FAA Proposes $3.685 Million Penalty Against NavWorx


The FAA has proposed a $3.685 million civil penalty against NavWorx of Rowlett, Texas, for allegedly producing and selling automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast units containing a GPS chip that did not meet the agency's requirements and misrepresenting the products to customers. read more Read more here:: FAA Proposes $3.685 Million Penalty Against NavWorx… Read more ...

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Priority Aviation Enters Cannabis Business


Priority Aviation has spun off its subsidiary, Priority One Jets, and is entering the cannabis business with the acquisition of Telluride Health Co. read more Read more here:: Priority Aviation Enters Cannabis Business… Read more ...

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NetJets Reaches ‘Agreement in Principle’ With Teamsters


NetJets and Teamsters Local 284 announced on Nov. 6 they had reached an agreement-in-principle regarding a new contract covering the fractional operation's union mechanics, maintenance controllers, aircraft fuelers, cleaners and stock clerks. read more Read more here:: NetJets Reaches ‘Agreement in Principle’ With Teamsters… Read more ...

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Munich, Moscow Airports Sign ‘Sister’ Agreement


Munich and Moscow Domodedovo airports have signed a sister agreement to provide an exchange of knowledge for employees and managers at both airports. read more Read more here:: Munich, Moscow Airports Sign ‘Sister’ Agreement… Read more ...

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Illegal Charters A Growing Problems


Illegal charter operations are a growing problem in the industry, and more must be done to address that, the National Air Transportation Association said during the Oct. 24 FAA General Aviation Safety Summit in Washington. read more Read more here:: Illegal Charters A Growing Problems… Read more ...

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Viewpoint: Baby Boomers


There are several notable developing aviation trends, including UAVs, electric power, membership clubs and Uber flight. Now, add to that list a resurgent interest and investment in supersonic civilian aircraft. read more Read more here:: Viewpoint: Baby Boomers… Read more ...

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Readers' Feedback (December 2017): Letters To The Editor


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Jet-A And Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices: November 2017


The tables above show results of a price survey of U.S. fuel suppliers performed in November 2017. read more Read more here:: Jet-A And Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices: November 2017… Read more ...

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Pending Defense Bill Would Reinstate Hobbyist Drone Registration


A defense funding bill now on its way to the White House includes a provision that would reinstate mandatory registration for recreational small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds. The National Defense Authorization Act includes language that would effectively overturn a May 2017 judicial ruling that halted the registration requirement. "While the reinstatement of registration for hobbyist sUAS does not directly affect our members, it may offer additional safety benefits as the FAA and industry work to gather user data to help safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system," noted Heidi Williams, NBAA director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Read more here:: Pending Defense Bill Would Reinstate Hobbyist Drone Registration… Read more ...

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How to maximize iPad battery life – tips for better performance


By John Zimmerman One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top... ... Read more here:: How to maximize iPad battery life – tips for better performance… Read more ...

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control


Did you know that most general aviation fatal accidents are caused by in-flight loss of control? Many of these loss of control accidents are caused by factors related to engine failure. Between 2001 and 2010, engine maintenance errors were identified as a contributing factor in 35 of 70 randomly-selected accidents. Is Your Engine Up to Snuff?Your engine is the heartbeat of your aircraft, and when youre flying, you certainly want it to perform without a hitch. Numerous accidents happen needlessly because important maintenance was ignored or performed poorly. How many times have we heard of an accident or emergency landing because of an engine malfunction indication, or worse, an engine failure? Ensure your safety by making sure your airplanes ticker is humming along at its best. Proper engine maintenance, post-maintenance, advanced pre-flights, and engine performance monitoring can go a long way in eliminating needless, inconvenient, expensive, and potentially fatal consequences. Good Maintenance Practices: Get to know your airplane, and your mechanic-Work with your mechanic to make sure the aircraft is operated and maintained properly. Review inspection results and talk to your mechanic about any applicable Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins.Dont ignore regular maintenance-You cant simply pull off to the shoulder when you are in an aircraft. You need to have all parts of the airplane functioning, and functioning well.Comply with all manufacturer-recommended service intervals.Fifty-hour oil changes are recommended for most normally-aspirated piston engines.Turbo-charged engines should undergo oil changes more frequently.Check the oil filter with each oil change-Checking the oil will tell you a lot about engine health. Several samples will create a trend.At every other oil change, do a compression check and check magneto timing, spark plugs, and the exhaust system. Advanced Preflight After Maintenance: Maintenance-related problems and the pilots failure to catch them can lead to disastrous consequences. After maintenance, be sure to conduct a preflight that goes above-and-beyond the normal before you take flight again.Look at your aircrafts maintenance history.… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-47


NBAA Sets Record Straight on Misinformation About Business Aviation in Senate Tax Bill NTSB: General Aviation Fatal Accidents on the Decline New EFB Advisory Circular Redefines Systems and Software Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-47… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Rep. Ralph Abraham - A Hands-On Aviation Champion


Elected to Congress in 2014, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5-LA) had never before held public office and spent most of his life as a physician, veterinarian, pilot, farmer and veteran. Abraham has been a champion for the industry since his election. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Rep. Ralph Abraham - A Hands-On Aviation Champion… Read more ...

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Embracing Diversity is a Gateway to the Future


A diverse workforce is key to the business aviation industry being able to attract top talent in the future. "I do believe that diversity is something that can be achieved in this industry," said Vanessa Jamison, board chair of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, who recommended meeting with students of all backgrounds as early as middle school to help them develop an interest in the industry. Learn more about creating a diverse workplace in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Read more here:: Embracing Diversity is a Gateway to the Future… Read more ...

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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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