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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. 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. An example flight plan error indicating not enough fuel to meet required reserves. Read more here:: ForeFlight Mobile’s Helper Messages Make Filing Easier… Read more ...

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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. Read more here:: North Dakota Seeking NBAA Help in Planning for Airport Expansion… Read more ...

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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 What are the most important qualities to look for in a candidate? Business Aviation Insider has the story. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider, Make Sure New Hires Fit Your Company's Culture… Read more ...

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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." Read more here:: FAA Clarifies Policy That Fuel-Tax Revenue Must Fund Aviation… Read more ...

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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. ... Read more here:: ForeFlight tries to eliminate the “wall-of-text weather briefing”… Read more ...

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Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri


The Federal Aviation Administration activated a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri. Read more here:: Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri… Read more ...

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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. Read more here:: More Top Local Officials Recognize Value of Aviation… Read more ...

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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." Read more here:: Operators Warned to Avoid Flying Over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula… Read more ...

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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." Read more here:: New NOTAM Search Tool a Boon to Pilots… Read more ...

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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 Read more here:: FAA's Holiday Travel Tips… Read more ...

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FAA Announces Contingency, Security Protocol Changes


FAA announces a series of changes that will lead to faster disaster recovery and more secure facilities and equipment. Read more here:: FAA Announces Contingency, Security Protocol Changes… Read more ...

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Flight Notifications and NOTAM Advisor Deliver Superior Awareness of Conditions Affecting Your Flight


By ForeFlight As you well know, the wall-of-text preflight weather briefing we receive from the FAA has not changed all that much over the last several decades. We believe in a better way to deliver this information that is more targeted, easier to digest, and will help you stay better informed on every flight. With ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 we unveil two firsts in mobile flight planning capabilities that advance preflight weather briefings in two key areas: flight conditions monitoring and NOTAMs. Flight Notifications Keep You Ahead of the Weather The first new capability is Flight Notifications. ForeFlight monitors your planned flight and synthesizes flight condition alerts from its systems and from others, including Lockheed Martin's Adverse Conditions Alerting Service (ACAS). When a significant change in route or weather conditions is detected we send you a notification containing a summary and detailed description of the condition. Flight Notifications shown in the File & Brief view. A critical gap in communication can occur in the time between getting a flight briefing and taking-off when there is potential for you to miss updates to flight conditions. ForeFlight co-founder Jason Miller experienced this situation while preparing for a flight home from Ohio: “A new icing airmet came in shortly after I filed. The notification came right to my iPad and made me aware of the change in weather conditions. I was able to take the new information into account before leaving the ground. Without the notification, I might have missed it.” Flight Notifications addresses this pilot awareness gap by delivering any new or modified condition information to your mobile device as it occurs. Flight Notifications are also tied to ForeFlight's Sync system, meaning notifications get delivered to all of your devices. Flight Notification detail view. Notifications include updates to: TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe NOTAMs, urgent PIREPs, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings.… Read more ...

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Five Can't Miss Winter Weather Resources for Business Aircraft Operators


As winter approaches, NBAA's John Kosak, an NBAA Air Traffic Services specialist and staff liaison for the NBAA Weather Subcommittee, highlights the top weather resources for business aircraft operators in the National Airspace System. Read more here:: Five Can't Miss Winter Weather Resources for Business Aircraft Operators… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #14-47


NBAA Among 500 Industry Groups Making Push for Extending Tax Provisions Bolen to Discuss FAA Reauthorization at ALPA Forum NBAA's Steve Brown Represents Members at NextGen Planning Meetings Read more here:: NBAA Update, #14-47… Read more ...

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NBAA's Steve Brown Represents Members at NextGen Planning Meetings


NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown represented business aviation interests last week at the FAA/industry ADS-B working group "Equip 2020" meeting, which focused on three main areas: process improvements, cost issues and expanding or accelerating the benefits of ADS-B equipage. The group discussed the possibility of improving processes by streamlining and minimizing installation-related paperwork, as well as potential delegation of some oversight responsibilities to repair stations and aircraft shops. Brown also took part participated in the National Research Council (NRC) meeting that reviewed FAA's plans for implementing broader NextGen programs. Read more here:: NBAA's Steve Brown Represents Members at NextGen Planning Meetings… Read more ...

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An Operational Look At: Gulfstream's G450


Third-generation GIV in twilight of career It's tough to top the G450, now in its tenth year of production, for reliability, tanks-full payload and value. read more Read more here:: An Operational Look At: Gulfstream's G450… Read more ...

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Flight Plan Podcast: NBAA Continues Work on ADS-B Mandate


NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown represented Membersâ?? concerns regarding the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020, deadline to equip aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance â?" Broadcast (ADS-B) at a Nov. 18 "Equip 2020" working group meeting. According to Brown, the three main issues that must be addressed are: the equipmentâ??s expense, the need to streamline the approval process and to need to accelerate the installation of the equipment. Read more here:: Flight Plan Podcast: NBAA Continues Work on ADS-B Mandate… Read more ...

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An Operational Look At: Gulfstream's G450


Third-generation GIV in twilight of career It's tough to top the G450, now in its tenth year of production, for reliability, tanks-full payload and value. read more Read more here:: An Operational Look At: Gulfstream's G450… Read more ...

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DC Airspace Gets Major NextGen Upgrade


FAA announces NextGen air routes for Washington airspace in time for the busy holiday travel season. Read more here:: DC Airspace Gets Major NextGen Upgrade… Read more ...

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4 new ForeFlight tips


By John Zimmerman One way ForeFlight Mobile has built such a loyal following is by constantly adding new features, so the app becomes more and more powerful over time. That's a great benefit, but with those new... ... Read more here:: 4 new ForeFlight tips… Read more ...

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