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Bulletin: March 30th Data Downloads


By twdaugherty Data updates are now available to download for the March 30, 2017 – April 27, 2017 period: From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Documents For our Military Flight Bag customers: Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts EEA Enroute Charts D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams Airport/Facility Directory ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including new diagrams and updates for the following airports: 05C 14G 28J 29D 2G4 2I0 35C 38D 39N 3CK 3GV 4G4 4R3 57C 5M9 5T6 C65 KABR KACV KADF KADH KAEJ KALI KBMI KCRG KCRP KCRQ KCSG KCSM KCVH KCVS KCZL KDCY KDEC KDED KDET KDHN KDKB KDKK KDLH KDLN KDLS KDLZ KDMN KDPA KDPG KDUH KDVT KDWU KEAR KEAU KEBG KECG KECP KEDE KEDU KEHR KEWN KEWR KEYQ KEZM KFAM KFAR KFAY KFHU KFLG KFLP KFLV KFMM KFMN KFMY KFNL KFNT KFOE KFOK KFRG KFSM KFTG KFTY KFUL KFWS KGAD KGBD KGCC KGFL KGSP KHLR KHOU KHRL KHST KIAD KLBB KLWC KMCD KMCI KMKL KMLU KMSO KMTC KMYV KNQI KRTN KSJX KVNY L65 MSLP PAUN SBAN SBBR SBJR SKBO TDPD TFFR YBCS All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: March 30th Data Downloads… Read more ...

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Point of Impact: SMO Closure Threats Jeopardize Family Aircraft Repair Business


Continuing threats of closure at California's embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) are upending one family's lifetime of work. "Now that we only have month-to-month leases, it will be next to impossible to convince anyone to invest in us," said Kim Davidson, who launched Kim Davidson Aviation (KDA) more than 35 years ago on the south side of the airport, several years after getting his A&P license. "With no ability to grow and no stability, everything we've put into this business is now just worth pennies." Read more here:: Point of Impact: SMO Closure Threats Jeopardize Family Aircraft Repair Business… Read more ...

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Now 80, The Ubiquitous-but-halted Cub Enjoys Second Coming


A classic continues Want to go low and slow and smile? Fly a Cub, and your options now go beyond the original. read more Read more here:: Now 80, The Ubiquitous-but-halted Cub Enjoys Second Coming… Read more ...

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SmartSky Set For Network Buildout Sprint


Critics said it couldn't be done, but SmartSky has proven how to make use of unlicensed spectrum to provide aircraft with 4G connectivity that's down to Earth. read more Read more here:: SmartSky Set For Network Buildout Sprint… Read more ...

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Less Is More: Merit In Cockpit Minimalism


Merit In Cockpit Minimalism Jetliner manufacturers believe there's merit in minimalism. They're wary of distractions that could impede or derail pilot performance in high-stress situations. They're also loathe to bury control of systems in multiple layers of submenus. read more Read more here:: Less Is More: Merit In Cockpit Minimalism… Read more ...

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FAA Safety Leader Peggy Gilligan Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award


On March 22, 2017, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan received NBAA's Silk Scarf Award for her significant contributions to the aviation industry. Read more here:: FAA Safety Leader Peggy Gilligan Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award… Read more ...

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Slot Reservations Required at Toronto Pearson Beginning March 26


Pilots flying in and out of Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) should plan to reserve departure and arrival slots any time during the 48-hour period before the arrival or departure, beginning March 26. A rehabilitation project for Runway 05/23 will further limit general aviation slots between March 28 and May 16, and again between Oct. 10 and Nov. 3. Read more here:: Slot Reservations Required at Toronto Pearson Beginning March 26… Read more ...

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App troubleshooting: how to close, delete and restart


By Bret Koebbe Everyone knows how to open an app on the iPad--just tap the icon and it's off to the races. But what about closing apps--do you know the difference between sleeping an app, shutting down an app and... ... Read more here:: App troubleshooting: how to close, delete and restart… Read more ...

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Clock is Ticking for 2017 UAS Symposium Registration


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reminds everyone there is less than a week left to register at a discounted rate for the 2017 UAS Symposium, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, from March 27 to 29. The FAA and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are co-sponsors of this years Symposium, which will bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss the fast-growing unmanned aircraft (UAS) community. Nearly two dozen panels, breakout sessions and workshops are scheduled for the three-day event. Last years first UAS Symposium in Daytona Beach, FL, drew nearly 500 interested participants and gave the FAA wide-ranging viewpoints that are helping inform the agencys long-term planning for UAS integration. The 2017 event promises to be even more valuable for all the participants and their organizations. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address on March 27. Other featured speakers include Acting FAA Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer, AUVSI President & CEO Brian Wynne and FAA UAS Integration Office Director Earl Lawrence. For more information about this years symposium and to register, go to: http://www.auvsi.org/faa2017/home Read more here:: Clock is Ticking for 2017 UAS Symposium Registration… Read more ...

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Apple’s new iPad makes cockpit computing more affordable


By Chris Clarke Today Apple announced new and refreshed models for its mobile device platform. The announcement brings a new price for the iPad Mini, and an entry level 9.7 inch iPad to replace the aging iPad Air 2.... ... Read more here:: Apple’s new iPad makes cockpit computing more affordable… Read more ...

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Now Available: Reservation Requirements Related to NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament


Those with companies whose business could take them to Phoenix, AZ between March 30 and April 4 will want to familiarize themselves with the FAA's air traffic procedures NOTAM on those dates, due to the NBAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Arrival and departure reservations will be required for general aviation operators in and out of five Phoenix-area airports during those dates. Read more here:: Now Available: Reservation Requirements Related to NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament… Read more ...

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In Supreme Court Brief, NBAA Challenges Incorrect IRS Application of Federal Excise Tax


NBAA filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision on the IRS's incorrect assessment of federal excise tax on management fees paid to fractional aircraft providers. Read more here:: In Supreme Court Brief, NBAA Challenges Incorrect IRS Application of Federal Excise Tax… Read more ...

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GA Associations Reiterate ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill


With the need to authorize the FAA before Sept. 30, a host of general aviation association leaders today joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring concerns regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control. Read more here:: GA Associations Reiterate ATC Concerns; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill… Read more ...

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FAA Forecasts Continued Growth in Air Travel


March 21 The FAA today released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, which projects sustained and continued growth in nearly every aspect of air transportation from general aviation private flying to large commercial airline passenger levels. In commercial air travel, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are considered the benchmark for measuring aviation growth.An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecast calls for system RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers to grow at an average rate of 2.4 percent per year between 2016 and 2037, with international RPMs projected for average annual increases of 3.4 percent per year. System RPMs are forecast to increase 65 percent during the 20-year forecast. A key new portion of the forecast focuses on the growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones. The FAA projects the small model hobbyist UAS fleet to more than triple in size from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles at the end of 2016 to more than 3.5 million units by 2021.The commercial, non-hobbyist UAS fleet is forecast to grow from 42,000 at the end of 2016 to about 442,000 aircraft by 2021, with an upside possibility of as many as 1.6 million UAS in use by 2021.Pilots of these UAS vehicles are expected to increase from 20,000 at the end of 2016 to a range of 10 to 20 times as many by 2021. Predictions for small UAS are more difficult to develop given the dynamic, quickly-evolving market. The FAA has provided high and low ranges around the hobbyist forecast, reflecting uncertainty about the publics continued adoption of this new technology. The FAAs non-hobbyist (commercial) UAS fleet size forecasts contain certain broad assumptions about operating limitations for small UAS during the next five years based on the basic constraints of the existing regulations: daytime operations, within visual line of sight, and a single pilot operating only one small UAS at a time.… Read more ...

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Garmin Connext flight test – using SiriusXM and Flight Stream


By John Zimmerman Garmin has spent the last 18 months rapidly building out their Connext platform, which is the name they give to all the wireless links between apps and avionics. The goal is to integrate all avionics... ... Read more here:: Garmin Connext flight test – using SiriusXM and Flight Stream… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-12


President's Proposed ATC-Privatization Budget Bad News for Small and Mid-Size Towns NBAA Welcomes Congressman's Inquiries About FAA's SMO Settlement Agreement NBAA's Bolen, Lucas Encourage Midwest Industry Stakeholders to Fight ATC Privatization Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-12… Read more ...

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NBAA's Bolen, Lucas Encourage Midwest Industry Stakeholders to Fight ATC Privatization


Following President Trump's March 16 release of a federal budget proposal that appears to endorse privatizing the nation's aviation system, the issue continues to raise concern, and was top of mind when NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas were in the Midwest last week to talk about how such a proposal would negatively impact the industry, and to encourage stakeholders to rally against such plans. Read more here:: NBAA's Bolen, Lucas Encourage Midwest Industry Stakeholders to Fight ATC Privatization… Read more ...

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Regional Business Aviation Safety Events Growing in Popularity


Increasingly, local and regional business aviation groups are staging safety events as a service to members and stakeholders in the area. The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA), for example, is hosting its 2017 Safety and Security Day on April 6. The key to success, said PNBAA Director Brett Palmiero, is appealing to a diverse audience with topics of current interest in the industry. Read more here:: Regional Business Aviation Safety Events Growing in Popularity… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Flagship Food Group, Denver-Based Food and Consumer Products Company


Flagship Food Group started in 2005 as a small business with 100 employees and one plant located in Los Angeles, but in 2015, they relocated their headquarters to Denver in no small part for access to Centennial Airport (APA). Today, they have 800 employees and 11 facilities, and they cite the use of their Eclipse 500 and proximity to APA as keys to their success. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Flagship Food Group, Denver-Based Food and Consumer Products Company… Read more ...

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Podcast: Can Airshow and Demonstration Flights Be Made Safer?


Aviation Week pilots explore why things sometimes go wrong at airshows and what can be done to improve safety. read more Read more here:: Podcast: Can Airshow and Demonstration Flights Be Made Safer?… Read more ...

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