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May 02, 2023

VARMA: What to Know

New Program Allows Broadened Parts Options

The FAA has unveiled a new program for the use of off-the-shelf parts in type-certificated aircraft. The approval is the first granted under the new Vintage Aircraft Replacement and Modification Article (VARMA) program—a decisive and important victory in the ongoing battle to keep vintage aircraft airworthy.

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DJI UAS Offering Purports to Benefit Farmers in the Americas

Amber Waves of 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz

On 01 May 2023, DJI introduced its Agras T20P agricultural drone to the Americas at Brazil’s Agrishow, an agricultural technology trade show that ranks among the world’s largest such events. The instance occasioned the platform’s first showing outside of Asia. The Agras T20P is designed to function in concert with DJI’s SmartFarm Web, a software product that concomitantly generates high-definition images of farmland, orchards, vineyards, etc. and analyzes crop growth with a high-degree of clarity.

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EAA Seeking to Fill 700 Temporary AirVenture Jobs

Walk-In Hiring Events Pending

The EAA is looking to hire individuals to fill as many as seven-hundred temporary positions throughout the expansive late-July event. Available positions include retail associate, security/event support, auto parking cashier, camper registration, facilities staff, and bartender. Parties interested in the antecedent positions are encouraged...

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11th Circuit Court Rules In Favor of U.S. Government

Air Traffic Controller Not Culpable for 2018 Mid-Air Collision

The families of four people killed in a midair collision over Florida’s Everglades argued before the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday, 27 April 2023 that a lower court had wrongly ruled the U.S. government was not negligent vis-à-vis the collision. The plaintiffs contended an air traffic controller's instruction had set the involved aircraft on a collision-course.

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FAA Noise Policy Review Public Comment Period Open

Pipe Up About Piping Down

As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s ongoing commitment to address the issue of aircraft noise and its impact upon community and individual wellbeing, the agency is soliciting public comment pertaining to its Noise Policy Review (NPR).

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