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Apple iOS 11.1 and ForeFlight


By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates. Follow Read more here:: Apple iOS 11.1 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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NWS Begins Production of Extended Convective Forecast Product


The National Weather Service recently began production of the experimental version of the Extended Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Convective Forecast (TCF) product, which will make it easier to focus on areas of true concern. "Not every thunderstorm cell will show up on the TCF, we're looking for storms that cover a certain amount of area (square miles) before we will call attention to them, explained John Kosak, NBAA's Air Traffic Services program manager for weather. Read more here:: NWS Begins Production of Extended Convective Forecast Product… Read more ...

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Garmin releases G500 TXi trainer app


By Bret Koebbe Garmin recently announced their next-generation retrofit flight display, the G500 and G600 TXi. Garmin also simultaneously released a free trainer app for iPad that allows pilots to fully interact... ... Read more here:: Garmin releases G500 TXi trainer app… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-44


NBAA Monitoring Program to Speed Integration of UAS Into National Airspace At GA Safety Summit, FAA Says 2017 May Be Industry's Safest Year Yet Presidential Flight Restrictions in Florida: Know Before You Go Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-44… Read more ...

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Learn Top Tips for Highlighting a Flight Department's Value


NEXA Advisors' "Business Aviation and Top-Performing Companies 2017 study," "confirmed that the flight department's value to the corporation is through the roof," said NEXA representative Mike Dyment. The challenge now is to communicate this to company stakeholders. Dyment suggested putting the information directly in the hands of passengers, through materials in the seat back pockets of the business aircraft. Read more here:: Learn Top Tips for Highlighting a Flight Department's Value… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Tips and Tools to Help Single Pilots Mitigate Weather Risks


Weather is a contributing factor in 35 percent of general aviation accidents, and 75 percent of those mishaps involve fatalities, according to the FAA and NTSB. Aviators - especially single pilots of business aviation aircraft - should take steps to mitigate the risks of nasty weather. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Tips and Tools to Help Single Pilots Mitigate Weather Risks… Read more ...

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U.S. Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s Air Force One Before Trump


The requirements scrub ended in November 2016, months before President Donald Trump took office, but he did help negotiate cost of the 747-8 airframes. read more Read more here:: U.S. Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s Air Force One Before Trump… Read more ...

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U.S. Air Force Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s Air Force One Before Trump


“The U.S. Air Force shaved about $500 million off the cost of Boeing's new Air Force One through a careful requirements scrub that wrapped up in November 2016— months before President Donald Trump took office and claimed to have personally slashed the price of the new aircraft by $1 billion.” read more Read more here:: U.S. Air Force Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s Air Force One Before Trump… Read more ...

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U.S. Air Force Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s New Air Force One In 2016


“The U.S. Air Force shaved about $500 million off the cost of Boeing's new Air Force One through a careful requirements scrub that wrapped up in November 2016— months before President Donald Trump took office and claimed to have personally slashed the price of the new aircraft by $1 billion.” read more Read more here:: U.S. Air Force Cut $500 Million Off Boeing’s New Air Force One In 2016… Read more ...

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FAA Enhances China Aviation Safety Partnership


October 27 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) today announced the signing of an implementing agreement under the U.S. China Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) recognizing each others regulatory systems with respect to the airworthiness of aviation products and articles. The Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) document allows each authority to leverage approvals completed by the other with respect to design, production, and airworthiness as well as continued airworthiness. The agreement uses the compatibilities of the two authorities certification systems and fulfills the commitment that the U.S. and China made in 2005 with the establishment of a BASA. This IPA also allows both the FAA and the CAAC to submit applications for validation for all categories of aviation products and addresses globalization challenges such as complex business models separating design and production. This agreement supports the FAA Aircraft Certification Services refresh of certification strategy by responding to stakeholder needs and promoting the seamless transfer of products and approvals globally. Read more here:: FAA Enhances China Aviation Safety Partnership… Read more ...

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NBAA Monitoring Program to Speed Integration of UAS into National Airspace


The Trump administration recently announced a new program between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and state, local and tribal governments to expedite the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. NBAA has long been an advocate for the development of sensible regulatory policies governing commercial UAS operations, and Heidi Williams, NBAA's director for air traffic services and infrastructure, emphasized that the association will closely monitor the UAS Integration Pilot Program. "We intend to be an active part of this process as it moves forward," she said. Read more here:: NBAA Monitoring Program to Speed Integration of UAS into National Airspace… Read more ...

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Presidential Flight Restrictions in Florida: Know Before You Go


As winter approaches, NBAA encourages all operators flying to Southeast Florida to review, understand and comply with all NOTAMs regarding TFRs - especially those likely to be active while President Donald Trump is at his Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago. These POTUS (President of the United States) TFRs will be active only when Trump is at Mar-a-Lago and a specific NOTAM is issued. "NBAA continues to work with the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service, as well as other local, state and federal agencies, to implement a more workable, permanent solution for business aviation access into these TFRs," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation. Read more here:: Presidential Flight Restrictions in Florida: Know Before You Go… Read more ...

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Space Companies Seek Relief from Rules, Help With Debris


Commercial space companies need the government—sometimes Those preparing to broaden access to space want relief from broadband spectrum rules, an easier path to launches and help keeping low Earth orbit safe. read more Read more here:: Space Companies Seek Relief from Rules, Help With Debris… Read more ...

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Accidents in Brief


Selected accidents and incidents in September 2017. The following NTSB information is preliminary. read more Read more here:: Accidents in Brief… Read more ...

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Electric X-Plane Nears Crucial Battery Test


NASA is preparing to test a redesigned lithium-ion battery module for its first electric propulsion demonstrator, the X-57 Maxwell, as it moves toward a maiden flight planned for early in 2018. read more Read more here:: Electric X-Plane Nears Crucial Battery Test… Read more ...

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NBAA Urges Added Operator Vigilance Due to Increased Alerts, Notices This Cycle


Driven by the number of new and revised instrument approach procedures, along with the usual number of last-minute changes to the Aeronautical Information Publications, Jeppesen has issued a higher than normal number of Nav/Chart Alerts for the current charting cycle, said Heidi Williams, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Williams urged added vigilance, and reminded pilots to review these alerts as part of their chart subscriptions. Read more here:: NBAA Urges Added Operator Vigilance Due to Increased Alerts, Notices This Cycle… Read more ...

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At GA Safety Summit, FAA Says 2017 May Be Industry's Safest Year Yet


At the FAA's recent General Aviation Summit, the agency said 2017 may be the safest year ever for general aviation, and association leaders recognized the effectiveness of collaborative efforts in reducing accident rates. NBAA was among six general aviation associations at the meeting, which was the last summit conducted under outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Sharing de-identified safety data between operators and with the FAA is providing greater insight on potential risks before they affect aircraft operations. Read more here:: At GA Safety Summit, FAA Says 2017 May Be Industry's Safest Year Yet… Read more ...

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Safety Alert Highlights Importance of Training on Runway Status Lights


A recent Safety Alert for Operators aims to ensure aircraft operators, pilots and airport personnel are aware of the installation, meaning and use of runway status lights (RWSLs). The RWSL system integrates airport lighting equipment with approach and surface surveillance radar systems to provide aircraft and vehicle crews a visual signal indicating when it is unsafe to enter or cross a runway, or begin or continue a takeoff on that runway. RWSLs are now operational at 17 airports across the U.S., with three additional airports scheduled to transition from prototype sites to operational sites over the next two years. Read more here:: Safety Alert Highlights Importance of Training on Runway Status Lights… Read more ...

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A look inside Sporty’s new Pilot Training app for iPhone, iPad and AppleTV


By Bret Koebbe Sporty's recently released their next-generation flight training app, called Sporty's Pilot Training, which takes advantage of the latest in mobile app technology and adds some cutting-edge new... ... Read more here:: A look inside Sporty’s new Pilot Training app for iPhone, iPad and AppleTV… Read more ...

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President Trump and Secretary Chao Announce Drone Integration Pilot Program


October 25WASHINGTON President Donald J. Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump today, and the results will be used to accelerate the safe integration UAS into the national airspace and to realize the benefits of unmanned technology in our economy. The program will help tackle the most significant challenges in integrating drones into the national airspace while reducing risks to public safety and security. The program is designed to provide regulatory certainty and stability to local governments and communities, UAS owners and operators who are accepted into the program. In less than a decade, the potential economic benefit of integrated unmanned aerial systems into the nations airspace is estimated to equal up to $82 billion and create up to 100,000 jobs.* The program will help the USDOT and FAA develop a regulatory framework that will allow more complex low-altitude operations; identify ways to balance local and national interests; improve communications with local, state and tribal jurisdictions; address security and privacy risks; and accelerate the approval of operations that currently require special authorizations. This program supports the Presidents commitment to foster technological innovation that will be a catalyst for ideas that have the potential to change our day-to-day lives, said Secretary Chao. Drones are proving to be especially valuable in emergency situations, including assessing damage from natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes and the wildfires in California. The pilot program will evaluate a variety of operational concepts, including night operations, flights over people, flights beyond the pilots line of sight, package delivery, detect-and-avoid technologies, counter-UAS security operations, and the reliability and security of data links between pilot and aircraft.… Read more ...

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