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Draft EFB Advisory Circular Grounds Own-ship Position


With the current draft of AC 120-76B CHG 1, Operators may soon have clear guidance on the acceptable use of GPS on portable EFBs.

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Summary of New FAA Pilot Rest Requirements


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The following table compares the FAA's new pilot rest requirements for commercial operators with the previous requirements.

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Congress Passes Law Requiring FAA to Reinstate BARR Program


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that, effective immediately, general aviation and business aviation operators seeking to keep their aircraft’s registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to the FAA. As a result of language in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, the FAA is withdrawing its June 3, 2011 policy (76 Fed. Reg. 32,258-32,265) of requiring aircraft owners or operators to submit a Certified Security Concern in order to have their aircraft tail number blocked from view on the FAA’s Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) or National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI). "On behalf of our AOPA members, we thank the Members of Congress for their clear commitment to protecting the rights of individuals who fly their private aircraft in the national airspace from unwanted computer tracking," said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. "The action by Congress reaffirms the merits of the BARR program, which has operated effectively to protect the rights of our pilots." "This is an important win for aviation and for the privacy of all aviators," said Rod Hightower, president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the legal challenge from NBAA and AOPA. "Pilots and aircraft owners across this country should be proud of the work Congress has just completed in reinstating the BARR." "We are pleased that by including this language in an appropriations bill, members of the House and Senate have demonstrated their understanding that the Administration's effort to curtail the BARR program paves the way for unwarranted invasions of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, threatens competitiveness for companies and poses a potential security risk for people aboard business airplanes," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The BARR is a congressionally enabled program, and it’s clear that congress doesn’t want the government to limit it." Owners and operators seeking to have their aircraft tail number blocked from these data feeds can now submit a blocking request directly to the FAA without stating a reason for the request.… Read more ...

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37th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Aviation – Driver of the Global Economy The FAA's 37th Annual Aviation Forecast Conference brings together leaders from around the world to talk about aviation's role in the global economy. Despite global economic and financial uncertainties, aviation remains a vital link to economic opportunities for all nations. Fulfilling this responsibility presents the aviation community with unique challenges. Come listen to the views of aircraft and airport operators, manufacturers, and others as they discuss aviation's role in the global economy, the unique challenges global operations present, and how they are working to ensure aviation can meet its global responsibilities now and into the future. This conference promises to be one of the best – don't miss it. Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of International Air Transport Association (IATA), will deliver the Keynote Luncheon Address on the first day of the conference. Conference Sessions Thursday, March 8, 2012 Plenary Session: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012 Breakout Sessions: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sessions Location Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC 20001… Read more ...

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VIDEO: iPad KABOOM! A Success – iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certification Available for Download


PaperlessCockpit.com's iPad KABOOM! Community Project concluded successfully on July 15, 2011, when an iPad 2 passed  a DO-160F Rapid Decompression test conducted by CascadeTek of Hillsboro, OR. The test was witnessed by representatives from FlightPrep.com, one of iPad KABOOM!'s premiere sponsors. Throughout the test, the iPad 2 ran FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 App. During the first stage of the test,  iPad 2 running iChart 2.0 was placed in the altitude chamber and stabilized at an altitude of 8,000 ft for two hours. FlightPrep's iChart 2.0 is designed to keep the iPad "awake", and it remained operational. During the next stage, the chamber simulated a rapid decompression event, causing the altitude to transition from 8,000 ft to 51,000 ft in under fifteen seconds. The iPad 2 continued to operate and exhibited no physical defects (i.e. flying shards of plastic and glass, or chemical fires resulting from catastrophic battery failure) for ten minutes. The chamber altitude was returned to ambient altitude, and the test concluded. The iPad 2 survived the rapid decompression eve and continued to operate after the conclusion of the test. While PaperlessCockpit.com failed to blow up an iPad, the iPad 2 Community Project is a success. Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certificate  - (Free Registration Required) Download iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Full Report  - (Professional Membership Required) iPad KABOOM! Community Project Sponsors PaperlessCockpit.com would like to thank all of the contributors to the iPad KABOOM! Community Project, particularly our project sponsors: FlightPrep.com and OzRunways.com. The iPad 2 continues operation after an explosive decompression at 51,000 feet.… Read more ...

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FAA Agrees to Extend Deadline for Paperwork to Remain in BARR Program


After being notified that general aviation operator groups plan to challenge changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday, July 1, 2011, agreed to extend from July 5, 2011 to July 14, 2011 the deadline for owner/operators to submit paperwork to remain in the program "for the convenience of the Court." For the moment, the implementation date for the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) planned changes remains August 2, 2011. Learn more in this July 1, 2011 press release from the National Business Aviation Association.… Read more ...

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Working Together for NextGen


Speech by Michael Huerta, Deputy Administrator, FAA Delivered at the China Civil Aviation Development Forum, May 11, 2011 Beijing, China Good morning and thank you, Deputy Administrator Xia, for that kind introduction. Standing here today, I am reminded of something President Hu Jintao said during his historic state visit to the United States in January. Upon arriving in Washington, he noted the purpose of his visit was to “increase mutual trust, enhance friendship, deepen cooperation, and push forward the positive, cooperative, and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship for the 21st century.” These are key factors that help build and strengthen partnerships, including our partnerships in aviation. President Obama said in his welcome to President Hu that, “We have an enormous stake in each other's success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations – including our own – will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together.” While the FAA seeks to build stronger ties with all of our global partners, we consider the U.S.-China aviation relationship one that stands alone. It is a relationship where we have not only a reason, but an obligation, to work together. Why do I use the word obligation? I use it because China and the United States have the two largest economies in the world. We have two of the largest aviation systems in the world. And we have the two busiest airports in the world – Atlanta and Beijing. The world is watching us and what we are doing to improve aviation safety and efficiency. We need to be on the same page going forward. One key area that calls for our mutual cooperation is the modernization of our aviation systems of the future. In the United States, we call this NextGen. China, Japan, Europe and other major aviation systems have their own plans as well.… Read more ...

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