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ForeFlight Mobile’s Helper Messages Make Filing Easier

By ForeFlight

ForeFlight Mobile has two kinds of helper messages to assist with the flight plan filing process. These messages ensure that you file with accuracy and avoid potential issues with ATC down the line.

The first type of helper message is a warning. Warnings are new in ForeFlight Mobile version 6.5 and appear when something doesn’t look quite right in the Route or Altitude fields.

In the route field, the main thing ForeFlight will be looking for is an invalid or mistyped fix. The warning gives you an opportunity to double-check that you have entered the route as intended before you file. There may be route codes or other route elements that the app is not familiar with and so you can still file your flight plan when this warning is triggered.

An example of a route element warning.

A warning will also be triggered if you select an altitude that does not agree with your direction or type of flight:

An example of an altitude warning where an altitude of 12,000 was chosen for an eastbound IFR flight.

An example of an altitude warning where an altitude of 12,000 was chosen for an eastbound IFR flight.

Similar to the route field warning, the altitude warning gives you a chance to ensure you have entered the proper altitude before you file.

The second type of helper message is an error. Errors are more restrictive in that they prevent you from filing a flight plan until they are corrected. Errors include things like: not enough fuel to meet required reserves, incomplete ICAO profile elements, and invalid departure times.

Not enough fuel error

An example flight plan error indicating not enough fuel to meet required reserves.


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North Dakota Seeking NBAA Help in Planning for Airport Expansion

North Dakota is experiencing substantial economic growth, and the state’s Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) says that this growth has led to the need to expand airports. The NDAC is updating its North Dakota State Aviation System Plan, which will document aviation needs, guide funding decisions and identify the future of the aviation system. As part of the overall planning process, the NDAC is conducting several surveys on general aviation in the state -and it wants the input of NBAA Members. “We are very supportive of NDAC’s efforts to gather information about general aviation operations in North Dakota, and hope that our Members will take advantage of the opportunity to give their input to the NDAC,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA regional representative for the Northwest.

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FAA Clarifies Policy That Fuel-Tax Revenue Must Fund Aviation

The FAA has amended its airport revenue usage policy to emphasize that tax revenue from aviation fuel sales must go back into the aviation system. The change is effective Dec. 8, and reconfirms policy that has been followed for nearly three decades, but has faced periodic challenges because of perceived ambiguity in the regulations. “When states, counties, cities and other local jurisdictions tax aviation fuel, it is critical that the proceeds are used for the capital or operating costs of an airport, a local airport system or any other airport facility,â?? said Scott Oâ??Brien, NBAAâ??s senior manager, finance and tax policy. “The amended Revenue Use Policy is helpful in clarifying the prohibition on taxes of any kind on aviation fuel, unless the revenues are used in a manner that is consistent with federal law and policy.”

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Business Aviation Insider, Make Sure New Hires Fit Your Company’s Culture

Make Sure New Hires Fit Your Company’s Culture

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ForeFlight tries to eliminate the “wall-of-text weather briefing”

By John Zimmerman ForeFlight version 6.5 has two new features that aim to make preflight briefings easier to use and more valuable. It also includes iPhone 6 updates and a Stratus 2 security upgrade.


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Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri

The Federal Aviation Administration activated a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri.

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More Top Local Officials Recognize Value of Aviation

More than a dozen top city and county officials issued around the country have recently issued proclamations praising general aviation, including business aviation. That brings to more than 160 the number of official statements issued by local government officials since the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign was launched in 2009. Governors of all 50 U.S. states have already issued similar proclamations â?” some several times â?” and all those declarations include one or more key points from the No Plane No Gain campaign, which seeks to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of business aviation to communities, cities and companies across the U.S.

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Operators Warned to Avoid Flying Over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has joined the FAA in warning flight crews about the dangers of operating over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, citing the possibility of violence in the northern portion of Egyptâ??s Sinai Desert. Like FAA’s Notice to Airmen, the EASA Safety Information Bulletin called the threat “a significant risk to aviation overflying the area at or below FL260.” The EASA SIB mirrors the FAA NOTAM, stating, “Due to ongoing insurgent activity, operators of civil aircraft should be aware of the risk to flight operations safety in the North Sinai Governorate of Egypt.”

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New NOTAM Search Tool a Boon to Pilots

Information essential for flight planning just got easier to find with the roll out of the FAAâ??s latest NOTAM Search capability. For pilots, NOTAM Search means that the days of rooting around trying to find applicable NOTAMs while planning for a flight are just about over. New functionalities are already in place that significantly improve the NOTAM search process, and by next fall, implementation of all four phases of the new service will be complete. “NBAA – through the efforts of members of the Access Committee – worked closely with the FAA and the rest of the aviation community in providing input that has led to significant enhancements to the NOTAM Search flight planning tool,” said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “The result is a product that will benefit every flight operation in the U.S.”

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FAA’s Holiday Travel Tips

November 24The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season. Travelers can make their flight even safer by taking a few minutes to follow these guidelines:

Pay attention to the flight attendant safety briefing at the beginning of your flight and read the safety briefing card. It could save your life in an emergency.Check with your airline to see when you can use Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs).Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airlines carry-on bag restrictions.Buckle up. Keep yourself and your family safe by wearing a seatbelt at all times when seated.Use an approved child safety seat or device if your child weighs less than 40 pounds.

Travelers can find travel tips on the use of portable electronics and child safety, as well as the latest on airport status and delays at www.faa.gov/passengers. A video showing how to install a child safety seat on an airplane is available at http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/#installingCRS

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