Wednesday, July 31, 2013

iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 presented by Sennheiser

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Interview & Prove Your Piloting with SkyWest, Redbird at AirVenture

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Redbird Flight Simulations announced that pilots who meet SkyWest's published minimums of 1,500 hours total time, among other criteria, may complete a SkyWest Airlines pilot interview and flight-skills test at AirVenture.

Interested pilots shall present their proof of experience to SkyWest, located directly behind Redbird in Booth #208, and undergo the verbal portion of the interview.  Qualified applicants will then fly Redbird's full-motion King Air 350i simulator to demonstrate their airmanship, proficiency and IFR skills.  While no King Air time is required or expected, proficient IFR skills are mandatory.  Appropriate dress for the interview process is casual airshow attire.

These will be real interviews and SkyWest may extend conditional job offers to those who successfully complete the process!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

FAA Data Update for 7/25 Cycle

Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 4:01 AM

Official FAA data for the 7/25/13 cycle, including airport diagrams, approach plates, sectional charts and terminal area charts, was updated today at 09:01Z.

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, 'Check for Updates' in the lower-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which files need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

House GA Caucus Reaches 200 Members

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The House General Aviation Caucus recently announced that it has surpassed 200 members, meaning nearly half of the representatives elected to the House now identify themselves as supporters of general aviation. This record number of lawmakers who recognize the significance of general aviation to local, regional and national communities and constituents comes less than one week after the previous record total of 197 House GA Caucus members was announced. The GA Caucus has grown to one of the largest such groups recognized in Washington.

» More on Aero-News

Monday, July 22, 2013

Small-Airplane Revitalization Bill Passes in House

Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

New legislation passed through the House last week calling for a restructuring of the FAA's Part 23 certification requirements for the purpose of expediting approvals for safety improvements.  The Small Airplane Revitalization Act aims to remove bureaucratic barriers to evolutionary progress within the industry (for the introduction of new designs and the addition of improvements to old ones); to cut certification costs for manufacturers; and to give manufacturers more responsibility in the certification process.

Industry trade groups spanning from GAMA to NBAA, EAA, AOPA and NATA have all expressed a range of support for the legislation, which now heads to the Senate. If it's approved there, new certification standards could go into effect within the next two years.

» More on AVweb

Friday, July 19, 2013

AvMap EKPs Now Compatible With iFlightPlanner

Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner and AvMap officially announced the addition of compatible technology that will allow pilots the ability to quickly and easily export flight routes planned using the iFlightPlanner.com Flight Wizard™ to their AvMap GPS navigator.

Owners of an AvMap EKP V, IV PRO, IV or Geopilot II Plus who maintain an iFlightPlanner Premium membership can now export flight plans directly from iFlightPlanner into their AvMap GPS navigator.  Pilots who fly the Geopilot or EKP series can use AvMap’s ‘GPX Converter’ software while owners of the EKP V require the ‘AvMap Suite’ desktop application.

» Full Press Release

For more information please visit www.AvMap.us or www.iFlightPlanner.com/AvMap to upgrade your iFlightPlanner account!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pilot's Guide to Avionics Debuts at AirVenture

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The Pilot's Guide to Avionics, a publication of the Aircraft Electronics Association, features articles aimed at helping pilots make better avionics buying decisions.  The colorful, spiral-bound guide also includes a directory of all AEA members, including certified avionics/instrument facilities.

Featured articles include:

  • New Products for 2013
  • What's Up With Backup Instruments?
  • Going Glass
  • Aircraft as Antenna Farm 
  • Cockpit Innovations
  • ADS-B Circa 2013

The 2013-14 edition of the AEA’s Pilot’s Guide to Avionics debuts during AirVenture 2013 and is available for free at AEA's AirVenture Booth, 2035/36 in Hangar B.  It also can be found at the 2013 AOPA Aviation Summit (Booth 1229), NBAA, and at any AEA Regional Meeting this fall.

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Friday, July 12, 2013

IMC Club to Host IFR Proficiency Center at AirVenture

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The IMC Club is partnering with Hartzell Propeller Inc. and its sister company Hartzell Engine Technologies to host an IFR Proficiency Center from Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2 during AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, WI.

Hartzell has secured a flight-line tent where the IMC Club will host daily IFR “brain teasers” in interactive forums followed by lunch for up to 100 guests. The sessions are open to IFR rated pilots or those in training. Admission begins at 10:45 each day.

Radek Wyrzykowski, IMC Club founder and President said, “Most IFR pilots strive to improve their professionalism as they build time. It takes work to get better and learning from others is essential. At Club meetings, we call this “hangar flying”. Our daily program at AirVenture will reflect the same kind of IFR problem solving and thinking skills that we sharpen at our monthly chapter meetings.”

The daily IFR “brain-teasers” and lunch will take place at Hartzell’s IFR Proficiency Center, located immediately south of show center on the flight line.

Monday 7/29: Guest Host, Mac McClellan, EAA
Tuesday 7/30: Guest Host NTSB Member, Earl Weener
Wednesday 7/31: Guest Host Radek Wyrzykowski, president, IMC Club International
Thursday 8/1: Guest Host Mike Goulian, airshow pilot and ATP
Friday 8/2: Guest Host Robert Goyer, Editor-in-Chief, Flying Magazine

For more information visit on the IMC Club and their AirVenture 2013 events, visit http://www.imcclubs.org.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July/August Issue of 'FAA Safety Briefing'

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The July/August 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on airman preparedness.  Articles explore procedures, techniques, and equipment that can help you stay ahead of the aviation safety curve and prepare for the unexpected.

Among the feature articles in this issue include:

  • "What Would MacGyver Do?" - Aviation survival equipment
  • "Defensive Flying" - Being prepared for the unexpected
  • "Beyond the Checklist" - Little Things Making a Big Difference

» FAA Safety Briefing, July/August 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

FAA to Drop Dated Material From Knowledge Tests

Monday, July 8, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has agreed to remove questions that focus on obsolete terms and technologies from airman knowledge tests in response to a request from the co-chairs of an industry/government group that is drafting revisions to training and testing standards.

The industry-led panel identified the obsolete terms and technologies now being removed from FAA knowledge exams.  The acceptance of the group’s recommendations highlights that the FAA is working with the industry to improve pilot testing and training.  David Oord, AOPA Manager of Regulatory Affairs, a co-chair of the working group, requested the action in May with fellow working group co-chair Jason Blair, former executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors.

As the working group continues its effort to create new certification standards for the private pilot certificate and instrument rating, Oord and Blair encourage pilots to submit formal comments by July 8 on the preliminary drafts of the documents, which can be reviewed here.  The July 8 deadline extended the opportunity for public participation after numerous stakeholders facing an original comment cutoff in May requested more time to study the proposals and incorporate changes.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Avionics News Magazine: July 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The July 2013 digital issue of Avionics News Magazine is now available!

In this month's issue, you'll find:

For more information on the Aircraft Electronics Association visit http://www.aea.net/.

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

AirVenture Arrival & Departure Signs

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The 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!  We'll look forward to seeing you in Oshkosh!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Monday, July 1, 2013

FAA Publishes 2013 Update to NextGen Implementation Plan

Monday, July 1, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration recently published its 2013 update to the NextGen Implementation Plan, and it includes an entire section devoted to general aviation for the first time.

Updated annually, the NextGen Implementation Plan is the FAA's primary outreach document explaining how NextGen is transforming the National Airspace System. In addition, the update is available as a downloadable e-book, easily accessible on mobile and tablet devices as a full-layout PDF.

To download the latest copy of the FAA NextGen Implementation Plan, visit www.FAA.gov/NextGen/Implementation.