Friday, September 3, 2010

Karlene Pettit's Fabulous Friday Flyer : Andy Matthews

Friday, September 3, 2010 @ 1:25 PM

Professional pilot, blogger and aviation enthusiast Karlene Petitt profiled iFlightPlanner's co-founder Andy Matthews as her "Friday's Fabulous Flyer" on her blog, Flight To Success.  Check it out!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

KillerStartups.com reviews iFlightPlanner

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @ 2:49 PM

Head over to KillerStartups.com and check out their recent review of iFlightPlanner.com!  Centralizing and simplying aviation tasks and flight planning were two of our top priorities in developing iFlightPlanner -- and we're thrilled that those qualities came through in their review.

And if you're a fan of iFlightPlanner, make sure to vote for us while you're there!

» Click here to read KillerStartups.com's iFlightPlanner.com review

In full disclosure, we never talked to or met anyone from Killer Startup's either, so hearing someone say "The way in which (iFlightPlanner) simplifies everything is just astonishing - a lot of different operations are centralized through the site," is a great Wednesday surprise!

ATC will soon ask you to 'Line up and wait'

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @ 8:37 AM

Get ready for a change in ATC terminology expected to take place on September 30.  Instead of the familiar phrase “taxi into position and hold,” the controller will issue “line up and wait” instructions to indicate that you may taxi onto the runway and wait for a takeoff clearance.

Just like “taxi into position and hold,” the new phrase is used when a takeoff clearance cannot immediately be issued because of traffic or other reasons.  So, although the words change, the meaning will not.

The new phraseology is also expected to minimize confusion with or misinterpretation of ATC instructions such as “position at hold” or “hold position.”

Here’s an example of how the phrase will be used:

Tower: “Diamond Star 334DS, Runway One Six Right, line up and wait.”
Pilot: “Long Beach Tower, Diamond Star 334DS, Runway One Six Right, line up and wait.”

This change brings the United States in line with standard International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) phraseology, and it will soon be incorporated in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and the Pilot/Controller Glossary.

For more information and updates to the AIM and Pilot/Controller Glossary visit the FAA’s Air Traffic section of its website.  Remember to “line up and wait” after September 30, and whenever you are unsure of an ATC instruction or clearance be sure to get clarification immediately.