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FAA, NBAA Recognize Advances, Opportunities to Improve Safety


NBAA's Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown and other industry leaders participated in the FAA's annual General Aviation Safety Summit March 31 in Washington, DC, where Brown reemphasized the need to use data to address current limitations in business aviation training and operations. "The FAA's General Aviation Safety Summit is an excellent opportunity for industry and government to take the community's safety pulse and focus attention on the safety priorities that various industry groups have determined for the general aviation industry," said Brown. Read more here:: FAA, NBAA Recognize Advances, Opportunities to Improve Safety… Read more ...

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Free 2016 Sun ‘n Fun app now available


By Bret Koebbe The 42nd Annual SUN 'n FUN fly-in and aviation show kicks off next week in Lakeland, Florida. To help you navigate the airport grounds and keep track of all the events, the organizers again released... ... Read more here:: Free 2016 Sun ‘n Fun app now available… Read more ...

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Free 2016 Sun ‘n Fun app now available


By Bret Koebbe The 42nd Annual SUN 'n FUN fly-in and aviation show kicks off next week in Lakeland, Florida. To help you navigate the airport grounds and keep track of all the events, the organizers again released... ... Read more here:: Free 2016 Sun ‘n Fun app now available… Read more ...

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FAA and GA Community Are Making the Skies Safer


Statement from FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker: The United States has the largest and most diverse GA community in the world and we are all working together to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve safety. While the fatal accident rate is beginning to decline, too many lives are still being lost. Last year, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents. While we still have more work to do, the GA Joint Steering Committees work on voluntary safety measures is making a difference. Theres also no question that ADS-B is one of NextGens most important safety technologies, and were continuing to work closely with the Equip 2020 team to get it into more general aviation aircraft. Weve also made considerable progress on regulations that will enhance general aviation safety with our recent proposed Part 23 rule that will help us decrease the time it takes to get safety-enhancing technologies for small airplanes to the marketplace. Loss of Control remains our greatest concern. Through the Fly Safe education campaign weve had 35 million impressions on social media platforms. Thank you to our industry leaders who participated in todays GA Safety Summit. Together, government and industry are building on our momentum and commitment to improve general aviation safety. Read more here:: FAA and GA Community Are Making the Skies Safer… Read more ...

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Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates


By ForeFlight Data Team Data updates are now available to download: A new US IFR Enroute H-8 chart is available for download. This removes Class A airspace exclusions near the Florida Keys and addresses an FAA Safety Alert. VNC and VTA charts for Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and VNC charts for Lake Athabasca and Regina are available for our Canada region customers. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates… Read more ...

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Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates


By ForeFlight Data Team Data updates are now available to download: A new US IFR Enroute H-8 chart is available for download. This removes Class A airspace exclusions near the Florida Keys and addresses an FAA Safety Alert. VNC and VTA charts for Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and VNC charts for Lake Athabasca and Regina are available for our Canada region customers. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates… Read more ...

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FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration


Thursday, March 31 Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAAs new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other users. Registration for those users is $5, the same low fee that model aircraft owners pay. Registration is an important tool to help us educate aircraft owners and safely integrate this exciting new technology into the same airspace as other aircraft operations, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. All owners of small UAS used for purposes other than as model aircraft must currently obtain a 333 exemption, a public certificate of authorization or other FAA authorization to legally operate, in addition to registering their aircraft. Before today, the FAA required all non-hobby unmanned aircraft owners to register their aircraft with the FAAs legacy aircraft registry in Oklahoma City, OK. Those owners who already have registered in the legacy system do not have to re-register in the new system. However, the FAA is encouraging new owners who are registering for the first time to use the new, web-based registration system. Owners who register under the new system can easily access the records for all of the aircraft they have registered by logging into their on-line account. Small UAS owners who have registered under the web-based system who intend to use their aircraft for purposes other than as model aircraft will also need to re-register to provide aircraft specific information. The FAA first opened up the web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft owners on Dec. 21, 2015. The agency is expanding that existing website to accommodate owners of aircraft used for purposes other than model aircraft. This registration process includes additional information on the manufacturer, model and serial number, in addition to the owners physical and email addresses.… Read more ...

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Letter to Airmen References Preferred ATC Communications at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport


The FAA has issued a letter to airmen reference ATC communication procedures at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI). It is recommended operators obtain IFR clearance prior to taxiing to avoid delays near the end of the runway. Read more here:: Letter to Airmen References Preferred ATC Communications at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport… Read more ...

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wx24 app makes METARs visual


By John Zimmerman Improving pilot weather briefings has been a focus of aviation apps since the iPhone was first introduced. With the variety of sources and the often unreadable ALL CAP text formats, some good data... ... Read more here:: wx24 app makes METARs visual… Read more ...

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wx24 app makes METARs visual


By John Zimmerman Improving pilot weather briefings has been a focus of aviation apps since the iPhone was first introduced. With the variety of sources and the often unreadable ALL CAP text formats, some good data... ... Read more here:: wx24 app makes METARs visual… Read more ...

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Corporate Angel Network’s 50,000th Cancer Patient


A philanthropic business aviation group—Corporate Angel Network—marks a major “miracle” milestone, transporting its 50,000th cancer patient for treatment free of charge. read more Read more here:: Corporate Angel Network’s 50,000th Cancer Patient… Read more ...

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FAA Doubles "Blanket" Altitude for Many UAS Flights


March 29- After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) blanket altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new COA policy allows small unmanned aircraftoperated as other than model aircraft (i.e. commercial use)to fly up to 400 feet anywhere in the country except restricted airspace and other areas, such as major cities, where the agency prohibits UAS operations. This is another milestone in our effort to change the traditional speed of government, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Expanding the authorized airspace for these operations means government and industry can carry out unmanned aircraft missions more quickly and with less red tape. The FAA expects the move will reduce the workload for COA applications for industry UAS operators, government agencies and the FAA's Air Traffic Organization. The agency also estimates the move will lessen the need for individual COAs by 30 to 40 percent. Other provisions of an FAA authorization, such as registering the UAS and making sure pilots have the proper certification, still apply. Under the blanket COA, the FAA will permit flights at or below 400 feet for UAS operators with a Section 333 exemption for aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and for government UAS operations. Operators must fly under daytime Visual Flight Rules, keep the UAS within visual line of sight of the pilot and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports: Five nautical miles (NM) from an airport having an operational control tower; orThree NM from an airport with a published instrument flight procedure, but not an operational tower; orTwo NM from an airport without a published instrument flight procedure or an operational tower; orTwo NM from a heliport with a published instrument flight procedure.… Read more ...

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Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity


Check out U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxxvideo on building a stronger and more connected nation. Read more here:: Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity… Read more ...

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6 hidden tricks in the Garmin Pilot app


By Bret Koebbe Like all electronic flight bag apps, Garmin Pilot has a lot of powerful features built in. But if you haven't spent the time to tap every button and try every menu, you probably haven't had a chance... ... Read more here:: 6 hidden tricks in the Garmin Pilot app… Read more ...

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6 hidden tricks in the Garmin Pilot app


By Bret Koebbe Like all electronic flight bag apps, Garmin Pilot has a lot of powerful features built in. But if you haven't spent the time to tap every button and try every menu, you probably haven't had a chance... ... Read more here:: 6 hidden tricks in the Garmin Pilot app… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 16-13


NBAA 'Call to Action' Urges Support for Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Podcast: Contact Congress Gets NBAA Members' Voices Heard in FAA Reauthorization Updated Business Aviation Fatigue Management Guide Endorsed by ICAO Read more here:: NBAA Update, 16-13… Read more ...

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Contact Congress Tool Gets NBAA Members' Voices Heard in FAA Reauthorization


With the full Senate expected to vote on its version of the FAA reauthorization bill in early April, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said now is the time for NBAA members to contact senators in the support of the legislation. "We have an opportunity to let all of the senators know before they vote on the legislation that this is a good bill and it deserves to be passed," he said. NBAA's Contact Congress tool is an easy and effective way to contact the Senate, he added, and since NBAA issued it's first call to action - asking members to oppose the House version of the bill - "we have seen a response from our members that has been off the charts." Read more here:: Contact Congress Tool Gets NBAA Members' Voices Heard in FAA Reauthorization… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: A Steady Hand - J. Jeffrey Brausch & Company Profile


Jeff Brausch founded his company in Akron, OH in 1962 to help businesses throughout the Midwest with initial public offerings, acquisitions and other financial needs. Today, he's still the owner, president and sole pilot, joined by just two other employees in the roles of vice president and senior director. In his five decades of flying for business, Brausch has achieved a perfect flying safety record, receiving NBAA's 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Award in 2015. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: A Steady Hand - J. Jeffrey Brausch & Company Profile… Read more ...

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Showtime: The Future of Air Shows


Flawed, yes, but giddy gatherings for 100 years It was intended to be a celebration, honoring the victors of the Battle of Britain fought 75 years earlier. Unfortunately, horribly, what occurred was too reminiscent of the war's worst events. read more Read more here:: Showtime: The Future of Air Shows… Read more ...

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Canada’s ING Robotic Pioneers Beyond-Line-of-Sight UAS Ops


A mission to count moose footprints is the first commercial unmanned-aircraft mission in Canada to be approved for beyond-visual-line-of-sight operation. read more Read more here:: Canada’s ING Robotic Pioneers Beyond-Line-of-Sight UAS Ops… Read more ...

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