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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 or 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

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