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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over DOE Facilities


At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations 99.7 Special Security Instructions to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over seven Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The FAA and DOE have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites: Hanford Site, Franklin County, WAPantex Site, Panhandle, TXLos Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NMIdaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, IDSavannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SCY-12 National Security Site, Oak Ridge, TNOak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN The airspace restrictions are shown in an FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and the details about where drone flights are restricted are here. These UAS National Security restrictions are pending until they become effective on December 29, 2017. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAAs B4UFLYmobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAAs UAS website. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. This is the first time the agency has placed specific airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or drones, over DOE sites. The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place, as well as more recently issued UAS flight restrictions over 10 Department of Interior facilities, including several large dams and iconic landmarks.… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-51


NBAA Applauds Final Compromise Language in Congressional Tax Legislation NBAA: House Bill Strengthens General Aviation Security New NBAA Resource Underscores Industry's Emphasis on Ethics in Business Aviation Transactions Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-51… Read more ...

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Top 10 mistakes iPad pilots make


By John Zimmerman The way we move from beginner to expert is by trial and error. Along the way, many of us made some mistakes with the iPad and aviation apps. Here's our list of the 10 most common ones. ... Read more here:: Top 10 mistakes iPad pilots make… Read more ...

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Encore Podcast: What Should Your Company Know Before Starting Drone Operations?


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly being added to the stable of technology that companies use to better serve their customers. For American Family Insurance, for example, drones are used for assessment, underwriting assistance, for security and more. "It's amazing the breadth of touchpoints across the company that this technology has," said Steve Dunai, the company's UAS program manager. "It could potentially benefit most every facet of the organization." Learn more in this encore edition of NBAA Flight Plan - which was one of our most popular of 2017. Read more here:: Encore Podcast: What Should Your Company Know Before Starting Drone Operations?… Read more ...

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Top 5 Business Aviation Insider Articles of 2017


Every issue of NBAA's Business Aviation Insider magazine provides readers with insight and analysis on some of the industry's most important topics, from ADS-B and FANS 1/A implementation deadlines, to crisis communications tips, to automated flight decks. As 2017 comes to a close, take another look at NBAA's most-viewed magazine articles of the year. Read more here:: Top 5 Business Aviation Insider Articles of 2017… Read more ...

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Dassault Starts Work On Next Falcon Business Jet


As Dassault announces it is designing a new jet, engine-maker Safran's presence in business aviation has weakened read more Read more here:: Dassault Starts Work On Next Falcon Business Jet… Read more ...

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The Week in Technology, Dec. 18-22, 2017


Circulation-control UAV; X-57 battery success; Airbus autonomous landing sensor; Falcons train drones; daring Bugatti's sad end. read more Read more here:: The Week in Technology, Dec. 18-22, 2017… Read more ...

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Dassault Starts Work On Next Falcon Business Jet


As Dassault announces it is designing a new jet, engine-maker Safran's presence in business aviation has weakened read more Read more here:: Dassault Starts Work On Next Falcon Business Jet… Read more ...

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NBAA Applauds Final Compromise Language in Congressional Tax Legislation


NBAA expressed support for the final version of tax legislation agreed to by House and Senate conference negotiators, specifically pointing to provisions that will help general aviation, which the NBAA has worked hard for years to achieve. Read more here:: NBAA Applauds Final Compromise Language in Congressional Tax Legislation… Read more ...

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Video review: Scout vs. Stratus 2S ADS-B receivers


By John Zimmerman What's the difference between the Scout and Stratus 2S portable ADS-B receivers for ForeFlight? Both offer subscription-free weather and traffic, but there are major differences in features and... ... Read more here:: Video review: Scout vs. Stratus 2S ADS-B receivers… Read more ...

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NBAA Salutes Regional Representative Dean Saucier for 17 Years of Service


NBAA announced that Dean Saucier, Northeast regional representative, will retire from the organization at the end of 2017, after 17 years of service. Read more here:: NBAA Salutes Regional Representative Dean Saucier for 17 Years of Service… Read more ...

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Textron Set For Busy New Year


Textron's aviation subsidiaries are developing seven aircraft simultaneously, which analysts rate from iffy to nearly guaranteed successes. read more Read more here:: Textron Set For Busy New Year… Read more ...

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NBAA: New Resource Underscores Industry's Emphasis on Ethics in Business Aviation Transactions


NBAA has published a new guidance statement, "Ethical Business Aviation Transactions," outlining best practices for ethical transactions between buyers and sellers of business aircraft products and services. Read more here:: NBAA: New Resource Underscores Industry's Emphasis on Ethics in Business Aviation Transactions… Read more ...

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What Does Falcon 5X’s End Mean To Hemisphere, G500?


Dassault's cancellation of its Falcon 5X program could mean an opportunity for Gulfstream Aerospace while also negatively impacting Textron Aviation's new large-cabin Citation Hemisphere busjet program, some experts say. read more Read more here:: What Does Falcon 5X’s End Mean To Hemisphere, G500?… Read more ...

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Aviation Week Forecast Projects $1 Trillion In Aftermarket Spend


Aviation Week Network's recently released 2018 Fleet & MRO forecasts, prepared by in-house data and analytical experts, offer insights into the commercial aviation, military, business aviation and helicopter markets across the world. Among the findings within the 2018 Fleet & MRO Forecasts: read more Read more here:: Aviation Week Forecast Projects $1 Trillion In Aftermarket Spend… Read more ...

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Apple iOS 11.2.1 and ForeFlight


By ForeFlight We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates. Follow Read more here:: Apple iOS 11.2.1 and ForeFlight… Read more ...

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Dassault Halting Falcon 5X Business Jet Development


Faced with a new set of delays associated with Safran's Silvercrest engine, Dassault Aviation has announced it is terminating the development of its Falcon 5X business jet program. read more Read more here:: Dassault Halting Falcon 5X Business Jet Development… Read more ...

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5 things to look for in the newest version of ForeFlight


By John Zimmerman When ForeFlight first launched over 10 years ago, the app was designed for one device: the iPhone, with its 3.5" screen. Now the app can be found on a huge variety of Apple devices, from 4" iPhones... ... Read more here:: 5 things to look for in the newest version of ForeFlight… Read more ...

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Hailey Friedman Airport Publishes Winter Season Air Traffic Procedures


Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), which serves Sun Valley, ID, has released air traffic procedures that provide guidelines for operating in and out of the airport during the upcoming winter season. The guidelines include structured arrival routes, noise curfew information and a VFR climb procedure that could reduce delays during periods of peak departure demand. Read more here:: Hailey Friedman Airport Publishes Winter Season Air Traffic Procedures… Read more ...

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A Brief History of Rotorcraft Development


Helicopters have proved extraordinarily versatile and valuable across a wide range of missions, but even after the first brief pioneering flights their successful development involved decades of trial and error. Aviation Week takes a visual journey through that history. read more Read more here:: A Brief History of Rotorcraft Development… Read more ...

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