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Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11


By Bret Koebbe The most recent iOS 11 software update for iPad and iPhone has been a success by all standards, with no major bugs reported since the public release. With that being said, there a few caveats pilots... ... Read more here:: Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11… Read more ...

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Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11


By Bret Koebbe The most recent iOS 11 software update for iPad and iPhone has been a success by all standards, with no major bugs reported since the public release. With that being said, there a few caveats pilots... ... Read more here:: Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11… Read more ...

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Business Aviation's Workforce Issues in Focus During NBAA-BACE


As the business aviation community looks to the future, it is increasingly clear that a series of trends could potentially impact the size and nature of the industry's workforce in the years to come. Against this backdrop, NBAA recently conducted a survey of more than 1,300 pilots, with the aim of determining root causes of workforce development and retention challenges, as well as ways to address those challenges. The survey results will be unveiled on Oct. 10 at NBAA-BACE, as part of a solutions-focused, interactive panel titled "All Hands on Deck: Confronting the Personnel Shortage." Read more here:: Business Aviation's Workforce Issues in Focus During NBAA-BACE… Read more ...

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NBAA Statement on Congressional Passage of Short-Term FAA Funding Extension


NBAA appreciates that congressional leaders have taken this important step to provide an extension of FAA funding and operating authority. Read more here:: NBAA Statement on Congressional Passage of Short-Term FAA Funding Extension… Read more ...

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FAA Restricts Drones over Statue of Liberty, Other Landmarks


At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 99.7 Special Security Instructions to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. The FAA and DOI have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites: Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NYBoston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MAIndependence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PAFolsom Dam; Folsom, CAGlen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZGrand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WAHoover Dam; Boulder City, NVJefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MOMount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SDShasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA The restrictions will be effective October 5, 2017. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAAs UAS website. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. This is the first time the agency has placed airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or drones, over DOI landmarks. The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place. The FAA is considering additional requests from other federal agencies for restrictions using the FAAs 99.7 authority as they are received. Read more here:: FAA Restricts Drones over Statue of Liberty, Other Landmarks… Read more ...

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FAA Supports St. Thomas Commercial Air Service


This morning, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers handled the landing of the first commercial air carrier flight in weeks into the Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (TIST). Working from a mobile air traffic tower the FAA moved to the island last weekend, the controllers are now managing a mix of commercial, military, relief and recovery flights to and from the storm-ravaged island. The FAA continues to support similar operations on San Juan, Puerto Rico where the first commercial air carrier service began a week ago. The total number of flights in and out of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan (SJU) has increased dramatically over the past week, to more than 400 arrivals and departures yesterday. U.S. commercial passenger air carriers flew 18 flights in and out of San Juan yesterday, including a mix of relief and revenue passenger service. Another three U.S. commercial cargo flights also flew to the island. The Official Airline Guide, which publishes planned airline schedules months in advance, shows that about 28 U.S. air carriers were scheduled to operate into San Juan on September 28, before the hurricanes hit the island. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been setting priorities for flight operations into and out of San Juan, based on their mission needs. In addition to Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Puerto Rico, four other airports on the island are open with no restrictions: Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla (BQN) Mercedita Airport in Ponce (PSE) Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba (RVR) Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (also known as Isla Grande), in San Juan (SIG) Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport in Mayaguez (MAZ) is closed. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix to expected to be open for commercial service soon.… Read more ...

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Help Us Celebrate NBAA's 70th Anniversary at NBAA-BACE - Sign Our Sign, Visit Our DC-3


NBAA-BACE attendees will have many opportunities at the convention to celebrate the association's 70th anniversary. The celebration includes a large, three-dimensional moving sign that says "NBAA70." Commemorative markers will be on hand, so people can leave their signatures and messages on the sign. The anniversary also will be celebrated at the static display of aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport, where a 1946 Douglas DC-3 business aircraft will join other vintage aircraft from business aviation's early days. Read more here:: Help Us Celebrate NBAA's 70th Anniversary at NBAA-BACE - Sign Our Sign, Visit Our DC-3… Read more ...

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Prevent Loss of Control Events


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Returning to the Cockpit Has it been a while since you sat in the left seat? This month, were not only going to encourage you to consider returning to the command position, were also going to give you resources on how you can do it safely. There are a few must-dos on your checklist before you consider taking flight again. The first is an assessment of your personal health and fitness. What could have disqualified you years ago, may now be acceptable with revised guidelines. For more information, please see the Aviation Medical Examiner Guide online. Before you return to the cockpit, youll need to log a few hours of flight time with an instructor who will take the time to help you re-learn those good habits that you once knew. Be sure to review any segments of flying where you feel a bit rusty, including stalls and steep turns. Finally, you must get up to speed on all the changes that have taken place since you left the cockpit. Be sure to review any regulatory changes, especially those that focus on airspace use. Study up on the Special Flight Rules Areas (SFRA), Flight Restricted Zones (FRZ), and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). TFRs can occur at any time, so before every flight, check the Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and the TFR list online, and call the Flight Service Station for updates. The Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Rule, implemented in 2004, allows pilots to operate aircraft that fall within certain reduced weight and speed parameters. Pilots are required to have a valid U.S. drivers license. If you have a private pilot certificate, you can legally fly a light-sport aircraft provided you are current, and the aircraft is in the same category in which youre qualified.… Read more ...

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Pilot’s aviation app directory


By Bret Koebbe iPad Pilot News has helped pilots discover over 100 quality aviation apps since the invention of the iPad in 2010. Here we've assembled a basic directory to help you locate and download them in the... ... Read more here:: Pilot’s aviation app directory… Read more ...

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Pilot’s aviation app directory


By Bret Koebbe iPad Pilot News has helped pilots discover over 100 quality aviation apps since the invention of the iPad in 2010. Here we've assembled a basic directory to help you locate and download them in the... ... Read more here:: Pilot’s aviation app directory… Read more ...

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Santa Monica Runway Shortening Project Begins Oct. 9


Despite ongoing litigation by NBAA and other parties, the city of Santa Monica, CA is moving forward with a runway shortening project at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), starting Monday, Oct. 9. SMO's single runway will be reduced from 4,973 feet in length to 3,500 feet, with project completion expected by the end of this year. Phase 1 runway closures will take place Oct. 9 to Dec. 20. The airport will be closed to all aircraft, including helicopters, nightly from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time, Monday through Friday, during this period. "NBAA has battled for decades to keep SMO open and accessible to business aviation - and we will continue to do so," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA director of airports and infrastructure. Read more here:: Santa Monica Runway Shortening Project Begins Oct. 9… Read more ...

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Air Traffic Information Released for NBAA-BACE


An increase in aircraft operations in the Las Vegas, NV area is expected in conjunction with NBAA-BACE, and special air traffic procedures will be in place to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays. Operators are reminded to check NOTAMS before every flight and comply with all ATC instructions. Read more here:: Air Traffic Information Released for NBAA-BACE… Read more ...

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Aviation Weather Community Seeks Input at NBAA-BACE Sessions


Members of the aviation weather community gather annually at NBAA-BACE to discuss weather tools, share information on what works and discuss what can be expanded, improved or replaced. This year several education sessions are planned to discuss what's new in aviation weather. "No matter the size of their flight department or aircraft, the Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather eagerly welcomes first-hand input from operators," said John Kosak, weather project manager for NBAA Air Traffic Services. Read more here:: Aviation Weather Community Seeks Input at NBAA-BACE Sessions… Read more ...

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New FlyQ Insight app brings augmented reality to the cockpit


By Bret Koebbe A new app called FlyQ Insight turns your iPhone or iPad into an airport finder, by displaying the location of nearby airports in a real-time view around you in the air. ... Read more here:: New FlyQ Insight app brings augmented reality to the cockpit… Read more ...

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New FlyQ Insight app brings augmented reality to the cockpit


By Bret Koebbe A new app called FlyQ Insight turns your iPhone or iPad into an airport finder, by displaying the location of nearby airports in a real-time view around you in the air. ... Read more here:: New FlyQ Insight app brings augmented reality to the cockpit… Read more ...

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Commercial Airline Service Resumes in San Juan


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hurricane recovery efforts are now supporting more than a dozen commercial passenger flights per day at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As the agency continues to restore radars, navigational aids and other equipment damaged during Hurricane Maria, the number of commercial flights is expected to continue to increase. The airport handled nearly 100 total arrivals and departures yesterday, including the military and relief operations. The agency has implemented a slot reservation system to manage the demand for ramp space at the airport and to safely separate aircraft in the air. The FAA also airlifted a mobile air traffic control tower back to St. Thomas over the weekend to support the relief and recovery missions there. The tower at Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas was initially damaged by Hurricane Irma, and the FAA brought in the mobile tower to help manage traffic. However, the FAA removed the tower to the mainland in advance of Hurricane Maria, to protect it during the storm. The agency shuttles the controllers who staff the tower from San Juan to St. Thomas and back every day. Preliminary FAA damage assessments have identified a number of critical radars and navigational aids that were destroyed or disabled during the storm. The FAA is bringing replacement systems to the islands by air and by sea to restore essential radar, navigation and communication services and technicians are working on many of those systems now. A long-range radar in the Turks and Caicos returned to service this morning, giving air traffic controllers a much better picture of the planes and helicopters operating in the area. Technicians are making their way to a second long-range radar site today at Pico del Este, which is located inside a National Park in Puerto Rico, on the top of a mountain.… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-39


New Study Reaffirms: Business Aviation Key to Success for Well-Managed Companies Podcast: General Aviation Advocate Debunks Myths About ATC System Leaders and Legends to Headline NBAA Convention's Opening Session Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-39… Read more ...

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New Study Reaffirms: Business Aviation Key to Success for Well-Managed Companies


NBAA welcomed a new study of S&P 500 companies, showing that by a host of measures, the use of business aviation is the sign of a well-managed enterprise among America's most highly valued and well-respected companies. Read more here:: New Study Reaffirms: Business Aviation Key to Success for Well-Managed Companies… Read more ...

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Aviation Advocate Ron Rapp Debunks Myths About ATC System


Advocates for a privatized ATC system say the system is mired in the past, but long-time aviation blogger Ron Rapp, an experienced Part 91 and 135 operator, recently debunked this myth in his recent blog titled "The Big Lie: ATC Stuck in the 1960s." He asserts, "what's being used today by air traffic control is light years ahead of what they had in the 80s, let alone the 1960s." Read more here:: Aviation Advocate Ron Rapp Debunks Myths About ATC System… Read more ...

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3 Ways Regional Groups Can Connect Students With Careers at NBAA-BACE


Industry events like NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) offer regional business aviation groups several ways to connect students with business aviation career opportunities. In fact, groups like the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) are already actively using NBAA-BACE "to show students the wide range of career opportunities in business aviation," said AZBAA President Dylan Miller. Read more here:: 3 Ways Regional Groups Can Connect Students With Careers at NBAA-BACE… Read more ...

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