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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Logten Pro logbook app adds night mode and new reporting features


By Bret Koebbe LogTen Pro continues to set the standard for logbook apps for iPad and iPhone. The latest update, called LogTen Pro Cadet, adds a new Night Mode, shortcuts to select recent items, new reports,... ... Read more here:: Logten Pro logbook app adds night mode and new reporting features… Read more ...

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Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter


Aaron Smith Aviation Week's helicopter evaluation pilot finds Bell's Model 505 Jet Ranger X does a good job of hitting the company's goals for full-authority digital engine control, a glass cockpit, roomy cabin, cockpit visibility and price. read more Read more here:: Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter… Read more ...

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Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter


Aaron Smith Aviation Week's helicopter evaluation pilot finds Bell's Model 505 Jet Ranger X does a good job of hitting the company's goals for full-authority digital engine control, a glass cockpit, roomy cabin, cockpit visibility and price. read more Read more here:: Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter… Read more ...

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Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter


Aaron Smith Aviation Week's helicopter evaluation pilot finds Bell's Model 505 Jet Ranger X does a good job of hitting the company's goals for full-authority digital engine control, a glass cockpit, roomy cabin, cockpit visibility and price. read more Read more here:: Flying Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X Light Helicopter… Read more ...

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CHC Helicopter Set To Emerge From Chapter 11


A restructured CHC is ready for low-oil price environment, says CEO Karl Fessenden. read more Read more here:: CHC Helicopter Set To Emerge From Chapter 11… Read more ...

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Swiss Bizjet-maker Bucks Downturn Trend


Pilatus took a chance developing new aircraft in a tough market Building on the momentum of robust turboprop sales, Pilatus is looking to establishing its name in business jets. read more Read more here:: Swiss Bizjet-maker Bucks Downturn Trend… Read more ...

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Data Comm Comes to New York


March16DataComm, theNextGentechnology thatenhances safety and reduces delays by dramatically improving the way air traffic controllers and pilots talk to each other, is up and running at five airports in the New York metropolitan area: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark,Teterboroand Westchester. These airports were among the first to receive the critical system upgrade. 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. DataCommis helping to keep flights departing on time throughout the New York area, saidFAADeputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen Pamela Whitley. This significantly improvesflight operationsthroughout the nations airspace, since one-third of all flights in this country each day fly to, from or through New York airspace. Members of the mediatodaytoured the air traffic control towerat JFKand ajetBlue aircraftfor a working demonstration of DataCommfrom the perspective of controllers and pilots.Officialsfrom the FAA,jetBlue, the National AirTraffic Controllers Associationand the Professional Aviation Safety Specialistswere on hand. The improved efficiency provided by DataCommsavesan average of 13 minutes per flight in New York during times ofheavy trafficcongestion, typically caused by bad weather.More than 7,500 flightsreceive the benefits of DataCommeachmonth atthe New Yorkarea airports a number that continues to grow. Data Comm last year improved the flying experience for 10.6 million passengers on 70,000 flights departing from New York. The technology is being used by eight other U.S. operators in New York American, Alaska, Delta, Fed Ex, Southwest, United, UPS and Virgin America and 22 international airlines. DataCommis installed in 31 different types of aircraft. Voice communications can be time consuming and labor intensive. For example,when planes are awaiting takeoff,controllersmust use a two-way radio to issuenew routesto pilots to help them avoid bad weather.This process can take 30minutes or more,depending on how many aircraft are in line for departure.… Read more ...

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NBAA: President's ATC-Privatization Budget Bad News for Small and Mid-Size Towns


NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued comments strongly opposing the Trump administration's budget, which appears to endorse privatizing the nation's ATC system. Read more here:: NBAA: President's ATC-Privatization Budget Bad News for Small and Mid-Size Towns… Read more ...

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Have Questions About Your Next Mission? Ask NBAA Committee at FTW Regional Forum


The entrepreneurs and companies using business aviation routinely have questions about their missions, which is why the experts with NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee (DOC) will attend the association's Fort Worth Regional Forum, to be held March 23 at Texas Fort Worth Meacham Airport (FTW). This marks the first time DOC members have attended an NBAA regional forum, and the committee especially wants to hear from small flight departments. Read more here:: Have Questions About Your Next Mission? Ask NBAA Committee at FTW Regional Forum… Read more ...

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Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) will become operational in April


By Scott Dennstaedt Effective April 13, 2017, the experimental Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) produced by the NWS Aviation Weather Center (AWC) will transition to operational status. As you may have heard, the GFA was created in response to a formal request by the FAA to discontinue production of the textual Area Forecasts (FA). According to the NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, “the requirements for the underlying meteorological information in the FA have not changed. The FAA recognizes that, given modern advances within the NWS, the legacy text FA is no longer the best source of en route flight planning weather information.” The new graphical forecasts are designed to provide meteorological information equivalent to the textual FA. The GFA product includes observations and forecasts for the continental United States that provide data critical for aviation safety. The data is overlaid on high-resolution base maps that you can test drive here. This means that all of the forecasts will terminate at the U.S. border. FAs for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will not be affected at this time. For the time being, the legacy FA will continue to be generated in parallel with the GFA. The GFA is automated whereas the legacy FA is issued by forecasters at the AWC. At some point in the future, forecasters at the AWC will discontinue issuing this textual forecast. And don't be surprised if the two forecasts contradict one another – let's look at an example: Below is the GFA valid at 23Z (issued at 2102Z) for cloud coverage along with tops and bases for the Northeast. Notice that it forecasts just high cirrus over a majority of Maine. The GFA cloud forecast shows cloud coverage (color contours) as well as bases and tops. However, the legacy FA for this area shown below suggests a totally different forecast.… Read more ...

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NBAA Welcomes Congressman's Inquiries About FAA's SMO Settlement Agreement


NBAA thanked Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5-LA) for his letter to federal officials expressing "deep concern" about the unprecedented settlement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). Read more here:: NBAA Welcomes Congressman's Inquiries About FAA's SMO Settlement Agreement… Read more ...

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New CEO Aims To Make Marenco Swisshelicopter Into Airframer


After MSH postponed certification several times, shareholder Lynwood wants MSH to end its laboratory culture and become a full-fledged rotorcraft manufacturer. read more Read more here:: New CEO Aims To Make Marenco Swisshelicopter Into Airframer… Read more ...

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New CEO Aims To Make Marenco Swisshelicopter Into Airframer


After MSH postponed certification several times, shareholder Lynwood wants MSH to end its laboratory culture and become a full-fledged rotorcraft manufacturer. read more Read more here:: New CEO Aims To Make Marenco Swisshelicopter Into Airframer… Read more ...

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Appareo introduces TSO-certified USB charging port


By John Zimmerman When Appareo first introduced the Stratus ADS-B receiver in 2012, it was the only product offered under that brand name. Since then, the Stratus family has grown to accommodate two portable ADS-B... ... Read more here:: Appareo introduces TSO-certified USB charging port… Read more ...

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NBAA Announces Recipients of 2017 International Operators Scholarships


NBAA announced the five recipients of 2017 International Operators Scholarships. The International Operators Scholarship provides recipients with funding to pursue professional development within business aviation careers, with a focus on international operations. Read more here:: NBAA Announces Recipients of 2017 International Operators Scholarships… Read more ...

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Airbus Intensifies Work On Urban VTOL Air Transport


The Vahana autonomous air taxi, the vertical-takeoff CityAirbus and the Pop.Up modular ground/air concept vehicle are all visible evidence of Airbus's intensifying studies of urban air transportation. read more Read more here:: Airbus Intensifies Work On Urban VTOL Air Transport… Read more ...

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Airbus Intensifies Work On Urban VTOL Air Transport


The Vahana autonomous air taxi, the vertical-takeoff CityAirbus and the Pop.Up modular ground/air concept vehicle are all visible evidence of Airbus's intensifying studies of urban air transportation. read more Read more here:: Airbus Intensifies Work On Urban VTOL Air Transport… Read more ...

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