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4 new ForeFlight tips

By John Zimmerman One way ForeFlight Mobile has built such a loyal following is by constantly adding new features, so the app becomes more and more powerful over time. That’s a great benefit, but with those new…


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From the Archives: ForeFlight Mobile 1.0 B-Roll

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A friend sent in this video today. This is some B-roll of the the first ForeFlight marketing video we ever shot of ForeFlight Mobile (back then it was called “ForeFlight iPhone Edition”): version 1.0 from 2007. This was back when “apps” for the iPhone were just web pages. Developers were not able to make native apps until the summer of 2008, when ForeFlight Mobile 2.0 launched.


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NBAA’s Carr: Aviation Regulators Worldwide Must Use Data to Improve Safety, Not to Penalize

Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs, told attendees at a recent European aviation event that pilots and other aviation professionals must have confidence that operators and safety regulators will use safety reports and other information to improve safety and not to penalize individuals. Carr spoke at the Central Europe Private Aviation (CEPA) CEPA EXPO 2014: Business Growth Through Aviation, which was held Nov. 19 to 20 in Prague, Czech Republic. During the event, Carr also discussed a number of other safety topics, including safety data analysis, a review of 2013 business aviation accidents and the merits of developing a positive safety culture.

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FAA Rulings Reaffirm Agency’s Authority Over Airport Operations

The FAA recently made two determinations that carry ramifications for communities seeking to exert undue authority over the control of local airports. In a final policy statement published in the Federal Register earlier this month, the FAA reaffirmed its “long-standing policy” on the allocation of funds derived from taxes on aviation fuel, and the responsibilities of airports over funds that aren’t levied by the airports themselves. Generally, revenue raised by airports – including through taxation -must only be used for aviation-related purposes. The FAA also recently denied a petition by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to restrict easterly departures from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during overnight hours on certain nights.

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Static Display at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition

Business & Commercial’s senior editor Fred George takes a look at the static display at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando.

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Three Governors Affirm Industry’s Value

Governors of three states â?” Alabama, Georgia and Texas â?” recently issued renewed proclamations affirming their continued support for general aviation, including business aviation. All 50 states have officially recognized the value of GA, including business aviation, through proclamations that echo themes continually promoted by the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Launched in 2009 jointly by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, No Plane No Gain educates policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of business aviation to communities, citizens and companies across the U.S.

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NBAA Exhibitor Update, November 2014

November 2014
Exhibit at SDC2015 and Build Your Business
Make Plans to Exhibit at NBAA’s Regional Forums
Book Your Hotel Room for ABACE2015 in Shanghai, China
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NBAA Among 500 Industry Groups Making Push for Extending Tax Provisions

With the 2014 midterm elections over, Congress is likely to address only a few priorities before the new year. In a joint letter last week, NBAA and more than 500 other industry groups urged Congress to make extending several expired or expiring tax provisions â?” including accelerated depreciation â?” a top priority. Accelerated or â??bonusâ?? depreciation has been passed many times by Congress, and allows businesses to immediately deduct 50 percent of the cost of an investment. Businesses are not entitled to more depreciation; they simply are allowed to recover investment costs more quickly. Accelerated depreciation expired at the end of 2013, but over the last year NBAA and a broad coalition of industry groups have supported efforts in Congress to renew it retroactively as one of 57 tax â??extenders.â??

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FAA Makes Changes to Approvals for Extended Overwater Operations in WATRS Airspace

The FAA recently made changes to OpSpec/Management Specification (MSPec)/Letter of Authorization (LOA) B045, Extended Overwater Operations Using a Single Long-Range Communication System. The changes affect part 91K, 121, 125, or 135 operators utilizing a single long-range communication system in the West Atlantic Route System, Caribbean, or Gulf of Mexico. Operators must receive the mandatory new approval by April 23, 2015. The current template for B045 is combined for parts 121, 152 and 135, which causes confusion with respect to operational control organizations. The new templates are tailored to the operational control organization and communication requirements of each part.

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Puerto Rico Ports Authority Publishes Private Aviation Guide

The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), which owns and operates nine public-use airports in Puerto Rico, has published a Private Aviation Guide to provide pilots and operators with helpful operational information when flying to the Caribbean island territory. The guide covers an overview of Puerto Ricoâ??s airport system, including customs and immigration requirements and hours, arrival procedures, VRF transitions through the San Juan Class C airspace, and general FAQs related to flying to Puerto Rico. [].

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