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NBAA Supporting SkyKids Event Coming to Scottsdale Airport Nov. 8

On Nov. 8, Arizonaâ??s Scottsdale Airport (SDL) will host a fun-filled day of flights, food and festivities for an expected 150 children, who all have physical or mental disabilities, or serious illnesses. “It’s a very special day and a great event,” said Ken Casey, chairman of the Scottsdale SkyKids day, and vice president of the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), the primary sponsor of the event. â??Itâ??s very exciting for the kids to go out and fly. For many of them, itâ??s their first exposure to aviation.â?? NBAA also is a sponsor of the event.

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NBAA’s Fornarotto Addresses Airport Group’s Sustainability Forum

Every industry is considering the impact of its activities on the environment, , and business aviation has always had a solid record in this area. Although aviation emissions are only a tiny fraction of all transportation emissions, and business aircraft emissions are a small portion of those, the industry has continually leveraged technology to minimize emissions, while improving safety and efficiency.
That record was highlighted by Christa Fornarotto, NBAAâ??s vice president, government affairs at the 7th annual Airports Going Green Conference in Chicago on Nov. 3.

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FAA Announces New NOTAM Header Format for Conflict Zones, Crisis Situations

The FAA recently announced new notice to airmen (NOTAM) header formats for conflict zones and international crisis situations. New NOTAMs will be shown as an advisory, a prohibition, or a pointer NOTAM that direct the reader to a related special federal aviation regulation. “These new header formats will help pilots more easily glean the most importation information from the NOTAM,” said John Kosak, an air traffic management specialist at NBAA. “Is the NOTAM advisory in nature or is the NOTAM a new prohibition? Pilots will be able to quickly determine the critical nature of a NOTAM based on the new header system.”

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CBP Mandates Screening Procedures to Prevent Spread of Ebola

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently published a notice of arrival travel restrictions applicable to flights carrying people who have recently traveled to, from or through certain Ebola-stricken countries. The affected countries are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. “We encourage all Member Companies to be conscientious when carrying persons from abroad, but especially from countries identified by CBP,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of international and regulatory affairs. “Our Member Companies know their passengers and their recent travel itineraries, but we encourage the community to be smart about flying anyone who looks or act ill, regardless of the departure or destination country.”

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New iPad app for flight instructors

By Bret Koebbe A new iPad app recently hit the app store designed specifically for CFIs, that provides helpful resources to keep your student’s training organized and provide the content needed to effectively teach…


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Garmin Introduces Low-cost ADS-B OUT Solution for Aircraft

By Chad Trautvetter

Garmin announced the GDL 84 ADS-B datalink, which provides an all-inclusive, minimally intrusive ADS-B OUT solution without the need to significantly modify the aircraft panel or the need for a multifunction display. When paired with Garmin’s Flight Stream Bluetooth wireless gateway, the system also provides ADS-B IN benefits, including access to advanced traffic and subscription-free weather information, within the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device. The GDL 84 is expected to receive FAA Approved Model List supplemental type certification in the first quarter. The GDL 84 system with the Flight Stream 110 wireless gateway is expected to be available at that time starting at $3,995, Garmin said.

October 30, 2014, 3:25 PM

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FAA and Industry Meet To Address ADS-B Issues, Fixes

By Chad Trautvetter

The FAA and U.S. aviation industry have formed an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Under a May 2010 final FAA rule, operators in the U.S. must equip their aircraft with ADS-B OUT to broadcast their precise position in space to ground controllers and other equipped aircraft by Jan. 1, 2020. The agency has installed a nationwide network of ADS-B ground stations, but aircraft operators are lagging in installing the necessary avionics. In fact, a DOT Inspector General report issued last month found that only 3 percent of airliners and 10 percent of general aviation aircraft are equipped with ADS-B thus far.

At Tuesday’s meeting, which was not open to the press, industry representatives identified “key barriers” to ADS-B equipage. NBAA vice president of regulatory and international affairs Doug Carr attended the meeting and told AIN that he outlined three main problems: ADS-B avionics price, to include low-cost loans for equipage; ensuring ADS-B avionics also meet requirements in countries outside the U.S.; and privacy, since blocked aircraft can be tracked via a network of ADS-B receivers hosted by aviation enthusiasts. Carr also offered several solutions to these problems.

October 30, 2014, 3:30 PM

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Garmin Expands Coverage Area for European FliteCharts

By Chad Trautvetter

Garmin expanded its global aviation chart coverage with the latest release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams. Ground movement charts and airport diagrams are also available as part of the European FliteCharts database, Garmin said. The latest release extends coverage to following countries: Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; and Ukraine. Aircraft overlays of current aircraft position are available on Garmin’s FliteCharts.

October 30, 2014, 3:10 PM

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Statement on MITRE’S Independent Assessment and Recommendations for NextGen

Study of NextGen validates that the FAA has made substantial progress to date.

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African Trade Mission Visits NBAA for Discussions on Improving General Aviation

Seeking information about how to better support aviation in Africa, and make it more efficient, productive and economical, a 20-member delegation visited NBAA’s Washington, DC headquarters on Oct. 28, after spending three days in Orlando, FL at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014). NBAA’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown said he spoke to the delegates about “how the United States regulates business aviation and how NBAA engages with all levels of government â?” local, state, and federal â?” and the media to improve the safety, security and efficiency of our members’ operations” Sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the group was scheduled for a 12-day visit to the U.S.

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