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FAA Clarifies Policy That Fuel-Tax Revenue Must Fund Aviation

The FAA has amended its airport revenue usage policy to emphasize that tax revenue from aviation fuel sales must go back into the aviation system. The change is effective Dec. 8, and reconfirms policy that has been followed for nearly three decades, but has faced periodic challenges because of perceived ambiguity in the regulations. “When states, counties, cities and other local jurisdictions tax aviation fuel, it is critical that the proceeds are used for the capital or operating costs of an airport, a local airport system or any other airport facility,â?? said Scott Oâ??Brien, NBAAâ??s senior manager, finance and tax policy. “The amended Revenue Use Policy is helpful in clarifying the prohibition on taxes of any kind on aviation fuel, unless the revenues are used in a manner that is consistent with federal law and policy.”

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Business Aviation Insider, Make Sure New Hires Fit Your Company’s Culture

Make Sure New Hires Fit Your Company’s Culture

What are the most important qualities to look for in a candidate?

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ForeFlight tries to eliminate the “wall-of-text weather briefing”

By John Zimmerman ForeFlight version 6.5 has two new features that aim to make preflight briefings easier to use and more valuable. It also includes iPhone 6 updates and a Stratus 2 security upgrade.

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Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri

The Federal Aviation Administration activated a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over Ferguson, Missouri.

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More Top Local Officials Recognize Value of Aviation

More than a dozen top city and county officials issued around the country have recently issued proclamations praising general aviation, including business aviation. That brings to more than 160 the number of official statements issued by local government officials since the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign was launched in 2009. Governors of all 50 U.S. states have already issued similar proclamations â?” some several times â?” and all those declarations include one or more key points from the No Plane No Gain campaign, which seeks to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of business aviation to communities, cities and companies across the U.S.

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Operators Warned to Avoid Flying Over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has joined the FAA in warning flight crews about the dangers of operating over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, citing the possibility of violence in the northern portion of Egyptâ??s Sinai Desert. Like FAA’s Notice to Airmen, the EASA Safety Information Bulletin called the threat “a significant risk to aviation overflying the area at or below FL260.” The EASA SIB mirrors the FAA NOTAM, stating, “Due to ongoing insurgent activity, operators of civil aircraft should be aware of the risk to flight operations safety in the North Sinai Governorate of Egypt.”

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New NOTAM Search Tool a Boon to Pilots

Information essential for flight planning just got easier to find with the roll out of the FAAâ??s latest NOTAM Search capability. For pilots, NOTAM Search means that the days of rooting around trying to find applicable NOTAMs while planning for a flight are just about over. New functionalities are already in place that significantly improve the NOTAM search process, and by next fall, implementation of all four phases of the new service will be complete. “NBAA – through the efforts of members of the Access Committee – worked closely with the FAA and the rest of the aviation community in providing input that has led to significant enhancements to the NOTAM Search flight planning tool,” said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “The result is a product that will benefit every flight operation in the U.S.”

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FAA’s Holiday Travel Tips

November 24The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season. Travelers can make their flight even safer by taking a few minutes to follow these guidelines:

Pay attention to the flight attendant safety briefing at the beginning of your flight and read the safety briefing card. It could save your life in an emergency.Check with your airline to see when you can use Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs).Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airlines carry-on bag restrictions.Buckle up. Keep yourself and your family safe by wearing a seatbelt at all times when seated.Use an approved child safety seat or device if your child weighs less than 40 pounds.

Travelers can find travel tips on the use of portable electronics and child safety, as well as the latest on airport status and delays at www.faa.gov/passengers. A video showing how to install a child safety seat on an airplane is available at http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/#installingCRS

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FAA Announces Contingency, Security Protocol Changes

FAA announces a series of changes that will lead to faster disaster recovery and more secure facilities and equipment.

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Flight Notifications and NOTAM Advisor Deliver Superior Awareness of Conditions Affecting Your Flight

By ForeFlight


As you well know, the wall-of-text preflight weather briefing we receive from the FAA has not changed all that much over the last several decades. We believe in a better way to deliver this information that is more targeted, easier to digest, and will help you stay better informed on every flight. With ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 we unveil two firsts in mobile flight planning capabilities that advance preflight weather briefings in two key areas: flight conditions monitoring and NOTAMs.

Flight Notifications Keep You Ahead of the Weather

The first new capability is Flight Notifications. ForeFlight monitors your planned flight and synthesizes flight condition alerts from its systems and from others, including Lockheed Martin’s Adverse Conditions Alerting Service (ACAS). When a significant change in route or weather conditions is detected we send you a notification containing a summary and detailed description of the condition.

Flight Notifications shown in the File & Brief view.

A critical gap in communication can occur in the time between getting a flight briefing and taking-off when there is potential for you to miss updates to flight conditions. ForeFlight co-founder Jason Miller experienced this situation while preparing for a flight home from Ohio:

“A new icing airmet came in shortly after I filed. The notification came right to my iPad and made me aware of the change in weather conditions. I was able to take the new information into account before leaving the ground. Without the notification, I might have missed it.”

Flight Notifications addresses this pilot awareness gap by delivering any new or modified condition information to your mobile device as it occurs. Flight Notifications are also tied to ForeFlight’s Sync system, meaning notifications get delivered to all of your devices.

Flight Notifications detail view

Flight Notification detail view.

Notifications include updates to: TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe NOTAMs, urgent PIREPs, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings.

How To Receive Flight Notifications

There are two Settings in ForeFlight Mobile that control this feature.

Flight Notifications use ForeFlight’s Sync platform so you will need to turn this on in order to receive the notifications. Enable Sync by navigating to More > Settings, then scroll all the way to the bottom.

Synchronize User Data Setting

Turn Sync ON in the More > Settings view.

The second setting is found in the flight plan form. You can choose to turn Flight Notifications ON or OFF for each individual flight plan you file.

Flight Notifications flight plan form setting.

Turn Flight Notifications ON in the flight plan form.

Flight Notifications are delivered to flight plans filed via ForeFlight Mobile using Lockheed Martin as the filing service. Filing your flight with Lockheed Martin does not require any special action, simply tap ‘File’ from the File & Brief view. You will need to disconnect your DUATS account in order to receive Flight Notifications. Navigate to the More > Accounts view to sign out of DUATS.

Flight Notifications appear as an entry at the top of your flight plan form and a badge alert on the File & Brief tab notifies you that updates to route conditions are available to view. Each notification includes a brief summary, as well as a more detailed description.

Flight Notifications is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

NOTAM Advisor for Instrument Procedures and Airports

The second capability is a feature we call NOTAM Advisor. When you display an instrument procedure or an airport diagram, ForeFlight cross checks its system for procedure and location specific NOTAMS and displays a warning banner that shows a count of relevant NOTAMs. Tap the banner to view the NOTAMs that are matched to the airport or instrument procedure.

NOTAM Advisor on airport diagram

A red banner on the airport diagram or instrument procedure alerts you to view related NOTAMs.

It is easy to miss a procedure NOTAM during planning. The FAA continues to work towards standardization, but the current state of the FAA’s NOTAM system and wall-of-text briefings make it difficult or very time consuming to ensure that you’ve caught everything. ForeFlight’s NOTAM Advisor proactively notifies you of relevant NOTAMs which may apply to the instrument procedures you intend to fly. It is not a guarantee that all NOTAMs can be matched due to the gaps in standardization that still exist, but we continue to refine our matching process.

Viewing the NOTAM Advisor

NOTAM Advisor filters notices based on the airport diagram, SID, STAR, instrument approach, or departure procedure you are viewing. Tap on the red banner for quick access to the notices.

Tap on the red banner to access NOTAMs.

Keyword highlight on NOTAM Advisor

When it is possible to detect them, key words are highlighted to indicate important information.

More Improvements and Fixes in ForeFlight Mobile 6.5:

  • Optimization for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Compatibility with the higher resolution screens enables ForeFlight Mobile to show more information without scrolling (e.g. favorites and recents lists).
  • Auto-show taxi is expanded to the Maps view. When turned ON and in the Maps view, Show Taxi on Map automatically switches to the current airport taxi diagram without leaving the Maps view. This allows you to continue in Track Up mode after landing.
  • Improvements to airport services information.
  • New helper messages when filing flight plans.
  • Improvements for better performance on iOS 8.1.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current customers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

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