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Monday, June 20, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 6/23 Cycle

Monday, June 20, 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 June 23, 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 June 23.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Terrell Municipal Airport Named Texas GA Airport of the Year

Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

The Texas Department of Transportation has named Terrell Municipal Airport (KTRL) “General Aviation Airport of the Year.”  The award reflects the airport’s importance to the air transportation system and the region it serves, according to airport officials. Selection criteria includes meeting the needs of its users in exemplary fashion and setting a standard of service that other airports might want to emulate.

In making the nomination to TXDOT, Terrell Mayor Hal Richards said, “The airport has a long and rich tradition in service to this community as well as to the world. The airport is a key cog in the economic engine that drives the city and county.”

» More on GA News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Calling All Seaplane Pilots!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Attention Seaplane Pilots: The next two print issues of General Aviation News will focus on seaplanes and they would like to get some insider information from you!

  • What are some of the best places to fly (and land) in your seaplane?
  • What is it about seaplane flying that you like the best?
  • What tips and advice can you give to fellow pilots who are considering a seaplane rating?

Head to GeneralAviationNews.com and share your insight, your recommendations might just find their way into the next issue!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

iFlightPlanner Widget: Now on General Aviation News!

Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner announced today the availability of the iFlightPlanner Widget on GeneralAviationNews.com.  Pilots and aviation enthusiasts who are signed in to their iFlightPlanner Free or Premium account gain 1-click access to a complete Airport/Facility Directory, Weather Center and seamless Aviation Charts through any website that hosts the iFlightPlanner Widget.

The iFlightPlanner Widget

•    Color-coded METARs
•    Airport/Facility Directory
•    Weather Center
•    Aviation Charts
•    Airport & Route lookup

If you are not yet an iFlightPlanner member head to http://www.iFlightPlanner.com/Join and create your Free or Premium account for access to the iFlightPlanner Widget, as well as our fully-integrated flight planning solution featuring iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser.

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Friday, February 14, 2014

IMC Club Launches IFR Reference Library

Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

By GA News Staff

IMC Club International has launched an IFR Airport Practical Tips Reference Base, a library of a “real life experiences” about arrival and departure to the nation’s busiest and most challenging airports like Boston Logan International, Los Angeles, or Teterboro, N.J., as well as rural airports.

All posts are based on actual experiences of the pilots. They will be checked, but not verified or endorsed by the IMC Club.

They will be placed in a searchable database. This practical resource will be available for use by IMC Club members and other non-profit charitable aviation organizations to help their volunteer pilots plan and execute their charitable flights.

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Monday, January 06, 2014

NTSB Issues 5 General Aviation Safety Alerts

Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

By Charles Spence, GA News

Five general aviation safety alerts were issued by the National Transportation Board the week before Christmas, citing the government agency’s focus on reducing GA accidents.

“Knowing these accidents, which sometimes include entire families, can be prevented is why ‘general aviation safety’ is on our most wanted list of transportation safety improvements,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said.

These five alerts for general aviation are in addition to 25 others issued since 2004.  The five safety alerts are:

  1. Check your restraints
  2. Engine power loss due to carburetor icing
  3. “Armed” for safety: Emergency Locator Transmitters
  4. All secure, All clear (securing items in the aircraft cabin)
  5. Proper use of fiber or nylon self-locking nuts

» More on GA News

Friday, January 03, 2014

2014 Budget Could Favor FAA, General Aviation

Friday, January 03, 2014 @ 9:32 AM

Shortly before leaving for winter recess, congressional leaders reached a budget agreement that could be good news for the FAA and other federal agencies. But many steps remain before funding for aviation programs is in the clear.

The budget deal, reached between Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has sparked some confusion in the aviation world because it increases fees on air travel. The increase comes in the so-called 9-11 fee, essentially a per-ticket tax on commercial air travel that helps fund the Transportation Security Administration. The deal does not contain any user fees for general aviation. And while the president’s budget proposal is likely to once again recommend a $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, opposition to the idea remains strong in Congress.

» More via AOPA.org

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Do You Know a Rising GA Star?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

For General Aviation News' last print issue of the year, they're focusing on the next generation of GA’s leaders, from CFIs to flight planning entrepreneurs to those who are sharing their passion for aviation in any number of ways.

Do you know someone who fits this description?

Help GA News locate these up-and-coming instructors, manufacturers, marketers, pilots, etc. so they can turn the spotlight on the Next Generation in the December 20 issue of General Aviation News!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

GA News' "Aviation Fuel Expert" on the Future of Fuel

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

By Ben Visser, GA News

Every fall I help local farmers haul grain to the elevator. This year we had a very good harvest and the lines at the elevator were long. To pass the time, I brought along magazines from this summer to read and reread. I noted that every magazine had at least one article about the future of aviation gasoline. Since my byline in General Aviation News says I am an aviation fuels expert, I thought maybe I should address the subject and shed some light on it.

Now that harvest is over, I have also cruised the Internet and found a lot more “information” about the subject. So what has changed since my last column on this subject over a year ago?

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Monday, November 04, 2013

New Hypoxia Research Identifies Pre-Symptom Detection

Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers have found that hypoxia can be detected before incapacitating physical symptoms, which can be a safety threat at high altitudes.

“This study opens the door for objective assessments of hypoxia and additional safeguards for…pilots and others working in high altitudes,” says Jan Stepanek, M.D., the Aerospace Medicine Program Director and Co-Director of the Aerospace Medicine & Vestibular Research Laboratory.

Hypoxia is a lower than normal level of oxygen in your blood. To function properly, your body needs a certain level of oxygen circulating in the blood to cells and tissues. When this level of oxygen falls below a certain amount, hypoxia can cause a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, impaired speech, slowed reaction time and passing out.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

PilotWorkshops Releases Free IFR Scenario Training App

Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

PilotWorkshops.com has announced the release of its new IFR scenario-based training app for the iPad. Called “IFR Mastery,” the free app provides two IFR scenarios based on PilotWorkshops’ IFR Mastery online training.

» iTunes App Store: IFR Mastery

Within the app, pilots watch a video that sets the stage by putting them in a real, challenging IFR flight situation. After watching the video, pilots are presented with multiple options and relevant resources to help them decide which course of action to take.  The pilot commits to their decision via a poll and immediately sees how their decision compares with thousands of other pilots.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

1,000 Eagle Flights in Program's First Year

Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s year-old Eagle Flights program, which provides one-on-one flight experiences for adults interested in becoming a pilot, marked its 1,000th flight on Aug. 10 in Hickory, North Carolina.  Bradley Bormuth of Hickory’s EAA Chapter 731, took Joshua Austin for a flight in a Cessna 172.

Eagle Flights, launched at AirVenture in July 2012, is based on the successful Young Eagles program, which has flown more than 1.7 million kids between the ages of 8 and 17 since 1992.  Through Eagle Flights, EAA hopes to expand the pilot population.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Proposed AD Could be Devastating for GA

Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The proposed airworthiness directive (AD) to limit the allowable time-in-service on cylinders produced by Engine Components International (ECi) that are in more than 6,000 Continental engines could cost GA upwards of $82.6 million.

And on what is the proposed regulation based?  Alleged problems in 30 instances out of more than 30,000 cylinders installed.  This comes out to 1/100th of 1%.  Add to this the lack of evidence that shows even one accident attributed to the alleged problem.

Not only would enactment of the proposed rule have a devastating effect on owners of today’s aircraft, it could have an even greater impact on the entire general aviation world in the future.

» Read more on GA News

Thursday, August 08, 2013

SocialFlight tops 20,000 Users, Adds Ambassador Program

Thursday, August 08, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Launched just one year ago, SocialFlight has signed up more than 20,000 users. SocialFlight, for those unaware, is a robust calendar of aviation events. “We’ve logged more than 4,000 events in 2013 alone,” reports SocialFlight founder Jeff Simon.  “In fact, we’ve heard of events being created because of SocialFlight.”

New at AirVenture 2013, SocialFlight announced an Ambassador program to promote general aviation. More than 25 people have signed on and are actively giving presentations to pilot’s club, organizations and individuals about how general aviation can benefit from increased awareness and participation in aviation events.

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