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Is voice recognition the next big thing for aviation iPad apps?


By Bret Koebbe The iPad is an excellent resource for those flying single-pilot in GA airplanes, but it still requires lots of heads down time to find the necessary information for each phase of flight. Voice... ... Read more here:: Is voice recognition the next big thing for aviation iPad apps?… Read more ...

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U.S. Aviation Community Readies for Winter Weather


September 30- As winter approaches, U.S. airports, airline flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, air traffic controllers, and manufacturers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) methods to improve safety at U.S. airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a TALPA website with key information the aviation community needs to know to prepare for the TALPA changes, which will be effective tomorrow, October 1. FAA guidance, notices, alerts, videos, and frequently asked questions will help the aviation community reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors. The FAA developed the standards based on the work of the TALPA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). As a result of the committees work, the FAA has developed a revised method for airports and air traffic controllers to communicate actual runway conditions to the pilots in terms that directly relate to the way a particular aircraft is expected to perform. The TALPA initiative improves the way the aviation community assesses runway conditions, based on contaminant type and depth, which provides an aircraft operator with effective information to anticipate airplane braking performance. Airport operators will use the new Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) to assess runway conditions, and pilots will use it to interpret reported runway conditions. The RCAM is presented in a standardized format, based on airplane performance data supplied by airplane manufacturers, for each of the stated contaminant types and depths. The RCAM replaces subjective judgments of runway conditions with objective assessments tied directly to contaminant type and depth categories. The pilot or dispatcher will then consult the aircraft manufacturer data to determine what type of stopping performance to expect from the specific airplane they are operating. The airport operator will assess surfaces, report contaminants that are present, and input the information into the Federal NOTAM System in order to generate the numerical Runway Condition Codes (RwyCC) based on the RCAM.… Read more ...

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Bolen: Enhancing Safety in Business Aviation is a 'Noble' Pursuit


There is no more "noble purpose than to try and enhance safety, try to save lives and try to protect people," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in his remarks this week at the opening of Bombardier's 20th annual Safety Standdown. NBAA, he noted, is a sponsor of the event, and safety, in fact, is one of the reasons the association was founded 69 years ago. "The pursuit of safety is a little bit like the pursuit of excellence, if you apply enough granularity, you realize you're never quite there," he said. "[The Safety Standddown] is an opportunity to see how far we've come" recognize that what we're doing is making a difference, and also see where we need to go. Read more here:: Bolen: Enhancing Safety in Business Aviation is a 'Noble' Pursuit… Read more ...

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NBAA Names Roger Whyte Recipient of 2016 John H. Winant Award


NBAA announced that business aviation veteran and former industry executive Roger Whyte will receive the John H. Winant Award at NBAA-BACE. Read more here:: NBAA Names Roger Whyte Recipient of 2016 John H. Winant Award… Read more ...

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2016 Aviation Week Photo Contest Entries—Updated Gallery


See selected early entries from Aviation Week's 2016 Photo Contest and learn how to enter. read more Read more here:: 2016 Aviation Week Photo Contest Entries—Updated Gallery… Read more ...

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Fast Five: Alexandre Couvelaire, Founder & CEO of Euralair, Paris


Alexandre Couvelaire is a former French air force pilot and founder of the charter company Euralair. He is also a director of the startup, Aero Electric, which has designed and developed the Sun Flyer, the world's first certificated, all-electric training aircraft. read more Read more here:: Fast Five: Alexandre Couvelaire, Founder & CEO of Euralair, Paris… Read more ...

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ForeFlight Mobile 8.1.1 Available On the App Store


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Leesburg Executive to Use Mobile Tower During Remote Testing Trial


A mobile air traffic control tower will operate at Virginia's Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) for several weeks this fall, as part of the airport's participation in tests for the safety of a remote tower. The mobile tower will be operational at specific hours from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10. "Because this phase [of testing] involves a temporary tower and different flight procedures, we encourage all pilots, even those intimately familiar with JYO operations, to read their NOTAMs even more carefully than usual," said John Kelley of the NBAA Access Committee. Read more here:: Leesburg Executive to Use Mobile Tower During Remote Testing Trial… Read more ...

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Learn how to use 4 hidden features in Garmin Pilot with new video tips


By Bret Koebbe It hasn't taken long for today's aviation EFB apps to become fairly similar in their core capabilities, offering flight planning, weather, digital charts and in-flight navigation. Each app has some... ... Read more here:: Learn how to use 4 hidden features in Garmin Pilot with new video tips… Read more ...

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Aviation Loses Friend, Advocate With Arnold Palmer’s Passing


There were times when golf legend Arnold Palmer was not a golfer. Those were the times he spent in the cockpit of an airplane. read more Read more here:: Aviation Loses Friend, Advocate With Arnold Palmer’s Passing… Read more ...

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NBAA-BACE Report


As one of the largest trade shows in the country, NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is always a must-attend event. The convention, which runs from Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL, will feature more than 1,100 indoor exhibitors and more than 100 aircraft on two static displays. Read more here:: NBAA-BACE Report… Read more ...

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Industry Safety in Focus at NBAA's Annual Convention


Safety continues to be a paramount concern within the business aviation community. Whether you fly a single-engine airplane or a long-range business jet, operators are encouraged to participate in the wide range of safety-related forums taking place throughout the upcoming NBAA-BACE, which takes place Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL. Read more here:: Industry Safety in Focus at NBAA's Annual Convention… Read more ...

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Aviation Champion Sen. Bill Nelson to Receive NBAA's Highest Honor


NBAA announced that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), a longtime champion of general aviation, will receive NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation Award during the association's 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL. Read more here:: Aviation Champion Sen. Bill Nelson to Receive NBAA's Highest Honor… Read more ...

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Kenmore Air Floatplane Operation, Now 70, Earned Its Cachet


Stepping back in time Even Harrison Ford applauds this unique operation, started in 1946 by three World War II vets. read more Read more here:: Kenmore Air Floatplane Operation, Now 70, Earned Its Cachet… Read more ...

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NBAA Welcomes FAA's Prompt Investigation into SMO Evictions


NBAA welcomed quick action by the FAA to investigate an attempt by the city of Santa Monica, CA to evict two of Santa Monica Municipal Airport's (SMO) longstanding service providers. Read more here:: NBAA Welcomes FAA's Prompt Investigation into SMO Evictions… Read more ...

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Data Comm Now at Washington Dulles


September 27 The revolutionary NextGen technology called Data Communications (Data Comm) is now operational at Washington Dulles International Airport. There is tremendous benefit in this change in the way pilots and air traffic controllers communicate, said Jim Eck, Assistant Administrator for NextGen. Data Comm will allow passengers to get off the tarmac, into the air and to their destinations more quickly. Airlines will be able to stay on schedule and packages will be delivered on time. The media saw Data Comm in action today during a tour of the Dulles air traffic control tower, a UPS Boeing 767 and a United Airlines Boeing 777. The FAA demonstrated how the NextGen technology enhances safety and reduces delays by providing text-based messaging capabilities between air traffic controllers and pilots. Representatives from the FAA, UPS, United Airlines, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand to give their perspective on a technology that is revolutionizing critical communications, beginning with departure clearance services at 56 airports before expanding to enroute airspace. Leveraging equipment already installed on many aircraft, air traffic controllers and pilots are sending and receiving important flight information using digital text-based messages. At towers with Data Comm such as Dulles, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews view the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system. Time savings is another major benefit. For instance, when pilots read back a series of complicated waypoints in a clearance with even one mistake called a readback/hearback error they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. A departure clearance using voice communications can take two to three times longer than one via Data Comm and even longer as traffic increases.… Read more ...

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Better International Trip Planning


Sponsored by Jeppesen The aviation world is changing from top to bottom; those who don't keep up are aced out. If you don't have the right equipment, permits, and know how, you may not be allowed to complete your Point A to Point B objectives. read more Read more here:: Better International Trip Planning… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents


September 27- The FAA and General Aviation (GA) groups #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices for calculating and predicting aircraft performance, and operating within established aircraft limitations. Impairment may cause a pilot to exceed these limitations and lose control of the aircraft. Are You an Impaired Pilot?Of course not, you may say. But, impairment doesnt just cover illegal drugs and alcohol. Fatigue and over-the-counter or prescription drugs can lead to impairment, too. Have you flown tired, because youre eager to get home, thinking youll rest later?Have you had a drink at dinner, and thought you were fine to fly home?How about your cold medicine? Did you know it can cause impairment too? Its important to know the risk of taking risks with your safety and the safety of those who fly with you. Fit to fly means free of ANY impairment, including drugs, alcohol, or fatigue. What Do the Regs Say?The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require full fitness for flight. You must be well-rested and free of distraction, and you must be free of drugs and alcohol. Eight hours bottle to throttle is a minimum. Do not fly if you feel a little bit off. The FAA does not hesitate to act aggressively when pilots violate the alcohol and drug provisions of the FARs. Fatal Results According to the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, between 6 and 14 percent of pilot fatalities are alcohol related. The FAA calculated those statistics by analyzing blood and tissue samples from pilots who have died in aviation accidents.Further analysis of pilots who died in an accident shows some used prescription drugs such as common sleep aids and cold remedies, without realizing that these drugs could make them unfit to fly.A number of studies have found that a pilots performance can be impaired by only a few drinks, even after the pilots blood alcohol content (BAC) has returned to zero.… Read more ...

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FlightSafety International's Bruce Whitman to Receive NBAA's American Spirit Award


FlightSafety International Chairman, President, and CEO Bruce Whitman, who has been with FlightSafety International for 55 years, has been selected to receive the prestigious NBAA American Spirit Award in recognition of his commitment to helping others throughout the global aviation community. Read more here:: FlightSafety International's Bruce Whitman to Receive NBAA's American Spirit Award… Read more ...

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Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in August 2016


Teterboro Airport again was the business aviation airport viewed more than any other by acukwik.com users. read more Read more here:: Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in August 2016… Read more ...

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