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FAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes. The FAA has deployed the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability(LAANC) for drone operators at several air traffic facilities in an evaluation to see how well the prototype system functions and to address any issues that arise during testing. Two agency-approved companies, AirMap and Skyward, are currently providing LAANC services. During the evaluation, the FAA may sign agreements with additional providers who responded to the original request for information. The prototype evaluation will last until next Spring. The FAA plans to launch a national Beta test shortly thereafter. The exact details of the test will be determined by the outcome of the prototype evaluation. The agency also plans to solicit participation from new industry partners at a later date. Under the FAAs small drone rules formally known as Part 107 operators need to secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. LAANC is the first application developed by industry in response to this operational need. LAANC uses airspace data provided through the UAS facility maps The maps show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with the maps and provide automatic notification and authorization requests to the FAA. LAANC is the first UAS tool that delivers drone information to air traffic control and is the first step in developing Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM). Check the FAAs UAS Data Exchange website frequently for updates and additional information.… Read more ...

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FAA Approves Drone to Restore Puerto Rico Cell Service


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quickly approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drone, developed by AT&T, functions like a cell tower in the sky, restoring voice, data and internet service. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles, and is particularly useful in remote areas. The Pulse Vapor 55 drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, is fitted with LTE radios and antennas and is tethered to ground-based electronics and power systems. Because the aircraft exceeded the 55-lb. weight limit required to operate under the FAAs small drone rule, the FAA had to issue a special exemption and an emergency certificate of authorization for AT&T to conduct its mission. The company is using the drone as a temporary cell service solution while it rebuilds the permanent infrastructure on the island. Read more here:: FAA Approves Drone to Restore Puerto Rico Cell Service… Read more ...

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Garmin Pilot 9.1 adds new StreetMap layer and global winds aloft


By Bret Koebbe Garmin released the latest version of their flagship EFB app for iPhone and iPad, adding a new Street Map layer, worldwide winds aloft on the map, expanded aircraft library and a new Connext devices... ... Read more here:: Garmin Pilot 9.1 adds new StreetMap layer and global winds aloft… Read more ...

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FAA Asks for Public Comment on Drone Design Standards


For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comments on proposed airworthiness criteria for an unmanned aircraft system, more popularly known as a drone. The Federal Register notice asks for comments on proposed design standards needed for the FlightScan Corporation Camcopter S-100 to fly safely in U.S. airspace. The ultimate goal of this and other projects is to grant FAA airworthiness certification to fully functional, ready-to-operate unmanned aircraft. The S-100 is the first unmanned aircraft to have its certification basis published. The Camcopter S-100 is a vertical take-off drone that looks much like a traditional helicopter. It is powered by a liquid-cooled rotary engine and has a maximum take-off weight of 440 pounds including its payload. The drones main purpose is to conduct airborne surveying of power transmission infrastructure using aerial photography. FlightScan applied for FAA certification of the S-100 using the special class provisions under Part 21.17(b) of FAA regulations in June of 2015. Since then, the agency has worked with the company to develop airworthiness criteria that support safe integration of the S-100 into the National Airspace System. After the comment period ending December 18, 2017, the FAA will evaluate the public comments to determine if any changes should be made to the proposed airworthiness criteria. Read more here:: FAA Asks for Public Comment on Drone Design Standards… Read more ...

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FAA InFO Addresses Special Procedures Flown by Unauthorized Pilots


A recent FAA Information for Operators (InFO) notice warns instrument-rated pilots against utilizing special instrument procedures without authorization. As the term implies, a special instrument procedure allows authorized operators to fly unique approaches or departures under certain conditions, or to a private runway or landing area lacking a standard instrument procedure. Operators must receive authorization from the FAA's Flight Standards Service to perform these special procedures, often with stipulations. Also, pilots may neither request nor accept an ATC clearance to fly these special procedures without the agency's approval. Read more here:: FAA InFO Addresses Special Procedures Flown by Unauthorized Pilots… Read more ...

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New EFB Advisory Circular Redefines Systems and Software


A new FAA advisory circular (AC) on electronic flight bags (EFBs) has redefined what an EFB is, and its associated software, and harmonized those criteria with other regulatory authorities and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Perhaps most important, the new document - AC 120-76D - which supersedes an AC that has been in place since May 2014, includes changes requested by NBAA. For example, the FAA removed all references to Part 91 Subpart F operations, leaving all guidance for Part 91 operators in AC 91-78. The new document also allows the inflight display of "own-ship position" on EFB displays and permits operators to manage their EFB programs with significantly less FAA oversight. Read more here:: New EFB Advisory Circular Redefines Systems and Software… Read more ...

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NTSB: General Aviation Fatal Accidents on the Decline


Accident rates among general aviation pilots are on the decline, as noted by the NTSB at a meeting to review progress made in addressing the agency's 2017-18 Most Wanted List. Loss of Control In-Flight, the most significant category of fatal accidents, has been the focus of several government and industry collaboration efforts and remains on the NBAA Safety Committee's list of Top Safety Focus Areas for business aviation. "We've made some real progress in reducing GA fatality rates," said NBAA Operations Manager Peter Korns. "There's more work to be done, but the downward trend is reassuring and we're hopeful that ongoing work will continuing to prevent these accidents among GA operators." Read more here:: NTSB: General Aviation Fatal Accidents on the Decline… Read more ...

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NTSB: General Aviation Loss of Control Inflight Accidents on the Decline


Loss of control inflight (LOC-I) accidents among general aviation pilots have declined, according to the latest safety statistics issued by the NTSB at a meeting of transportation stakeholders to review progress made in addressing the issues cited in the NTSB's 2017-18 Most Wanted List. LOC-I also has been identified as a Top Safety Focus Area for business aviation by the NBAA Safety Committee. "We've made some real progress here as an industry," said NBAA Operations Manager Peter Korns. "We hope to continue a downward trend in accidents involving LOC-I, and we're continuing our work on ways to address this." Read more here:: NTSB: General Aviation Loss of Control Inflight Accidents on the Decline… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 11.1.2 and ForeFlight


By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1.2 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 11.1.2 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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NBAA Announces 2017 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients


NBAA has recognized 18 recipients of its annual Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety. Read more here:: NBAA Announces 2017 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients… Read more ...

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More Adversity for Icon in Wake of November Crash


A light sport program with a heavy load Icon's amphibious A5 program suffers another setback with a second fatal accident, this one involving a high-profile sports star. read more Read more here:: More Adversity for Icon in Wake of November Crash… Read more ...

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Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in October 2017


Teterboro Airport was the most searched business aviation airport for users of acukwik.com in October 2017, according to site traffic reports. Meanwhile, an analysis of the site traffic suggests business aviation's role in relief after the late summer hurricanes has stabilized and, in some places, subsided. CSV File: top-50-business-aviation-airports-worldwide-acukwik.com-october-2017.txt Off Images read more Read more here:: Top 50 Business Aviation Airports Worldwide in October 2017… Read more ...

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New EFB guidance allows commercial operators to display own-ship on iPad in flight


By Bret Koebbe The FAA released an updated Advisory Circular for pilots flying with an iPad in commercial operations that now permits the display of aircraft position on the moving map while in flight. ... Read more here:: New EFB guidance allows commercial operators to display own-ship on iPad in flight… Read more ...

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Study Quantifies Business Aviation's Significant Contributions to Canadian Economy


Business aviation operations and business aircraft manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the Canadian economy, according to a recent study from the Canadian Business Aviation Association. The study complements findings from similar reports on business aviation value commissioned for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more here:: Study Quantifies Business Aviation's Significant Contributions to Canadian Economy… Read more ...

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Collaborating for Aviation's Future


WASHINGTON As his term at the Federal Aviation Administration comes to an end early next year, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta spoke today at the Aero Club in Washington, D.C. With a perspective spanning more than seven years at the agency, his remarks focused on the importance of building partnerships with stakeholders to continue advancing Americas global leadership on aviation. The only way forward was to foster a more constructive relationship with the aviation community, Huerta said. The result is the safest, largest, most complex, and most efficient air transportation system the world has ever known. And its something we accomplished together. Under Huertas leadership, the FAA worked closely with industry and a variety of advisory committees to prioritize the rollout of airspace modernization technologies like Data Communications and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The agency also streamlined how it certifies new small general aviation aircraft, incorporated risk management into its oversight work, and completed its first regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft. Huerta recognized that incorporating new stakeholders, like drone users and technology companies, into the FAAs decision-making processes will be essential to continue making progress in the future. Our aviation family is only going to keep expanding. Our table has to grow with it, he said. We need to hear from a broad range of voices if we're going to get things right. Huerta also encouraged the entire aviation community to engage in transparent and frank discussions about how to best position our nations aviation system to meet the demands of the future. The sky above our heads is one of this nations most valuable assets. We must protect it, and help it thrive, Huerta said. Weve got some tough questions to answer. But Im confident were prepared to face them head on. Read more here:: Collaborating for Aviation's Future… Read more ...

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New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment. The AC includes significant changes from the last guidance in May 2014 that offer industry new EFB applications and the ability to manage their EFB programs with significantly less FAA involvement. An EFB is an electronic information management device that helps flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily and efficiently with less paper. The FAA worked closely with industry, other regulatory authorities, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Operations Panel to harmonize EFB guidance. Specifically, the new policy eliminates all guidance associated with EFB classification, clarifies the definition of an EFB, and reorganizes EFB application software types according to safety importance. This newest guidance document also made two significant changes requested by aviation stakeholders. First, the FAA is removing its previous prohibition on the display of aircraft location during flight on various EFB applications. Previously, this function was only available on the ground. In addition, new EFB program management guidance will permit the operator to make many of the day-to-day changes to EFB applications without having to contact their FAA principal inspector. Read more here:: New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-46


NBAA Continues Legal Efforts to Preserve Access to SMO NBAA Asks FAA: Hit 'Pause' Button on Proposed IAP Cancellations Podcast: Business Pilot Retention in Focus Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-46… Read more ...

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FAA Grants Waiver for Aerotain Skye to Fly over People


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a waiver from the agencys small drone rules (Part 107) to Cevitasnow in Columbus, OH, to allow the company to operate a helium-filled Aerotain Skye tethered aircraft over people on the ground. The Aerotain Skye resembles a tethered floating beach ball, but is technically an aircraft. It carries a camera and small motors for propulsion. The Skyes diameter is about 7.5 feet and it weighs about 14 lbs. deflated. The envelope is filled with helium. There is no location limitation in the waiver, so Cevitasnow can operate anywhere in uncontrolled airspace. An airspace authorization or waiver from the FAA is required for flights in controlled airspace, just as for any other drone operator. The Cevistasnow waiver is part of the FAAs continuing effort to expand drone operations in the nations airspace while reducing risks to public safety and security. Read more here:: FAA Grants Waiver for Aerotain Skye to Fly over People… Read more ...

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AirText offers new option for in-flight connectivity


By John Zimmerman A new option was recently introduced that attempts to bridge this gap between $100,000 connectivity systems and portable Iridium messengers. AirText is FAA-approved and permanently-installed, but is... ... Read more here:: AirText offers new option for in-flight connectivity… Read more ...

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NBAA Continues Legal Efforts to Preserve Access to SMO


NBAA has filed its final brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the unprecedented settlement agreement reached earlier this year between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO.) "It is important that NBAA lead the industry's challenge to an agreement that contradicts decades of established FAA policy that SMO be kept open and accessible," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure. Read more here:: NBAA Continues Legal Efforts to Preserve Access to SMO… Read more ...

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