A Daher TBM 930 turboprop single piloted by Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek completed a record-setting flight from New York to Paris on Saturday in an attempt to break a speed record held since 1985 by famed test pilot Chuck Yeager. The record must be verified by organizations such as the National Aeronautics Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
The flight departed Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York, on Saturday shortly after midnight local time and landed at Le Bourget Airport (FPB) in Paris about 8 hours 35 minutes later. Pilots Reuter and Bozek worked with officials on both sides of the Atlantic in preparation to attempt to beat the record in the C1e category (turboprop aircraft with an mtow of less than 13,200 pounds/6,000 kg).
The aircraft, owned by Reuter, was fitted with an additional fuel tank to carry an additional 300 gallons of jet fuel. This brought total usable fuel to 600 gallons, providing more than 10 hours of flight time. The FAA provided a permit to allow for a takeoff weight of 9,500 pounds, which is an increase from the TBM 930’s certified mtow of 7,398 pounds. Further, the aircraft was equipped with an Iridium Go! in-flight tracking device.
Reuter, a Chicago-based global finance executive, previously owned a TBM 850 for a decade before his current 930. Half of his 4,500 flight hours have accrued during his time in his two TBM aircraft. This included a trip to Antarctica in December. Bozek, a Michigan-based entrepreneur and real estate investor who flies aerobatic missions and collects warbirds, has logged 800 hours in his TBM 900, boosting his total time to 3,400 hours.
HPN Tower advised us of expected air traffic delays and re-routes for Thanksgiving week traffic heading for Palm Beach (KPBI) due to expected VIP issues. ATC Traffic management has told the Tower that Oceanic routes would be given to airline traffic only, with all other traffic destined to PBI needing to file on J48.
Those not filing on J48 can expect re-routes onto that airway.
Any operators with questions can contact HPN ATCT Operations Supervisor Demisha Vega at 914-948-6520.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer
wants to hear from you!
The runway repaving project will be presented to the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 7:00PM in the Westchester County Airport Terminal Conference Room.
If you have an opinion on the repaving of Runway 16/34 now is the time to voice it to your elected representatives.
Your WAA Board of Directors encourages you to support this project as it is a matter of safety. A majority of the project costs will be funded by an FAA Grant and the work will be performed by local contractors. This is a benefit to our local economy and if not used, the FAA Grant money will be forfeited.
There is a vocal group of anti-airport citizens that have been mobilized to attend these meetings and they provide the Airport Advisory Board with unfavorable comments towards the airport.
The WAA is encouraging our members to attend the AAB meeting in person to let your opinions be heard.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please consider contacting your local representatives to let them know what the value of this airport and this project means to you!
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Contact by phone at 914-995-2900
In light of the recent mailing of suspicious packages please see Airport Bulletin 18-13.pdf regarding Heightened Security Awareness.
Please contact Airport Security at 914-995-2748 with any questions.
Notice: Expect VIP movement July 05-08, 2018 in the vicinity of Bedminster, Newark, Morristown, NJ. Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement. The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for mandatory airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.
Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued.
*Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
Recipients were announced at the 3rd Annual WAA Safety Day Conference
White Plains, NY – June 25, 2018 – The Westchester Aviation Association, a non-profit organization representing general aviation at Westchester County Airport and Academy of Aviation, a flight school located at the airport, awarded two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and $7,000 at last Wednesday’s WAA Safety Day Conference to Adam Delitta of Mamaroneck, NY and Luc Piderman of Stamford, CT.
Luc Piderman was awarded the $7,000 scholarship. Luc is already an instrument rated private pilot and works at Westchester County Airport as an Airport Operations Supervisor. He plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his commercial and CFI certificates with a goal of becoming a Captain for a regional airline within the next 5 years.
Adam Delitta was awarded the $3,000 scholarship. He is a Junior at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck and Cadet Commander for a local Civil Air Patrol squadron. Adam plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his private pilot license and eventually to offer flight instruction to other Civil Air Patrol cadets who are interested in becoming pilots.
The scholarships were named in honor of Bill Weaver, a founding partner of Westair a fixed base operator at the airport, which is now Million Air. Bill has been a long-time, esteemed member of the Westchester Aviation Association and has been an active supporter of general aviation at Westchester County Airport for many years.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of applications we received for the Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships and very impressed with the quality of the applicants,” said WAA President Eric Faulkner. “The WAA is extremely pleased to be able to assist these two aspiring pilots with the financial means to achieve their aviation goals,” continued Mr. Faulkner.
This bill sets limitations on methods to control wildlife in and around airports and may compromise the effectiveness of these efforts.
Bill S.6853-A (DeFrancisco) that addresses this critical problem passed the Senate but no longer has a companion in the Assembly. Assembly bill A.8646-B (Hunter) that previously matched the Senate bill has been amended, rendering its provisions ineffective in restoring these safety measures at many of the state’s commercial and general aviation airports.
NYAMA urges the Assembly to recognize the vital importance of this legislation to public safety and to support the Senate bill S.6853-A or, in the alternative, the amendments proposed for A.8646-B
Yesterday, the White House and Office of Management and Budget, released a sweeping plan to reorganize the federal government. The plan includes a provision that would privatize the air traffic control (ATC) system. In response, NBAA along with AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NATA issued a statement (see below) strongly opposing the failed privatization proposal.
Capitol Hill also responded quickly in opposition to any efforts that would seek to privatize ATC. Selected news clips summarizing the response from Congress are included below.
While this latest privatization proposal has already met strong opposition in Congress, we will remain vigilant, and work to support the long-term FAA bill passed by the House and now pending in the Senate.
GA Association Press Release
Latest ATC Spinoff Proposal Meets Continued and Heavy Opposition
Washington, DC – Six associations representing the general aviation industry today issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump Administration for including in its government reorganization proposal a failed idea to privatize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control services.
“There is a large and diverse chorus of opposition to the idea of privatizing our air traffic control system, including congressional leaders from both political parties, more than 100 aviation organizations, over 100 business leaders, 100 U.S. mayors, consumer and agricultural groups, conservative think tanks, and the majority of Americans. Additionally, this concept has been fully considered in the U.S. Congress and rejected despite years of repeated attempts,” said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
“Instead of focusing precious time and resources on what amounts to nothing more than a distraction to the aviation community, the Administration needs to support a long-term FAA bill, like those passed by the House of Representatives and now pending in the Senate. These bills will take practical and significant steps to address many critical issues like aviation safety, modernization, which includes accelerated advancement of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and needed aircraft certification and regulatory reform. Additionally, the Department of Transportation needs to continue with its commitment to the NextGen Advisory Committee, which fosters collaboration in an open and transparent manner and helps advance air traffic control modernization priorities and investments.
“We are disappointed that the Administration continues to reintroduce a failed proposal. Instead, it should put its weight behind FAA legislation pending in Congress that will advance the aviation industry, including general aviation, which contributes $219 billion to the U.S. economy and creates over one million jobs in the U.S.”
View the complete list of 300 general aviation pilot organizations, state and local aviation officials, airports, manufacturers, labor unions, businesses, management associations and consumer groups that stand united against air traffic control privatization. (PDF)
Reorganization Plan’s Air Traffic Spinoff is DOA in Congress
June 21, 2018 By Shaun Courtney
An air traffic control spinoff is dead in Congress, regardless of the government’s new proposal from the Office of Management and Budget, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee told Bloomberg Government.
The air traffic control system would no longer fall within Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction under the Trump administration’s plan, but instead would become a non-profit entity “similar to the Canadian system” the OMB report says. A similar overhaul backed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) had been proposed as part of House FAA bill (H.R. 4) but didn’t advance for lack of support.
“Isn’t that issue dead?” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked when told of the language in the report. Thune is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FAA.
“If the administration thinks the Senate is going to go along with privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, they’re wrong,” said a spokesman for committee ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). “That issue has been dead and buried in the Senate for some time now.”
Airspace is ‘Public’
Congressional action would be necessary to move air traffic control from the FAA, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) told a private gathering at Bloomberg Government in the morning just before the report was released. Moran was an outspoken critic of the spinoff effort when it was still in play in the House.
The OMB plan pointed to Canada as a nearby example of a system where air traffic control is operated by a non-governmental body.
“Canada is not even remotely comparable to the volume of air traffic that our country holds,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Bloomberg Government.
Collins as chairman of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has made funding for the NextGen air traffic control modernization project a priority. The funding is meant to address technology needs and enable better airspace management, Collins said.
“I view our airspace as public and appropriate for government control and regulations and not something to be turned over to a private entity,” Collins said.
OMB reorg proposal again floats FAA spinoff
By Brianna Gurciullo,
06/21/2018 01:10 PM EDT
As part of a sweeping government reorganization proposal, the administration is again calling for air traffic control to be separated from the FAA — just months after President Donald Trump put the kibosh on a prominent House bill that would've done just that.
"Spinning FAA air traffic control services out of the government, to a non-profit entity, similar to the Canadian system, has strong policy merits, evidenced by the approximately 60 countries that have shifted air traffic control responsibilities to non-governmental providers," the proposal reads.
Rep. Bill Shuster's bill to separate air traffic control operations from the FAA, H.R. 2997 (115), was shelved after the White House declined to help bring GOP holdouts on board with the bill.
The plan also calls for splitting the Saint Lawrence Seaway lock operations away from the federal government.
In addition, the Trump administration proposes taking the Army Corps of Engineers' civil works division out of the Defense Department and placing it under DOT and the Interior Department. DOT would be responsible for commercial navigation.
The administration also suggests giving DOT, instead of the Coast Guard, control over "permitting alterations to bridges and aids to coastal navigation." And, under the proposal, DOT would take over surface transportation oversight from TSA and the job of administering transit security grants from FEMA.
Finally, the document raises its concern about DOT's Office of the Secretary having "programmatic responsibilities that have traditionally been carried out by operating administrations."
"Executing these programmatic responsibilities while simultaneously performing its more traditional oversight and management functions has been challenging and has stressed OST's organizational structure," it reads, going on to recommend a study that includes "potential alternative structures."
Urgent Message: Oppose Airline Efforts to Control ATC System
Though a last minute amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4) being considered in the U.S. House, Chairman Shuster and the big airlines are seeking to create an advisory council that will effectively control our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. This is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to give control of the system to the big airlines and we must take action today.
The House will consider H.R. 4 tomorrow, so please contact Congress now and let them know you are opposed to creation of the Aerospace Management Advisory Council in Section 5 of the manager’s amendment.
Our major concerns with the Advisory Council are:
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