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February 17, 2024

Uncle Sam Sues Drone Flyer For Big $$$

Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Resident Alleges Violations of FARs When Flying Drones

A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCiurcio operated drones, 'unlawfully and unsafely in the Philadelphia area between at least December 2019 to the present, in violation of Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) requirements.' The United States alleges that DiCiurcio operated flights at night, in close proximity to the William Penn Statue, PSFS Building, and the Liberty One Building. On one occasion, Romero reports that the sUAS almost struck a

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Able Flight Sees Largest Class Ever

10 Student Pilots Begin Training As Program Swells

Able Flight has seen its "greatest number of flight training scholarships for people with a disability in a single year," seeing 10 new recipients enter the training pipeline as the group heads into 2024. The Class of 2024 will now be on their way to one of Able Flight's 2 training locations for a 2-month training program. The members include Ian Azeredo of New Jersey, Andrew Daigneau of Indiana, Jake Simmons of Pennsylvania, Natallia Mirashnichenka of New York, Omar Duran of Florida, Susan Baldwin of Arizona, Jacob Robinson of North Carolina, Jordan Sprague of Indiana, Tim Riney of Florida and Tyler Pugeda of California. The class includes 4 military veterans and two women.

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Airbus Reports 2023 Results

Surprisingly Good Year for Boeing Rival - Will The Lucky Streak Continue?

Airbus reported its 2023 financial results for fiscal year 2023, capping the year with an EBITDA of €5.8 billion on revenues of €65.4 billion. Capping off a year that saw 2,319 commercial aircraft orders, the fight against their yankee rival Boeing is Airbus' to lose. Net orders remained strong, at 2,094 aircraft to only 820 for the same span in 2022. That brought the total Airbus backlog to just under 8,600 aircraft on the commercial side. Airbus Helicopters saw less stark growth from 2022, seeing its net orders rise to 393 from 362 the year before. Airbus Defence and Space saw its order intake rise by 15%, thanks to a 4th quarter order for 16 new C295 aircra

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Air Canada Pilots See Progress in Mediation

No Strikes, Lock-Outs Until June 1 At the Earliest

Aviators for Air Canada have made some headway in their contract talks according to negotiators, increasing the possibility they could tighten up their compensation with American peers. "We found that using this professional mediator in this private mediation agreement is starting to get the ball rolling. Right now, we're committed to negotiating at the table,” said Charlene Hudy, head of the local Air Canada union. "If we get to that point where there is an actual impasse at the table, then we would look at exercising our rights." For the time being, a detente has been agreed upon that keeps both company and union from filing for conciliation until June 1st, 2024. That should mean summ

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Gol to Assess LATAM

Carrier Alleges Vulturing After Chapter 11 Announcement

Bankrupt Brazilian carrier Gol has obtained approval via the US courts to prove LATAM Airlines activities in the immediate wake of the former's bankruptcy announcement, believing the Chilean rival sought to 'poach' pilots, pax, and planes in the hubbub. LATAM allegedly made the best of the announcement, reaching out to lessors of Gol aircraft to feel out an acquisition of the airline's Boeing 737 and MAX planes - that stuck out to Gol, since LATAM is an Airbus operator, and hasn't expressed interest in Boeing for years. Job listings for LATAM in Brazil reached out to Boeing-typed pilots, too, and Gol thinks it was all part of a multi-pronged scheme to hoover up as much of the bankrupt ca

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Another UAV-Related NPRM Up for Comment

New Rule to Fold In, Standardize Falsification Standards and Rules Across Title 14

The FAA has opened another Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the public, again seeking to flesh out the legal framework surrounding uncrewed aircraft operations. The FAA seeks to combine disparate documentation standards, requirements, and regulations into a single unified rule for drone operators whether they operate under Part 91, 107, 137, and the like. The abstract says that the FAA "proposes to amend, restructure, and consolidate the falsification regulations presently located throughout title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations."

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Gannon University Offers Aviation & Business Management Major

Combined Biz/Flight Degree Prepares Students for Growing Industry

Gannon University, a Pennsylvania college, has unveiled a combination bachelor's degree in Aviation & Business Management. The new program "enables you to soar to new heights within the global and dynamic $150 billion aviation industry that employs more than 1.2 million people in the United States." Along the way, students snag incrementally more difficult and productive FAA licenses, leaving the program with up to a CFII Multi-license in the pocket.

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Airborne 02.09.24: Virgin Galactic Problem, Rotax Fly-In, 3 Archers

Also: EAA Webinars, Enstrom Inks Deal, New WAI COO, NetJets Goes Gogo

Virgin Galactic has admitted that during 'routine post-flight reviews' following its most recent spaceflight, ‘Galactic 06,’ the Company became aware that an alignment pin detached from the launch pylon of the mothership, VMS Eve, during flight. The Company notified the FAA on January 31 in accordance with regulations and is conducting a review in conjunction with the FAA. Rotax is taking its Fly-In on the road, moving beyond its historical stomping ground of Wels, Austria. The 2024 Fly-In World Tour will see them touch down in Australia, Argentina, Cana

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Classic Aero-TV: An Autogyro Milestone – Autogyro USA’s Certified Rotorcraft

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Takes Advantage Of A New Category Of Aircraft Established By The FAA…

Gyroplanes are among the most misunderstood aircraft, but the recent certification of the factory-built AutoGyro Calidus as a primary category aircraft has gone a long way towards making the public more aware of what the aircraft are, and their capabilities. That is the assessment of Andy Wall, CEO of Autogyro USA, who told ANN's Tom Patton at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo in January that the company has been inundated with inquiries since the certification was granted in December of last year. Wall said that one of the major hurdles was getti

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NTSB Prelim: Grumman American Avn. Corp. GA-7

Both Fuel Samples Contained Water And Debris

On February 1, 2024, about 1330 eastern standard time, a Grumman American Aviation Corporation GA-7, N887CC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. The airplane was the subject of a restoration project, which was documented in a series of online videos, for the purpose of returning the airplane to service and reselling it. The purpose of the flight was to deliver the airplane to its new owner. According to company and airport employees at Chester County G. O. Carlson Airport (MQS), the pilot arrived around 1230

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.24)

Aero Linx: American Astronautical Society (AAS) The American Astronautical Society leads and advances the discussion around space. Since 1954, AAS has been the premier network of current and future space professionals dedicated to advancing all space activities. The Society has long been recognized for the excellence of our national symposia, technical conferences, and publications and for our impact on shaping the U.S. space program. AAS members have opportunities to meet and connect with leaders in the space industry to exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations, and expand their knowledge and expertise.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.24): Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO]

Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO] For IFR flights, the estimated time required from takeoff to arrive over that designated point, defined by reference to navigation aids, from which it is intended that an instrument approach procedure will be commenced, or, if no navigation aid is associated with the destination aerodrome, to arrive over the destination aerodrome. For VFR flights, the estimated time required from takeoff to arrive over the destination aerodrome.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.24)

“Failing to adhere to the safety requirements for flying drones endangers people and property. All drone operators have a responsibility to ensure that they observe all applicable regulations and guidance. Our office is committed to ensuring total compliance with the FAA regulations and we will vigorously enforce violations wherever we find them.” Source: US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, who is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Drone Pilot, Michael DiCiurcio, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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