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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


September 1- The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups #Fly Safe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season. What is Loss of Control (LOC)?A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot. Contributing factors may include: poor judgment/aeronautical decision making, failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action, intentional regulatory non-compliance, low pilot time in aircraft make and model, lack of piloting ability, failure to maintain airspeed, failure to follow procedure, pilot inexperience and proficiency, or the use of over-the-counter drugs that impact pilot performance. Current topic: Medications and pilots What is the big deal about taking medication when you fly?As a pilot, you understand that illicit drugs always impair human performance. Do you fully understand the impact prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications have on your flying capabilities? Did you know?Some medications may compromise a pilots ability to control the aircraft and/or adversely affect his or her judgment and decision-making ability. Following a GA accident, it may be difficult to determine the extent to which a drug may have impaired a pilots ability to fly safely. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) may not cite drug or medication use as a causal factor in many fatal accidents, but a 2011 FAA study of toxicology samples of 1,353 deceased pilots indicated the presence of some sort of drug or medication in 570 (42%) of the pilots. Most of the pilots had prescription or OTC medications in their system. Antihistamines especially diphenhydramine were the most common medications found.… Read more ...

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Flying with ADS-B receivers – a real world scenario


By John Zimmerman With features like traffic, flight data recording and synthetic vision, ADS-B receivers are more like all-in-one iPad sensor packages these days. Here's a look at how we might fly a typical flight... ... Read more here:: Flying with ADS-B receivers – a real world scenario… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #15-35


NBAA: UAS Close Encounters Highlight Need for Sensible Regulations DOT Releases SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2015 Advanced Planning Can Help Pilots Avoid Damaging Hail Read more here:: NBAA Update, #15-35… Read more ...

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GFS MOS Forecast Update


By Scott Dennstaedt In this recent blog we presented a round-robin VFR flight from Oshkosh to International Falls. The concern was not the initial leg, but the return flight three days later. Would ceilings permit a VFR flight from International Falls back to Oshkosh on Saturday? The 75-hour GFS MOS forecast below provided clear guidance that a morning return would not be very likely given the IFR ceilings forecast along this route. But what really happened? Original 75-hour GFS MOS forecast valid at 1500 UTC for the return flight Saturday. This clearly shows that a VFR flight from International Falls to Oshkosh will not be possible in the morning. Turns out the GFS MOS was spot on with the ceiling forecast as shown below on ForeFlight Mobile. While low IFR conditions were much more widespread than forecast, much of the region forecast to be in the marginal VFR flight category or lower were indeed at or below marginal VFR. Actual ceilings at 1500 UTC as shown on ForeFlight. How about later in the afternoon? The 81-hour GFS MOS forecast below valid at 2100 UTC suggested the low IFR ceilings would give way to VFR ceilings making a VFR flight possible later in the afternoon. Original 81-hour GFS MOS forecast valid at 2100 UTC for the return flight Saturday. This guidance shows that ceilings were expected to improve later in the afternoon. By 2100 UTC as shown below in ForeFlight, ceilings began to lift and mix out throughout the early afternoon giving rise to VFR conditions along a good portion of the proposed route of flight. However, there were some marginal VFR conditions still remaining in the vicinity of International Falls and Oshkosh with a few stations reporting ceilings slightly below 2,000 feet. It took a couple more hours before the entire route was truly VFR.… Read more ...

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NBAA Flight Plan: NBAA Scholarships: Easier Than Ever to Apply


The NBAA Charities scholarship program offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation. And now, it's even easier to apply for one of the 15 available scholarships. "We just launched our online process. It's 100 percent online," said Tyler Austin, NBAA's project manager, professional development. The new process also allows applicants to save information, such as a resume or reference letters, to use when applying for future awards. Read more here:: NBAA Flight Plan: NBAA Scholarships: Easier Than Ever to Apply… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Flight Crews: Ensuring Personal Security While Traveling


Today's business aviation crewmembers face constantly changing and often highly sophisticated potential personal security threats when traveling both domestically and abroad. "The key to handling an unexpected situation is proper training and appropriate response," said Richard Gomez of MedAire. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Flight Crews: Ensuring Personal Security While Traveling… Read more ...

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Latest Aviation Tutorials app demystifies avionics and navigation


By John Zimmerman Aviation Tutorials has been creating pilot training courses for years, originally on CD-ROM and now as dedicated iPad apps. The company recently released an all-new training app, called Navigation... ... Read more here:: Latest Aviation Tutorials app demystifies avionics and navigation… Read more ...

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FAA to Rise to the Cloud


The Federal Aviation Administration will soon be floating in the Cloud and benefitting from advanced computing solutions through a partnership with leading companies in the Cloud industry. After a careful process, the agency has announced that CSC Government Solutions will lead an overall integration effort that will also include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and other leading Cloud providers. The $108 million, 10-year contract will enable the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment. Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money all while making information-sharing much easier. The FAA can now purchase IT as-a-service rather than buying expensive facilities and hardware that quickly becomes outdated. The agency will be able to keep up with industry standards and innovate on a much larger scale. The program will be rolled out in phases over the next year or so. Work will start immediately to assess all existing applications and determine which ones are suitable for the Cloud. Once the infrastructure is established, the FAA will start to migrate systems into the Cloud environment. When the agency is on the Cloud, users will be able to store and access information from any location at any time on approved devices with an Internet connection. Read more here:: FAA to Rise to the Cloud… Read more ...

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FAA to Rise to the Cloud


The Federal Aviation Administration will soon be floating in the Cloud and benefitting from advanced computing solutions through a partnership with leading companies in the Cloud industry. After a careful process, the agency has announced that CSC Government Solutions will lead an overall integration effort that will also include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and other leading Cloud providers. The $108 million, 10-year contract will enable the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment. Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money all while making information-sharing much easier. The FAA can now purchase IT as-a-service rather than buying expensive facilities and hardware that quickly becomes outdated. The agency will be able to keep up with industry standards and innovate on a much larger scale. The program will be rolled out in phases over the next year or so. Work will start immediately to assess all existing applications and determine which ones are suitable for the Cloud. Once the infrastructure is established, the FAA will start to migrate systems into the Cloud environment. When the agency is on the Cloud, users will be able to store and access information from any location at any time on approved devices with an Internet connection. Read more here:: FAA to Rise to the Cloud… Read more ...

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GFS MOS – Extended Ceiling And Visibility Forecast


By Scott Dennstaedt Let's say you are making a round-robin VFR flight; your plan is to leave in a couple of hours and return back home three days later. For the initial outbound leg, there's a ton of weather guidance available to be sure you can make a safe VFR trip. This includes observational products such as ground-based radar (NEXRAD), satellite imagery, pilot weather reports and METARs, as well as forecasts such as prog charts, terminal forecasts (TAFs) and the area forecast (FA) along with AIRMET Sierra. But what about that return flight in three days? We'll get to this trip a bit later. No help available The low-level SIGWX, area forecast, and terminal forecasts are fine for anticipating the weather for the next day or so, but they simply don't extend out far enough in the future to tell you if IFR conditions might mess with your plans three days down the road. Prog charts go out to seven days, but only depict areas of precipitation out to 48 hours and say nothing about ceilings nor visibility; however, don't cast out the prog charts just yet. A widespread low IFR event ordinarily doesn't happen without some kind of large-scale synoptic support. So prog charts can provide some important clues. Use MOS To zero in on ceilings and visibility up to three days in advance, you'll want to try a model-based forecast called GFS MOS (also known as the MAV). The GFS MOS ceiling and visibility forecast is available in ForeFlight Mobile's USA Imagery collections. This forecast graphically depicts the expected ceiling and visibility over the next three days at three-hour forecast intervals for the conterminous U.S. Moreover, it's refreshed every six hours. Model Output Statistics, or MOS, is derived from numerical weather prediction models that meteorologists use to issue their forecasts—in this case the Global Forecast System, or GFS.… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Continues Push for Improved Customs Processes in North America


Plans to explore greater interoperability of trusted traveler programs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are an encouraging sign that efforts to improve international flight clearances are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico outlined steps to leverage each country's trusted traveler networks and boost reciprocity. While the current plan will not benefit business aviation directly, "Our hope is that we will soon be able to leverage these benefits for business aviation," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA senior manager of security and facilitation. Read more here:: Business Aviation Continues Push for Improved Customs Processes in North America… Read more ...

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FAA releases B4UFLY App Beta Test For UAS Users


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released the beta version of a new smartphone application called B4UFLY for testing by up to 1,000 unmanned aircraft users. The B4UFLY app, aimed primarily at model aircraft enthusiasts, is designed to give users information about restrictions or requirements in effect at their current or planned flight location. The FAA expects the beta test will yield valuable data on how well B4UFLY functions, as well as uncovering any software bugs. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta first announced the initiative in May, asking for volunteers to test the app. The FAA has notified those who previously signed up and will be pushing the app to them directly in the coming days. Many unmanned aircraft users today have little or no aviation experience, and some of them are flying where they could endanger manned aircraft. B4UFLY will give these flyers the tools and knowledge they need to operate safely. Key features of the B4UFLY app include: A clear status indicator that immediately informs operators about their current or planned location.Information on the parameters that drive the status indicator.A Planner Mode for future flights in different locations.Informative, interactive maps with filtering options.Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information. Screenshots of the app are available at www.faa.gov/uas/b4ufly. B4UFLY complements the Know Before You Fly educational campaign, which provides prospective UAS operators with information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. The FAA is a partner in the effort with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition. Using the location services feature of a users smartphone, the app quickly determines restrictions or requirements in effect where they want to fly and gives the user a clear status icon. The status indicator function considers airspace, proximity to airports, temporary flight restrictions, current law and other FAA guidance and procedures.… Read more ...

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NBAA2015 Indoor Static Display to Showcase Record Number of Aircraft


NBAA2015 will host record number of aircraft on indoor static display, as well as a sold-out outdoor static display. The convention brings together the world's most cutting-edge business aircraft in one venue, and NBAA2015 will feature more than 100 aircraft at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND). "The overwhelming demand for aircraft display space - both indoor and outdoor - underscores the strength of the business aviation industry," said Chris Strong, NBAA senior vice president, conventions and membership. "This is the earliest we have ever sold out our static display." Read more here:: NBAA2015 Indoor Static Display to Showcase Record Number of Aircraft… Read more ...

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Questions for 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:: Questions for Wade Eyerly, Founder and CEO of Beacon in New York, New York… Read more ...

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Citation M2 Performance


Graphs illustrate the performance of Citation M2 under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. read more Read more here:: Citation M2 Performance… Read more ...

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Cessna Citation M2


Going for the lead among entry-level light jets Cessna Aircraft, the oldest member of the Textron Aviation family, is rebounding as a result of streamlined manufacturing processes, supply chain cost controls and expedited development of new products. read more Read more here:: Cessna Citation M2… Read more ...

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China’s Joy Air Signs for 20 Grand Caravan EX Amphibians


Cessna expects to begin deliveries of the utility turboprop single later this year out of its Cessna-AVIC Aircraft facility in China. read more Read more here:: China’s Joy Air Signs for 20 Grand Caravan EX Amphibians… Read more ...

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Pilatus Centre Southern Africa Appointed Sales/Service


Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pilatus Centre Southern Africa as its authorized PC-6 sales and service center for sub-Saharan Africa. The distributor will be responsible for all future sales and maintenance activities of the Pilatus Porter PC-6 within the territory. Pilatus Centre Southern Africa is an independent partner of Pilatus and serves as the sales and service center for the PC-12 in the same region. read more Read more here:: Pilatus Centre Southern Africa Appointed Sales/Service… Read more ...

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Japan’s Low-Boom Supersonic Drop Test Succeeds


Japan has drop tested a low-sonic boom supersonic aircraft in a repeat of an earlier test that ended in deliberate destruction of the model after it veered off course. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) says the “supersonic experimental airplane successfully flew over the boom measurement system” in the restaged D-Send 2 test in July at the Esrange Space Center in Sweden.JAXA says the test is the first supersonic flight of an experimental aircraft using low-boom design techniques to reduce both front and rear shock waves. Read more here:: Japan’s Low-Boom Supersonic Drop Test Succeeds… Read more ...

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Take control of your iPad’s location services settings


By Bret Koebbe The iPad's software settings allows you to customize which apps can use your location to improve the user experience. While this is essential for moving map navigation apps in the airplane, you'll... ... Read more here:: Take control of your iPad’s location services settings… Read more ...

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