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Poll: what’s your backup?


By Bret Koebbe From a legal standpoint, most GA pilots don't need a backup when using it as the sole source of aviation charts in the cockpit, but backup paper charts or bringing a second iPad is cheap insurance.... ... Read more here:: Poll: what’s your backup?… Read more ...

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The FAAs New Drone Rules Are Effective Today


The Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) new comprehensive regulations go into effect today for routine non-recreational use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) more popularly known as drones. The provisions of the new rule formally known as Part 107 are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. A summary is available here. The FAA has put several processes in place to help you take advantage of the rule. Waivers: If your proposed operation doesnt quite comply with Part 107 regulations, youll need to apply for a waiver of some restrictions. Youll have to prove the proposed flight will be conducted safely under a waiver. Users must apply for these waivers at the online portal located at www.faa.gov/UAS Airspace Authorization: You can fly your drone in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace without air traffic control authorization, but operations in any other airspace need air traffic approval. You must request access to controlled airspace via the electronic portal at www.faa.gov/UAS, not from individual air traffic facilities. You may submit your requests starting today, but air traffic facilities will receive approved authorizations according to the following tentative schedule: Class D & E Surface Area October 3, 2016 Class C October 31, 2016 Class B December 5, 2016 We will try to approve requests as soon as possible, but the actual time will vary depending on the complexity of an individual request and the volume of applications we receive. You should submit a request at least 90 days before you intend to fly in controlled airspace. Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Testing centers nationwide can now administer the Aeronautical Knowledge Test required under Part 107. After you pass the test, you must complete an FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application to receive your remote pilot certificate at: https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx It may take up to 48 hours for the website to record you passed the test.… Read more ...

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Applying for a Waiver under the New Drone Rules


The Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) new small drone rule effective August 29 formally known as Part 107 allows for some expanded operations based on technology mitigations if you can make the safety case for a waiver of some provisions. Operators can apply for waivers to operate at night, beyond line of sight, above 400 feet and other specific types of operation. Heres what you need to know about the waiver process: Under Part 107, you may request a waiver of certain provisions starting August 29 if your operations dont quite fit under the rules provisions. On August 29, the FAA will have an online portal you can use to request waivers of applicable Part 107 regulations at www.faa.gov/uas. Its important to understand the FAA wont grant waivers automatically, and processing your waiver request may take time. The exact length of time will depend on the volume of requests we receive and the complexity of your waiver application. You should submit your waiver requests to the FAA as early as possible we recommend at least 90 days before you plan to fly. If you currently have a Section 333 exemption grant, and we previously said you could operate under Part 107 with a waiver, you will receive a letter by August 29 notifying you that we have granted you a waiver or that we need additional information for you to make your safety case. Information on the regulations potentially eligible for a waiver is here and a short video on the waiver process is here. Read more here:: Applying for a Waiver under the New Drone Rules… Read more ...

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Section 333 vs. Part 107: What Works for You?


The Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) new small drone rule formally known as Part 107 is effective on August 29. You may also be wondering what happens to your Section 333 exemption grant or petition for exemption. View the video here. The biggest question is whether you are better off flying under the provisions of Part 107, or should continue using your existing exemption? Your exemption is valid until it expires usually two years after it was issued. Even after Part 107 becomes effective, you may choose to fly following the conditions and limitations in your exemption. However, if you want to operate under the new Part 107 regulations, youll have to obtain a remote pilot certificate and follow all of the rules operating provisions. You must apply for a waiver if some parts of your operation dont meet the rules requirements. If you already have a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization under your Section 333 exemption a COA you can continue to fly under the COA limitations until it expires. If you don't already have a COA, you probably won't need one when the new drone rules go into effect. However, if you want to fly in controlled airspace, you will need permission from FAA air traffic control. Details about obtaining that permission will be online at www.faa.gov/uas when the small drone rule is effective on August 29, 2016. If you applied for a Section 333 exemption but havent received it yet, you should have received a letter from the FAA with specific information about the status of your petition. Generally, if your petition is pending and falls within the provisions of the rule, you should follow the steps outlined in the rule. Whether you choose to fly under your exemption or under the new small drone rule is your choice, depending on how you want to operate your aircraft.… Read more ...

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Jet-A And Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices August 2016


Jet-A And Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices August 2016 read more Read more here:: Jet-A And Avgas Per-Gallon Fuel Prices August 2016… Read more ...

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How Reliable is FANS?


It's reasonable to ask just how reliable are FANS and its constituent parts. read more Read more here:: How Reliable is FANS?… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 9.3.5 and ForeFlight


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By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 9.3.5 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Read more here:: Apple iOS 9.3.5 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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Pro Line Fusion For CJ3 Makes First Flight


A Cessna Citation CJ3 equipped with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade made its first flight Aug. 2. read more Read more here:: Pro Line Fusion For CJ3 Makes First Flight… Read more ...

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Equity Firm Buys Honeywell Technology Solutions


Honeywell International has sold its government-focused engineering and operations services business unit to a private equity giant KBR for roughly $300 million, the companies said. read more Read more here:: Equity Firm Buys Honeywell Technology Solutions… Read more ...

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Business & Commercial Aviation News From September 1966


The old saw about the best safety item in the cockpit being a well-trained pilot is more than ever valid in moving up to jet equipment. Best you go to school and learn the track thoroughly before you start runnin' on it. Futuristic jet fuel that can change from liquid to jelly quickly is now being tested in simulated accident conditions by the FAA, reported BCA in September 1966. read more Read more here:: Business & Commercial Aviation News From September 1966… Read more ...

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Used Aircraft Report: Challenger 604


Long-range, large-cabin-class bargain Operators say that cabin and cockpit width, range performance, low profile ramp presence, solid dispatch reliability and good product support from Bombardier are among the 604's best features. read more Read more here:: Used Aircraft Report: Challenger 604… Read more ...

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Turbine Engine Maintenance Tips – Removals


When to pull it from its mounts prematurely Unless an engine exhibits gross damage or erosion, you may want to hire a qualified inspector from an approved service provider to pull an engine. read more Read more here:: Turbine Engine Maintenance Tips – Removals… Read more ...

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The Proficient Contract Copilot


FAR Part 61.55 legal minimums potentially are a deadly trap FAR Part 61.55 legal minimums potentially are deadly traps. read more Read more here:: The Proficient Contract Copilot… Read more ...

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Sun Flyer Airplane Has Orders


Alexandre Couvelaire, former owner of Mooney and creator of the TBM700, believes the electrically powered Sun Flyer, being developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. in concert with Denver's Bye Aerospace, is emblematic of next-generation basic general aviation training aircraft and has backed up that by signing for three. read more Read more here:: Sun Flyer Airplane Has Orders… Read more ...

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Questions For Dean Rush


Dean Rush, pastor and executive director, of faith breakthroughs, Kingsland Baptist Church, Katy, Texas. read more Read more here:: Questions For Dean Rush… Read more ...

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ONE Aviation Unveils Upgraded Eclipse


ONE Aviation has unveiled an upgraded Eclipse that will be able to fly a pilot and two passengers 1,400 nm at high-speed cruise and land with 100-nm NBAA IFR reserves. read more Read more here:: ONE Aviation Unveils Upgraded Eclipse… Read more ...

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News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (September 2016)


News of promotions, appointments and honors involving professionals within the business aviation community. read more Read more here:: News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (September 2016)… Read more ...

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Embraer’s Revises Its Forecast Downward


The challenging economic times are impacting Embraer. The Brazilian airframer has revised its business jet forecast downward due to a market that is more difficult than expected. read more Read more here:: Embraer’s Revises Its Forecast Downward… Read more ...

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Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack Indicator


Best primary performance indicator for all phases of flight? FAA has been actively promoting angle-of-attack indication systems as a means of reducing general aviation loss-of-control accidents for several years. read more Read more here:: Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack Indicator… Read more ...

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UAS (Drone) Regulations


Make money piloting from the ground Tired of climbing into a cramped cockpit and contending with cumulonimbus and demanding passengers? Why not instead don a pair of fuzzy slippers, settle into a recliner and become a remote pilot in command? read more Read more here:: UAS (Drone) Regulations… Read more ...

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