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New FAA Review Board Offers Clarity on Inconsistent Interpretations of Regulations


Business aviation operators have a new recourse when faced with conflicting FAA interpretations of regulations by the Flight Standards Service or Aircraft Certification Service. On March 9, the FAA established the Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) to provide guidance to stakeholders by clarifying inconsistencies related to the application of regulations. "We commend the FAA on the formation of the RCCB, which will be a welcome mechanism to help standardize agency responses and interpretations to regulations, particularly those coming from Flight Standards District Offices," said David Norton, an aviation attorney and member of NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee. Read more here:: New FAA Review Board Offers Clarity on Inconsistent Interpretations of Regulations… Read more ...

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Runway Closures Associated with SFO Runway Construction Begin April 7


A major runway overlay and construction project of Runway 28L/10R at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will result in several weekend runway and taxiway closures over the next three months. Air traffic management initiatives can be expected during the runway closures. The project is scheduled to last through July 2017, with multiple weekend closures expected in addition to nightly week-day closures. Read more here:: Runway Closures Associated with SFO Runway Construction Begin April 7… Read more ...

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ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio


By Bret Koebbe Sun 'N Fun starts next week in Lakeland, Florida, which means new product announcements. ForeFlight kicked that off today with the release of the new ForeFlight 9, packed with updates and lots of new... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio… Read more ...

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ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio


By Bret Koebbe Sun 'N Fun starts next week in Lakeland, Florida, which means new product announcements. ForeFlight kicked that off today with the release of the new ForeFlight 9, packed with updates and lots of new... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight 9 is out: how to use Checklists, Glide Advisor and SiriusXM Radio… Read more ...

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CAM Spotlight: International Aviation Manager Embraces CAM Program


Business aviation transcends national borders, and NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program has expanded beyond its U.S. origins to bring its tenets of continuing education to aviation managers across the globe. "The CAM program is standardizing the guidelines for the successful performance of aviation managerial duties," said André Danita, CAM, chief pilot of a Dassault Falcon 7X based in Brazil. Read more here:: CAM Spotlight: International Aviation Manager Embraces CAM Program… Read more ...

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New in ForeFlight: Checklist, Glide Advisor, Light & Dark App Themes, SiriusXM Audio, and More


By ForeFlight ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying. Run through checklists with ease and reduce cockpit clutter with ForeFlight Checklist. Glide Advisor helps you locate a safe place to land in the event of engine failure, choose from Light & Dark App Themes for day or night flight, helpful enhancements to Logbook, new SXAR1 integration features, and more. Read on for all the details of the ForeFlight 9 release, now on the App Store! Consolidate Your Toolset with ForeFlight Checklist ForeFlight's integrated checklists keep important safety procedures organized and easily accessible. Your familiar paper checklists are transformed into customizable digital templates allowing you to reduce cockpit clutter and spend less time heads down searching for a particular checklist item. Checklists for every phase of flight are laid out in an interactive, intelligent interface that fits naturally into your flying workflow. Select from one of the predefined templates derived from aircraft POH manuals or create and edit your own customized collection of checklists. Templates are provided for a variety of fixed-wing aircraft models, including Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Grumman, Mooney, Pilatus, Piper, and TBM, as well as select Robinson rotorcraft models. A template for the IMSAFE pilot checklist is also available, allowing you to efficiently conduct a personal preflight health assessment. To run through a checklist, simply tap an item and a green check mark appears. This visual feedback provides an easy way to pick up exactly where you left off with a quick glance. Tap “Skip” to move past an item; this is especially useful if you don't move through a checklist from A to Z. If you experience an inflight emergency, tap the emergency button to jump immediately to emergency checklist procedures, saving you time and sparing you the hassle of flipping through a stack of paper procedures.… Read more ...

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Used Aircraft Report: Learjet 45/45 XR


Fast, efficient, reliable and now less maintenance-intensive The Learjet 45 and 45XR, built from 1998 to 2012 and only the second clean-sheet Learjets since the 1963 Learjet 23, have a lot going for them. Unlike previous Learjets, they have a non-circular fuselage cross section that increases head and shoulder room for seated passengers, plus a flat floor. They have a full-width, externally serviced aft lav with an optional belted potty seat. Interiors may be configured either with a fore/aft double club section or a center club with two front and two aft chairs. There is a 50 cu. ft. aft external baggage compartment, plus another 15 cu. ft. read more Read more here:: Used Aircraft Report: Learjet 45/45 XR… Read more ...

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Two Citations Get Steep Approach Nod


The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency have granted steep approach certification for the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and Cessna Citation Latitude. read more Read more here:: Two Citations Get Steep Approach Nod… Read more ...

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Selected Accidents And Incidents In February 2017


Selected accidents and incidents in February 2017. The following NTSB information is preliminary. read more Read more here:: Selected Accidents And Incidents In February 2017… Read more ...

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Questions For Aaron C. Hilkemann


Questions for Aaron C. Hilkemann, president & CEO, Duncan Aviation Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska read more Read more here:: Questions For Aaron C. Hilkemann… Read more ...

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Operators Survey: Bombardier Learjet 70/75


Strong resurgence of the last Learjet Learjet 70 and 75, the marketing names for the upgraded Learjet 40 and 45, are far more capable than the original models that entered service 20 years ago. read more Read more here:: Operators Survey: Bombardier Learjet 70/75… Read more ...

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BCA Business Aviation Products And Service Previews


BCA shares news of the latest products and services for the business aviation industry. read more Read more here:: BCA Business Aviation Products And Service Previews… Read more ...

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Airbus HH/MH-65 Dolphins Pass 1.5 Million Flight Hours


Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard's fleet of HH/MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search and rescue helicopters as they recently passed 1.5 million flight hours. “This is an enormous accomplishment for the U.S. Coast Guard, and for Airbus,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “We are proud of the great work the men and women of the Coast Guard perform with these aircraft. They have saved countless lives and guarded our nation's borders and ports.” read more Read more here:: Airbus HH/MH-65 Dolphins Pass 1.5 Million Flight Hours… Read more ...

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Gulfstream And BAE Systems Win Laureate


Gulfstream and BAE Systems set out to reintroduce the intuitiveness of mechanically coupled flight controls by integrating electronically coupled sidesticks on the G500 and G600 business jets, set for certification this year and next year, respectively. Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets will be the first commercial FBW aircraft with active sidesticks in service. For that achievement Gulfstream and BAE Systems were awarded the Aviation Week 2017 Technology Laureate during a gala in Washington. read more Read more here:: Gulfstream And BAE Systems Win Laureate… Read more ...

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First Flight For Second G600 Test Aircraft


Gulfstream Aerospace's second G600 flight-test aircraft flew for the first time Feb. 24, joining the manufacturer's flight-test program. The flight lasted 4 hr. 26 min. The first G600 aircraft had its first flight Dec .17 from Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Since then, the aircraft has flown more than 150 hr. The aircraft is undergoing flutter testing, and is expanding the flight envelope. read more Read more here:: First Flight For Second G600 Test Aircraft… Read more ...

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Robinson Considers Diesel Engine For R44


Robinson Helicopters is considering adopting a diesel engine for a future derivative of its R44 piston-engine light helicopter. The company is “holding strong to putting a diesel” in the R44 over the next 3-4 yr., CEO Kurt Robinson announced in a speech to the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California, late last year. The helicopter manufacturer is working with a “couple of different [engine] manufacturers,” Robinson says. “We have got to get the vibration loads right. read more Read more here:: Robinson Considers Diesel Engine For R44… Read more ...

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Leonardo Plans The Next-Generation Tiltrotor


With certification of its AW609 commercial tiltrotor finally in sight, Leonardo is now embarking on the next step of its tiltrotor journey. Backed by the European Union's Clean Sky 2 aeronautical research program, the Anglo-Italian aerospace company is putting the finishing touches to the architecture it envisions will shape its next tiltrotor and potentially give Europe the lead in fast civil rotorcraft. read more Read more here:: Leonardo Plans The Next-Generation Tiltrotor… Read more ...

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AOPA Welcomes Drone Pilots Into The Fold


Pivoting to an unprecedented wave of new aircraft owners and pilots, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is now welcoming unmanned aerial vehicle pilots into the fold. “Drone pilots are seeking their place in the larger world of aviation and looking for opportunities to expand their experience,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. The association noted an FAA estimate that 1.3 million pilots will be certificated to operate drones under 14 CFR Part 107 by 2020. read more Read more here:: AOPA Welcomes Drone Pilots Into The Fold… Read more ...

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XTI Aircraft Developing TriFan 600 Business Aircraft


XTI Aircraft Co., a Denver-based startup aircraft manufacturer, is hoping to build a hybrid-electric ducted-fan vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) business aircraft. It recently teamed with electric propulsion specialist Bye Aerospace to develop the TriFan 600. read more Read more here:: XTI Aircraft Developing TriFan 600 Business Aircraft… Read more ...

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AvFab Earns EASA Approval For King Air Window Shades


AvFab has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for pleated window shades on Beechcraft King Air 200, B200 and B200GT aircraft. The shades replace the factory-installed polarizers and can be closed when the aircraft is parked. The shades are flame retardant, have an antibacterial coating, provide Sun protection, reflect heat and are available in several colors. read more Read more here:: AvFab Earns EASA Approval For King Air Window Shades… Read more ...

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