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Learn how to use 4 hidden features in Garmin Pilot with new video tips


By Bret Koebbe It hasn't taken long for today's aviation EFB apps to become fairly similar in their core capabilities, offering flight planning, weather, digital charts and in-flight navigation. Each app has some... ... Read more here:: Learn how to use 4 hidden features in Garmin Pilot with new video tips… Read more ...

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Aviation Loses Friend, Advocate With Arnold Palmer’s Passing


There were times when golf legend Arnold Palmer was not a golfer. Those were the times he spent in the cockpit of an airplane. read more Read more here:: Aviation Loses Friend, Advocate With Arnold Palmer’s Passing… Read more ...

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NBAA-BACE Report


As one of the largest trade shows in the country, NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is always a must-attend event. The convention, which runs from Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL, will feature more than 1,100 indoor exhibitors and more than 100 aircraft on two static displays. Read more here:: NBAA-BACE Report… Read more ...

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Industry Safety in Focus at NBAA's Annual Convention


Safety continues to be a paramount concern within the business aviation community. Whether you fly a single-engine airplane or a long-range business jet, operators are encouraged to participate in the wide range of safety-related forums taking place throughout the upcoming NBAA-BACE, which takes place Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL. Read more here:: Industry Safety in Focus at NBAA's Annual Convention… Read more ...

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Aviation Champion Sen. Bill Nelson to Receive NBAA's Highest Honor


NBAA announced that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), a longtime champion of general aviation, will receive NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation Award during the association's 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL. Read more here:: Aviation Champion Sen. Bill Nelson to Receive NBAA's Highest Honor… Read more ...

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Kenmore Air Floatplane Operation, Now 70, Earned Its Cachet


Stepping back in time Even Harrison Ford applauds this unique operation, started in 1946 by three World War II vets. read more Read more here:: Kenmore Air Floatplane Operation, Now 70, Earned Its Cachet… Read more ...

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NBAA Welcomes FAA's Prompt Investigation into SMO Evictions


NBAA welcomed quick action by the FAA to investigate an attempt by the city of Santa Monica, CA to evict two of Santa Monica Municipal Airport's (SMO) longstanding service providers. Read more here:: NBAA Welcomes FAA's Prompt Investigation into SMO Evictions… Read more ...

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Data Comm Now at Washington Dulles


September 27 The revolutionary NextGen technology called Data Communications (Data Comm) is now operational at Washington Dulles International Airport. There is tremendous benefit in this change in the way pilots and air traffic controllers communicate, said Jim Eck, Assistant Administrator for NextGen. Data Comm will allow passengers to get off the tarmac, into the air and to their destinations more quickly. Airlines will be able to stay on schedule and packages will be delivered on time. The media saw Data Comm in action today during a tour of the Dulles air traffic control tower, a UPS Boeing 767 and a United Airlines Boeing 777. The FAA demonstrated how the NextGen technology enhances safety and reduces delays by providing text-based messaging capabilities between air traffic controllers and pilots. Representatives from the FAA, UPS, United Airlines, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand to give their perspective on a technology that is revolutionizing critical communications, beginning with departure clearance services at 56 airports before expanding to enroute airspace. Leveraging equipment already installed on many aircraft, air traffic controllers and pilots are sending and receiving important flight information using digital text-based messages. At towers with Data Comm such as Dulles, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews view the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system. Time savings is another major benefit. For instance, when pilots read back a series of complicated waypoints in a clearance with even one mistake called a readback/hearback error they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. A departure clearance using voice communications can take two to three times longer than one via Data Comm and even longer as traffic increases.… Read more ...

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Better International Trip Planning


Sponsored by Jeppesen The aviation world is changing from top to bottom; those who don't keep up are aced out. If you don't have the right equipment, permits, and know how, you may not be allowed to complete your Point A to Point B objectives. read more Read more here:: Better International Trip Planning… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents


September 27- The FAA and General Aviation (GA) groups #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices for calculating and predicting aircraft performance, and operating within established aircraft limitations. Impairment may cause a pilot to exceed these limitations and lose control of the aircraft. Are You an Impaired Pilot?Of course not, you may say. But, impairment doesnt just cover illegal drugs and alcohol. Fatigue and over-the-counter or prescription drugs can lead to impairment, too. Have you flown tired, because youre eager to get home, thinking youll rest later?Have you had a drink at dinner, and thought you were fine to fly home?How about your cold medicine? Did you know it can cause impairment too? Its important to know the risk of taking risks with your safety and the safety of those who fly with you. Fit to fly means free of ANY impairment, including drugs, alcohol, or fatigue. What Do the Regs Say?The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require full fitness for flight. You must be well-rested and free of distraction, and you must be free of drugs and alcohol. Eight hours bottle to throttle is a minimum. Do not fly if you feel a little bit off. The FAA does not hesitate to act aggressively when pilots violate the alcohol and drug provisions of the FARs. Fatal Results According to the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, between 6 and 14 percent of pilot fatalities are alcohol related. The FAA calculated those statistics by analyzing blood and tissue samples from pilots who have died in aviation accidents.Further analysis of pilots who died in an accident shows some used prescription drugs such as common sleep aids and cold remedies, without realizing that these drugs could make them unfit to fly.A number of studies have found that a pilots performance can be impaired by only a few drinks, even after the pilots blood alcohol content (BAC) has returned to zero.… Read more ...

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FlightSafety International's Bruce Whitman to Receive NBAA's American Spirit Award


FlightSafety International Chairman, President, and CEO Bruce Whitman, who has been with FlightSafety International for 55 years, has been selected to receive the prestigious NBAA American Spirit Award in recognition of his commitment to helping others throughout the global aviation community. Read more here:: FlightSafety International's Bruce Whitman to Receive NBAA's American Spirit Award… Read more ...

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Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in August 2016


Teterboro Airport again was the business aviation airport viewed more than any other by acukwik.com users. read more Read more here:: Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in August 2016… Read more ...

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SiriusXM Aviation Receiver brings satellite weather to ForeFlight


By John Zimmerman As popular as XM Weather has become, the company (now called SiriusXM after a merger) has largely missed out on the iPad boom. That might be changing now, with the announcement today that the... ... Read more here:: SiriusXM Aviation Receiver brings satellite weather to ForeFlight… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 16-39


NBAA Mourns Arnold Palmer's Passing, Dedicates 2016 Convention to Golf Legend, Aviation Champion NBAA Report Calls for Renewed Emphasis on Pre-Takeoff Flight-Control Checks NBAA: Samsung Phone Recall Highlights Lithium Battery Concerns Read more here:: NBAA Update, 16-39… Read more ...

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NBAA Mourns Arnold Palmer's Passing, Dedicates 2016 Convention to Golf Legend, Aviation Champion


NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reflected with sadness on the passing of Arnold Palmer, an American icon, golf legend and long-standing advocate for business aviation. Read more here:: NBAA Mourns Arnold Palmer's Passing, Dedicates 2016 Convention to Golf Legend, Aviation Champion… Read more ...

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Podcast: Antaya Counts on Business Aviation to Keep High-Tech Equipment Safe


Antaya Science & Technology is developing a particle accelerator for proton beam therapy that delivers targeted doses of radiation to cancer cells. This work requires transporting a delicate electromagnet to vendors that make specialty components. This equipment can't just travel by truck or commercial airline - only business aviation can ensure it gets to where it needs to go, said Dr. Timothy Antaya. Read more here:: Podcast: Antaya Counts on Business Aviation to Keep High-Tech Equipment Safe… Read more ...

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Tips On Using SiriusXM Satellite Weather In ForeFlight


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By Scott Dennstaedt With the release of ForeFlight Mobile 8.1 you now have the opportunity to use the best portable en route weather system available courtesy of our partnership with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight subscription tier has been uniquely designed to provide all of the essential weather data during every phase of flight. In fact, within about 15 minutes of turning on the SXAR1 and connecting to the ForeFlight Mobile app, you'll have seamless access to a comprehensive set of weather products well before you close the door on the cockpit and depart. Here are some of my tips to safely use this unique collection of weather data. SiriusXM radar depiction of Hurricane Hermine as it approached the Florida coast in early September. The SiriusXM source label Knowing the source of the data you are using is paramount since weather data ages quickly. When connected to the SXAR1, you'll see a SiriusXM label under the tappable timestamp button in the upper left of the Map view. Moreover, every weather product provided through the SiriusXM broadcast includes a source label in parentheses along with its relative age like the one depicted in the image below. This is similar to the ADS-B label shown when connected to Stratus. While connected to the SXAR1 in flight, always be sure to check for the presence of the SiriusXM label. Seeing this label will confirm that you are using the most current weather available. Products received from the SiriusXM broadcast and displayed in ForeFlight will be labeled with a SiriusXM tag along side the product's age as shown here for a terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF) for the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Lightning During the warm season, lightning from ground-based sensors is perhaps one of the most critical weather elements to have available in the cockpit.… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 10 and ForeFlight


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By ForeFlight UPDATE September 26, 2016: ForeFlight 8.1, now available on the App Store, is all-clear for use with Apple iOS 10.0.2. We appreciate your patience during the testing process and hope you enjoy the new features in Apple's biggest iOS release yet. ORIGINAL POST September 9, 2016: Apple released iOS 10 to the public on Tuesday, September 13th. We are continuing to conduct thorough testing on iOS 10 to ensure full compatibility with ForeFlight. Please stay tuned to our Read more here:: Apple iOS 10 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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SiriusXM Aviation Weather and Logbook Currency Details in ForeFlight 8.1


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By ForeFlight With ForeFlight 8.1 we introduce support for SiriusXM's powerful SXAR1 Aviation Weather Receiver, which supplies ForeFlight with high resolution radar with storm cell attributes and tracks, lightning, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, TFRs, and more. In addition, more of your logbook data is now in easy reach with Currency Details and access to Custom Field data in Reports. Download ForeFlight Mobile version 8.1 in the Apple App Store today! Powerful, Portable Satellite Weather from SiriusXM We're excited to announce that we have partnered with SiriusXM to offer a portable XM weather solution to ForeFlight customers in the form of the SXAR1 Aviation Receiver. This compact, lightweight device wirelessly delivers a wide range of XM weather products to ForeFlight Mobile, including both composite and lowest-tilt NEXRAD radar, storm cell attributes like echo tops and tracks, AIRMETs and SIGMETs, TFRs, METARs, TAFs, winds aloft, and more, as well as GPS position. Future updates will unlock even more capabilities that will continue to make the SXAR1 a powerful inflight weather solution. Check out Scott Dennstaedt's article for some great insight and tips for using SiriusXM weather inflight. Because it receives weather information from satellites, the SXAR1 bypasses many of the limitations affecting the delivery of FIS-B weather. The SXAR1 provides nationwide weather with no coverage gaps, minimum altitudes, or line-of-sight restrictions – all it needs is a clear view of the sky. The built-in rechargeable battery and Bluetooth connectivity eliminates the need for wires in the cockpit. Coinciding with ForeFlight 8.1, SiriusXM is introducing the new Pilot for ForeFlight weather subscription package specifically designed for this integration. SiriusXM is also offering a $200 savings to pilots who buy the SXAR1 and activate the new subscription package. Learn more at foreflight.com/siriusxm. Currency Details and Custom Field Data in Logbook ForeFlight Logbook continues to improve with new ways to access important flight data.… Read more ...

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IS-BAO Remains Acceptable Solution to EASA Part-TCO SMS Requirements


NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council have confirmed that IS-BAO registration will satisfy safety management system requirements as part of EASA's third-country operator requirements, which go into effect Nov. 26, according to European Aviation Safety Agency and the FAA. Read more here:: IS-BAO Remains Acceptable Solution to EASA Part-TCO SMS Requirements… Read more ...

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