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Bulletin: February 4 Data Updates


By ForeFlight Data Team Data updates are now available to download for the February 4, 2016 – March 3, 2016 and February 4, 2016 – March 31, 2016 periods: Airport and Navigation Database ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including updates to the following airports: 01M 1A5 E11 KAAS KAAT KADC KAGC KAVP KBDR KBED KBFI KBFL KBJC KBKF KBMI KBNA KBOI KBOS KBQK KBTR KBWI KBXA KBYH KCFJ KCLK KCMI KCOU KCWV KCYO KDEW KDFW KDTW KEDW KEKN KELD KEOS KEVU KFAR KFES KFFA KFFC KFFL KFIG KFIN KFLY KFPK KFTK KGCK KGED KGEO KGFK KGGI KGGP KGIC KGNT KGRD KGVT KGYR KHIF KHLN KHOC KIIB KIKG KJFZ KJMR KLAX KMAC KMDD KMGE KMHE KMQJ KMQY KMRY KMSL KMSP KMSS KOKH KOLF KORD KOSC KOSU KPGV KPIA KPNM KPTN KRCM KRDM KRIF KROA KROS KRPJ KRWI KRWL KSAA KSAF KSAR KSEA KSER KSLB KSTK KSTL KSUO KSUS KSZT KTCL KTOI KTTF KTVI KTYL PADQ TJSJ From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts World Area Charts High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Ocean Planning Charts Heli Gulf VFR Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Airport/Facility Diagrams Documents, including the Super Bowl 50 Flight Advisory and NOTAMs. For Canada region customers: Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Visual Navigation Charts High and Low Enroutes Canada Flight Supplement Documents For our Military Flight Bag customers: Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams CSA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents, Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices. Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report) Airport/Facility Directory All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: February 4 Data Updates… Read more ...

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NBAA Helps Counter Latest City Effort to Close Santa Monica Airport


NBAA has joined with nine additional aviation stakeholders in responding to the city of Santa Monica's latest effort in its continuing campaign to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) - namely an appeal of a December determination by the FAA that requires the city to keep the historic airport open at least through 2023. Read more here:: NBAA Helps Counter Latest City Effort to Close Santa Monica Airport… Read more ...

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How to Comply with Part 135 Air Ambulance Obstacle Requirement Using ForeFlight


By ForeFlight You may be familiar with some of the regulations governing how FAA Part 135 aircraft operators prepare for and conduct flights, but did you know that helicopter air ambulance operators have a number of special rules all to themselves under Part 135? One of these requires the pilot of any VFR flight to identify and document the highest obstacle along the planned route (§135.615). This ensures that the pilot briefs this potential hazard and determines the minimum safe altitude for the flight. While a good safety measure to prevent collisions, the requirement has been a pain point for some operators as the somewhat vague guidance to “identify and document” is left open to interpretation. Not to mention that some methods of complying with the requirement could take up a good chunk of a pilot's preflight preparation time, which is at a premium with air ambulance operations. Fortunately for air ambulance operators using ForeFlight, there is a fast and easy method of complying with the highest obstacle requirement in the app itself. This method employs ForeFlight's Profile view (available with Pro and Pro Plus subscriptions). Start by entering departure and destination points in the Route Editor, then tap Profile to view the vertical cross-section of the planned route. Terrain and obstacles are dynamically highlighted based on relative height to your selected altitude. Tap and hold anywhere in the Profile window (other than directly under the altitude box) and a vertical dotted line and box will appear showing that point's altitude in MSL, the clearance in feet between the point and your planned altitude, and the distance of that point from your departure point. Dragging your finger right or left shows this information for any point along your route. The selected point is also displayed on the “top-down” view of your route below, revealing where the point is along your route.… Read more ...

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Local Officials in Florida, Vermont and West Virginia Honor General Aviation


Mayors of five cities in three states recently added their voices to those of hundreds of others across the nation praising general aviation (GA). Mayors of Tallahassee, FL; Montpelier, VT; Fairmont, WV; Martinsburg, WV; and Wheeling, WV, issued proclamations designating December and January as times to honor the value of the industry to their local economies. "West Virginia (airports) provide access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling businesses to remain part of the nation's air transportation system and connected to the global marketplace," said Wheeling, WV, Mayor George A. Karos. Read more here:: Local Officials in Florida, Vermont and West Virginia Honor General Aviation… Read more ...

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New ForeFlight Subscriptions Add Value, Basic Plan Options for Canada


By ForeFlight Coupled with the introduction of Logbook, we announced new subscription plans for individual pilots that are designed to give you even more value from your ForeFlight experience. Logbook is an essential part of your flight bag and so we made it a standard feature in both of the new plans. The new Basic Plus plan includes everything in the current Basic plan plus Logbook and Weight & Balance for $99.99 USD/year. (Basic plan options are now available for Canada!) The new Pro Plus plan includes everything in the current Pro plan plus Logbook and Synthetic Vision for $199.99 USD/year. If you are on an existing Basic or Pro plan, you can still renew those plans. Should you decide to upgrade to Basic Plus or Pro Plus, you will receive a prorated credit from your existing subscription, towards the new purchase, during the checkout process. Each plan comes with one geo-region (Canada or US). You can now add a second geo-region for $100 USD. You can also use our Build-Your-Own-Plan tool to add Logbook or other features à la carte. For more details about the new plans, visit foreflight.com/pricing. Or check out this helpful comparison table of all the plans: ForeFlight Plans and Pricing for Individuals (PDF). For Business customers with multi-pilot accounts, the Business Pro plan details can be Read more here:: New ForeFlight Subscriptions Add Value, Basic Plan Options for Canada… Read more ...

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NBAA Welcomes Senate Letter Opposing Privatized ATC Funded by User Fees


NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed a bipartisan letter from Senate appropriators opposing plans for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system funded with user fees. Read more here:: NBAA Welcomes Senate Letter Opposing Privatized ATC Funded by User Fees… Read more ...

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First NBAA Regional Forum of 2016 Sets Attendance Record


Heavy rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the South Florida business aviation community on Jan. 28, as more than 2,200 people turned out for NBAA's first regional forum of 2016 at Atlantic Aviation on West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). With 120 exhibitors and 25 aircraft on static display, the event set an attendance record for NBAA's South Florida forums. Florida Sen. Maria Sachs, who represents the Palm Beach area, welcomed attendees to her state, noting it's first in the country for aircraft manufacturing - and officials plan to work hard to stay on top through tax and other initiatives. Read more here:: First NBAA Regional Forum of 2016 Sets Attendance Record… Read more ...

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Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary


Still vibrant, surprising and relevant after all those years Perusing AvWeeks through 10 decades is quite a journey of discovery revealing the brilliance, ingenuity, doggedness, bravery, tragedies and breakthroughs that has delivered the aerospace industry to its place today. read more Read more here:: Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary… Read more ...

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Key Issues To Consider Involving Fuel System Maintenance


Beware of the bugs Fuel—having enough of it and assuring its steady flow to the engines—is so central to an aircraft's operation that by many measures, the machine is designed around its fuel's inflight storage and delivery. Wing and center body tanks are most commonplace and fuel is delivered through a combination of gravity and electrical power. A complex system of valves, pumps and measurement devices must all work together to assure a constant feed and to provide the flight deck crew with the information necessary to safely complete the mission. read more Read more here:: Key Issues To Consider Involving Fuel System Maintenance… Read more ...

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Hindustan Aeronautics Plans To Develop New Helicopter Engine


India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. plans to develop a new helicopter engine—the Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200. The announcement follows the first test run of the 25-kN (5,620-lb.) thrust Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE) 25. “The HTSE-1200 can be used for helicopters of 3.5-ton class in the single-engine configuration such as the Light Utility Helicopter and for 5 to 8 ton class in twin engine configuration such as the Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter,” said T. read more Read more here:: Hindustan Aeronautics Plans To Develop New Helicopter Engine… Read more ...

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Arrius 2R EASA Certified


Turbomeca's Arrius 2R turboshaft — the first European engine to be fitted to a Bell-produced helicopter — has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA certification, announced by Bell and Turbomeca on Dec. 16, is one of the final hurdles for the new Model 505 JetRanger X turbine-powered light helicopter currently undergoing flight testing. Certification of the helicopter is expected early in 2016. read more Read more here:: Arrius 2R EASA Certified… Read more ...

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Airbus, Uber Plan More Helo Rideshare Trials


Is the Airbus-Uber plan to offer helicopter ridesharing hype or opportunity? Airbus's first helicopter rideshare trial with Uber is quickly grounded, but the partners vow to continue. read more Read more here:: Airbus, Uber Plan More Helo Rideshare Trials… Read more ...

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Hindustan Aeronautics Plans To Develop New Helicopter Engine


India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. plans to develop a new helicopter engine—the Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200. The announcement follows the first test run of the 25-kN (5,620-lb.) thrust Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE) 25. “The HTSE-1200 can be used for helicopters of 3.5-ton class in the single-engine configuration such as the Light Utility Helicopter and for 5 to 8 ton class in twin engine configuration such as the Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter,” said T. read more Read more here:: Hindustan Aeronautics Plans To Develop New Helicopter Engine… Read more ...

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Airbus, Uber Plan More Helo Rideshare Trials


Is the Airbus-Uber plan to offer helicopter ridesharing hype or opportunity? Airbus's first helicopter rideshare trial with Uber is quickly grounded, but the partners vow to continue. read more Read more here:: Airbus, Uber Plan More Helo Rideshare Trials… Read more ...

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Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary


Still vibrant, surprising and relevant after all those years Not long after the millennium, a friend and I coauthored a history of United Airlines. The book assignment was rushed — a curious fact, when you think about it — but fun. read more Read more here:: Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary… Read more ...

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Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary


Still vibrant, surprising and relevant after all those years Not long after the millennium, a friend and I coauthored a history of United Airlines. The book assignment was rushed — a curious fact, when you think about it — but fun. read more Read more here:: Wishing Sister Magazine Aviation Week A Happy 100th Anniversary… Read more ...

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Separating Unmanned Aerial Systems from Helicopters


Since helicopters generally operate at much lower altitudes than airplanes, the risk of collision with an unmanned aerial system (UAS) is much higher. In recent months the FAA has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for commercial UAS operators. Since March 23, 2015, the agency has granted authorization for flights at or below 200 ft. to any UAS operator with a Section 333 exemption (in simplest terms, someone using a UAS for commercial purposes). read more Read more here:: Separating Unmanned Aerial Systems from Helicopters… Read more ...

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Key Issues To Consider Involving Fuel System Maintenance


Beware of the bugs Fuel—having enough of it and assuring its steady flow to the engines—is so central to an aircraft's operation that by many measures, the machine is designed around its fuel's inflight storage and delivery. Wing and center body tanks are most commonplace and fuel is delivered through a combination of gravity and electrical power. A complex system of valves, pumps and measurement devices must all work together to assure a constant feed and to provide the flight deck crew with the information necessary to safely complete the mission. read more Read more here:: Key Issues To Consider Involving Fuel System Maintenance… Read more ...

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Factors That Helicopter Pilots Must Consider Before IFR Flights


Before launching into the IFR system, pilots need to familiarize themselves with the instrument requirements for their particular helicopter. Within the same make, model and series of helicopters, variations in the installed avionics may change the equipment needed or the level of augmentation for a particular operation. The complexity of the automatic flight control system (AFCS), autopilot and flight director in some helicopters requires formal pilot training to understand the unit's operation, limitations, failure indications and reversionary modes. read more Read more here:: Factors That Helicopter Pilots Must Consider Before IFR Flights… Read more ...

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Considering IFR Challenges Facing Helicopter Pilots


An important alternative to flight into the unknown When pilots are asked to perform a tough assignment, they should be provided the tools necessary to conduct the mission safely. Assigning a single pilot to a single-engine, VFR-only helicopter with insufficient weather information and without instrument system protection certainly seems contrary to that rule and, indeed, statistics show such circumstances make such operations among the highest risk sectors in civil aviation. read more Read more here:: Considering IFR Challenges Facing Helicopter Pilots… Read more ...

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