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37th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The FAA's 37th Annual Aviation Forecast Conference brings together leaders from around the world to talk about aviation's role in the global economy. Despite global economic and financial uncertainties, aviation remains a vital link to economic opportunities for all nations. Fulfilling this responsibility presents the aviation community with unique challenges. Come listen to the views of aircraft and airport operators, manufacturers, and others as they discuss aviation's role in the global economy, the unique challenges global operations present, and how they are working to ensure aviation can meet its global responsibilities now and into the future. This conference promises to be one of the best – don't miss it. Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of International Air Transport Association (IATA), will deliver the Keynote Luncheon Address on the first day of the conference. Conference Sessions Thursday, March 8, 2012 Plenary Session: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012 Breakout Sessions: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sessions Location Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC 20001… Read more ...

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15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Save the Dates! 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, February 15-16, 2012, Washington Convention Center… Read more ...

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FAA/DOT Diversion Forum

Federal Aviation Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In preparation for the upcoming winter storm season, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt are convening a Forum on Wednesday, November 30 to find better ways to manage aircraft diversions. Participants in the forum will review a series of proposed steps to improve travel for passengers who are diverted from their destination because of bad weather. “During severe weather situations, we want to do everything we can to make sure passengers are flown to airports that are ready and prepared and where passengers can get off the plane quickly,” said Secretary LaHood. The forum will take place in Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will include air traffic controllers, pilots, aircraft dispatchers, airport operators, and officials from other government agencies and the aviation community. The participants will discuss all of the factors that influence diversion decisions and airport capacity in bad weather situations, including the status of navigation equipment, aircraft parking and gate availability, Customs capacity, refueling and de-icing assets, jetway and air stair access and general ramp operations and security. “We can’t control the weather, but we can improve the way diversions are handled,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The FAA is asking forum participants to bring ideas and best practices to the discussion.  The FAA is proposing a new, web-based airport status tool that would present real-time information about each airport during a severe weather event to help airlines make fully informed decisions about where to divert. The FAA is also proposing including more airports in daily strategic planning conference calls during severe weather events to improve the information flow about which airports can accommodate diversions and would encourage airport contingency plans. Event Contact: Phone: 202-359-3680… Read more ...

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iPad EFB Apps Crash and Burn in iOS 5 – Developers Had Months to Prepare

Shortly after Apple's October 12, 2011 iOS 5 update for the iPad, Jeppesen Mobile TC and Mobile FliteDeck users began experiencing application crashes, loss of chart data, and other "minor anomalies", according to the November 18, 2011 product notice posted on Jeppesen's support website. Jeppesen's solution to the problem is faily simple: close and restart the application. Jeppesen isn't the only developer who's App can crash and burn under iOS 5. Hilton Software, LLC, developer of the popular WingX Pro7 App for iPad, recommends that users do not upgrade to iOS 5 on the iPhone or iPad because iOS 5 can delete critical data. According to Hilton Software's notice: "This behavior is not a WingX Pro7 problem, it is an iOS 5 problem. iOS 5 can delete data from other apps, not just WingX Pro7." For WingX users who do updagrade to iOS 5, the Hilton Software recommends keeping several gigabytes of memory free to prevent the "random deletion of files". ForeFlight was one of the first App developers to notice problems with the iOS 5 update, notifying their users via a detailed blog post just two days after Apple released iOS 5 to the public. "Every major iOS update since version 1 has required the use of a fine toothed comb to pull through every view and subsystem of ForeFlight Mobile to make sure it is compatible and stable," ForeFlight stated in a June 7, 2011 post after Apple announced the iOS 5 Beta test. "This major iOS update – which is *enormous* – is no different." With tight budgets and tight timelines for delivering new versions or features, it's easy for developers to ignore the ramifications of operating system updates and other core platform changes. But failing to adequately test for the latest operating system release can quickly result in anything from "minor anomalies" to the deletion of critical data.… Read more ...

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