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Top 10 aviation apps for Apple Watch


By Bret Koebbe More and more aviation app developers are starting to include Apple Watch apps along with their primary iPad/iPhone app, allowing you to access bite-size pieces of aviation data from your wrist.... ... Read more here:: Top 10 aviation apps for Apple Watch… Read more ...

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The Week In Technology, Oct. 16-20, 2017


Scaled flies Model 401; Yamaha goes multicopter; Flirtey flies defibrillators; Spike tests supersonic design; DARPA taps Aerojet for TBCC; Dubai's firefighting UAV. read more Read more here:: The Week In Technology, Oct. 16-20, 2017… Read more ...

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New Commercial Hot-Air Balloon Safety Program


October 13After a July 2016 balloon accident in Lockhart, TX that caused 16 fatalities, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took proactive steps to increase the safety of hot-air balloon tourism. As the result of a year-long FAA Call to Action with the commercial hot-air balloon industry, the Balloon Federation of America (BFA) has developed an Envelope of Safety accreditation program for balloon ride operations. Consumers can use the program to select a ride company or pilot that strives to reach a higher safety standard a move the agency applauds. To meet the BFAs program requirements, company pilots of balloons that are capable of carrying more than 4-6 passengers must be commercially certificated for 18 months, have a specified amount of flight experience, and hold an FAA second-class medical certificate. Pilots also must pass a drug and alcohol background check, have attended a BFA-sanctioned safety seminar within the last 12 months, and be enrolled in the FAA WINGS program. The BFA will verify this information annually, and will check the safety background of pilot applicants by researching FAA accident and incident data. A second part of the program provides balloon ride operators with a choice of three levels of safety accreditation: Silver, Gold, or Platinum. While any size company can achieve the highest level, the tiered structure is designed with different size companies in mind. Each level has increasingly stringent safety requirements including: Meeting the pilot requirementsHolding valid aircraft and commercial vehicle insuranceNot exceeding a minimum specified number of accidents or incidents within a recent time periodVerifying annual aircraft inspectionsHosting a forum for passengers to rate the companyNotifying local FAA offices of the location of their base of operationsExecuting and storing passenger liability waiversConducting random pilot drug screeningDeveloping written policies for crew safety. The FAA believes the BFA program will enhance safety and professionalism, and will allow consumers to be better informed before they choose a commercial balloon ride operator.… Read more ...

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Garmin GTN avionics trainer gets big update (and it’s now free)


By Bret Koebbe Garmin offers a free training app for iPad that allows you to simulate the operation of their popular GTN 650 and 750 panel-mount navigators. Here we'll take a look at the most recent update to the... ... Read more here:: Garmin GTN avionics trainer gets big update (and it’s now free)… Read more ...

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Advanced Procedures Help Tame Mountain Approaches


Performance-based navigation and runway improvements are crucial to airline night operations at a New Zealand airport surrounded by mountains. read more Read more here:: Advanced Procedures Help Tame Mountain Approaches… Read more ...

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New Cuba Routes Effective October 12


By ForeFlight Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC have cooperated to revise the existing routes between Florida and Cuba in an effort to improve efficiency and safety. The most significant change is the removal of the G448 airway, which until now has been the primary route between Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC. Replacing it are two RNAV airways: Y442 (southbound only) and Y183 (northbound only). Accompanying these changes are modifications to overflight routes and existing Cuba SIDs and STARs. If you frequently fly this corridor or plan to in the future, we recommend you download and review the full presentation from Miami ARTCC (linked here) to familiarize yourself with the changes, which went into effect at 0400Z on October 12, 2017. Read more here:: New Cuba Routes Effective October 12… Read more ...

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New Atlanta STARs Published


By ForeFlight The FAA is publishing ten new RNAV STARs for the Atlanta Metroplex, eight for KATL and two for nearby satellite airports, to replace existing procedures. All ten of the new STARs will appear in ForeFlight as part of the October 12 chart data cycle, however, the eight KATL STARs will not become active until the 17th. Attempting to file with those procedures before the 17th will likely result in a rejection from ATC, so you should wait until after the 17th to file them as part of a flight plan. You can begin filing with the two satellite STARs on the October 12 effective date. These are the eight new KATL STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing (the last four are our favorites): These are the two new satellite STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing: Read more here:: New Atlanta STARs Published… Read more ...

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New Quieter Aircraft


Beginning in January 1, 2018, the FAA will require newly designed aircraft to be quieter which will help toward lowering noise around airports and surrounding communities. Called Stage 5 Airplane Noise Standards, this FAA rule ensures that the latest available noise reduction technology is incorporated into new aircraft designs. As a result, new airplane type designs in the subsonic jet airplanes and subsonic transport category large airplanes will operate at least 7 decibels (dBs) quieter than airplanes in the current fleet. The FAA is committed to reducing aircraft noise through a balanced approach through the reduction of noise at its source (i.e., the aircraft); improved land use planning around airports; and, a wider use of aircraft operating procedures and restrictions that abate noise. Reducing aircraft noise is important to the FAA because its an important quality of life issue for surrounding airport communities, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. We will continue to do our best through new technologies, procedures, and community engagement to make aircraft operations quieter. In 1975, there were about 200 million people flying in the United States, with about 7 million people exposed to what is considered significant aircraft noise. Since then, an FAA study conducted in 2015 showed that the number of people flying in the United States had almost quadrupled yet the number of people exposed to aircraft noise had dropped to around 340,000, or a 94% reduction in aircraft noise exposure. The FAA continues to meet its reduction in aircraft noise and other environmental aviation goals through the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN)Program. CLEEN is the FAAs principal Next Generation (NextGen) environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft, engine technologies, and advance sustainable alternative jet fuels. The new Stage 5 rule was published on Wednesday, Oct.4 in the Federal Register. Read more here:: New Quieter Aircraft… Read more ...

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Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem


FAA and industry take a fresh look at how to avoid runway incidents Despite mitigations deployed, the number of reported runway incursions each year has remained stubbornly steady, or some say, on the rise. Safety advocates and industry want to find out why. read more Read more here:: Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem… Read more ...

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Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem


FAA and industry take a fresh look at how to avoid runway incidents Despite mitigations deployed, the number of reported runway incursions each year has remained stubbornly steady, or some say, on the rise. Safety advocates and industry want to find out why. read more Read more here:: Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem… Read more ...

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New Engine Problems Plague Falcon 5X Development


Dassault's Falcon 5x development faces another delay related to problems uncovered during tests of Safran's Silvercrest engine. read more Read more here:: New Engine Problems Plague Falcon 5X Development… Read more ...

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NBAA 2017: Slow On News, Big On Expectations


Business aviation confidence is growing, but orders and new projects are still pending The National Business Aviation Association show in Las Vegas was subdued, but behind-the-scenes activity gives reason for optimism. read more Read more here:: NBAA 2017: Slow On News, Big On Expectations… Read more ...

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Congress vs. Trump: Will the U.S. Aid Ukraine?


Congress may ignore Trump proposal to cut aid In this week's Washington Outlook: The Eastern European nation is rebuilding its industrial base, Pentagon acquisition chief will cede power to services, another spat about how open the skies should be, a way to form national regulations for UAS, and punch list for National Space Council. read more Read more here:: Congress vs. Trump: Will the U.S. Aid Ukraine?… Read more ...

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FltPlan Go adds improved download manager


By Chris Clarke Popular provider for flight planning and preflight services especially among corporate flight crews, FltPlan.com has continued to improve upon their free companion mobile app, FltPlan Go for iPad and... ... Read more here:: FltPlan Go adds improved download manager… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 11.0.3 and ForeFlight


By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.0.3 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 11.0.3 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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Safran Mulls Silvercrest Fix Options


Following Dassault's surprise disclosure of another engine-related delay to the Falcon 5X here at NBAA, Safran says it has identified the problems with the Silvercrest and is poised to discuss a range of potential fixes with the airframe manufacturer. read more Read more here:: Safran Mulls Silvercrest Fix Options… Read more ...

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Wind Energy Drives New Helicopter Market Demands


More than 100 helicopters may be needed to support offshore wind farms. read more Read more here:: Wind Energy Drives New Helicopter Market Demands… Read more ...

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Video: NBAA-BACE Static Display Reaches New Heights


Join NBAATV for a high-flying tour of the NBAA-BACE static display at Henderson Executive Airport. "We've got 85 aircraft on display here, everything from the newest generation to vintage aircraft built in the 30s and 40s," said Joe Hart, NBAA's Director of Static Displays. Hart also discussed the enhanced security measures at this year's show, which include 100% ID checks, baggage screening and additional staff onsite with K-9 units. Read more here:: Video: NBAA-BACE Static Display Reaches New Heights… Read more ...

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Video: Leaders, Legends Agree - Say No to ATC Privatization


What do Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, country music superstar Dierks Bentley and Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger from the Miracle on the Hudson have in common? They all agree that legislation to privatize our nation's airspace will undermine the safest and most efficient air traffic control system in the world. Read more here:: Video: Leaders, Legends Agree - Say No to ATC Privatization… Read more ...

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NBAA Honors AIN Senior Editor Bill Carey with 2017 Gold Wing Award


NBAA today honored Aviation International News senior editor Bill Carey with the NBAA Gold Wing Award, recognizing accurate and insightful reporting about business aviation. Read more here:: NBAA Honors AIN Senior Editor Bill Carey with 2017 Gold Wing Award… Read more ...

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