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Finally – an iPad mount with built-in fans


By John Zimmerman There is finally a good option for pilots worried about overheating iPads, with the release of the X-Naut Active Cooling Mount. This cradle has a vented case and built-in cooling fans that direct... ... Read more here:: Finally – an iPad mount with built-in fans… Read more ...

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Bulletin: July 22 Data Updates


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By ForeFlight Data Team New downloads are available for the July 21, 2016 – August 18, 2016 period. An updated New York Sectional has been released with the correct depiction of Prohibited Area P-67. This addresses an FAA Safety Alert. A new Airport and Nav Database (July 22 Update) is also available. This improves Procedure Advisor data at several airports. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: July 22 Data Updates… Read more ...

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NBAA's Long-Sought RVSM Rule Changes Take Effect


As of Aug. 19, business aircraft operators seeking authorization to fly in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace will no longer be required to develop a separate maintenance program for RVSM equipment, thanks to a rule change driven by NBAA's ongoing collaboration with the FAA to simplify RVSM-approval compliance for the industry. The revision streamlines the approvals process by recognizing that maintenance of RVSM-related avionics and equipment is already covered by existing FAA airworthiness and maintenance requirements. "We're extremely pleased to see the FAA issue this final rule, which is the latest in a number of NBAA's ongoing efforts to address operational concerns facing our members," said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. Read more here:: NBAA's Long-Sought RVSM Rule Changes Take Effect… Read more ...

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NBAA Reaches Out to Aviation Community From New Location at AirVenture


2NBAA members attending the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh will find the association's tent in a new location for 2016, but still the place to meet with NBAA staff and other members. "AirVenture provides an opportunity to meet informally with the officials and members of other aviation organizations, such as EAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association," said Steve Hadley, NBAA's regional program manager and Southwest regional representative, who will be attending the event. Read more here:: NBAA Reaches Out to Aviation Community From New Location at AirVenture… Read more ...

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Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Looking Ahead to 2017 Conference


NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is actively planning education sessions and other events for the 2017 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2017), set for Feb. 7 to 10 in Fort Worth, TX. "Attendees can expect programming geared toward professional development, but specifically we're focusing on teamwork, leadership and communication," said committee Chairwoman Danielle Gordon. Read more here:: Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Looking Ahead to 2017 Conference… Read more ...

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Use of LEENA FIVE STAR for GA Arrivals into LAX Extended Until 2017


Due to a runway and taxiway construction project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), general aviation aircraft operators arriving from the north and west can expect to be routed to arrive on the south side of the airport via the LEENA FIVE STAR until May 15, 2017. Read more here:: Use of LEENA FIVE STAR for GA Arrivals into LAX Extended Until 2017… Read more ...

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Democratic Convention is a No Drone Zone


Like its Republican counterpart in Cleveland, next weeks Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is a No Drone Zone. Philadelphia and its surrounding communities are off limits to drones under flight restrictions the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put in place from 2 p.m. on July 25 through 5 a.m. on July 29. The restricted area is a circle of airspace 30 nautical miles in radius around the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia. Flying a drone anywhere in the restricted area during the Democratic Convention is against the law. Violating the airspace may result in criminal or civil charges. The restriction applies to all unmanned aircraft, including radio-controlled model aircraft. The FAA has posted a No Drone Zone video for the convention at: https://youtu.be/QT76JBKmPCE In addition to the drone restrictions, airspace restrictions also will be in place for traditional manned aircraft during the convention within the 30 nautical mile radius ring and within two even more restricted rings of airspace within a three-mile radius and a 10-mile radius of the convention venue. Gateway airport procedures will be in effect for general aviation aircraft flying into and out of Philadelphia International Airport. The gateway airports are Harrisburg International Airport, PA, and Westchester County Airport, NY. TSA will provide daily screening during limited hours while the restrictions are in place. The FAA recommends that all non-regularly-scheduled air carriers and air cargo operators check with the airport or fixed-based operators for parking reservations because of the heavy volume of expected flights and limited parking. Pilots can view the temporary flight restrictions at: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_3975.html Read more here:: Democratic Convention is a No Drone Zone… Read more ...

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July 21 Data Updates


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By ForeFlight Data Team New downloads are available for the July 21, 2016 – August 18, 2016 period. New Taxi Diagrams and A/FD and Terminal Procedures are available for the state of Arizona. This update adds a missing taxiway on the Airport Diagram at KFFZ (Falcon Field) and addresses an FAA Safety Alert. New Visual Navigation Charts are also available for our Canada region customers. The Vancouver VTA and Anticosti, Gander, Moncton, and Vancouver VNC charts have been updated. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: July 21 Data Updates… Read more ...

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Garmin Pilot app adds Jepp charts and new wireless capabilities


By Bret Koebbe The Garmin Pilot app took a big leap forward this week, adding Jeppesen terminal chart support and a set of new wireless features that work exclusively with the new Flight Stream 510 MultiMedia card. ... Read more here:: Garmin Pilot app adds Jepp charts and new wireless capabilities… Read more ...

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Building an Oceanic Flight Plan


How to make your oceanic crossing as safe and efficient as possible The process of creating a safe, fuel-efficient and regulatory-compliant oceanic flight plan actually begins with the compilation of a comprehensive international operations manual based on standardized procedures and best practices. read more Read more here:: Building an Oceanic Flight Plan… Read more ...

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Regional Fractional Operators PlaneSense, Executive AirShare Expand


The little guys are gaining share Some “fractional” jet ownership enterprises soared briefly before contracting, crashing or quietly folding, but two entities have beaten the odds. read more Read more here:: Regional Fractional Operators PlaneSense, Executive AirShare Expand… Read more ...

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FAA Improves Runway Conditions Reporting


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other members of the aviation community have developed new standards to improve safety at U.S. airports during inclement weather. On October 1, 2016, U.S. airports, airline flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) standards to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors. The FAA developed the standards based on the work of the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which was formed after the December 2005 overrun accident at Chicago Midway Airport. In that accident, Southwest Flight 1248 ran off the end of the runway and into a city street after landing during a snowstorm. As a result of the committees work, the FAA has developed a new method for airports and air traffic controllers to communicate actual runway conditions to the pilots in terms that directly relate to the way a particular aircraft is expected to perform. TALPA improves the way the aviation community assesses runway conditions, based on contaminant type and depth, which provides an aircraft operator with the effective information to anticipate airplane braking performance. Airport operators will use the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) to categorize runway conditions and pilots will use it to interpret reported runway conditions. The RCAM is presented in a standardized format, based on airplane performance data supplied by airplane manufacturers, for each of the stated contaminant types and depths. The RCAM replaces subjective judgments of runway conditions with objective assessments tied directly to contaminant type and depth categories. For example, using todays assessment process, a runway that is covered with two inches of dry snow would be reported as FICON 2IN DRY SN OBSERVED AT 1601010139. 1601010151-1601020145 along with Mu values as TAP MU 29/27/29 OBSERVED AT 1601010139.… Read more ...

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AT&T Testing May Interfere With Radio Altimeters Around Austin, Texas


AT&T has launched an experimental 5G cell phone system in the Austin, TX, area, which operates on a frequency immediately next to the frequencies used by aircraft radio altimeters. NBAA urges members to closely monitor the performance of their radio altimeters, and report any anomalies immediately to ATC. Read more here:: AT&T Testing May Interfere With Radio Altimeters Around Austin, Texas… Read more ...

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iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 9.3.3


By Bret Koebbe Apple recently released iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone and iPad, which focuses on under-the-hood bug fixes and security updates. ... Read more here:: iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 9.3.3… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 9.3.3 and ForeFlight


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By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 9.3.3 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Read more here:: Apple iOS 9.3.3 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 16-29


NBAA Commends Congress for Passage of FAA Funding Extension Bolen: FAA Extension an Important Milestone, But Much Work to be Done Podcast: What's the Latest on Drone Policies? Read more here:: NBAA Update, 16-29… Read more ...

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Message to Members: An Important Milestone, But Much Work to Be Done


While activism by the business aviation community in the FAA reauthorization debate has been key in shaping a recent, 14-month funding extension for the FAA, the debate over reauthorization is far from over, and much work remains ahead, NBAA President and CEO ED Bolen said today, in an email message to members. "We must remain fit for the fight on ATC privatization, if and when it reemerges. That means we need to be vigilant, and ready to mobilize once again," Bolen noted. "Those supporting privatization proposals will continue to push their agenda on Capitol Hill, and we must continue to be prepared to meet that challenge." Read more here:: Message to Members: An Important Milestone, But Much Work to Be Done… Read more ...

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ForeFlight introduces all new map engine in latest update


By Bret Koebbe ForeFlight recently released their major mid-summer update to the app, which adds a new faster map engine, a base-reflectivity radar overlay, logbook sharing feature, firmware updates for Stratus... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight introduces all new map engine in latest update… Read more ...

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NBAA Flight Plan: What's the Latest on Drone Policies?


Meta: New regulations that apply to small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will go into effect Aug. 27. However, rules that apply to the operation of UAS weighing more than 55 pounds will generally be covered under FAR Part 91-57A, according to Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "While s-UAS rules go into effect at the end of next month, rules governing standard UAS - those weighing more than 55 pounds - really won't differ from those covering manned aircraft," said Lamond, who serves on the FAA's UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Read more here:: NBAA Flight Plan: What's the Latest on Drone Policies?… Read more ...

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Viewpoint: Centennial Celebration


We owe a lot to many The Aviation Week Network, of which Business & Commercial Aviation is a member, is celebrating a major milestone this month. “Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering,” the progenitor of what ultimately became Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine first appeared 100 years ago, Aug. 1, 1916. read more Read more here:: Viewpoint: Centennial Celebration… Read more ...

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