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Bolen Discusses ATC Privatization, Other Issues at Long Island Business Aviation Event


NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked members of New York's Long Island business aviation community for their grassroots efforts to stop proposals in Washington, DC for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees, and told them their efforts would again be needed in the new year as the issue was sure to come up again in the next session of Congress. Bolen was the featured speaker at the Long Island Business Aviation Association's (LIBAA's) annual holiday dinner and meeting on Dec. 7, which drew more than 100 attendees. "The support of LIBAA members in voicing concern to your congressional representatives about ATC privatization and possible user fees has been tremendous," Bolen said. Read more here:: Bolen Discusses ATC Privatization, Other Issues at Long Island Business Aviation Event… Read more ...

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Data Comm Now at Chicago O'Hare, Midway


December 9- The FAA is now helping to reduce or eliminate one source of delay at Chicago OHare and Midway through the use of Data Communications (Data Comm), part of the FAAs NextGen air traffic control modernization. Data Comm will help reduce delays by making pilot-controller communications shorter and more accurate, which could help keep a plane in the departure line and on schedule. It is now operational at both of Chicagos major airports. Today, members of the media toured the OHare air traffic control tower and a United Airlines jet to see Data Comm in action. Representatives from the FAA, United Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand. Inside the tower, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews view the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system. This process saves valuable time.For instance, when pilots read back a series of complicated waypoints in a clearance with even one mistake called a readback/hearback error they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. These corrections take time, and even a short departure clearance can take two to three times longer than one communicated via Data Comm. This benefit becomes even more pronounced during bad weather, when Data Comm enables equipped aircraft to take off before an approaching storm closes the departure window, while aircraft relying solely on voice communications remain stuck on the ground waiting for the storm to pass. Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAAabout $1 billion in future operating costs. The first Data Comm-equipped airports Salt Lake City and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental and William P.… Read more ...

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Software Can Help Flight Schedulers with Complex Decision-Making


Ensuring that flight schedules are optimized to customer needs, internal resources and operational and legal requirements, is one of the most challenging aspects of running any aviation operation - and that's before factoring any disruptions. "The complexities and real-time dynamic nature of on-demand aviation operations are significant, and much more than many other industries we have seen," said Roei Ganzarski, president and CEO of BoldIQ, who will be presenting on this topic during a free, Jeppesen-sponsored webinar on Dec. 14. This is where software can help, he said. Advancements in technology and complex algorithms can provide schedulers and other decision-makers with solutions on how to practically optimize operations. Read more here:: Software Can Help Flight Schedulers with Complex Decision-Making… Read more ...

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NBAA Marks Passing of Astronaut, Aviation Champion John Glenn


NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reflected on the loss of former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who passed away Dec. 8 in his home state of Ohio at age 95. Read more here:: NBAA Marks Passing of Astronaut, Aviation Champion John Glenn… Read more ...

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NBAA Applauds NAA Recognition of Business Aviation Leaders


NBAA welcomed the recognition of five members of the business aviation community, who were honored last week by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Clay Lacy, Randall Greene, Preston Henne and Dr. Peggy Chabrian each received NAA's 2016 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was at the event, and presented awards to Chabrian, Greene and Henne. Also being honored was another CAN founder, Pricilla (Pat) Blum, who received NAA's 2016 Katherine Wright Trophy. Read more here:: NBAA Applauds NAA Recognition of Business Aviation Leaders… Read more ...

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Bulletin: December 8 Data Updates


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By ForeFlight Data Team An updated Airport and Nav Database (Dec 8 Update) is available to download for the December 8, 2016 – January 5, 2017 period. This update corrects some airspaces that were incorrectly depicted as Class D in Aeronautical Maps. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. Read more here:: Bulletin: December 8 Data Updates… Read more ...

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Updated NBAA Charter Guide Helps Consumers Avoid Pitfalls, Choose Reputable Operators


NBAA has released a new edition of its Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide, with new information designed to help consumers make better-informed decisions when selecting a charter operator. The publication has been revised to provide additional information on topics such as illegal charter through certain dry lease arrangements and chartering through crowdsourcing. "The Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide is one of NBAA's most popular member publications," said Brian Koester, NBAA's manager of operations. "We updated this guide to help prevent customers from falling victim to scam charter arrangements and to provide guidance regarding crowdsourcing." Read more here:: Updated NBAA Charter Guide Helps Consumers Avoid Pitfalls, Choose Reputable Operators… Read more ...

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U-tail Business Jet Shows Noise Benefits In Clean Sky Tests


Clean Sky is wrapping up wind-tunnel and full-scale ground tests of a noise-shielding U-tail configuration for future business jets. read more Read more here:: U-tail Business Jet Shows Noise Benefits In Clean Sky Tests… Read more ...

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iPad kneeboard buyer’s guide


By Bret Koebbe iPad kneeboards have evolved from very simple designs over the years to full-featured cockpit organization systems. Here we'll take a look at all the offerings, both basic and advanced, to help you... ... Read more here:: iPad kneeboard buyer’s guide… Read more ...

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‘Tis the season for airframe ice


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By Scott Dennstaedt Now that cold air has infiltrated a good portion of North America, it's time to review one important aspect of airframe icing, namely, precipitation type. The three basic wintry precipitation types include snow, ice pellets (colloquially known as sleet) and freezing rain (or freezing drizzle). Surface observations (METARs) and forecasts such as TAFs typically report these precipitation types based on what's reaching or expected to reach the surface. That's a critical element to understand. If the surface temperature is expected to be even a degree or two above freezing, you may see a forecast for rain (RA) in the TAF instead of freezing rain (FZRA). However, just 500 feet above the ground a serious icing hazard may be lurking. So let's take a look at the three primary precipitation types and examine the temperature profile aloft that's common for each. Snow Snowflakes are just collections of ice crystals that coalesce as they fall toward the Earth's surface. For snow (SN) to reach the surface, there needs to be a deep moist layer that is, for the most part, entirely below freezing. More importantly, the key to getting snow is that the top of this moist layer must be sufficiently cold to produce those ice crystals. While there is no definitive temperature, ice crystals begin to dominate when the top of this moist layer is -12 degrees Celsius or colder. Precipitation continues to fall as snow when the temperature remains at or below 0 degrees Celsius from the cloud base to the ground. Wet snow is the result of temperatures slightly above freezing near the surface. A typical environmental temperature profile that produces snow. Image courtesy of NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. Freezing rain There are two processes in the atmosphere that can produce freezing rain (FZRA), namely, classical and nonclassical.… Read more ...

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How To Avoid Aviation Maintenance Malpractice


In the hangar, the doctor is always in The ability to quickly diagnose a problem and come up with a solution is a valuable skill, even when you earn your living working on multimillion-dollar aircraft. read more Read more here:: How To Avoid Aviation Maintenance Malpractice… Read more ...

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How To Avoid Aviation Maintenance Malpractice


In the hangar, the doctor is always in It is time for aircraft mechanics to look at their profession with a critical eye. read more Read more here:: How To Avoid Aviation Maintenance Malpractice… Read more ...

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Bliss Jet Launches By-seat New York-London Charter Service Jan. 8


New transatlantic by-seat charter A one-time flying boat terminal at LaGuardia Airport will be the U.S. base for a new shared charter service between New York and London. read more Read more here:: Bliss Jet Launches By-seat New York-London Charter Service Jan. 8… Read more ...

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Bliss Jet Launches By-seat NY-London Charter Service Jan. 8


New transatlantic by-seat charter A one-time flying boat terminal at LaGuardia Airport will be the U.S. base for a new shared charter service between New York and London. read more Read more here:: Bliss Jet Launches By-seat NY-London Charter Service Jan. 8… Read more ...

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Plans in Place for increased Traffic at Washington, DC-Area Airports for Inauguration


Plans are underway to handle the expected increased air traffic Jan. 20-22, 2017, which will be associated with the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington, DC. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will have departure slot requirements to be obtained through FBOs. Read more here:: Plans in Place for increased Traffic at Washington, DC-Area Airports for Inauguration… Read more ...

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Airfoil app brings pilots together


By Bret Koebbe Pilots naturally gravitate towards a sense of community at the airport, which allows us to share a common passion for aviation and learn a few things along the way. A new app call Airfoil was... ... Read more here:: Airfoil app brings pilots together… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 16-49


NBAA Weighs in on Chao Nomination for Transportation Secretary Free NBAA Webinar Presents In-Depth Look at RNAV System Advancements European Third-Country Operator Requirement Now in Effect Read more here:: NBAA Update, 16-49… Read more ...

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Ed Nelle, Former Butler Aviation Leader, Passes


Edmund "Ed" Nelle, Jr., a prominent leader in the FBO business, died Nov. 20. The former head of Butler Aviation, the first major FBO chain, will be interred at the Western North Carolina Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC on Dec. 19. He was 91. Read more here:: Ed Nelle, Former Butler Aviation Leader, Passes… Read more ...

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Safety Survey Results Provide Insight Into Industry Best Practices


Most business aviation operators engage in annual risk assessment and profiling, according to the results of NBAA's 2016 Business Aviation Safety Survey, now available exclusively to the association's members. Read more here:: Safety Survey Results Provide Insight Into Industry Best Practices… Read more ...

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Skyhawk Prang: Lining Up Swiss Cheese Holes


Checklists, procedures and aircraft design are generally pretty good at helping pilots catch errors that could lead to an accident. But when a California pilot added an iPad into the mix, the proverbial holes in the Swiss cheese model of accident causation lined up and he ended up with a broken Cessna Skyhawk. read more Read more here:: Skyhawk Prang: Lining Up Swiss Cheese Holes… Read more ...

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