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NBAA Update, #15-17

NBAA Highlights Safety Concerns, Reasonable Construct, for FAA's s-UAS Regs
FAA Studying Possible Noise-Policy Updates; NBAA Advocates for Science-Based Approach
NBAA, GAMA Take to Social Media to Promote No Plane No Gain Message

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NBAA Highlights Safety Concerns, Reasonable Construct, for FAA’s s-UAS Regs

In its response to the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking to govern commercial operations of small, unmanned aircraft systems, NBAA acknowledged the generally measured initial regulatory framework for the new category, but also outlined a number of concerns with the agency's plans.

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New RNAV STARs into San Francisco-Area Airports Set for April 30

Five new RNAV STARs will be implemented for the San Francisco-area airports on April 30. The new RNAV STARs will be optimized profile descent procedures for arrivals into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Sacramento International Airport(SMF). [].

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NBAA Flight Plan: Auburn University to Operate First UAS School in the Country

With unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) becoming more popular, the FAA has granted Auburn University approval to operate a new UAS Flight School as part of its Aviation Center. Auburn hopes to launch it's program in June, and will open the non-credit classes to anyone interested, not just Auburn students. "The reaction has been overwhelming," said Bill Hutto, director of Auburn's Aviation Center. "Weâ??ve gotten inquires from as far away as Oregon State." While the curriculum is still evolving, Hutto anticipates offering courses in pipeline inspection, use in agriculture and law enforcement and more.

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Bulletin: April 30 Data Updates

By ForeFlight Data Team

Data updates are now available to download for the April 30, 2015 – May 28, 2015 and April 30, 2015 – June 28, 2015 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams
  • North American Obstacles
  • Documents, including the EAA AirVenture 2015 NOTAM

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • World Area Charts
  • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Ocean Planning Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • Documents

An updated Terminal Procedures download for New York is also available for the April 2, 2015 – April 30, 2015 period to address a safety alert.

For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers:

  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • High and Low Enroutes
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Documents

For our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
  • CSA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents,
  • Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)
  • Airport/Facility Directory

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.


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Sun ‘n Fun iPad presentations now available

By Bret Koebbe The iPad was again a hot topic at Sun 'n Fun this past week and the subject of many seminars and forums. You can view the detailed slides from several of the presentations here.


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Arkansas Passes Flyaway and Maintenance Tax Exemption

To promote the state as a center of aviation and aerospace manufacturing, Arkansas' legislature recently passed a sales and use-tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, as well as a flyaway exemption for aircraft sales. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett, himself a pilot and the co-chair of the Aviation Caucus in the state's General Assembly. "There's an aerospace industry here in Arkansas that is first-class, but needs to be promoted beyond the state," said Jett. "We've got to do anything we can to make Arkansas more friendly to business aviation."

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Arkansas Passes Flyaway and Maintenance Tax Exemption

To promote the state as a center of aviation and aerospace manufacturing, Arkansas' legislature recently passed a sales and use-tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, as well as a flyaway exemption for aircraft sales. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett, himself a pilot and the co-chair of the Aviation Caucus in the state's General Assembly. "There's an aerospace industry here in Arkansas that is first-class, but needs to be promoted beyond the state," said Jett. "We've got to do anything we can to make Arkansas more friendly to business aviation."

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Editors’ Briefing: The Fortnight In Aerospace And Defense

Our roundup of the top stories in aerospace and defense from the last two weeks.

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FAA Releases Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM for Kentucky Derby

The FAA has released an air traffic procedures notice to airmen for the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY on May 2. There will be no FAA managed air traffic slot reservation program in place, however, there will be required departure routes out of the Louisville-area airports, as well as possible traffic management initiatives for arriving traffic between April 30 and May 3.

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