In China, A Tale Of Two Markets For Textron Aviation


While there is a lot of interest in Cessna's business jets, orders have been elusive and this year will also be soft. read more Read more here:: In China, A Tale Of Two Markets For Textron Aviation… Read more ...

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European MEL Interpretation Raises Potential Challenges for Non-Commercial Operators


In August 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency formally implemented Part-NCC, which applies to non-commercial operators of complex aircraft based in an EU member state. However, implementation of Part-NCC has brought to light the difference between the FAA's and EASA's interpretations of International Civil Aviation Organization standards regarding deferring aircraft discrepancies. Read more here:: European MEL Interpretation Raises Potential Challenges for Non-Commercial Operators… Read more ...

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FAA Air Traffic Report


Today's Air Traffic Report: Gusty winds could spur delays in the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) this afternoon, and thunderstorms may slow flights to and from Denver (DEN), Dallas-Fort Worth (DAL, DFW), Houston (HOU, IAH) and Phoenix (PHX). Low clouds, wind and rain may constrain flights in San Francisco (SFO). For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts. The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control. Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information. Read more here:: FAA Air Traffic Report… Read more ...

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FAA Begins EIS for New Runway at Fifth Busiest Airport


April 12- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new parallel runway and associated projects at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Based on the FAAs most recent Terminal Area Forecast, the number of flights at CLT is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.9 percent annually, increasing from more than 545,000 operations in 2016 to a projected 740,000 operations in 2033. Charlottes Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan recommends a 12,000-foot-long runway be completed by 2023. The preferred location for the new runway would be 1,480 feet west of the existing Runway 18/36 centerline. When the new runway is complete, CLT will have four parallel north/south runways. Runway 5/23 will be closed after the new runway is operational. The initial phase of the EIS will identify reasonable alternatives in addition to the airports preferred alternative. The EIS also will study the effects on airport operations if a new runway is not built. The public will have several opportunities during the EIS process to provide input and make comments on the project. The FAA expects to complete the EIS in 2020. The FAA previously gave the airport a $3.75 million Airport Improvement Program grant for the project. The total cost of the EIS will be determined after the scoping phase of the study is complete. The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will request the additional funding to support the EIS. The FAA selected VHB Engineering of Raleigh, NC to conduct the study. The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to conduct an environmental review for airport development projects that result in changes to an Airport Layout Plan. The EIS enables federal agencies to analyze and document potentially significant environmental impacts from the proposed project and develop measures that will mitigate those effects.… Read more ...

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FAA Begins EIS for New Runway at Fifth Busiest Airport


April 12- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new parallel runway and associated projects at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Based on the FAAs most recent Terminal Area Forecast, the number of flights at CLT is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.9 percent annually, increasing from more than 545,000 operations in 2016 to a projected 740,000 operations in 2033. Charlottes Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan recommends a 12,000-foot-long runway be completed by 2023. The preferred location for the new runway would be 1,480 feet west of the existing Runway 18/36 centerline. When the new runway is complete, CLT will have four parallel north/south runways. Runway 5/23 will be closed after the new runway is operational. The initial phase of the EIS will identify reasonable alternatives in addition to the airports preferred alternative. The EIS also will study the effects on airport operations if a new runway is not built. The public will have several opportunities during the EIS process to provide input and make comments on the project. The FAA expects to complete the EIS in 2020. The FAA previously gave the airport a $3.75 million Airport Improvement Program grant for the project. The total cost of the EIS will be determined after the scoping phase of the study is complete. The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will request the additional funding to support the EIS. The FAA selected VHB Engineering of Raleigh, NC to conduct the study. The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to conduct an environmental review for airport development projects that result in changes to an Airport Layout Plan. The EIS enables federal agencies to analyze and document potentially significant environmental impacts from the proposed project and develop measures that will mitigate those effects.… Read more ...

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Changes to ForeFlight’s Checklist Pro App


By ForeFlight With the release of ForeFlight 9.0, checklists have been redesigned and integrated into the ForeFlight Mobile app, and are offered as part of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans. Beginning April 10, 2017, Checklist Pro app customers will no longer be able to access checklist.foreflight.com to add or modify checklists online. Will I be able to access my Checklist Pro checklists in ForeFlight Mobile? Yes! Here is the checklist migration plan: ForeFlight Basic Plus or Pro Plus Subscribers If your Checklist Pro account email matches your ForeFlight Mobile account email, then your checklists have already been migrated to the ForeFlight Mobile app. ForeFlight Basic or Pro Subscribers (legacy plans) ForeFlight Checklist is a part of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans. If your Checklist Pro account email matches your ForeFlight Mobile account email, your checklists will migrate to the ForeFlight Mobile app when you upgrade to a Basic Plus or Pro Plus plan. Checklist Pro Customer Only Take full advantage of our digital checklist templates and create and edit your own when you purchase a Basic Plus or Pro Plus ForeFlight subscription. We recommend subscribing with the same email you currently use to access the Checklist Pro app. After purchase, your existing checklists will migrate to your ForeFlight Mobile account. In addition to checklists, a subscription to ForeFlight gives you access to an all-in-one electronic flight bag solution with an industry-leading collection of features that make planning, flying, and record-keeping a joy. After April 10, you can still access your checklists in the Checklist Pro app on your devices. There will be no change in functionality of the Checklist Pro app and checklists will continue to sync from your devices to the server and back, however, please note that checklists will not sync between Checklist Pro and ForeFlight Mobile.… Read more ...

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Business Aviation In Asia-Pacific Show Mixed Results


Greater China's business jet fleet will hardly grow at all this year, but no significant worsening is on the horizon says Asian Sky Group. read more Read more here:: Business Aviation In Asia-Pacific Show Mixed Results… Read more ...

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It Should Only Get Better From Here For Asia-Pacific Business Aviation


Greater China's business jet fleet will hardly grow at all this year, but no significant worsening is on the horizon says Asian Sky Group. read more Read more here:: It Should Only Get Better From Here For Asia-Pacific Business Aviation… Read more ...

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Data Comm Now at Minneapolis-St. Paul


April 11- DataComm, theNextGentechnology thatenhances safety and reduces delays by improving the way air traffic controllers and pilots talk to each other, is now live at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The new technology supplements radio voice communication, enabling controllers and pilots to transmit important information such as clearances, revised flight plans and advisories with the touch of a button. Today, members of the media toured the Minneapolis-St. Paul air traffic control towerand a Delta Airlines jet to see Data Comm in action. Representatives from the FAA, Delta Airlines, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand. Inside the tower, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews read the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system. This process saves valuable time.For instance, when planes are awaiting take-off, controllers must use a two-way radio to issue instructions. Pilots must read those instructions back, and if there is an error, they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. This process can eat up valuable time, and even a short departure clearance can take two to three times longer than one communicated via Data Comm. This benefit becomes even more pronounced during Minnesotas long winters and summer thunderstorms, when Data Comm enables equipped aircraft to take off before approaching weather closes the departure window, while aircraft relying solely on voice communications remain stuck on the ground waiting for the storm to pass. Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAAabout $1 billion in future operating costs. The first Data Comm-equipped airports Salt Lake City and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental and William P.… Read more ...

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Data Comm Now at Minneapolis-St. Paul


April 11- DataComm, theNextGentechnology thatenhances safety and reduces delays by improving the way air traffic controllers and pilots talk to each other, is now live at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The new technology supplements radio voice communication, enabling controllers and pilots to transmit important information such as clearances, revised flight plans and advisories with the touch of a button. Today, members of the media toured the Minneapolis-St. Paul air traffic control towerand a Delta Airlines jet to see Data Comm in action. Representatives from the FAA, Delta Airlines, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand. Inside the tower, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews read the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system. This process saves valuable time.For instance, when planes are awaiting take-off, controllers must use a two-way radio to issue instructions. Pilots must read those instructions back, and if there is an error, they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. This process can eat up valuable time, and even a short departure clearance can take two to three times longer than one communicated via Data Comm. This benefit becomes even more pronounced during Minnesotas long winters and summer thunderstorms, when Data Comm enables equipped aircraft to take off before approaching weather closes the departure window, while aircraft relying solely on voice communications remain stuck on the ground waiting for the storm to pass. Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAAabout $1 billion in future operating costs. The first Data Comm-equipped airports Salt Lake City and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental and William P.… Read more ...

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United: The Power of Social Media and Lessons To Be Learned


Whatever the reason for a passenger to be ‘volunteered' to leave a flight they've actually boarded, and regardless of how that customer reacted, the manner in which they are treated must be without blemish. read more Read more here:: United: The Power of Social Media and Lessons To Be Learned… Read more ...

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Rolls Unveils Business Jet Engine Game Plan


Although Rolls-Royce continues to dominate the high-thrust engine market for large-cabin, long-range business jets, the company's position is under attack. read more Read more here:: Rolls Unveils Business Jet Engine Game Plan… Read more ...

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FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications


April 10- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and will help the FAA process these requests more quickly. Beginning April 27, users may access the facility maps at http://www.faa.gov/uas. Users will be able to download the data in several formats, view the site on mobile devices and customize their views. By referring to the facility maps when completing airspace authorization applications, remote pilots will be able to tailor their requests to align with locations and altitudes that the maps indicate are likely to be approved for small UAS operations. This will help simplify the process and increase the likelihood that the FAA will approve their requests. FAA air traffic personnel will use the maps to process Part 107 airspace authorization requests. Altitudes that exceed what are depicted on the maps require additional safety analysis and coordination to determine if an application can be approved. The maps will be informational only. They do not automatically authorize flights. Remote pilots must still submit online airspace authorization applications at https://www.faa.gov/uas/. The maps also do not guarantee approval for requests within the guidelines indicated by the maps. Only the FAA can grant controlled airspace access, which must be done through the authorization process. The agency is releasing the maps in phases, with the first release on April 27 containing approximately 200 facility maps, as the first step in streamlining the airspace authorization process. The FAA plans to release facility maps over the next 12 months. Updates to the maps database will coincide with the agencys existing 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule.… Read more ...

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Video tip: how to get started flying with the iPad


By Bret Koebbe The iPad is easily the most user-friendly gadget to ever find its way into an airplane cockpit. This week's video tip takes a look at what the iPad can do for you as a pilot and how to get off to the... ... Read more here:: Video tip: how to get started flying with the iPad… Read more ...

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FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications


April 10- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA process these requests more quickly. Beginning April 27, users may access the facility maps at http://www.faa.gov/uas. Users will be able to download the data in several formats, view the site on mobile devices, and customize their views. By referring to the facility maps when completing airspace authorization applications, remote pilots will be able to tailor their requests to align with locations and altitudes that the maps indicate are likely to be approved for small UAS operations. This will help simplify the process and increase the likelihood that the FAA will approve their requests. FAA air traffic personnel will use the maps to process Part 107 airspace authorization requests. Altitudes that exceed what are depicted on the maps require additional safety analysis and coordination to determine if an application can be approved. The maps will be informational only. They do not automatically authorize flights. Remote pilots must still submit online airspace authorization applications at https://www.faa.gov/uas/The maps also do not guarantee approval for requests within the guidelines indicated by the maps. Only the FAA can grant controlled airspace access, which must be done through the authorization process. The agency is releasing the maps in phases, with the first release on April 27 containing approximately 200 facility maps. The FAA plans to release facility maps over the next 12 months. Updates to the maps database will coincide with the agencys existing 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule. If a map is not yet available, it can be expected in future releases.… Read more ...

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ForeFlight 9.0.1 Now Available on the App Store


By ForeFlight ForeFlight version 9.0.1 improves the User Map Shapes feature by no longer requiring you to enter the extension “.ffkml” to your filename. Additionally, you don't need to restart the app for new shapefiles to appear in the layer selector – ForeFlight automatically detects when you add them and updates the list. In case you missed it, we have a helpful video for getting started with importing and displaying KML files, and our dedicated KML support page provides guidance on supported shapes and other data types. This release also fixes an issue that disabled ForeFlight's Apple Watch extension and includes additional bug fixes and improvements. As always, we're on frequency at team@foreflight.com if you experience any issues with the update. ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying: integrated ForeFlight Checklist, Glide Advisor™, App Color Themes, and more. Read more here:: ForeFlight 9.0.1 Now Available on the App Store… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-`5


PBI Businesses Severely Impacted by POTUS TFRs BWI, SFO the Latest Airports to Implement Runway Status Lights White House Continues to Focus on ATC Privatization Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-`5… Read more ...

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Congressman Abraham Concerned About White House Support for ATC Privatization


Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5-LA), a pilot who has flown both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, urged White House officials to reconsider the administration's apparent decision to seek privatization of the nation's ATC system. In his April 6 letter to the president, Abraham expressed "deep concern over the detrimental effects that privatization would have on the National Airspace System (NAS)." Read more here:: Congressman Abraham Concerned About White House Support for ATC Privatization… Read more ...

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A Different Way for Business Aviators to Manage Risk


Bob Gould, of Bravo Golf Aviation, has developed a practical way to look at risk management, and it starts with a simple question: "What would happen if...?" In other words, he said, aviation personnel can ask themselves if they did or didn't perform a certain function, what would the outcome be? Gould will speak on this topic next month at a Professional Development Program course on risk management. Read more here:: A Different Way for Business Aviators to Manage Risk… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: NBAA Has Been a Force in the International Arena


Aviation is global by nature, and business aircraft have been flying overseas for decades. As NBAA marks its 70th anniversary, a key part of the association's history has been its support for international operators for nearly half a century. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: NBAA Has Been a Force in the International Arena… Read more ...

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