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How to use ForeFlight with Microsoft Flight Sim and X-Plane


By Bret Koebbe Have you recently upgraded to the latest version of ForeFlight with Synthetic Vision or WingX Pro and can't wait to fly with the new features? Here we'll show you how to fly with these apps at home... ... Read more here:: How to use ForeFlight with Microsoft Flight Sim and X-Plane… Read more ...

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FAA Announces Tool to Evaluate Airport Capacity


The FAA today announced the availability of a tool to efficiently evaluate an airports capacity. For several years, the FAA has used the results of an airport capacity tool called the runwaySimulator model that was developed by MITRE. The tool is now being made publically available to those with interests in aviation and airport planning. The tool can be used to assess an airports existing capacity, as well as capacity improvements with new infrastructure or flight procedures. Access to the tool and training is available upon request, free of charge, to analysts at http://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/runwaysimulator/. Read more here:: FAA Announces Tool to Evaluate Airport Capacity… Read more ...

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Synthetic Vision and Forecast Weather Guidance with MOS in ForeFlight Mobile 6.6


By ForeFlight ForeFlight Mobile 6.6 is now available for download on the app store. Synthetic Vision Advances ForeFlight Mobile's Hazard Awareness Platform We are thrilled to announce that Synthetic Vision is now available as an affordable add-on to your ForeFlight Mobile Basic or Pro subscription. Synthetic Vision takes our hazard awareness platform to the next level with a three dimensional representation of terrain and obstacle hazards, airport markers, runways, and water features. Check out our highlight video narrated by mapping team member and lead developer for Synthetic Vision, Malcolm Toon, and also visit our web page to learn more about Synthetic Vision. ForeFlight Mobile Expands Forecast Weather Guidance with MOS ForeFlight Mobile 6.6 also delivers a new forecast weather product called MOS for better preflight weather briefings. MOS enables local weather forecasters to create TAF-like forecasts for airports not served by official National Weather Service TAFs. MOS is great for aviation use because it updates hourly and can be highly tailored for local weather effects. Our Weather Scientist, Scott Dennstaedt, wrote this article to explain more about MOS. The MOS feature is available to Basic and Pro subscribers. Access the MOS forecast in the Maps view by tapping on an airport. Additional updates ForeFlight Mobile Standard is now ForeFlight Mobile Basic. Same great features and price, just a different name. ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.6 Is Available On The App Store ForeFlight Mobile version 6.6 is a free download for subscribers via the Apple Store. For additional information, be sure to review our Pilot's Guide. You can also download the Pilot's Guide onto your device using the built-in catalog in the Documents view. Read more here:: Synthetic Vision and Forecast Weather Guidance with MOS in ForeFlight Mobile 6.6… Read more ...

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ForeFlight introduces Synthetic Vision, new forecast tool


By John Zimmerman Synthetic vision, the 3D display of terrain and obstacles, has been a must-have feature for pilots of glass cockpit airplanes since it was first introduced a few years ago. That technology has been... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight introduces Synthetic Vision, new forecast tool… Read more ...

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Synthetic Vision Advances ForeFlight Mobile’s Hazard Awareness Platform


By ForeFlight Features like luminous terrain, night sky, hands-free declutter, and a brilliant obstacle awareness system make ForeFlight Synthetic Vision a visually stunning and high-performance hazard awareness tool. Synthetic Vision is available as an affordable supplement to your ForeFlight Mobile Basic or Pro subscription. Synthetic Vision takes our hazard awareness platform to the next level with a three dimensional representation of terrain and obstacle hazards, airport markers, runways, and water features. Learn more about Synthetic Vision here. Watch the Video In this video, mapping team member and lead developer for Synthetic Vision, Malcolm Toon, highlights some of its stunning features. Refined Features to Exceed Your Expectations We think you'll agree with Malcolm that ForeFlight's Synthetic Vision goes well beyond the basics by delivering an SV view that is as visually elegant and fun to fly with as it is useful in the cockpit. Stunning terrain We have learned over the years that what may look good sitting at a desk in front of the simulator isn't always what will be functional in the cockpit. Our developers took synthetic vision to the air for extensive testing, making real-time adjustments while in flight to refine terrain shading and contours for the best view in all lighting conditions. The shading from peaks to valleys gives depth and realism. The grid lines provide East/West and North/South directional awareness and more clearly define the ups and downs of rolling terrain. Flexible views Synthetic Vision works in both split screen and a beautiful full-screen mode. Mix and match the split-screen view to present the most relevant combination of information that best supports the phase of flight you are in. For example, while on approach use Synthetic Vision on one half of the screen and plates on maps on the other half. At a glance, you are keeping your eye on potential terrain or obstacle hazards as well as keeping a clear picture of where you are at in relation to the approach path.… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #14-52


Bolen Clears Up Chicago Tribune's Mischaracterization of Business Aviation NBAA Urges Adherence to Proper 'Climb Via' Phraseology Podcast Looks to Year Ahead For Business Aviation Read more here:: NBAA Update, #14-52… Read more ...

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Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship Application Available Online


Undergraduate students at UAA schools are eligible to apply. Read more here:: Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship Application Available Online… Read more ...

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Podcast Looks to Year Ahead For Business Aviation


Even as the general aviation industry continues its gradual recovery from the Great Recession, the new year brings challenges both new and old for business aviation. NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava said three of the top challenges will be: reconstituting the general aviation caucuses in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, continuing the fight against proposed per-flight user fees and ensuring airport access for business aviation aircraft. Read more here:: Podcast Looks to Year Ahead For Business Aviation… Read more ...

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Bolen Clears Up Chicago Tribune's Mischaracterization of Business Aviation


When the Chicago Tribune ran a recent Bloomberg article about pets flying aboard business aircraft, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen offered a realistic, fact-based view of business aviation. "Let's be clear: The vast majority of entrepreneurs and businesses using these aircraft are doing so to increase their efficiency and productivity, meet face-to-face with customers and clients, and reach far-off markets where opportunities can be found," Bolen said in his letter, printed Dec. 24. Read more here:: Bolen Clears Up Chicago Tribune's Mischaracterization of Business Aviation… Read more ...

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Top 10 Most-Read Articles on NBAA's Website in 2014


In 2014, there more than 1 million unique visitors to NBAA.org. Apart from standard website resources, like the popular NBAA Member Directory, the website included news articles that were referenced in the Association's weekly email newsletter, NBAA Update, and shared on NBAA's official social media accounts. "Web traffic statistics show that our Members turn to NBAA for guidance on business aircraft operations, as well as to obtain information about NBAA events and the Associationâ??s ongoing advocacy efforts" said Jason Wolf, NBAA director of Internet communications. Read more here:: Top 10 Most-Read Articles on NBAA's Website in 2014… Read more ...

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Save the Date for NBAA's 2015 Events


NBAA events will resume early in 2015, with programs focused on safety, evolving regulations, networking and continuing education. The first major event of the new year will be the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), which will be held at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center from Feb. 3 to 6. The conference will include a licensed dispatcher recurrent training program and professional development program workshops covering the scheduler and dispatcher function, aviation human factors, and developing a strategic vision, mission and goals. Other upcoming events include multiple NBAA Regional Forums, the NBAA Leadership Conference and NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference. Read more here:: Save the Date for NBAA's 2015 Events… Read more ...

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MEBA 2014 To Attract Record Number Of Exhibitors, But Reasons For Concern Remain


Heinrich Grossbongardt Earlier forecasts for business aviation in the Middle East may have been overly optimistic When the biennial Middle East Business Aviation Show opens on Dec. 8, it is expected to set new records in almost every respect. read more Read more here:: MEBA 2014 To Attract Record Number Of Exhibitors, But Reasons For Concern Remain… Read more ...

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NextGen Santa Cleared for Tonights Around-the-World Flight


FAA gives thumbs-up for Santa to deliver presents to good boys and girls. Merry Christmas! Read more here:: NextGen Santa Cleared for Tonights Around-the-World Flight… Read more ...

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NBAA Urges Adherence to Proper 'Climb Via' Phraseology


NBAA continues working with industry leaders and the FAA to help flight crews and controllers comply with new phraseology requirements aimed at creating a common reference to lateral and vertical navigation during departure or arrival. The new phraseology was put in place "to emphasize that you need to look at the departure or arrival plate and comply with vertical, lateral and speed restrictions," said Rich Boll, chairman of the NBAA Airspace, Air Traffic Control and Flight Technologies Working Group. However, air traffic control has interpreted the new procedures to include top or final altitudes as crossing constraints, making every SID eligible for "climb via" phraseology. "That dilutes the effectiveness of climb via and has caused some confusion among flight crews as well," Boll said. Read more here:: NBAA Urges Adherence to Proper 'Climb Via' Phraseology… Read more ...

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How to use the Search Box in ForeFlight Mobile


By Bret Koebbe The ForeFlight Mobile search feature is a powerful tool that can save you a lot of time during preflight planning and while flying with the app. Learn how to take advantage of it to quickly find... ... Read more here:: How to use the Search Box in ForeFlight Mobile… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider's Top Five Stories of 2014


NBAA's award-winning bimonthly magazine, Business Aviation Insider, is a benefit that Members turn to in order to obtain insights and analysis of business aviation trends, as well as the latest information on operational and regulatory issues. NBAA has assembled the most-viewed articles of 2014, including the top-ranked story -- "In the Age of Social Media, Donâ??t Sacrifice Security" -- from the July/August 2014 issue. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider's Top Five Stories of 2014… Read more ...

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NBAA Exhibitor Update, Deceember 2014


Published monthly, NBAA Exhibitor Update provides the latest news and announcements for NBAA exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers, as well as information about NBAA activities and Member benefits. Read more here:: NBAA Exhibitor Update, Deceember 2014… Read more ...

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Top 10 articles of 2014


By John Zimmerman From synthetic vision apps to powerful ADS-B receivers, there were more tips and news stories to keep up with than ever in 2014. Out of the 158 articles we published over the last 12 months, these... ... Read more here:: Top 10 articles of 2014… Read more ...

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FAA, UAS Groups Join to Promote Safe Flying


December 22 The Federal Aviation Administration is partnering with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Small UAV Coalition to make sure everyone who flies an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) during the holidays and afterward is familiar with the rules of the air. As part of the effort, the FAA created a short safety video, Know Before You Fly, to educate model UAS users on the Dos and Donts of their hobby. The bottom line? Have fun, but always fly safely! > "Know Before You Fly" Website> "Know Before You Fly" Video Read more here:: FAA, UAS Groups Join to Promote Safe Flying… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #14-51


NBAA Welcomes President's Signature to Law Renewing Accelerated Aircraft Depreciation At Year's End, Outlook Is Good for Third-Class Medical Overhaul Bill in 2015 No Change in FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates for 2015 Read more here:: NBAA Update, #14-51… Read more ...

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