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NBAA: FAA’s Elimination of BARR Amounts to a ‘Paparazzi Protection Rule’


Martha King Opposes BARR Elimination

Despite objections from aviation industry experts, including flight training icon Martha King, the DOT and FAA have decided to publish private aircraft movements in "real time". Washington, DC, May 28, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) strongly denounced a decision, announced by government officials late Friday afternoon, to push ahead with what has been dubbed a "Paparazzi Protection Rule" – a plan to virtually eliminate a decade-old “do not track” program for the operators of private aircraft. "We are outraged at the government's move," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As we've said repeatedly, there can be no legitimate reason for a government agency to facilitate the monitoring of wholly private activity by anyone with an internet connection. This incomprehensible policy reversal gives anyone in the world – terrorist, criminal, tabloid stalker, business competitor – the equivalent of an internet homing device to track the movements of citizens and companies in real time." Read the full article here.… Read more ...

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iPad KABOOM! – A Community Project


iPad KABOOM! is a PaperlessCockpit.com Community Project. Learn more about iPad KABOOM! here.… Read more ...

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NBAA Flight Plan podcast: New CAM Chairman Discusses Exam’s Evolving Mission


Scott Rose is the new chairman of the governing board for the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, perhaps one of the most prestigious leadership programs in the entire industry. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Rose explains the evolution of the CAM program and its role in developing the aviation leaders of tomorrow. Rose says his emphasis is on the big picture – the combined efforts of flight crews, maintenance technicians and dispatchers – to create a seamless aviation operation. Listen to the full NBAA Flight Plan podcast here, or visit www.NBAA.org.… Read more ...

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Working Together for NextGen


Speech by Michael Huerta, Deputy Administrator, FAA Delivered at the China Civil Aviation Development Forum, May 11, 2011 Beijing, China Good morning and thank you, Deputy Administrator Xia, for that kind introduction. Standing here today, I am reminded of something President Hu Jintao said during his historic state visit to the United States in January. Upon arriving in Washington, he noted the purpose of his visit was to “increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation, and push forward the positive, cooperative, and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.” These are key factors that help build and strengthen partnerships, including our partnerships in aviation. President Obama said in his welcome to President Hu that, “We have an enormous stake in each other's success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations – including our own – will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together.” While the FAA seeks to build stronger ties with all of our global partners, we consider the U.S.-China aviation relationship one that stands alone. It is a relationship where we have not only a reason, but an obligation, to work together. Why do I use the word obligation? I use it because China and the United States have the two largest economies in the world. We have two of the largest aviation systems in the world. And we have the two busiest airports in the world – Atlanta and Beijing. The world is watching us and what we are doing to improve aviation safety and efficiency. We need to be on the same page going forward. One key area that calls for our mutual cooperation is the modernization of our aviation systems of the future. In the United States, we call this NextGen. China, Japan, Europe and other major aviation systems have their own plans as well.… Read more ...

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FAA AC 120-76B – DRAFT – Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)


The FAA recently released for comment a draft Advisory Circular 120-76B, "Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)". This is the third revision of the AC 120-76 series and provides guidance for operational approval and installation of Electronic Flight Bags. While previous versions of this AC were applicable primarily to certificated operators (i.e. Part 91, Part 135), the proposed draft of AC 120-76B includes additional guidance and policy for Part 91 F (large and turbine powered aircraft) Operators. The AC also clarifies EMI and Rapid Decompression testing requirements for all operators and equipment and provides additional guidance on airworthiness certification of EFB mounting devices and power provisions, use of Lithium Ion batteries in Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs), and requirements for paperless operations. The comment period ends July 13, 2011, and PaperlessCockpit.com enourages readers to post their specific comments in this Forum. The original document can be downloaded here. The FAA draft announcement can be found here. U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular Subject: Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) Date: DRAFT Initiated by: AFS-400 AC No: 120-76B Change: 1. PURPOSE. This joint Flight Standards Service (AFS) and Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) advisory circular (AC) sets forth an acceptable means, but not the only means, for all operators conducting flight operations under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 91, 121, 125, 129, or 135 to obtain authorization for the operational use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). This guidance material applies to operators of large and turbine-powered multiengine and fractional ownership aircraft operating under part 91 subpart F and part 91 subpart K (part 91K), where the operating regulations require specific functionality and/or equipage. Other part 91 operations do not require any specific authorization for EFB operations provided the EFB does not replace any system or equipment required by the regulations, but these operators must still comply with the portable electronic device (PED) regulation (part 91, § 91.21).… Read more ...

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EBACE2011 Going On Now In Geneva


The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. The exhibition brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate aviation department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly all aspects of business aviation. New business aircraft firms, avionics firms, handling organizations, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and previously titled aircraft resellers display their wares. EBACE is jointly hosted each year by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the leading association for business aviation in Europe, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the leading voice for the business aviation industry in the United States. The exhibition takes shape as a three-day event in Geneva. Although EBACE is the only major European event focused solely on business aviation, attendees come from as far as Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. The impressive exhibition takes place at the sprawling and state-of-the-art Geneva PALEXPO, which covers more than 100,000 square meters distributed in seven halls. Geneva PALEXPO features speedy and competent services, provides covered parking for 3,000 cars, is strategically located within 10 minutes of the center of Geneva and is immediately adjacent to Geneva International Airport, a railway station and a motorway. At Geneva PALEXPO, EBACE showcases nearly 300 exhibiting companies from around the world and covers more than 36,000 square meters. At nearby Geneva International Airport, more than 60 aircraft, including nearly every major business aircraft design in current production, will be on display in a special 18,000-square-meter Static Display area. DATES: May 17–19, 2011 MORE INFO: EBACE.aero  … Read more ...

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PaperlessCockpit.com Launches New Features for Aviation Technology Community


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Over the past several months, we’ve been building several exciting new features to help our readers connect, interact and contribute to the growing body of knowledge on PaperlessCockpit.com. In addition to improving our social media integration with sites like Linked In, Twitter and Facebook, we’ve added the following new features to help the members of our community connect: Discussion Forums – PaperlessCockpit.com Discussion Forums enable community members to engage in intelligent, professional conversation about aviation, technology and policy. Community Moderators ensure discussions remain on-topic, courteous, and free of SPAM. Marketplace Classifieds - Whether it is a new product, consulting services, job opportunity, or used equipment, community members can post free classified ads in the PaperlessCockpit.com Marketplace Classifieds. Community Content – Community members can submit their aviation technology articles, events, whitepapers, presentations, webinars, videos, and press releases on PaperlessCockpit.com. Content can be submitted via the site using the online submission form or emailed to editor@paperlesscockpit.com. The editorial staff of PaperlessCockpit.com welcomes feedback from its members and hopes that users of the site find these new community features useful and engaging.… Read more ...

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