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Flying with the Garmin GDL 51 SiriusXM receiver


By John Zimmerman Garmin announced an all-new SiriusXM weather receiver this summer, the GDL 51, which finally brings satellite weather to the Garmin Pilot app (as well as Garmin portable GPSs like the Aera 660).... ... Read more here:: Flying with the Garmin GDL 51 SiriusXM receiver… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 11 and ForeFlight


By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11. Given the scope of this iOS release, we recommend that you do not yet update devices that you regularly use for flight planning or flying. We will update this post with an “all clear” as soon as testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates. Follow Read more here:: Apple iOS 11 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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Pilot’s Guide to iOS 11


By Bret Koebbe The much-anticipated iOS 11 software update is now available for your iPhone and iPad. There are several things pilots should take into consideration when deciding when to update, and we'll cover... ... Read more here:: Pilot’s Guide to iOS 11… Read more ...

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How To Boost Bizav? Think Differently, Researcher Says


Not long ago, those in the business aircraft industry were waiting for the market to turn around. Today, the thinking is changing. read more Read more here:: How To Boost Bizav? Think Differently, Researcher Says… Read more ...

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iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 11


By Bret Koebbe Apple released the next major software update for iPad and iPhone today, called iOS 11. While the main focus of the update is improving multitasking on the iPad, you'll find hundreds of new features... ... Read more here:: iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 11… Read more ...

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FAA Brings Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower to Key West


September 18-Yesterday, a mobile air traffic control tower arrived at Key West International Airport in Florida after a road trip down the East Coast by trailer from Hartford, CT. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repositioned the fully-equipped tower to provide air traffic services for all of the aircraft operating in and out of Key West that are supporting the relief and recovery of the isolated Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The FAA also has temporarily located many of the towers controllers closer to the airport to reduce lengthy commutes. In addition to the mobile tower, the FAA has brought a trailer to the site to support the tower controllers with an air-conditioned break room and lavatories. Before the tower arrived, controllers were managing air traffic at the airport from a small tent. As controllers started working the radios in the new mobile tower at Key West this morning, the FAA was making plans to pack up another mobile tower it airlifted to St. Thomas last week and temporarily relocate it to a safer mainland position in advance of Hurricane Maria. The tower will remain on a military C-17 until the storm passes and will immediately head back to St. Thomas after the storm. The FAA also has been supporting the Florida recovery effort by authorizing drone operations around the state to aid rapid damage assessment. To date, the FAA has authorized 173 drone operations for the area damaged by Hurricane Irma, and 121 of those are still in effect. The primary authorized drone operations are supporting power and insurance companies. Government agencies with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and private sector Part 107 drone operators who want to fly to support of response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate.… Read more ...

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ATR Scores Sales In Key U.S., Indian And Chinese Markets


ATRs new marketing efforts are paying off with firm orders in regions where it was previously unsuccessful. read more Read more here:: ATR Scores Sales In Key U.S., Indian And Chinese Markets… Read more ...

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FAA Works with Florida Drone Operators to Speed Hurricane Recovery


September 15-After the widespread devastation Hurricane Irma wreaked on Florida last weekend, unmanned aircraft more popularly, drones have been invaluable in supporting response and recovery efforts in the battered Sunshine State. When Irmas winds and floodwaters damaged homes, businesses, roadways and industries, a wide variety of agencies sought Federal Aviation Administration authorization to fly drones in the affected areas. The FAA responded quickly, issuing a total of 132 airspace authorizations as of today to ensure the drones can operate safely. For example, the Air National Guard used drones normally tasked for combat operations to perform aerial surveys. The drones allow the Guard to assess disaster-stricken areas quickly and decide which are the most in need of assistance. Similarly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent drones from Corpus Christi to Florida to help map areas in Key West, Miami and Jacksonville, using radar to survey geographic points on infrastructure such as power plants for The Federal Emergency Management Agency. The private sector is playing its part as well. For instance, Airbus Aerial, the commercial drone services division of Airbus, is helping insurance companies act more quickly on claims coming in from homeowners. The company is combining data from drones, manned aircraft and satellite data to give a clearer overall image of specific locations before and after an incident. Irma left approximately 6 million Floridians without electric power as temperatures remained in the mid-80s, so bringing the power grid back up is critical. In the northern part of the state, Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) is using drones to assist not only with power restoration, but also to ensure the safety of its crews. JEA said it was able to get all its damage assessments done within 24 hours after the storm passed through. Drones also have played a significant role in helping Florida Power and Light (FPL) restore electricity especially air conditioning for its 4.4 million customers.… Read more ...

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Pilot poll: what tablet do you fly with?


By John Zimmerman Add your vote in our latest poll - what is the tablet you use most often for flying? Is it an old iPad 2 or a brand new iPad Pro? ... Read more here:: Pilot poll: what tablet do you fly with?… Read more ...

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Nominations Open For Expanded Aviation Week Awards


Go to AviationWeek.com/laureates and click on a category, browse through the different awards, and then submit your candidate. read more Read more here:: Nominations Open For Expanded Aviation Week Awards… Read more ...

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FAA Sends Mobile Air Traffic Tower to St. Thomas


September 13In the wake of Hurricane Irmas destructive path through the Caribbean, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting storm recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a fully-staffed mobile air traffic control tower at Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas. The tower was fully operational at 9:40 a.m. this morning and is now supporting relief flights by the U.S. military, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, general aviation and limited commercial flights. The existing air traffic control tower at the airport was badly damaged by the storm, and controllers were managing air traffic from a tent on the airfield for several days before the mobile tower arrived this morning. The FAA is shuttling controllers back and forth from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas every day to staff the facility. A U.S. Air Force C17 airlifted the tower from Boise, Idaho, to St. Thomas, along with a custom-made trailer and a truck to unload it. The tower is equipped with an engine generator, an air conditioner, four radios for the air traffic controllers and instruments to measure barometric pressure, as well as wind speed and direction. The tower arrived in St. Thomas at 6:15 a.m. and was fully operational in three hours and 25 minutes. In addition to the air traffic controllers, the FAA has an airport certification inspector on site at St. Thomas to ensure the airport is safe before air carrier operations resume. He is working closely with the Virgin Islands Port Authority to ensure that its operation is stabilized, airport safety procedures are in place, all hazards are mitigated and the airport is fully compliant with federal regulations, so recovery efforts can expand and continue. Airports and associated facilities including terminal buildings, parking lots and access roads are operated by local organizations that decide when to close to commercial operations and when they can safely reopen.… Read more ...

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Apple introduces 3 new iPhone models with wireless charging


By Bret Koebbe Apple's annual September get-together has become a highly anticipated event for technology fans, as the company usually announces new hardware and features just in time for Christmas shopping. This... ... Read more here:: Apple introduces 3 new iPhone models with wireless charging… Read more ...

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Explaining Teterboro’s ‘Non-Circling, Circling Approach’


Explaining Teterboro's ‘Non-Circling, Circling Approach' A review of procedural considerations at Teterboro Airport can help ensure flight safety in the aftermath of a Learjet 35A crash there. read more Read more here:: Explaining Teterboro’s ‘Non-Circling, Circling Approach’… Read more ...

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Why the 2017 iPad is a good value for pilots


By John Zimmerman Apple's lineup of tablets has grown tremendously over the past five years, from a single iPad model with a roughly 10" screen to three main options: iPad Mini, 10.5" iPad Pro, and 12.9" iPad Pro.... ... Read more here:: Why the 2017 iPad is a good value for pilots… Read more ...

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The Week in Technology, Sept. 11-15, 2017


DARPA pursues elegant simplicity; Honeywell launches drone inspection; Airobotics expands into defense; backers boost Lilium eVTOL; tethered drones for disaster response. read more Read more here:: The Week in Technology, Sept. 11-15, 2017… Read more ...

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Bulletin: Sep 14th – Oct 12th Data Posted


By twdaugherty Data updates are now available to download for the Sep 14th 2017 thru Oct 12th 2017 period: From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Documents For our Military Flight Bag customers: Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts EEA Enroute Charts AFR Enroute 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 Airport/Facility Directory 78 New and updated ForeFlight Taxi Diagrams will be sent to all customers. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: Sep 14th – Oct 12th Data Posted… Read more ...

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NBAA: New GAO Study the Latest to Expose Dubious ATC Privatization Claims


NBAA noted that a new study from the Government Accountability Office is among several recent reports from non-partisan government research organizations that thoroughly undercut proponents' bogus arguments for privatizing the nation's ATC system. Read more here:: NBAA: New GAO Study the Latest to Expose Dubious ATC Privatization Claims… Read more ...

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Hurricane Irma Update - 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)


At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 21.8 North, longitude 74.7 West. There is an airspace flow program for traffic going into Florida today that started at 13z and runs until at least 2259z. There are also numerous required reroutes to help manage the significant volume of traffic into and out of Florida and the northeast. ZMA is requesting that to the extent possible, operators file out of ZMA via the Q-routes on the west side and the ARs or AZEZU routes on the east side. These will be the best routes out of Florida and likely to receive the least delays throughout the day. Airports throughout Florida are likely to begin closing on Saturday. Read more here:: Hurricane Irma Update - 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)… Read more ...

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Video tip: Beyond the TAF – Other weather forecasts you should be looking at on your iPad


By Bret Koebbe The Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) is the most widely used weather forecast product by pilots, and for good reason. It's updated 4 times daily by meteorologists and is the most accurate forecast... ... Read more here:: Video tip: Beyond the TAF – Other weather forecasts you should be looking at on your iPad… Read more ...

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IS-BAH Program Upping Safety Ante At FBOs Globally


An international safety standard for ground handlers Wondering where to safely park your $50 million business jet? An FBO that adheres to International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling IS-BAH rules is a safe bet. read more Read more here:: IS-BAH Program Upping Safety Ante At FBOs Globally… Read more ...

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