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NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption Extended With New Benefits for Eligible Members


The FAA has approved a 24-month extension to NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption and removed onerous limitations of the exemption's applicability to operations outside the U.S. Effective through March 31, 2019, the exemption allows NBAA members who operate small aircraft to take advantage of maintenance and cost-sharing options usually available only to operators of larger, turbine-powered aircraft. Read more here:: NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption Extended With New Benefits for Eligible Members… Read more ...

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News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (April 2017)


News of promotions, appointments and honors involving professionals within the business aviation community. read more Read more here:: News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (April 2017)… Read more ...

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Jet-A, Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices—March 2017


Jet-A and avgas per-gallon fuel prices—March 2017 read more Read more here:: Jet-A, Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices—March 2017… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


March 30- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and General Aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #FlySafe campaign. Each month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community. What is Loss of Control?An 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. Maneuvering Flight: Low-Level SafetyThis month were focused on how to maintain safety during the maneuvering phase of flight: during take-off, landing, and while you are maneuvering in the traffic pattern. Other examples of maneuvering flight include aerobatics formation flight, turns around a point, and aerial application. Did You Know: Maneuvering flight accidents can result in fatalities, serious injuries lost wages, severe damage to the aircraft, insurance claims, and lawsuits.More than 25 percent of general aviation fatal accidents occur during these flightsbelow 1000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).Most of these accidents involve stall/spin scenarios and buzzing attempts.Many occur before youve left the traffic pattern. Relative Wind and Angle of AttackPilots learn during flight training that the relative wind is opposite the direction of flight.… Read more ...

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FAA and Brazil Strengthen Aviation Partnership


March 30- Speaking today before aviation leaders at the International Air Transport Association Wings of Change Conference at the first International Brazil Air Show (IBAS) in Rio de Janeiro, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer said that the United States is proud to participate in a partnership with Brazil which enhances bilateral cooperation on airport expansion, airspace management, aviation safety, and security. Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer is attending IBAS and participating inmeetings with government and industry leaders from Latin America and around the world. As traffic continues to increase between our countries, it is vital that operators are able to fly safely and seamlessly between our respective systems, said Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer. By working together, the United States NextGen and Brazils Sirius programs are leading to safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation systems in not only both countries but around theglobe. The FAA and Brazil face many of the same issues to modernize air traffic management. These include the size of geographic area, civil-military coordination, vast spaces of remote airspace, congested terminal areas and a mature generalaviation industry. Together, the United States and Brazil have collaborated through ICAO to achieve a modernized, seamless global air traffic management system.To complement those efforts, Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer and Brigadier-Major Carlos Aquino, Director, General of the Department of Air Space Control (DECEA) yesterday signed an agreement for joint U.S.-Brazil to implement Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS) research and development. GBAS is an alternative to the traditional Instrument Landing System (ILS) that is used to provide precision approach guidance down to the runway threshold at airports in near-zero visibility conditions. Since 2013, the U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership has shared expertise through a series of workshops on airport design and construction, airport security, air traffic management, and airport certification. More than 1,200 aviation experts have participated.… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents


March 30- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and General Aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #FlySafe campaign. Each month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community. What is Loss of Control?An 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. Maneuvering Flight: Low-Level SafetyThis month were focused on how to maintain safety during the maneuvering phase of flight: during take-off, landing, and while you are maneuvering in the traffic pattern. Other examples of maneuvering flight include aerobatics formation flight, turns around a point, and aerial application. Did You Know: Maneuvering flight accidents can result in fatalities, serious injuries lost wages, severe damage to the aircraft, insurance claims, and lawsuits.More than 25 percent of general aviation fatal accidents occur during these flightsbelow 1000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).Most of these accidents involve stall/spin scenarios and buzzing attempts.Many occur before youve left the traffic pattern. Relative Wind and Angle of AttackPilots learn during flight training that the relative wind is opposite the direction of flight.… Read more ...

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FAA and Brazil Strengthen Aviation Partnership


March 30- Speaking today before aviation leaders at the International Air Transport Association Wings of Change Conference at the first International Brazil Air Show (IBAS) in Rio de Janeiro, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer said that the United States is proud to participate in a partnership with Brazil which enhances bilateral cooperation on airport expansion, airspace management, aviation safety, and security. Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer is attending IBAS and participating inmeetings with government and industry leaders from Latin America and around the world. As traffic continues to increase between our countries, it is vital that operators are able to fly safely and seamlessly between our respective systems, said Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer. By working together, the United States NextGen and Brazils Sirius programs are leading to safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation systems in not only both countries but around theglobe. The FAA and Brazil face many of the same issues to modernize air traffic management. These include the size of geographic area, civil-military coordination, vast spaces of remote airspace, congested terminal areas and a mature generalaviation industry. Together, the United States and Brazil have collaborated through ICAO to achieve a modernized, seamless global air traffic management system.To complement those efforts, Acting Deputy Administrator Wassmer and Brigadier-Major Carlos Aquino, Director, General of the Department of Air Space Control (DECEA) yesterday signed an agreement for joint U.S.-Brazil to implement Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS) research and development. GBAS is an alternative to the traditional Instrument Landing System (ILS) that is used to provide precision approach guidance down to the runway threshold at airports in near-zero visibility conditions. Since 2013, the U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership has shared expertise through a series of workshops on airport design and construction, airport security, air traffic management, and airport certification. More than 1,200 aviation experts have participated.… Read more ...

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Michigan Group Launches Member Newsletter to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts


The Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) recently launched a member newsletter to further enhance the association's communications strategy, and engage with its members about legislative issues in the state and region. The newsletter is one part of MBAA's continued dedication to promoting business aviation as a critical part of the economic future of Michigan. Read more here:: Michigan Group Launches Member Newsletter to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts… Read more ...

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iPad pilot’s guide to Sun ‘N Fun 2017


By Bret Koebbe The flying season's unofficial kick-off is next week, as the gates open for the 2017 edition of the Sun ‘N Fun Fly-in at the Lakeland airport. There will undoubtedly be new products to see and... ... Read more here:: iPad pilot’s guide to Sun ‘N Fun 2017… Read more ...

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New FAA Review Board Offers Clarity on Inconsistent Interpretations of Regulations


Business aviation operators have a new recourse when faced with conflicting FAA interpretations of regulations by the Flight Standards Service or Aircraft Certification Service. On March 9, the FAA established the Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) to provide guidance to stakeholders by clarifying inconsistencies related to the application of regulations. "We commend the FAA on the formation of the RCCB, which will be a welcome mechanism to help standardize agency responses and interpretations to regulations, particularly those coming from Flight Standards District Offices," said David Norton, an aviation attorney and member of NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee. Read more here:: New FAA Review Board Offers Clarity on Inconsistent Interpretations of Regulations… Read more ...

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Runway Closures Associated with SFO Runway Construction Begin April 7


A major runway overlay and construction project of Runway 28L/10R at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will result in several weekend runway and taxiway closures over the next three months. Air traffic management initiatives can be expected during the runway closures. The project is scheduled to last through July 2017, with multiple weekend closures expected in addition to nightly week-day closures. Read more here:: Runway Closures Associated with SFO Runway Construction Begin April 7… Read more ...

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ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio


By Bret Koebbe Sun 'N Fun starts next week in Lakeland, Florida, which means new product announcements. ForeFlight kicked that off today with the release of the new ForeFlight 9, packed with updates and lots of new... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio… Read more ...

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ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio


By Bret Koebbe Sun 'N Fun starts next week in Lakeland, Florida, which means new product announcements. ForeFlight kicked that off today with the release of the new ForeFlight 9, packed with updates and lots of new... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio… Read more ...

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CAM Spotlight: International Aviation Manager Embraces CAM Program


Business aviation transcends national borders, and NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program has expanded beyond its U.S. origins to bring its tenets of continuing education to aviation managers across the globe. "The CAM program is standardizing the guidelines for the successful performance of aviation managerial duties," said André Danita, CAM, chief pilot of a Dassault Falcon 7X based in Brazil. Read more here:: CAM Spotlight: International Aviation Manager Embraces CAM Program… Read more ...

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New in ForeFlight: Checklist, Glide Advisor, Light & Dark App Themes, SiriusXM Audio, and More


By ForeFlight ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying. Run through checklists with ease and reduce cockpit clutter with ForeFlight Checklist. Glide Advisor helps you locate a safe place to land in the event of engine failure, choose from Light & Dark App Themes for day or night flight, helpful enhancements to Logbook, new SXAR1 integration features, and more. Read on for all the details of the ForeFlight 9 release, now on the App Store! Consolidate Your Toolset with ForeFlight Checklist ForeFlight's integrated checklists keep important safety procedures organized and easily accessible. Your familiar paper checklists are transformed into customizable digital templates allowing you to reduce cockpit clutter and spend less time heads down searching for a particular checklist item. Checklists for every phase of flight are laid out in an interactive, intelligent interface that fits naturally into your flying workflow. Select from one of the predefined templates derived from aircraft POH manuals or create and edit your own customized collection of checklists. Templates are provided for a variety of fixed-wing aircraft models, including Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Grumman, Mooney, Pilatus, Piper, and TBM, as well as select Robinson rotorcraft models. A template for the IMSAFE pilot checklist is also available, allowing you to efficiently conduct a personal preflight health assessment. To run through a checklist, simply tap an item and a green check mark appears. This visual feedback provides an easy way to pick up exactly where you left off with a quick glance. Tap “Skip” to move past an item; this is especially useful if you don't move through a checklist from A to Z. If you experience an inflight emergency, tap the emergency button to jump immediately to emergency checklist procedures, saving you time and sparing you the hassle of flipping through a stack of paper procedures.… Read more ...

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The Envelope, Please


Wheels Up was named by Aviation Week Network editors as the 2017 winner of the Laureate for Business Aviation. Founded four years ago with the promise to “democratize” travel by business aviation, the once disruptive start-up has grown into an operation with about 4,000 members. Membership is even available through Costco stores. Membership growth has come faster than anticipated expected -- up 72% from 2015 to 2016. read more Read more here:: The Envelope, Please… Read more ...

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The Infrequent Flier


If it's your first crossing, or the first in a long time, there's much to do in preparation If it's your first transoceanic crossing, or the first in a long time, there's much to do in preparation. read more Read more here:: The Infrequent Flier… Read more ...

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Big Sky Redefined


The Theory: The sky is so vast and your aircraft so small, there's almost no chance of a “midair” encounter Of course we all know this theory is invalid and would never embrace such a blind course of aircraft avoidance. And yet so many of our actions validate the theory that we needn't look outside our aluminum tubes to see others that might share our airspace. The classic “beak-to-beak” midair collision scenario came from the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. It featured an F-4 Phantom II heading right at you, the closure speed was on the order of 900 kt. and you didn't stand a chance. read more Read more here:: Big Sky Redefined… Read more ...

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Business & Commercial Aviation News From April 1967


In April 1967, from the standpoint of growth, business aviation was following in the wake of a phenomenal 1966 that saw some 15,700 general aviation airplanes delivered. The Wall Street Journal quoted British Aircraft Corp., as predicting a 25-airplane market for its BAC-111, and Douglas is expecting to sell 40-50 corporate DC-9s over the next decade. read more Read more here:: Business & Commercial Aviation News From April 1967… Read more ...

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Used Aircraft Report: Learjet 45/45 XR


Fast, efficient, reliable and now less maintenance-intensive The Learjet 45 and 45XR, built from 1998 to 2012 and only the second clean-sheet Learjets since the 1963 Learjet 23, have a lot going for them. Unlike previous Learjets, they have a non-circular fuselage cross section that increases head and shoulder room for seated passengers, plus a flat floor. They have a full-width, externally serviced aft lav with an optional belted potty seat. Interiors may be configured either with a fore/aft double club section or a center club with two front and two aft chairs. There is a 50 cu. ft. aft external baggage compartment, plus another 15 cu. ft. read more Read more here:: Used Aircraft Report: Learjet 45/45 XR… Read more ...

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