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FAA Releases Updated Model Aircraft Guidance


September 2- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft. Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57A replaces the previous guidance that, as written in 1981, did not reflect the rules Congress wrote into Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The updated advisory circular details the 2012 laws description of a model aircraft operation: The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;The aircraft operates in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (CBO);The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds, unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a CBO;The aircraft operates in a manner that does not interfere with, and gives way to, any manned aircraft; andWhen flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the model aircraft provides the airport operator or the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. Model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an airport should establish a mutually agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport). The guidance stresses model aircraft operators must comply with all Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), that they may not fly in any type of restricted airspace without prior authorization, and that they should be aware of Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) that address flights near federal facilities, stadiums, and other public and industrial areas. The guidance also makes it clear that model unmanned aircraft operations that endanger the safety of the nations airspace, particularly careless or reckless operations and interference with manned aircraft, may be subject to FAA enforcement action.… Read more ...

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MyGoFlight releases new Universal iPad Cradle


By Bret Koebbe MyGoFlight recently released a new Universal iPad Cradle for its Flex Mount system. This allows you to use the yoke or suction cup mount with any size iPad, with or without the case. ... Read more here:: MyGoFlight releases new Universal iPad Cradle… Read more ...

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FAA Selects New Unmanned Aircraft Executives


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Marke Hoot Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions that will guide the agencys approach to safe, timely and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace. Hoot Gibson will become the Senior Advisor on UAS Integration, a position established to focus on external outreach and education, inter-agency initiatives and an enterprise-level approach to FAA management of UAS integration efforts. He will report directly to the FAA Deputy Administrator. Gibson previously served as Executive Director of the NextGen Institute, which provides professional services to the UAS Joint Program Development Office. He has also owned his own aviation consulting firm, and held numerous senior command and staff positions during a 33-year U.S. Air Force career. Earl Lawrence will become the Director of the UAS Integration Office within the FAA's Aviation Safety organization. He will lead the FAAs efforts to safely and effectively integrate UAS into the nations airspace. During almost five years as Director of the FAA Small Airplane Directorate, Lawrence was responsible for 17 aircraft certification and manufacturing district offices in 21 states from Alaska to Florida. Before coming to the agency in 2010, he had been Vice President for Industry & Regulatory Affairs at the Experimental Aircraft Association since 1994. Both executives will assume their positions later this month. For more information on the FAA and UAS, go to http://www.faa.gov/uas. Read more here:: FAA Selects New Unmanned Aircraft Executives… Read more ...

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NBAA Convention Report: The World's Largest Business Aviation Event Returns to Las Vegas in November


Why should you attend NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), set for Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas? With more exhibits, more aircraft on display and more opportunities for education and networking than any other show in the industry, NBAA2015 is the year's must-attend event for business aviation professionals. The nation's fifth-largest trade show provides unmatched value and endless opportunities for the convention's 26,000 attendees. Don't miss out on your chance to see the latest and greatest business aviation has to offer. Read more here:: <a href=https://www.nbaa.org/events/bace/2015/news/convention-report/20150902.php target="_blank" title="NBAA Convention Report: The World's Largest Business Aviation Event Returns to Las Vegas in November" >NBAA Convention Report: The World's Largest Business Aviation Event Returns to Las Vegas in November… Read more ...

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National Safety Forum to Debut at NBAA2015


NBAA announced that its inaugural National Safety Forum will be conducted on Nov. 19, 2015, the third and final day of NBAA2015. Read more here:: National Safety Forum to Debut at NBAA2015… Read more ...

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NBAA's Formal Comments Again Raise Concerns Over EPA's Emission-Regulation Plans


NBAA reiterated the Association's concern over a recent announcement from the EPA that the agency might consider new regulations for aircraft-carbon emissions, based on its finding that the emissions may pose a human health concern. Read more here:: NBAA's Formal Comments Again Raise Concerns Over EPA's Emission-Regulation Plans… Read more ...

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The Changing Of The Progs


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By Scott Dennstaedt As mentioned in the ForeFlight blog back in June, the familiar prog charts pilots use every day will be changing. Hopefully you've had a chance to test drive these new NDFD prog charts that were introduced in ForeFlight Mobile 7.1. Beginning this morning (September 1, 2015) the precipitation forecast on these charts will now originate from meteorologists at the local NWS forecast offices and not by meteorologists at the Weather Prediction Center (WPC). The official NWS notification is located here. Still a forecast for precipitation coverage The precipitation shown on the new chart still represents an instantaneous precipitation forecast. That is, it shows expected precipitation coverage valid at the time specified on the chart. As a result, it is not valid over a range of time. A legend in the lower-left corner designates the likelihood of precipitation (chance versus likely) as well as the precipitation type (snow, rain, mix, thunder, etc.). Nevertheless, the isobaric forecast along with high and low pressure centers and a forecast for the position of surface fronts will continue to be issued by the same meteorologists at the WPC. Legacy prog charts (left) are being replaced with the new NDFD Progs (right). For better or for worse? It goes without saying that not every change is necessarily an improvement. It's not that the other precipitation forecasts were bad; however, given that the precipitation forecast on this new chart is generated by meteorologists at the local forecast offices, it will be more consistent with the terminal forecasts (TAFs) and the local weather forecasts from weather.gov since the TAFs and local weather forecasts are issued by those same local meteorologists. Perhaps the biggest drawback of the new imagery is that the precipitation forecast now ends at the U.S. border although the isobaric forecast and forecast for surface fronts will still cross over into Canada, Mexico and coastal waters.… Read more ...

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Business Aircraft Market and UAV Sighting News from The Weekly of Business Aviation


Demand for large business jets seems to be slowing after years of growth, according to Brian Foley, president and market analyst with Brian Foley Associates. And analysts say the recent volatility in the stock market – if it continues – could lead to slower sales of business aircraft. Plus, hundreds of operators of business aviation and general aviation aircraft and helicopters, citizens and air traffic controllers have reported UAV sightings over the past 10 months, according to a just-released FAA report. read more Read more here:: Business Aircraft Market and UAV Sighting News from The Weekly of Business Aviation… Read more ...

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Fast Five: Wade Eyerly, Founder and CEO of Beacon in New York, New York


Wade Eyerly launches Beacon, an all-you-can fly membership carrier that takes customers from the Westchester County Airport, outside New York City to Boston Logan, beginning with nine roundtrips per day. read more Read more here:: Fast Five: Wade Eyerly, Founder and CEO of Beacon in New York, New York… Read more ...

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Twin Transition


Moving from FAR Part 25 to Part 23 twins demands pilot recalibration The nose of the Falcon 7X lifts off Le Bourget's Runway 25 in the pre-dawn darkness. We're headed for home, gear and flaps retracting as the Eiffel Tower slides by on our left. At cruise altitude, the jet stream is way north for this time in December, so we will route over the Atlantic in the 50 latitudes. read more Read more here:: Twin Transition… Read more ...

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Understanding Upsets


Surprising lessons from a 1-g simulator Crew resource management is key in the prevention of an inflight upset. read more Read more here:: Understanding Upsets… Read more ...

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Nondestructive Testing and Inspection


We are more reliant on high-tech inspection techniques than ever. Take your inspection program to a higher level. In the aviation lexicon, two of the most-despised words are “leaks” and “cracks.” read more Read more here:: Nondestructive Testing and Inspection… Read more ...

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Absolute Discretion


Protect yourself from an overzealous FAA “Consider grounding yourself or remedial training after an incident until you speak with an aviation lawyer. This demonstrates your constructive attitude. . . .” read more Read more here:: Absolute Discretion… Read more ...

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Spatial Disorientation – A Quick Killer


Turbine or piston, new pilots or vets, this hazard does not discriminate Night flying is very different from day flying and demands more attention of the pilot. read more Read more here:: Spatial Disorientation – A Quick Killer… Read more ...

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Selling a Plane ‘As Is, Where Is’


Where did this old idea go? Selling a used jet “As Is, Where Is, With All Faults” is an age-old practice. It is the plain English version of caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware. The tradition in aviation is that the seller allows the buyer to inspect the airplane prior to purchase. The buyer pays for the inspection. The seller pays to repair the airworthiness discrepancies found. The shop “returns the aircraft to service” and the buyer flies it home. read more Read more here:: Selling a Plane ‘As Is, Where Is’… Read more ...

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Textron Backlog Hits $1.4 Billion


Revenue totaled $1.12 billion for the quarter. read more Read more here:: Textron Backlog Hits $1.4 Billion… Read more ...

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FL Technics, B&H Worldwide Expand Parts Stock


FL Technics has formed a cooperation with B&H Worldwide. FL Technics provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The partnership will cut delivery time in half, the company said. FL Technics's main warehouse, based in Lithuania, manages aircraft spare-part stock in the U.K., Malaysia, Poland, Russia and the U.S. The agreement with B&H gives the company more warehousing capacity, inventory inspection and customs-clearance support. The extended London-based stock will include up to 1,500 part numbers. read more Read more here:: FL Technics, B&H Worldwide Expand Parts Stock… Read more ...

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FSI Adding King Air 350 Sim to Atlanta Center


FlightSafety International is building a full-flight simulator for King Air 350 aircraft for its Learning Center in Atlanta. The new FS1000 simulator will be equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. It is expected to enter service in early 2016. Training will include FlightSafety's Operational DayFlow training methodology, which presents critical procedures and tasks according to the phase of flight. read more Read more here:: FSI Adding King Air 350 Sim to Atlanta Center… Read more ...

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Breitling Albatros Jets to Tour North American


The Breitling Jet Team is performing aerobatic exhibitions using seven L-39 C Albatros jets made by AERO Vodochody Aerospace, a Czech Republic aerospace company. The team is on a U.S. and Canada tour visiting more than 20 cities. Watchmaker Breitling has worked with the Czech jets for almost a decade in showcases and display tours throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. read more Read more here:: Breitling Albatros Jets to Tour North American… Read more ...

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Aviation Partners EASA STC for Retrofit Winglet


Aviation Partners has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for retrofitting its Split-Scimitar Winglet on BBJ aircraft. The approval was granted to Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), a joint venture between API and Boeing. The STC follows FAA approvals issued earlier this year. The Split-Scimitar Winglet is now standard equipment on new 737NG BBJ aircraft. read more Read more here:: Aviation Partners EASA STC for Retrofit Winglet… Read more ...

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