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FAA Streamlines Aircraft Certification Process

September 17As part of the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) ongoing efforts to improve its responsiveness to the U.S. aviation industry as it certificates new products and operators, the agency took an important step today to streamline the aircraft certification process to help the industry get products to market faster and retain competitiveness.

The FAA is replacing project sequencing with a new process to prioritize all U.S. aircraft certification projects. While the new process continues to use a projects safety benefit and complexity to prioritize and allocate resources, it now offers applicants increased predictability and a commitment to a response time for the review of the applicants compliance data. The time it takes for certification depends on the complexity of the project and the experience of the company. Once an application package has been accepted, applicants will be able to initiate projects without delay; particularly if they have an Organization Designation Authorization or are using FAA approved individual delegated engineering representatives.

This new process responds to the recommendations from the Aircraft Certification Process Review and Reform Aviation Rulemaking Committee formed in accordance with Section 312 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Due to limited resources, the FAA began sequencing certification projects in 2005. The agency was unable to tell applicants when a project would start which often resulted in long project delays until resources became available.

Last year, the FAA certificated approximately 10,000 aviation products. There is currently no backlog or queue for certification projects.

The FAAs Aircraft Certification Services 1,300 engineers, scientists, inspectors, test pilots and other experts are responsible for the design and production approval, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness programs of all U.S. civil aviation products.

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NextGen Keeps Operations Running Smoothly at Ft. Lauderdale

A sophisticated NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one.

TBFM, used in conjunction with existing measures such as miles-in-trail and ground delays, was the primary tool used by controllers at Ft. Lauderdale to handle 800 to 900 operations per day on what became the busiest single-operation runway in the country. Runway construction at Ft. Lauderdale is complete and a new runway officially opens tomorrow.

NextGen is happening now in Ft. Lauderdale, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. It shows how we overcame a potentially serious limitation on capacity at Ft. Lauderdale by using a new tool in close coordination with air traffic management measures already in place.

TBFM, which is installed throughout the country at 20 en route centers, 30 Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities and 37 towers, optimizes the flow of traffic into capacity constrained areas by scheduling aircraft to be at a certain place at a certain time. It manages the flow of arrival traffic to the TRACON, matching that flow with available airport capacity. This minimizes delays and the use of fuel-burning measures otherwise required to maintain proper distances between aircraft, such as vectoring. At Ft. Lauderdale, the tool efficiently spaced aircraft a time-based technique known as metering on approach to a runway at which only one aircraft could take off or land at a time. The safe and efficient metering of arriving aircraft in turn allowed controllers to smoothly clear aircraft for departure.

The success of TBFM is the result of a three-year collaborative effort involving the FAA, Ft. Lauderdale airport, airlines including jetBlue, Delta and Southwest, the National Business Aviation Association, Broward County and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. This type of collaboration, with stakeholders involved from the outset and lines of communication kept open with frequent, regular meetings, will serve as a template for future major projects.

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ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.3.2 is Ready for iOS 8

By ForeFlight

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3.2 is now available on the App Store. This update brings performance improvements, a few bug fixes, and most importantly support for iOS 8 landing today, and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available on September 19. We recommend all Stratus customers download this update as it improves app performance while connected.

Preparing for iOS 8

We want ForeFlight apps to work well with the new operating system on the day it is released. Customers upgrade to new app and iOS versions quickly, so to prepare as much as possible we began testing with iOS 8 in June when Apple made the beta builds available to developers.

Since many pilots rely on apps like ForeFlight Mobile as a primary source of charts and maps, we prescribe conservatism when it comes to software upgrades. If you rely heavily on apps for your daily flying, we recommend waiting for the first Apple iOS 8 maintenance update. iOS is a remarkably stable platform and Apple has a track record of quickly releasing minor updates to address any major issues that are uncovered. However, all new operating systems have undiscovered bugs that need fixing and may cause unexpected device or app issues.

If you are anxious to explore the new iOS, then go ahead and update. However, be prepared for light to moderate chop from apps not yet optimized for iOS 8 or from unexpected operating system bugs. We recommend a test flight or two with iOS 8 and any apps you depend on before launching into IMC.

Click here to read more about our iOS 8 preflight briefing.

One More Thing

Apple’s automatic app update feature is convenient, however we encourage pilots to disable this feature. When enabled, this feature can create a situation where the apps you rely upon to fly safely update automatically before you have a chance to review and ground test the changes. To disable, go to Settings, scroll down to iTunes and App Store on the left, and turn the switch OFF for Automatic Downloads – Updates.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.2 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current customers.

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NextGen Keeps Operations Running Smoothly at Ft. Lauderdale

A sophisticated NextGen software tool called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) enabled air traffic controllers at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to maintain nearly normal operations over the past three years while construction reduced the number of available runways from three to one.

TBFM, used in conjunction with existing measures such as miles-in-trail and ground delays, was the primary tool used by controllers at Ft. Lauderdale to handle 800 to 900 operations per day on what became the busiest single-operation runway in the country. Runway construction at Ft. Lauderdale is complete and a new runway officially opens tomorrow.

NextGen is happening now in Ft. Lauderdale, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. It shows how we overcame a potentially serious limitation on capacity at Ft. Lauderdale by using a new tool in close coordination with air traffic management measures already in place.

TBFM, which is installed throughout the country at 20 en route centers, 30 Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities and 37 towers, optimizes the flow of traffic into capacity constrained areas by scheduling aircraft to be at a certain place at a certain time. It manages the flow of arrival traffic to the TRACON, matching that flow with available airport capacity. This minimizes delays and the use of fuel-burning measures otherwise required to maintain proper distances between aircraft, such as vectoring. At Ft. Lauderdale, the tool efficiently spaced aircraft a time-based technique known as metering on approach to a runway at which only one aircraft could take off or land at a time. The safe and efficient metering of arriving aircraft in turn allowed controllers to smoothly clear aircraft for departure.

The success of TBFM is the result of a three-year collaborative effort involving the FAA, Ft. Lauderdale airport, airlines including jetBlue, Delta and Southwest, the National Business Aviation Association, Broward County and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. This type of collaboration, with stakeholders involved from the outset and lines of communication kept open with frequent, regular meetings, will serve as a template for future major projects.

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NBAA’s Brown Tells Embraer Operators: Further Enhancing Safety Remains a Priority

NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown told the more than 200 attendees at the recent Phenom Jet Association’s annual Phenomenal conference that even though business aviation is enjoying the safest era in its history, a constant focus most remain on continually enhancing that record. “This is particularly important in an environment where the level and pace of international flying is increasing, resulting in operational conditions that are the most challenging in the developing world,” said Brown. The Phenom Jet Association was founded in 2010 to encourage safe and efficient operation of Embraer Phenom aircraft, and fellowship among owners, pilots, operators and service providers of these aircraft.

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NBAA Names International Jet Aviation, Make-A-Wish Foundation 2014 Humanitarian Award Recipients

NBAA announced that International Jet Aviation Services of Centennial, CO and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have been named as co-recipients of NBAAâ??s 2014 Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership.

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EU Agencies Start Work on Cohesive GNSS Plan for Europe

By Chad Trautvetter

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA)–which operates and maintains Egnos, Europe’s Waas equivalent–and Eurocontrol signed a new cooperation agreement yesterday under which they will jointly implement European satellite navigation policies in the aviation sector. The move will set the stage for the EU to evolve its air traffic management infrastructure from one based primarily on ground-based systems to a more satellite-based system, improving accessibility, efficiency and safety for European operators, pilots and airports.

To accomplish this objective, the agreement focuses on defining aviation user requirements for Egnos and the European Galileo GPS satellite network; introducing European GNSS services for aviation within the European Civil Aviation Conference area; coordinating aviation research and development; monitoring aviation-specific GNSS performance; and promoting European GNSS aviation activities at the international level.

“The full deployment of GNSS offers unprecedented opportunities to further improve air traffic management safety and capacity, while reducing costs at pan-European level,” said GSA executive director Carlo des Dorides. “Eurocontrol’s activities in this field will complement those of the GSA to ensure that the development and implementation of satellite-based navigation provides an optimal solution for European airspace users.”

September 16, 2014, 3:40 PM

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Bombardier To Launch Honeywell’s Ka-Band Satcom System

By Chad Trautvetter

Bombardier will be the first manufacturer to offer high-speed Ka-band in-flight Internet conductivity in a business aircraft, with Honeywell’s new JetWave satcom system to be available for delivery aboard the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s Global series starting in 2016, the companies announced this morning. In 2012, Honeywell signed an exclusive agreement with satellite operator Inmarsat for its Global Xpress (GX) Aviation communication network and developed hardware, now known as JetWave, to support it. For business aviation applications, Global Xpress is now known as Jet ConneX (JX).

In addition to providing the hardware, Honeywell will also serve as the master distributor of airtime for the business aviation market, working with channel partners Satcom1, Aircell, Arinc Direct, Satcom Direct and OnAir. The system will offer virtual global coverage with a range of service packages, each covered by an industry-first minimum service guarantee.

“It’s not surprising how important it would be to our customer base to have a home-like experience as it relates to connectivity on the aircraft,” Bombardier Business Aircraft director of product planning Brad Nolen told AIN. “The least expensive package will offer connectivity speeds faster than any satellite-based communication system today.” The data speeds of JetWave running Jet ConneX were not specified in today’s announcement, but Inmarsat advertises its Global Xpress Ka-band satcom as delivering speeds of up to 50 Mbps for downloads and 5 Mbps for uploads. JetWave will also be available for retrofit installation on existing Globals, Bombardier said.

September 16, 2014, 3:50 PM

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Eleven More Mayors Recognize the Value of General Aviation

In the past two months, mayors of 11 cities in Maryland, Montana, South Carolina and Wisconsin have issued proclamations recognizing the value of general aviation (GA), including business aviation and local airports. The recent mayoral proclamations reflect the principles of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, an effort launched by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in 2009. Mayors across the country have been issuing GA proclamations at an increasing rate. In all of 2013, just 16 mayors issued proclamations, but by June of this year the count had reached 100, and more are expected before the end of 2014.

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iPad Pilots: it’s time to update your digital charts

By Bret Koebbe Get out your iPad and connect to WiFi – it’s time to update your digital charts. The new cycle starts September 18 and will be valid for 28 – 56 days depending on chart type.


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