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New York's JFK Runway Closure Starts Feb. 27


A long-term runway construction project at New York's JFK International Airport (JFK) will begin on Feb. 27. The project will be phased over three phases which will extend into late 2017. During certain times, ground delay programs for arrivals are likely during peak times. Departure delays are also likely during peak departure periods. Read more here:: New York's JFK Runway Closure Starts Feb. 27… Read more ...

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Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in January 2017


Teterboro Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport remained the top two airports ranked by acukwik.com user traffic for the third consecutive month in January 2017, according to site metrics. The top six airports were stable. CSV File: top-50-business-aviation-airports-worldwide-january-2017.txt Off Images read more Read more here:: Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in January 2017… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Each month on FAA.gov, were providing pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community. Safety Enhancements: Preventing Loss of ControlThis month were focused on personal minimums and how to integrate these important safety measures into your flight planning. Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is a critical element in flight safety. It covers every task you perform, from preflight to securing your aircraft after flight. It helps you and your passengers reach your destination safely. Personal minimums are the pilot's set of procedures, rules, criteria, and guidelines that help the pilot, decide whether, and under what conditions, to operate (or continue operating) in the National Airspace System. Simply put, they are the minimum conditions you need for safe flight. Theyre personal because they pertain to YOU! Take the time to develop your personal minimums and please consider: Have you developed or recently reviewed your personal minimums? If not, you should consider doing so before your next flight.A Certificated Flight Instructor can provide guidance and help you perform a more accurate self-assessment of your flying.Once youve developed your personal minimums, write them down and keep them in a place where you can easily refer to them.Refer to personal minimums often!… Read more ...

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Video tip: iPad gotchas and hidden features


By Bret Koebbe The iPad is one of the best consumer tablets on the market for pilots, thanks to its bright screen, great battery life and aviation application support. It's not perfect, though, and our latest... ... Read more here:: Video tip: iPad gotchas and hidden features… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-08


NBAA Requests Appeals Court Review of SMO Settlement Agreement Podcast: Majority of Voters Against ATC Privatization, Survey Shows New, More Accurate Convective Forecast Product Now Available Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-08… Read more ...

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Cloudahoy 5.0 brings new technology to flight debriefing


By Bret Koebbe CloudAhoy has found a lot of fans among general aviation pilots because of its powerful flight logging and debriefing tools. The new version 5.0 expands its usefulness by bringing new technology to... ... Read more here:: Cloudahoy 5.0 brings new technology to flight debriefing… Read more ...

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Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced today that registration is underway for the 2017 UAS Symposium scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, from March 27 to 29. The FAA and AUVSI are co-sponsoring this years event, which will bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss topics of high interest to the fast-growing unmanned aircraft (UAS) community. It will focus on industry partnerships as well as how to overcome technical challenges to safe UAS operations. Last years first UAS Symposium in Daytona Beach, FL, drew hundreds of interested participants and gave the FAA wide-ranging viewpoints that are helping inform the agencys long-term planning for UAS integration. The three-day 2017 event promises to be an equally valuable session for all the participants and their organizations. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address on March 27. Presentations and workshops are planned on issues such as the current and future regulatory environment, progress toward integrating UAS, unmanned aircraft research initiatives, counter-UAS evaluations and international UAS collaboration. For more information about this years symposium or to register, go to: http://www.auvsi.org/faa2017/home Read more here:: Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live… Read more ...

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Security Experts Offer Three Considerations for International Ground Transportation


Ensuring the safety of passengers and crew doesn't end when an aircraft reaches its destination. All parties must then be delivered securely to their final stop - a task that can be more challenging when traveling internationally. The factors that go into choosing ground transportation option are the subject of a March 13 panel discussion to be held at NBAA's 2017 International Operators Conference. Read more here:: Security Experts Offer Three Considerations for International Ground Transportation… Read more ...

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Podcast: Majority of Voters Against ATC Privatization, Survey Shows


A majority of registered voters are against privatizing the ATC system, according to a new survey conducted for the Alliance for Aviation Across America, the Air Care Alliance and the League of Rural Voters. The survey of 800 registered voters found that 62 percent are against privatization, noted Selena Shilad, executive director of Alliance. "People generally feel that the FAA should be running air traffic control," Shilad said. "That's a public government function, and that should reside within the FAA." Read more here:: Podcast: Majority of Voters Against ATC Privatization, Survey Shows… Read more ...

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New, More Accurate Convective Forecast Product Now Available


The National Weather Service is implementing a new convective weather product on Feb. 15 - the Traffic Flow Management Convective Forecast (TCF) - which will allow for a more accurate representation of forecasted convective weather. The TCF will have a look and feel that is similar to the CDM Convective Forecast Product, which it is replacing. "This new product will provide operators with more accurate and timely forecasts," said John Kosak, NBAA Air Traffic Services specialist and staff liaison for the NBAA Weather Subcommittee. "Because this is a return to a human-in-the-loop convective product, the users will collaborate on the final product, which will allow a more accurate representation of the forecast convective weather." Read more here:: New, More Accurate Convective Forecast Product Now Available… Read more ...

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Sporty’s launches 2017 Learn to Fly app


By John Zimmerman Sporty's has offered flight training courses specifically made for the iPhone and iPad since 2012, combining video segments and written test prep features. While the Learn to Fly App has seen a... ... Read more here:: Sporty’s launches 2017 Learn to Fly app… Read more ...

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ATC Delays Expected During Southern California Metroplex Implementation Starting March 2


Significant changes to airspace procedures associated with the Southern California Metroplex Phase Two implementation on March 2 will likely cause delays for operators. The delays may be attributed to air traffic control traffic management initiatives for one to two weeks, as the local controllers adjust to the procedural airspace changes. Read more here:: ATC Delays Expected During Southern California Metroplex Implementation Starting March 2… Read more ...

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Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus


WASHINGTON The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) held its second meeting on January 31 in Reno, NV. The DAC is an RTCA Federal Advisory Committee comprised of executives who represent a wide array of stakeholders including: unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators, traditional aviation groups, labor organizations, radio and navigation equipment manufacturers, airport operators, state and local government officials, and academia. During the meeting, the committee reviewed three draft tasking statements: (1) the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments in regulating and enforcing drone laws; (2) technological and regulatory mechanisms that would allow drone operators to gain access to the airspace beyond what the agency currently permits under the Small UAS Rule; and (3) funding to offset the cost of supporting unmanned aircraft integration into the nations airspace. The DAC approved the first two task group statements with edits which have subsequently been finalized. The statements for Task Group 1 and Task Group 2 are available online. The FAA received the DACs feedback on the third tasking statement and will finalize it over the coming weeks. The third tasking statement will be posted on RTCAs website. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the DAC in May 2016. The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to work in partnership to identify and recommend a single, consensus-based set of resolutions for issues related to the safety and efficiency of integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. It also provides the FAA with recommendations that may be used for tactical and strategic planning. The next DAC meeting will be held on May 3 in Washington, DC. Information about the DAC, including meetings, is available on RTCAs website. Read more here:: Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus… Read more ...

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Blackwater Founder Discusses His New Frontier


Blackwater founder Erik Prince sat down with Aviation Week editors to discuss his new China-facing transportation services company, Donald Trump and other issues. read more Read more here:: Blackwater Founder Discusses His New Frontier… Read more ...

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Blackwater Founder Discusses His New Frontier


Blackwater founder Erik Prince sat down with Aviation Week editors to discuss his new China-facing transportation services company, Donald Trump and other issues. read more Read more here:: Blackwater Founder Discusses His New Frontier… Read more ...

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U.S. Helicopter Accidents Decrease


WASHINGTON DC The U.S. helicopter accident rate and the fatal helicopter accident rate have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. The overall accident rate fell to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with 3.67 accidents in 2015. The fatal accident rate fell slightly to 0.51 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with a 0.52 rate in 2015. However, the rate is down from 0.65 in 2014 and 1.02 in 2013. In raw numbers, there were 106 helicopter accidents in 2016, including 17 fatal accidents. That is a 12 percent decrease compared to the previous year and a 27 percent decrease compared to 2013. Total AccidentsTotal Accident RateFatal AccidentsFatalAccident Rate20161063.19170.5120151213.67170.5220141384.26210.6520131464.95301.02 The FAA and the helicopter industry have worked together to educate the civil helicopter community about safe practices, to drive these improved results, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The FAA and the industry also are taking an active role in advancing safety through new technology, collaborative policy changes and proactive outreach. The FAA and the helicopter industry have worked together through groups such as the International Helicopter Safety Team and the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team to prevent accidents. The effort is achieving success through a series of proactive measures: Creating a culture of safety The FAA has encouraged helicopter companies and individual pilots to promote safety in the workplace. Efforts include establishing a system where anyone can report an unsafe condition without fear of reprisal, making every employee a champion of safety, and establishing safety training programs for mechanics, pilots and other employees. Cutting the red tape The FAA issued the Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment policy in 2013 after consultations with industry. The policy allows operators and manufacturers to install safety equipment through a streamlined and less expensive approval process. The policy seeks to strike a balance between risk and safety through a common-sense approach.… Read more ...

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Where are chart supplements and legends in ForeFlight?


By John Zimmerman Looking for MOA altitudes, chart legends, Restricted Area frequencies and all those other little chart notes? Here's where to find them in ForeFlight. ... Read more here:: Where are chart supplements and legends in ForeFlight?… Read more ...

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NBAA Requests Appeals Court Review of Santa Monica Airport Settlement Agreement


NBAA has joined with five additional airport stakeholders to petition the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the recent decision by the FAA that negatively affects the future of California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). Read more here:: NBAA Requests Appeals Court Review of Santa Monica Airport Settlement Agreement… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-07


Video: NBAA Celebrates 70 Years in 70 Seconds NBAA Calls for Modernized ATC That Serves All Americans Record-Breaking NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Delivers Premier Education, Business Opportunities Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-07… Read more ...

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Video: NBAA Celebrates 70 Years in 70 Seconds


Today marks NBAA's 70th anniversary - a significant milestone the association will commemorate all year long. When NBAA has founded on Feb. 13, 1947, it was with a goal of advocating for access to airspace and airports for its members, as well as promoting safety and professionalism in the industry. These goals are still at the forefront of NBAA's mission. This video highlights 70 years of business aircraft, 70 years of enhanced productivity and 70 years of NBAA events in support of business aviation. Read more here:: Video: NBAA Celebrates 70 Years in 70 Seconds… Read more ...

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