'Loopholes' Surrounding Part 119 Operations

A recent statement supporting additional regulation by NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy might chart the course for incoming rulemaking, if the FAA listens. Homendy referenced an NTSB report pushing for additional oversight and regulation over a number of niche passenger operations. Under an investigation regarding what the Board calls "Part 119-exploited activity", the NTSB collated a number of off-the-wall flight operations that it believes require some additional rulemaking to end.

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Mars Ingenuity Flight 34 Was Short But Significant

NASA's Joshua Anderson Reports From JPL

Compared to some of the other flights this past year, Flight 34 might not stand out. Even shorter than Ingenuity’s first flight, Tuesday’s successful 18-second flight simply popped up to a little over 16 feet, hovered, then landed. Despite the flight’s simple nature, the team is very excited because of what it means for the future of Ingenuity.

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Airborne-Flight Training 11.17.22: Stowell Thesis, UA Pay Bump, Flt Schedule Pro

Also: NGPA 2022 Scholarships, CAE Expands Toronto, Single-Pilot KC-46 Sortie, Elite-ProSim Agree

A new way of looking at the basics of flight has been published by one long established flight instructor, offering teachers a fresh approach to light aircraft. Master Flight Instructor Rich Stowell has put a cap on his research regarding the fundamental principles of flight instruction, publishing “The Nine Principles of Light Airplane Flying”. While currently the theory exists as a self-contained paper, Stowell plans to integrate the principles into educational curricula and online teaching programs. United Airlines is giving pilots a 5% pay bump, a few months earlier than anticipated. As st

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Klyde Morris (11.25.22)

Klyde Bemoans The Problems Faced By FAA Security

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Classic Aero-TV: Not Just ‘Near’, But HERE! - Swift Fuel Ready To Power GA

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Swift Fuels Expands the No-Lead Avgas Option across the Country…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, met with Chris D’Acosta, the CEO of Swift Fuels, to get an update about the progress of introducing this new no-lead avgas to the flying public. Let’s quickly review what Swift Fuels is all about. Swift is producing an alternative aviation gasoline that does not use lead. At this time, the fuel they are marketing is the equivalent of 94 octane, and it is a fuel specifically formulated for aviation that complies with all FAA criteria for use in type-certificated aircraft

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

When The Throttle Was Increased, The Engine Did Not Respond

On October 23, 2022, about 1705 mountain daylight time, a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, N25HW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Loveland, Colorado. The pilot and 4 passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed the flight departed St. George Regional Airport (SGU), St. George, Utah, about 1405, and arrived at Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL), Loveland, Colorado.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.22)

Aero Linx: Belarusian Federation Of Air Sports   The main statutory goals of BFAS include the assistance in development of mass air sports and air sports of the highest achievements in our country, attracting young people to air sports, fulfilling the duties of an active member of the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) from the Republic of Belarus. To date, BFAS is actively engaged in development of air sports and combines of it 7 types.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.22): Rescue Coordination Center (RCC)

Rescue Coordination Center (RCC)

A search and rescue (SAR) facility equipped and manned to coordinate and control SAR operations in an area designated by the SAR plan. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force have responsibility for the operation of RCCs.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.27.22)

“The fatal accident totals, for both amateur-builts and experimental aircraft overall, remain 30 to 35 percent below where they were just a decade ago, including when looking at the three-year rolling average on which the FAA bases its annual not-to-exceed number. While that’s good news, we never want to see an annual increase in the totals. That’s a reminder that we all must continue to work to make safety the top priority even with the small numbers we see each year.” Source: Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, discussing details about the most recent E-AB accident stats.

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