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Eggs & Excellence - An Awards Breakfast you don't want to miss!

Attend the Inaugural Excellence in Avionics Breakfast

The Avionics team would like to invite you to attend the first annual Excellence in Avionics Awards breakfast where we will recognize the top players in avionics who entered this year’s awards program.

In its first year, the Excellence in Avionics Awards received entries from top players in the aviation industry deserving of recognition, and we are excited to announce those winners on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit.

Date: June 8, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

Register for the breakfast here. Single seats and tables of 10 are available for reservation. If you prefer to reserve your seat by phone, please call 1-888-707-5814.

Act Now: Protect Access to Flight Training for Vets

Message from HAI


On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) plans to sneak into a larger bill an amendment that would severely limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs.
Show your support for our veterans: contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee TODAY to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training. Then forward this email TODAY to every friend and colleague who wants to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits promised them for their service.

Tell Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), who lead the committee as chairman and ranking member, to exclude the language of H.R. 476 from the legislation they'll consider at a hearing tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, at 10:30 am Eastern Time. Ironically, the two represent districts in Jacksonville and Pensacola, which host two of the largest U.S. naval installations in the country, where many helicopter units are based.

  • Jeff Miller can be contacted at 202-225-4136 or http://jeffmiller.house.gov. Much of the support for eliminating flight training has come from the Republican side of the aisle.
  • Corrine Brown has generally been supportive of efforts to maintain veterans’ benefits but needs to know the depth of opposition to H.R. 476. Her office phone number is 202-225-0123.

In your communications with their offices, consider making the following points:

  • Do not allow amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training to be added to any bill considered by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Exclude H.R. 476 from the package of bills under consideration at tomorrow’s (Thursday) markup session, and do not roll it into H.R. 475
  • Do not cut veterans’ benefits or discriminate against veterans by eliminating payment for flight-training degree programs; treat all veteran college-degree programs at public institutions equally
  • Allow the Veterans Administration’s renewed emphasis on existing regulations to take effect, and let the market forces play out
  • Order a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the costs and requirements necessary for veterans to obtain employable status as commercial helicopter pilots.

Many veterans currently working toward their commercial pilot licenses matriculated based upon the promise of full tuition benefits for pilot training after completing their active-duty service. Cutting GI benefits for flight training is a disservice to our nation’s veterans and will exacerbate the deteriorating pool of commercial pilots, thereby accelerating the pilot shortage in this country.
Helping veterans train to employable status leads to well-paying jobs for those vets — jobs that serve society’s needs, whether in law enforcement, firefighting, helicopter air ambulance, or vital industries such as petroleum production, power distribution, and construction.

As a member of the helicopter industry and/or the veteran community, please contact Reps. Miller and Brown TODAY. We need to make sure our voices are heard in the halls of Congress. If you would like to learn more about this issue, please read this letter to Reps. Miller and Brown from the general aviation associations.



Helicopter Association International
1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2898  
T 703-683-4646 |  F 703-683-4745
www.rotor.org | heliexpo.rotor.org




NBAA Says Restrictions at East Hampton Airport Violate Federal Grant Assurances

Washington, DC, May 20, 2015 – Aircraft operating restrictions adopted by East Hampton, NY at its public-use airport (HTO) are in violation of federal grant assurances received by the town and must be revoked, according to a formal complaint filed today with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other parties, including a number of its affected Member Companies.

The complaint requests that the FAA issue an immediate cease-and-desist order regarding the airport restrictions and take corrective action as necessary – including the withholding of federal transportation funds from the town.

“The restrictions that the town has adopted, by its own calculations, would prohibit a significant share of all airport operations – up to 23 percent of operations at HTO, according to a study performed for the town – and are likely to permanently cripple the airport by driving existing tenants out of business and undercutting the airport budget,” NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown wrote in the complaint, which was submitted pursuant to Part 16 of the FAA’s regulations.

Read NBAA's full Part 16 complaint submitted to the FAA with regard to East Hampton Airport. (PDF)

The Part 16 complaint is the latest in a series of efforts by NBAA to ensure safe and unrestricted access to East Hampton Airport, an integral part of the national system of airports, and one used frequently by NBAA Members. Last month, the East Hampton Town Council voted to adopt three noise and access restrictions at HTO: a mandatory nighttime curfew, an extended curfew on so-called “noisy” aircraft and a limit on “noisy” aircraft of one trip per week to HTO during the summer.

“There are multiple reasons why the adoption of these resolutions by the town is impermissible,” wrote Brown in the complaint to the FAA. Brown warned the FAA that without an expedited cease-and-desist order, “there is a significant risk that an ultimate ruling by the FAA in favor of the Complainants … would be a pyrrhic victory,” as the restrictions could have an immediate and devastating impact on airport tenants and the many users of the airport.

According to Brown, the unlawful restrictions that the town has adopted on aircraft operations – especially during the summer months ─ will have an irreparable economic impact on airport businesses, as well as the significant number of jobs, investments and revenue that East Hampton Airport provides to the local area and eastern Long Island.

In the complaint to the FAA, NBAA maintains that the resolutions adopted by the town are incompatible with the federal grant assurances that the town has received for the airport, which prohibit East Hampton from providing “exclusive rights” to any category of airport user. In addition, the complaint states that the town’s stated intent to use airport revenue to support the restrictions in legal proceedings is also incompatible with the town’s assurances. NBAA requests that the FAA direct the town to “take corrective action subject to the suspension of further AIP [Airport Improvement Program] grants and other enforcement measures, and all other relief that is necessary and proper.”

In a related development, the town of East Hampton said on May 18 it would not enforce the restrictions for at least three more weeks. The town’s announcement came at a U.S. District Court hearing in response to a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order filed by the local organization Friends of the East Hampton Airport and other parties, which had been joined by NBAA.  An opinion on the TRO request by U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert is expected by June 8. Read more about the delay in enforcement.

“We are pleased that Judge Seybert recognizes the need to consider a temporary restraining order, and will take the time to study the situation at HTO,” said Brown. "East Hampton Airport is part of a national system of airports, and operational restrictions like those the town wants to impose present a threat to the national air transportation system.”

The federal government, on behalf of the FAA, had also written to the district court, stating that a temporary flight restriction is necessary in order to give the agency adequate time to study the overall issues and respond to the implications of a separate federal lawsuit that also questions whether the restrictions comply with federal law and FAA regulations.


Freeflight Aviation Open House

The Pilot Community is invited to Gather at the Flying W Airport for Breakfast or Lunch at the Patti Wagon Café on June 13th to meet other pilots and to display their aircraft on our ramp for the General Public’s viewing during our Open House.

The General Public is invited to visit our home Airport, the Flying W Airport, watch the pilots take flight, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the airport facilities.  Please visit the Flying W Airport’s webpage to learn more about their swimming pool and upcoming activities.
Freeflight Open House 2015

18th Annual Flower Drop


Air Museum,Vintage Warbirds,WWII


Palm Springs Air Museum’s 18th Annual

Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop Honors 27 Families Whose Loved Ones Made the Ultimate Sacrifice


WHEN: Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1 PM:


WHAT: This year the Palm Springs Air Museum’s Memorial Day Ceremony pays special honor to 27 local families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice. We also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War Two. Banners with their names and the date of their sacrifice line the parking lot.  After a brief ceremony with color guard and singing of the National Anthem, four fighters (P-38, our P-51, our P-63 and a Spitfire) will fly overhead and make the missing man formation. A vintage B-25 Bomber will come out of the European Hangar, take off, and after a couple of passes, drop 3,000 carnations from the sky over the Museum’s tarmac behind the museum.  The flower drop honors and memorializes all veterans who lost their life defending the US.  The white carnations are in honor of those who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  The red carnations are in honor of those who died in more recent conflicts including the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.  


Sponsors include Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the HN & Frances C. Berger Foundation, the Houston Family Foundation, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, McDonald’s Restaurants, All Custom Golf Carts, Desert Water Agency and Palm Springs Volvo. 


In advance of the Memorial Day Ceremony and Flower Drop:

·        Flight exhibitions start at 10 am: Aircraft scheduled to fly are a P-38, our P-51, our P-63 (one of only four in the world that are currently air-worthy,) a Spitfire Supermarine, our T-28, and a Stearman (PT-17) courtesy of Tom Ackland, plus the B-25 dropping the flowers.

·        Music by Heatwave Jazz Band

·        82nd Airborne Living History Association (Re-enactors)

·        Children’s activities (Totally Twisted Entertainment: Balloon Creations, Harpo the Clown, Knights of Columbus helium balloons)

·        Food vendors (Freedom Fighter’s Café, Dickey’s BBQ, Grills Gone Wild, Big Easy Sandwich Company, Cone Zone, K of C Pizza)

·        Beer Tent (Bud & Bud Light from Heimark, and possibly a microbrew)

·        PT-17 Rides For Sale on site


WHERE: Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs


Events are included with regular admission to the museum which ranges from $9 to $16. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own portable chairs. Active Military and their immediate family with ID and children 5 and under are free. Family rates are $32 and $40, depending on the age of the children. (760) 778-6262. / www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org


The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to Preserve, Educate and Honor.  Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 65,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars. Flight simulators, children’s center and a 9,000 volume library help make history come alive.



745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-6262 / www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

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Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B Begins Extensive Flight Test Program

Powerplant for Boeing's newest single-aisle airplane on track for engine certification in 2016

RENTON, Wash., May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and CFM International announced today that they successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B* engine on April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations inVictorville, Calif.

The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX in 2017. The engine performed well and completed multiple aeromechanical test points at various altitudes during the five hour, 30 minute first flight.

"I continue to be really impressed with the LEAP," said Chief Test Pilot Steven Crane, CFM International. "These engines are demonstrating a maturity that you don't always see in new products. I think our airline customers are going to be very pleased with this engine."

The LEAP-1B engine is the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX family and is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM's history. The first LEAP-1B engine began ground testing on June 13, 2014, three days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011.

"With this major engine milestone and the test results to date, we continue to be confident that the LEAP-1B-powered 737 MAX will provide our customers with the most fuel efficient, reliable and maintainable airplane in the single-aisle market," said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 MAX is on track to deliver 14 percent more fuel efficiency than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s and 20 percent more efficiency than the first Next-Generation 737s to enter service."

Over the next several weeks, the flight test program will encompass a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, emissions and acoustics.  It also will further validate the advanced technologies incorporated in the engine, including the woven carbon fiber composite fan, the Twin-Annular, Pre-Mixing Swirler (TAPS) combustor, ceramic matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine and titanium aluminide blades in the low-pressure turbine. 

"The LEAP engine has been doing incredibly well throughout a very rigorous ground and flight test program," said Allen Paxson, executive vice president, CFM International. "Results to date are right in line with what we predicted and where we wanted this engine to be."   

To date, the 737 MAX has accumulated 2,724 orders from 57 customers worldwide.

*  The LEAP-1B is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.

Dragon Space Ship Escape

Freeflight Aviation Open House June 13

Freeflight Open House June 13, 2015
Freeflight Aviation Open House
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Flying W Airport, Medford, NJ

  • Discovery Flights
  • Watch Planes Take Flight
  • Open House

Port City Air

North American Air Charter

Announces New Strategic Hire To Head Up Cargo Operation Acquisitions


Portsmouth, NH, April 23, 2015 - Port City Air, a leading Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth NH, handling commercial, charter, tech stops and military operations, announced the hiring of Austin Pietschman to lead Cargo Operation Acquisitions with our sister company, Seacoast Cargo.

In this pivotal role, Austin will be bringing his significant cargo industry experience in both sales and operations to commercial and ad-hoc air freight carriers to better leverage Pease International Airport's strategic location and facilities, including a 11,000+ foot runway, 24/7 tower and customs operation. Pease International Airport is perfectly suited to help freight carriers reduce costs and improve efficiencies compared to operations at Boston Logan (KBOS), Bangor (KBGR) and Manchester, NH (KMHT).

Prior to arriving at Port City Air, Austin was a Director at Quantem Aviation Services at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS) where he oversaw the daily cargo acceptance process to ensure compliance with TSA, FAA, IATA and Air Carrier standards as well as liaison for Quantem’s entire customer base.

About Port City Air: Port City Air was founded in 1995 as Port City Aircraft Repair to fulfill the need for a quality general aviation maintenance facility at Portsmouth International Airport. Home was an old military nose dock hangar where full-service maintenance and avionics services were provided for GA aircraft. However, the dream was to one day become a first-class full-service FBO and to provide Portsmouth International Airport with high quality support aviation customers deserve and expect.

In June of 2003, our dreams were finally realized. Renamed Port City Air, we opened the doors of a brand new office and hangar facility and began business as a full-service FBO and 145 Repair Station. Our goal was simple: differentiate ourselves through superior service, uncompromised safety practices, and fair pricing. Because of this, Port City Air has become the premier stop for troops arriving or departing overseas, international tech stops for corporate and commercial flights and a friendly stop for the weekend flier.

In the autumn of 2003, we acquired New Hampshire Helicopters and added yet another dimension to our growing company. Today we offer fixed-wing and rotor maintenance, as well as avionics installation and repair, in conjunction with our FBO services. Additionally, we are an authorized maintenance and avionics dealer for multiple well-known companies.

Other endeavors soon followed, including the partnering of Port City Air and Seacoast Aviation Cargo, a well-known entity at KPSM, in an effort to provide premium service to the cargo community. Through this partnership, cargo support equipment has been acquired and upgraded offering increased capabilities and attracting cargo carriers who use KPSM for support services, a satellite maintenance facility, or long or short term parking needs.

We have come a long way from a group of guys offering quality GA maintenance in an old military hangar. However, throughout our growth our mission has always remained the same: Differentiate ourselves through service. So regardless of how our customers arrive, albeit in a GA aircraft, helicopter, corporate jet, cargo, or commercial carrier, stellar service is job one. Our primary goal is to exceed expectations.

For those unfamiliar with Portsmouth International Airport (KPSM) please visit and enjoy all that beautiful New Hampshire has to offer beginning with the friendly and helpful staff at Port City Air. We are always interested in making new friends and reconnecting with old!

North American Air Charter

Air Charter

 is dedicated to providing safe and efficient first-class executive aircraft management and travel services.

Since it's inception in 1990, North American has offered the air traveler superior service with their jet fleet. For maximum customer satisfaction, our in-flight services are continuously adjusted to meet each client's individual needs. With over 20 years of experience operating and managing all kinds of aircraft internationally and worldwide we have a deep understanding of how to deliver the best product to our clients.

Air Hamptons is North American’s sister company that provides on demand aircraft charter services utilizing turboprop and multiengine piston aircraft

North American’s principal business is providing management and charter management services to aircraft owners wishing to conduct worldwide operations with all types of aircraft.

With a fully qualified team of experts on staff, we feel we are uniquely qualified to offer the very best in aircraft management. North American’s business and operating philosophies are unique. We feel it is important to clearly identify for our potential clients exactly how North American differentiates itself in the marketplace. Our “Benefits” section outlines these differences and our business philosophy in more detail.

North American provides expertise for sound aircraft ownership decisions, contract negotiation with suppliers or manufacturers, bids for equipment, maintenance or any other aspect of aircraft management, which we proactively handle on a daily basis. We make recommendations to our clients based on collecting and presenting all the information necessary for our clients to make informed business decisions about their aircraft. Asset management is an integral part of our business.

Conveniently located in the New York metropolitan area, we are able to provide competitively priced aircraft hangar rates and also offer office space.

All local New York Metro airports are a very short distance away, and aircraft maintenance is also available at our facility. A full spectrum of services is available, including cleaning and detailing.  North American’s principal business is providing management and charter management services to aircraft owners conducting worldwide operations. With a fully qualified team of experts on staff, we feel we are uniquely qualified to offer the very best in aircraft management and logistical support. We have operated long-range aircraft on each of the world’s continents with a high level of safety and precision, and we continue to safely fly to hundreds of international cities each year. Logistical support involves a myriad of operating permits and authorizations, scheduling and maintenance planning and execution. Our long standing record of success speaks for itself.

North American Air Charter is co-located with a Part 145 Certified Repair Station, Airborne Maintenance LLC.

As a result, we have the ability to perform maintenance on numerous types of aircraft on a commercial or private basis in our hangar, or at outlying airports with Airborne’s mobile repair shop. The organizational structure, checks and balances, and inspection criteria set forth by the FAA for this authorization benefits our clients with maintenance performed to the highest FAA standards, and under FAA supervision.