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Florida Dentist Flies Critical Supplies to Houston Area for Harvey Relief


Niceville, FL-based dentist Dr. Jordan Harper got involved with Harvey relief efforts after seeing a post on the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association forums regarding Operation Airdrop - a volunteer group of general aviation pilots working in coordination with the Salvation Army to distribute supplies in hard-to-reach communities along the Texas Gulf Coast. "They especially needed toiletry items, and I had boxes of toothbrushes and toothpaste around the office," Harper explained. "My wife and I then made a run to Walmart for other personal care supplies, and all the diapers and sleeping bags we thought could fit in the airplane." Read more here:: Florida Dentist Flies Critical Supplies to Houston Area for Harvey Relief… Read more ...

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FAA Supports Drone Assessments for Houston Response and Recovery


By Thursday morning, August 31, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration had issued 43 unmanned aircraft system authorizations to drone operators supporting the response and recovery for Hurricane Harvey or covering it as part of the media. The authorizations cover a broad range of activities by local, state and federal officials who are conducting damage assessments of critical infrastructure, homes and businesses to help target, prioritize and expedite recovery activities. The FAA issued eight of the approvals to a railroad company to survey damage along a major rail line running through the city. Five others were issued so oil or energy companies could look for damage to their facilities, fuel tanks, power lines, and other critical components of the local power grid. A local fire department and county emergency management officials are operating drones to check for any damage to local roads, bridges, underpasses, water treatment plants, and other infrastructure that may need immediate repairs. State environmental quality officials are flying drones to understand the impacts of flooding and drainage, and cell tower operators are conducting damage assessments of their structures and associated ground equipment. An operator supporting a number of different insurance companies has started on damage assessments of residences and businesses to speed up the claims process. In addition to the direct response and recovery efforts, four media outlets are operating drones over Houston to provide ongoing coverage to local residents and the rest of the world about flooding and damage in the Houston area. Operating Drones in the Response and Recovery AreaIf you need to operate an unmanned aircraft system or drone in direct support of the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery, you must contact the FAAs System Operation Security Center (SOSC) to operate in any areas covered by a Temporary Flight Restriction. Qualifying applicants of public UAS operations should contact the SOSC at 202-267-8276 for assistance.… Read more ...

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Airlift Flyers Aviation 'Ready to Move' to Support Harvey Relief Efforts


Ground conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are frustrating for those in the business aviation community ready to offer their support to victims around Houston, TX, with operators still waiting for floodwaters to recede from airports and roadways before they're able to deliver much-needed supplies to the area. Richard Sante, founder of Miami, FL-based aviation humanitarian organization Airlift Flyers Aviation Corp., encouraged pilots to donate their time and aircraft. "I believe that general aviation aircraft can be tools to alleviate human suffering," Sante said. Read more here:: Airlift Flyers Aviation 'Ready to Move' to Support Harvey Relief Efforts… Read more ...

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Aircraft Maintenance Company Drops Fees, Offers Matching Funds for Harvey-Relief Flights


Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), an independent provider of business aviation maintenance programs, said it will take steps to encourage aircraft owners and operators to participate in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. JSSI is waiving flight-hour fees for customers that donate aircraft flight time to the relief effort, contributing $10,000, and matching every flight-hour credit with a dollar-for-dollar donation to the Red Cross. The organization said that aircraft owners and operators that want to provide relief flights can register their aircraft on NBAA's Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database. Read more here:: Aircraft Maintenance Company Drops Fees, Offers Matching Funds for Harvey-Relief Flights… Read more ...

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Social Networking May Revolutionize Charter Operations


The traditional charter model, which relies on managed aircraft being offered for on-demand whole aircraft charter, could be evolving, experts say, and new business models may be the next generation of this important segment of business aviation. Greg Cirillo of HCH Legal, LLC, along with Greg Johnson of OneSky and Jeff Thoben of YouCanJet will discuss "Uncommon Carriers - How Social Networking Will Bring Air Charter to the Masses," at the Sept. 7 NBAA Regional Forum in Morristown, NJ. Read more here:: Social Networking May Revolutionize Charter Operations… Read more ...

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Congress Back in Session, Threat of ATC Privatization Still Looms


As Congress returns from summer recess on Sept. 5, NBAA is encouraging members to continue to contact their elected officials to let them know you are opposed to H.R. 2997, the bill that would enable ATC privatization. "NBAA strongly encourages its members to contact their federal elected officials through social media, email and phone calls," said Christa Lucas, NBAA's vice president of government affairs. "The fight against ATC privatization is not over, even if a temporary extension passes before Sept. 30. Elected officials need to know their constituents are very concerned about ATC privatization and they are watching this issue carefully." Read more here:: Congress Back in Session, Threat of ATC Privatization Still Looms… Read more ...

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Hurricane Harvey Update - 9:30 a.m. CDT (1330 UTC)


Harvey is now a tropical depression, centered over the northeastern corner of Louisiana. It is currently forecast to continue moving northeast today, into the Tennessee Valley tomorrow, and into the Ohio Valley by Saturday. It is expected to bring between 3 and 10 inches of rain to these areas before it dissipates. Only three Houston-area airports remain closed as of 9:30 a.m. CDT (1300 UTC): Jack Brooks Regional Airport (BPT), Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR) and Houston Executive Airport (TME). There are still multiple equipment outages at airports in the Houston area and flooding is expected to continue to impact the area for the next few days. Road access to the airports continues to be limited, due to flooding It is expected to bring between 3 and 10 inches of rain to these areas before it dissipates. Only three Houston-area airports remain closed as of 9:30 a.m. CDT (1300 UTC): Jack Brooks Regional Airport (BPT), Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR) and Houston Executive Airport (TME). There are still multiple equipment outages at airports in the Houston area and flooding is expected to continue to impact the area for the next few days. Road access to the airports continues to be limited, due to flooding. Read more here:: Hurricane Harvey Update - 9:30 a.m. CDT (1330 UTC)… Read more ...

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Fast Five: William Quinn, Aviation Management Systems and Charleston Aviation Partners


Fast Five with William Quinn, Chairman of Aviation Management Systems and Managing Partner of Charleston Aviation Partners read more Read more here:: Fast Five: William Quinn, Aviation Management Systems and Charleston Aviation Partners… Read more ...

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Mount and kneeboard options for the iPad Pro 10.5″


By John Zimmerman The iPad Pro 10.5" has quickly established itself as the best iPad yet for pilots. How to secure this new iPad in the cockpit isn't so simple. There are a number of options available, but not every... ... Read more here:: Mount and kneeboard options for the iPad Pro 10.5″… Read more ...

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Louisiana Community Airports Helping with Harvey Relief Efforts


As Tropical Storm Harvey moved into Louisiana, state and local aviation officials in that state worked to ensure their airports were ready to support recovery efforts. Bradley Brandt, aviation director for Louisiana's transportation department, said most airports along the Louisiana Gulf Coast had remained open during the storm, with generally minimal operational impacts. Read more here:: Louisiana Community Airports Helping with Harvey Relief Efforts… Read more ...

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Airport in Conroe, TX, Makes Hangar Available for Harvey Relief Efforts


The airport in Conroe, TX, is making a hangar available as a distribution center for general aviation aircraft to drop off supplies for delivery to people who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. James Brown, director of the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO), which is located north of Houston, said he was approached by Steve Hadley, NBAA's Southwest regional representative, who told him that in times of need, the association helps coordinate relief efforts. "We will continue to keep the airport open for the relief effort," Brown said, as well as some regular flights. Read more here:: Airport in Conroe, TX, Makes Hangar Available for Harvey Relief Efforts… Read more ...

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Valuable Safety Events Again Highlight NBAA Convention


NBAA welcomes back two important safety events to its convention: the Single Pilot Safety Standdown on Oct. 9 and the National Safety Forum on Oct. 12. Both events are free for NBAA-BACE attendees. Read more here:: Valuable Safety Events Again Highlight NBAA Convention… Read more ...

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New York John F. Kennedy International Runway Closure Begins Sept. 5


Runway 4R/22L at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will be closed from Sept. 5 - Nov. 17 to complete an extended construction project. This 73-day closure will likely result in unfavorable configurations at times which will drive delays at JFK and other area airports. Read more here:: New York John F. Kennedy International Runway Closure Begins Sept. 5… Read more ...

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Aircraft Brokers Helping Coordinate Business Aviation's Harvey Relief Efforts


Two Texas aircraft brokers are teaming up to recruit business aircraft operators nationwide to help get needed supplies to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Janine Iannarelli, president of Par Avion Ltd., and Robin Eissler, COO of jetAVIVA, are working together to coordinate relief efforts. To that end, NBAA maintains a Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database - a list of people in the business aviation community who are part of disaster-response mobilization efforts. In the aftermath of major crises, basic information from the database is provided to organizations coordinating relief efforts. Read more here:: Aircraft Brokers Helping Coordinate Business Aviation's Harvey Relief Efforts… Read more ...

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Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization - Massachusetts Group Joins the Fight


Airport operators in Massachusetts are engaged in a grassroots campaign against H.R. 2997, proposed legislation to privatize the nation's ATC system, and leading the way is the Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA). "Our first letter to all of Massachusetts' senators and representatives went out in late June, and we followed that up with another letter in July," said MAMA Executive Director Dave Dinneen. "I've personally called six of our representatives and our two senators, and 10 congressional representatives are getting calls from aviation advocates across the state." Read more here:: Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization - Massachusetts Group Joins the Fight… Read more ...

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How to use Stratus for flight data recording


By John Zimmerman The Stratus line of ADS-B receivers are well-known as weather receivers, but there's another option that many pilots don't use as often: flight data recording. By default, Stratus 2 and 2S are always... ... Read more here:: How to use Stratus for flight data recording… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-35


Tropical Storm Harvey Expected to Impact Air Travel This Week - NBAA's Website Has the Latest Info NBAA Coordinating With Red Cross, Agencies in Harvey's​ Aftermath - You Can Help During August Congressional Recess, NBAA Calls for Continued Mobilization Against ATC Privatization Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-35… Read more ...

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NBAA Discusses ATC Privatization Concerns with Industry Stakeholders Across Country


With Congress in recess throughout August, NBAA's government affairs team used the opportunity to engage with business aviation professionals across the country on the most pressing legislative concerns of 2017, most notably the effort underway to privatize the nation's ATC system. "As just one example, airport improvement program funds would be in jeopardy under the risky scheme before Congress," said NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas. "That really resonated with the airport managers and consultants in attendance at a meeting with Virginia stakeholders because those grants are vital to maintaining Virginia's aviation infrastructure." Read more here:: NBAA Discusses ATC Privatization Concerns with Industry Stakeholders Across Country… Read more ...

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Hurricane Harvey Update from ForeFlight


By ForeFlight Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. In a 24-hour period, an estimated 419,000,000,000 gallons (yes, billions) of rainfall in just Houston – and more than 9 trillion gallons in Southeast Texas over the weekend – created the worst flooding the region has ever experienced. Some areas are experiencing an “800-year flood event”. As of this writing the rain continues to fall and flood waters in many areas are still rising as bayous and rivers overflow their banks at record levels. It was frightening to ride out and it is gut wrenching to now see the images of fellow Texans in distress. The Houston-based ForeFlight team is fortunate: everyone has checked in as being safe and no significant injury or flood damage to our homes has been reported. Many in the Houston area have fared far worse, and our thoughts are with them. Emergency management resources are overwhelmed and have been asking anyone with equipment to come forward and help rescue operations. Texans are responding in force, deploying boats and other assets to assist. In last night's press conference, the United States Coast Guard reported they have more than 20 helicopters deployed in conjunction with Customs & Border Protection and Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as three flood response teams that arrived from Paducah, KY and Memphis, TN. In addition, the good samaritans of the “Cajun Navy” activated and sent forces from Louisiana. Thank you to all our friends, family, partners, and competitors for sending thoughtful notes and well wishes throughout the event. We'll be back to full strength soon. -Tyson Read more here:: Hurricane Harvey Update from ForeFlight… Read more ...

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When Flying to Europe, Be Prepared for SAFA Checks


In recent months, NBAA has heard from U.S.-based members traveling overseas about their encounters with SAFA ramp inspectors at European airports. Due to differences in interpretation of ICAO rules, operators of U.S.-registered business aircraft may be questioned by an inspector about their knowledge of the aircraft's maintenance and operations procedures. The most serious repercussion for operators who aren't prepared for these checks is receiving a safety finding, which can ground the aircraft. Read more here:: When Flying to Europe, Be Prepared for SAFA Checks… Read more ...

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