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October 08, 2022

EPA vs GA: Singles Out, Attacks, Leaded Aviation Fuel

EPA Proposes 'Endangerment Finding' for Lead Emissions from Aircraft Engines

We knew it was coming in light of the nearly rabid race toward 'green' one-ups-manship, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed determination that emissions of lead from aircraft that operate on leaded fuel cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare.

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Snowbirds Accident Attributed to Faulty Engine Oil Filter

Devils, Details, and the Great White North

On Tuesday, 2 August 2022, a Snowbirds aircraft suffered what Canadian military officials called a hard landing while departing North Peace Regional Airport (CYXJ) in Fort St. John, British Columbia. The aircraft was heavily damaged, prompting the Air Force to cancel all remaining performances in 2022. The pilot escaped injury. The Canadian Department of National Defense has since announced that a faulty oil filter had been determined to be the cause of the Fort St. John accident. Regrettably, the Snowbird’s 2022 season shan’t resume.

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The Crew-5 Astronauts Get Used To Space Station Living

The Four Crew-5 Members Are Now Officially Part Of Expedition 68

The 11 crew members now living aboard the International Space Station had a short day on Friday following Thursday’s arrival of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission. The eight astronauts and three cosmonauts had a long night following the docking of the SpaceX Dragon Endurance crew ship. The four Crew-5 members are now officially Expedition 68 flight engineers and will spend the next few days getting used to life on orbit and familiarizing themselves with space station systems.

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Oman’s SalamAir Selects Embraer's E195-E2

Rising in the East

On 6 October 2022, Oman's SalamAir announced it had signed a firm order with Embraer—the Brazilian air-framer and aerospace powerhouse—for six E195-E2 medium-range, narrow-body airliners. The $934.6-million deal contains options for an additional six aircraft, and calls for deliveries to commence in late 2023. SalamAir’s E195-E2s will feature a comfortable, dual-class, 135-seat configuration.

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Classic Aero-TV: Velocity's Spacy V-Twin -- A 21st Century Multi-Engine Airplane

From 2013 (YouTube Version): Velocity Aircraft Shows Off Their Twin-Engine Model

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to get out on the ramp and check out the twin-engine Velocity prototype. He met with John Abraham, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Velocity Aircraft and asked what’s in the future for this unique homebuilt airplane. Abraham said they are happy with the progress they are making on the airplane. However, the next production kit prototype will have some changes. For example, the current 160 hp engines will be replaced with 180 hp

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AD: Piaggio Aviation S.p.A. Airplanes

AD 2022-19-07 Requires Modifying The Total Air Temperature (TAT) Probe Heater Electrical Circuit

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Piaggio Aviation S.p.A. (Piaggio) Model P-180 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as accumulation of water and subsequent freezing in the pitot-tube, which results in pitot-tube blockage. This AD requires modifying the total air temperature (TAT) probe heater electrical circuit and revising your existing airplane flight manual (AFM). The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsaf

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NTSB Prelim: Grumman American Avn. Corp. AA-5B

Airplane Came To Rest In Vegetation Covered Terrain About 150 Feet West Of The Departure End Of Runway 25

  On September 28, 2022, about 0900 mountain standard time, a Grumman American Aviation AA5B airplane, N74349, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Sahuarita, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot’s partner, he planned to fly from the Flying Diamond Airport (6AZ8), Sahuarita, Arizona, to Ryan Field Airport (RYN), Tucson, Arizona, to practice touch and go landings and then return to 6AZ8.

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AD: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes

AD 2022-19-03 Requires Incorporating New Revisions To The ALS Of The Existing Airplane Maintenance Manual

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-26-08, which applied to all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-12, PC-12/45, PC-12/47, and PC-12/47E airplanes. AD 2016-26-08 required incorporating revisions into the airworthiness limitations section (ALS) of the maintenance program and inspecting the main landing gear (MLG) attachment bolts for cracks and corrosion. Since the FAA issued AD 2016-26-08, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) superseded its mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to add a new life limit for certain MLG actuator bottom attachment bolts and then superseded it again to add new life limit

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.08.22)

Aero Linx: The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is a club which focuses on aviation safety seminars, scholarships for aviation technical training and flight training while sharing the social aspect with those who have a passion for flight. The Aero Club's Scholarship program awards dozens of scholarships annually. Members consist of active pilots, former pilots, and also non-pilots who love to learn about flying. Our ranks range from the obscure to the legendary- yet all members contribute to a progressive and vibrant climate that inspires the special joie de vivre that only flying can bring. Many members, both past and present, have made significant contributions

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.08.22): Hover Check

Hover Check Used to describe when a helicopter/VTOL aircraft requires a stabilized hover to conduct a performance/power check prior to hover taxi, air taxi, or takeoff. Altitude of the hover will vary based on the purpose of the check.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.08.22)

“Given that the cause of this accident remains to be determined by the Airworthiness Investigative Authority, I have ordered an operational pause on the CT-114 Tutor fleet as we continue the investigation and commence a thorough operational airworthiness risk assessment process. We will return the fleet to flying operations when it is safe to do so, and in accordance with our rigorous airworthiness program.” Source: Operational Airworthiness Authority for the RCAF, Maj. Gen. Iain Huddleston, in an excerpt from the original grounding order that affected the CT-114s flown by the RCAF Snowbirds.  

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