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Thursday, August 17, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 7/20 Cycle

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day AIRAC cycle beginning 8/17/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com from your PC or smartphone you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FAA Removes SID Chart Obstacle Notes to Cut Clutter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

With the August 17 AIRAC cycle, pilots will find revised Standard Instrument Departure (SID) charts easier to read because the FAA is removing the takeoff obstacle notes from them.

The obstacles are still there, said Rich Boll, chair of the Airspace, Air Traffic, and Flight Technology Working Group of NBAA’s Access Committee. “If these obstacles are a factor on departure, pilots will find the necessary information in the Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedure section, which are located on the front of the government charts and on the back of Jeppesen’s 10-9 airport chart.”

Read more at NBAA.org.

Monday, August 14, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 8/17 Cycle

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on August 17, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com their PC or smartphone will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on August 17.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The ABCs of Choosing an Aviation Headset

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

By Tiago Scharfy, Student, Hillsboro Aero Academy

The first piece of aviation gear purchased by many aviation students is the headset, and it can be a daunting process.  Because choosing a headset is such a personal decision, you need to think about what matters to you the most before you go shopping. Obviously, you will need somewhere to start. What options do you have, and what are the factors that should affect your decisions?

Highlighting features such as noise reduction, sound quality, comfort, and price, click HERE to learn The ABCs of Choosing an Aviation Headset.  It might just help you land your perfect headset!

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of iFlightPlanner.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Looking for an ADS-B solution at AirVenture?

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad now supports connectivity with devices from eight (8) different manufacturers, including the homebuilt ADS-B receiver by Stratux!  


Available in the App Store.

Here's where you'll find our partners who are exhibiting in Oshkosh, giving you the ability to choose the ADS-B solution that best fits your flying...

Sagetech, manufacturer of the discontinued Clarity ADS-B devices, and SkyRadar, are two additional partners who are not exhibiting at AirVenture this year.

Can't find your device?

If you already own a device but do not see it listed, please send us a message and let us know which one you're flying with.  We're always open to new technology partnerships and will reach out to the manufacturer for their connection protocols.

Already have an EFB subscription?

Take advantage of iFlightPlanner's Trade-In Program!  This program allows you to trade-in any competitive flight planning product and have the time remaining on your current subscription added to your new iFlightPlanner Premium or Premium Plus membership, up to the length of the iFlightPlanner membership you purchased.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in July 20 FAA NOTAM

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its July 20, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 7/20 Cycle

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day AIRAC cycle beginning 7/20/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com from your PC or smartphone you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, July 17, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 7/20 Cycle

Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on July 20, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com their PC or smartphone will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on July 20.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in June 22 FAA NOTAM

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its June 22, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 6/22 Cycle

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 6/22/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com from your PC or smartphone you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, June 19, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 6/22 Cycle

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on June 22, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com their PC or smartphone will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on June 22.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Managing Data Stored in iFlightPlanner

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Did you know the Settings menu found on the Downloads tab in iFlightPlanner for iPad gives you the ability to control the regions or states, and the types of aviation data stored on your device when you're in flight and without an internet connection?

Here are a few tips from the iFlightPlanner Crew to help you manage data storage in iFlightPlanner:

Download Types & Region Selections

1. From the Downloads tab, tap Settings in the upper-right corner.

2. In the right column of the Download Settings menu, you may select the regions or states for which you would like to download data.  You may choose the entire United States or the specific states in which you fly.

3. In the left colum, select the data types to automatically download when you tap "Download Updates" in the upper-right corner of the Downloads tab.

4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner to have the selected regions and data types added to the Downloads tab.

Delete Downloaded Data

You may delete all downloaded data and cached airport diagrams, approach plates, and chart tiles from your device.  Tap the red, Delete Airport Documents & Chart Data from the Download Settings menu accessible via the Downloads tab and confirm that you would like remove all downloaded and cached data.

Download All Updates

When new aviation data is available for download, tapping the green "Download Updates" button in the upper-right corner will download only your preferred data types for the regions you've chosen on the Download Settings menu, detailed above.

Should you have any questions about the procedures detailed here, please contact us.  A member of our crew will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 5/25 Cycle

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 5/25/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com from your PC or smartphone you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in May 25 FAA NOTAM

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its May 25, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

Monday, May 22, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 5/25 Cycle

Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on May 25, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com their PC or smartphone will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on May 25.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

iFlightPlanner for iPad v3.0, now available!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

We built on our 4.7-star App Store rating with countless enhancements to the overall flight planning experience...  now, iFlightPlanner for iPad v3.0 offers compatibility with ADS-B devices from 7 different manufacturers – Dual, Levil, Sagetech, SkyRadar, Stratux, L-3, and NavWorx.


Click image for more App Store screenshots.

Other highlights of the all-new iFlightPlanner for iPad include:

  • Ability to select your default app startup view (Home, Airports, Flights, or Map)
  • Reorganized planning and mapping interface for enhanced pre-flight and in cockpit usability
  • Expanded weight & balance functionality to include %MAC calculations for turbine aircraft 
  • One-touch transfer of flight plans to Jeppesen FliteDeck apps
  • Current crosswind component for all runways in Airport/Facility Directory
  • New Attitude/Heading Indicator with data from AHRS compatible devices
  • Added logbook fields for personalized data tracking
  • X-Plane 9 integration (in addition to existing X-Plane 10 integration)

...all this and much more!

New members are encouraged to take advantage of the 30-day FREE trial to iFlightPlanner Premium Plus, iFlightPlanner’s top-level membership.  After the trial, pilots may elect to continue with an iFlightPlanner Free, iFlightPlanner Premium, or iFlightPlanner Premium Plus membership.  All memberships include comprehensive web-based flight planning, while premium members have access to enhanced features both online and in the app.  For iFlightPlanner Free members, iFlightPlanner for iPad will provide view-only access to the flights planned at iFlightPlanner.com.  Visit www.iFlightPlanner.com/Features for a complete breakdown of every feature.

For a limited time, EAA members may purchase a full year of iFlightPlanner Premium Plus for just $74.99 (reg. $139.99/year) through this month’s Barnstorming Deal at www.EAA.org.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 4/27 Cycle

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 4/27/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in April 27 FAA NOTAM

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its April 27, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 4/27 Cycle

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on April 27, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on April 27.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 AirVenture, Oshkosh Arrival & Departure Signs

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The 2017 AirVenture NOTAM specifies sign codes used to inform ground personnel of your desired parking area at Wittman Regional Airport.  You'll need to display one of these signs for your arrival and another for departure based on your aircraft type and parking or camping preference.

Arrival Signs

Departure Signs

The AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and should be part of every pilot's preflight preparation.  Remember to print your arrival and departure signs before your trip and fly safe!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 AirVenture, Oshkosh NOTAM Now Available

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA’s 65th annual fly-in convention July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6am CDT on Friday, July 21, until noon CDT on July 31, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.  The NOTAM was designed by FAA to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning.

While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some changes compared to the 2016 version. Some of those changes include:

  • TFRs expected from 10-11am CDT on Friday, July 28, and during the afternoon air shows on Monday-Sunday, July 24-30
  • Military area changes in central Wisconsin
  • Oshkosh Taxiway Bravo designators changed
  • Aircraft camping allowed at Appleton
  • IFR arrival and departure routings
  • Airports added to IFR Special Traffic Management Program

Pilots can acquire a digital version of the NOTAM by downloading it through the EAA AirVenture website. For a free printed copy, pilots can order online or call EAA Membership Services at (800) 564-6322.

To further assist pilots flying to Oshkosh this year, EAA’s volunteer NOTAM Chairman Fred Stadler is hosting a June 14 webinar that will highlight special tips and other aspects of the NOTAM fly-in procedures. Register at www.eaa.org/webinars. In addition, the National Transportation Safety Board has published an informative Safety Alert about arriving to a major fly-in event. 

The EAA AirVenture NOTAM is required reading and should be part of every pilot's preflight preparation.  Remember to print your arrival and departure signs before your trip and fly safe!

Friday, March 31, 2017

NTSB Safety Alert for Major Fly-In Events

Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Arriving at a major fly-in event? Keep your focus on safety!

Take action to improve your safety and the safety of your family and friends by following the suggestions in this NTSB Safety Alert when arriving at a major fly-in event such as SUN 'n FUN or AirVenture.  These events pose unique challenges for pilots and air traffic controllers with extremely high-density traffic, special flight and communication procedures, a rapidly changing environment, and changes to air traffic control (ATC).

» NTSB Safety Alert for Major Fly-In Events

The NTSB’s Aviation Information Resources web page, www.ntsb.gov/air, provides convenient access to NTSB aviation safety products.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 3/30 Cycle

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 3/30/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in March 30 FAA NOTAM

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 8:01 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its March 30, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 3/30 Cycle

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on March 30, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on March 30.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

2017 SUN 'n FUN NOTAM, Arrival & Departure Signs

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The 2017 SUN 'n FUN NOTAM specifies sign codes used to inform ground personnel of your desired parking area at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL).  You'll need to display one of these signs for your arrival and another for departure based on your aircraft type and parking or camping preference.

Arrival Signs

Departure Signs

The 2017 SUN 'n FUN NOTAM is required reading and should be part of every pilot's preflight preparation.  Remember to print your arrival and departure signs before your trip and fly safe!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 3/2 Cycle

Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 3/2/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in March 2 FAA NOTAM

Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its March 2, 2017 NOTAM to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.

THESE PROCEDURES MAY BE REVISED OR UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  PILOTS SHOULD CHECK NOTAMS AND TRAFFIC ADVISORIES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO ENSURE THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION. THESE NOTAMS DO NOT SUPERCEDE RESTRICTIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF AIRSPACE CONTAINED IN FDC NOTAMS.

Monday, February 27, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 3/2 Cycle

Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on March 2, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on March 2.

Monday, February 13, 2017

FAA Calls for Heightened Awareness of Class B Airspace

Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) bulletin issued January 29, 2017, the FAA is calling for all pilots and flightcrew operating near the boundaries of Class B airspace to exercise caution and be aware of the risk of excursions out of and incursions into Class B airspace.  According to the SAFO, all pilots and flightcrew should utilize published resources to become familiar with the vertical and lateral boundaries of Class B airspace they may be operating in or near.

For more information, see the entire SAFO here.

» iFlightPlanner's Interactive Airspace Tool

Friday, February 10, 2017

BasicMed Not Impacted By Regulatory Hold Order

Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The suspension of all new federal regulations by the incoming administration will not impact BasicMed reforms, as had been feared by some in the aviation community. The directive issued on January 20 by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus halts publication of new regulations until approved by an agency director appointed by the incoming administration and suspends the effectiveness of previously published regulations for 60 days.

The published effective date of the BasicMed rule, May 1, 2017, is more than 60 from the January 20 directive, which exempts BasicMed from this directive. Additionally, the directive excludes those regulations subject to statutory deadlines.

» Read More on AVweb

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

San Francisco Class B Airspace Changes Proposed

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Proposed San Francisco Class B airspace changes would enable lower-angle descents into SFO optimized for the higher glide ratios of modern jet aircraft, reducing noise and fuel consumption.

“A low thrust descent in a clean configuration results in the smallest noise footprint [regardless of altitude], and a descent in a clean configuration at near idle thrust results in lower fuel burn” says Rick Cote, an ATC Specialist with Northern California TRACON (NCT).

» Read More on AVweb

Monday, February 06, 2017

Flight Advisory for Presidential Address to Congress

Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The planned 2017 Presidential Address before a Joint Session of Congress in Washington, DC is scheduled for February 28, 2017. At the request of the department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures for the event, the FAA will be modifying the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) with additional flight restrictions.

The NOTAM discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. Pilots are strongly advised to contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-WXBRIEF prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMS.

The FAA point of contact for the 2017 Presidential Address to a Joint Session of Congress is the National Capitol Region Coordination Center (NCRCC) at (866) 598-9522.

Friday, February 03, 2017

iFlightPlanner for UAS Operations

Friday, February 03, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner’s freely accessible aviation charts interface is the perfect resource for UAS operators to pinpoint lat/lon coordinates, identify the nearest airport, view airspace details, and prepare their description of the proposed operation when requesting a waiver and/or airspace authorization under Title 14 CFR Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).

The iFlightPlanner Crew has created a tutorial (PDF) to help bridge the gap between the features of iFlightPlanner currently designed for manned flight and how they can be leveraged by unmanned operators. 

The tutorial is a step-by-step guide to gathering the information necessary to complete the online or print version of Form FAA 7711-2.  It is important to also review the Waiver/Airspace Authorization Instructions and Performance Based Standards as published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before requesting a waiver and/or airspace authorization.

» iFlightPlanner for UAS Operations (PDF)

If you have questions specific to planning your UAS operations with iFlightPlanner that were not addressed in the tutorial, please send us a message!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 2/2 Cycle

Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 2/2/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, January 30, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 2/2 Cycle

Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on February 2, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on February 2.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Super Bowl LI NOTAMS and Information

Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of a large number of aircraft operating in the Houston, Texas area during the week of Super Bowl LI, the following special air traffic procedures will be used to minimize air traffic delays and enhance safety.

Temporary routes have been instituted into/out of the Houston Terminal area to optimize the traffic flow for the Houston satellite airports.  These temporary routings are designed to increase the efficiency of the Houston TRACON airspace minimize air traffic delays.  Note that some normal arrival and departure routes will not be available within 350nm of the Houston Terminal Airspace between Thursday, February 2 and Monday, February 6th.  The preferred arrival and departures routes that have been modified for this event are defined below for the airports within 60nm of NRG Stadium.  Airports that are not listed in the Preferred Arrival and Departure Routes should file and can expect normal arrival and departure routings.

IFR airborne filings within the terminal area should not be expected. IFR changes of destination will not be granted within 350nm of the Houston Terminal Airspace except in emergency situations.  Duplicate flight plans (same time/call sign) to multiple airport destinations are subject to removal from the system.

» 2017 Super Bowl LI Special Air Traffic Procedures

» FlytoSuperBowl LI.org

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAA Releases BasicMed, Third Class Medical Reform

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

By Rob Mark, FLYING

Pilots operating under FAR Part 91 who have held an FAA medical certificate within the past 10 years will have an alternative, voluntary path to certify they are healthy enough to fly.

The FAA said it supports the new rule called BasicMed because it “will simplify our regulations and keep general aviation flying affordable.” BasicMed, written into a new Part 68 of the FARs that takes effect May 1, 2017, means pilots will be able to fly certain aircraft without holding a medical certificate, providing they comply with a number of FAA provisions.

The BasicMed rule requires pilots opting to use the no-medical-certificate route possess a valid driver’s license and have completed a medical education course within the previous 24 months. The rule also restricts pilots to operating airplanes carrying no more than six people and weighing no more than 6,000 pounds — rotorcraft and turbine-powered are included — but below 18,000 feet and not faster than 250 kias. Both VFR and IFR day/night operations are permitted under the new rules.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 1/5 Cycle

Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 1/5/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
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Monday, January 02, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 1/5 Cycle

Monday, January 02, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on January 5, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on January 5.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Flight Advisory for 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The planned 2017 Presidential Inauguration Festivities in Washington, DC are scheduled for January 20, 2017. At the request of the department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures for the event, the FAA will be modifying the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) with additional flight restrictions between 0900 Local and 1900 Local on January 20th.

The NOTAM discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. Pilots are strongly advised to contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-WXBRIEF prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMS.

The FAA point of contact for the 2017 Inauguration is the National Capitol Region Coordination Center (NCRCC) at (866) 598-9522.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FAA Pushes ICAO Flight Plan Mandate from January 2017 to Early Spring

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has again pushed the implementation of the international flight plan form (ICAO) for all civil domestic flights.  The FAA previously delayed the mandate until January 2017, and will now plan to eliminate the use of the domestic format flight plan to "early spring" of 2017.  

Formal testing of the operating systems will begin in mid-January. Upon successful completion of testing, the specific implementation date will be announced at least 30 days in advance.

ICAO flight plans contain specific information relating to the proposed flight of an aircraft and controllers use them to provide air traffic services based on the capabilities of each aircraft. Today pilots file flight plans in the U.S. under either the domestic or ICAO format, and the use of one format will simplify the process and align U.S. flight plans with ICAO standards.

This flight planning QuickTip will show you how to easily update your iFlightPlanner aircraft profiles and enjoy a seamless transition to the new ICAO flight plan format when creating and filing flight plans with iFlightPlanner.  iFlightPlanner is, and has been ready since this change was first proposed in 2012!

As referenced in the video, there is a lot of aircraft-specific information required to file the ICAO flight plans.  However, if you are only flying domestically the FAA requires less ICAO data.

The FAA has issued an informal guidance document that highlights changes specific to the international flight plan form that pertain exclusively to flight within the National Airspace System.

Should you have any questions specific to filing ICAO flight plans in iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 12/8 Cycle

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 12/8/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, December 05, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 12/8 Cycle

Monday, December 05, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on December 8, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on December 8.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Election's Conclusion Means Return of 'Other VIP TFRs'

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Following a presidential election, business aviation operators can expect a series of special temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) related to the activities of the president-elect and vice president-elect.

Presidential TFRs are always the most restrictive, while vice presidential TFRs tend to be more relaxed. For instance, instead of restricting all traffic, operators that are communicating, or "squawking and talking," can often enter airspace covered by a VP TFR. Ground restrictions for these types of TFRs are often limited to short durations tied to when the VP is moving on or near the airfield.

» Read more at NBAA.org

Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Report FAA Aeronautical Chart Discrepancies

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Your experience as a pilot is valuable and your feedback is important to the FAA in their efforts to display accurate information on all FAA charts and publications. 

The FAA encourarages you to notify them concerning any requests for changes, or potential discrepancies you see while using FAA charts and related products.

FAA, Aeronautical Information Services
Customer Operations Team
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC4 Suite 4400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281

You may also contact the FAA toll-free by calling (800) 638-8972 or via email at 9-amc-aerochart@faa.gov.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 11/10 Cycle

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 11/10/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, November 07, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 11/10 Cycle

Monday, November 07, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on November 10, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on November 10.

Monday, October 31, 2016

FAA Publishes 12th ed. of Aeronautical Chart Guide

Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has published the 12th Edition of the Aeronautical Chart User's Guide.

The Chart User's Guide is an introduction to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) aeronautical charts and publications.  It is useful to new pilots as a learning aid, and to experienced pilots as a quick reference guide.

» Download the FREE Guide

Friday, October 28, 2016

End of the World’s Coolest Landing

Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Fans of one of the most picturesque — and hair-raising — landings anywhere are lamenting the end of an era.

Dutch carrier KLM will no longer fly the Boeing 747 to St. Maarten Airport. Beginning on October 30, the flights will be operated by the smaller, though still pretty cool, Airbus A330 instead.

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