Pilot helps Oxbridge Academy aviation program soar

deborah-donnelly-mclayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The aviation program at Oxbridge Academy is reaching new heights under the leadership of pilot and professor Deborah Donnelly-McLay. Awarded UPS Pilot of the Year in 2013, she brings more than 25 years of experience as a commercial airline pilot and academic instructor to her role at the independent secondary […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPilot helps Oxbridge Academy aviation program soar

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DronetheWorld Video of the Week! Autumn Textures

Each week we feature a video sent to us by Dronetheworld.com, a site that collects and maps drone videos from around the world. from the folks at DronetheWorld: For this week’s pick, we’ve selected a firework of autumn colors. A simple idea turned into an eye candy, capturing nature at its best. Amazing, JMagination-Production! –Kai […]

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Indonesia police aircraft loses contact with Singapore air traffic control

“The data given is true,” said Riau Islands Police chief Brigadier General Sambudi Gusdian … Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and has experienced several air disasters recently. Last week, an Indonesian army helicopter crashed on Borneo …
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Breaking News Update: FAA Reverses Position on Media Drone Over Standing Rock

As DRONELIFE wrote earlier today, the FAA – via the Morton County Sheriff’s Office – had earlier refused to grant permission to a drone operator to fly over the DAPL protests at Standing Rock for the purposes of media reporting. But it would seem that the FAA has had a change of policy in the […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsBreaking News Update: FAA Reverses Position on Media Drone Over Standing Rock

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Aaron Tippin's son solos three 1940s classics on 16th birthday

Tom Tippin probably isn’t the first high schooler to skip school on his sixteenth birthday. However, rather than out being a juvenile delinquent on Dec. 1, that milestone day, Tippin was prowling around the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Sparta, Tennessee, at 5 a.m. prepping three airplanes for his first powered solo flights.

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Top 10 mistakes iPad pilots make

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Everyone was once a beginner with the iPad (even if some of us don’t like to admit it). And like most things in life, the way we move from beginner to expert is by trial and error. Along the way, many of us made some mistakes with the iPad and aviation apps. But don’t feel bad – most pilots make the same ones at least once.

Here’s our list of the 10 most common mistakes:

ForeFlight pack feature
ForeFlight will help you “pack” your charts – but you have to remember to do it.

1. Forgetting to download chart databases. By far the most frequent question we receive from a pilot new to the iPad: “I was looking at charts in the FBO, but when I took off they disappeared. What happened?” The problem is that the charts were being downloaded on the fly as used the app on the ground – streamed, if you like. But since they weren’t permanently saved to your iPad, and since there is no internet connection in the cockpit, the charts can’t be displayed in flight. Here’s how to avoid that problem.

2. Not using an external GPS with a WiFi iPad. Like the first mistake, this one is discovered in flight. Your favorite app showed your position on the ground, when connected to a WiFi network, but once you’re in the air that little blue airplane is gone. That’s because WiFi-only iPads have no internal GPS, so they require an external source like a Bad Elf or a Stratus ADS-B receiver.

3. Leaving LTE on in flight. If you are lucky enough to fly with an LTE iPad (with built in Cellular Data connection), make sure you turn off that feature in the cockpit. As the iPad searches in vain for a cell tower, it could interfere with your panel avionics. At the very least, it will drain the battery faster. We recommend turning off all the wireless radios you aren’t actively using – for example, Bluetooth to connect to a GPS.

4. Leaving your iPad on the glareshield on a sunny day. It usually goes like this: it’s an overcast day on departure, but you climb out and get on top for cruise, so you set your iPad on the dash and relax. When you descend, you reach for your iPad to brief the approach and fid the dreaded “too hot” error message – your black iPad soaked up the sun for the last hour and is now overheated. And it won’t turn on for at least 5 or 10 minutes… after you’ve landed. Avoiding this problem is easy – just keep the iPad out of the sun.

5. Depleting your battery all the way and leaving it. The iPad’s battery is really smart overall, so you don’t have to worry about discharging it completely before you recharge it – there is no memory effect like old Nicads had. In fact, leaving an iPad totally discharged is a bad idea, as some pilots have learned the hard way. As Apple says, “If you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge.” Details here.

App auto update
Do you really want that auto-update setting on?

6. Not understanding the app auto-update option. For some time now, Apple has offered a handy automatic update feature for apps. When your iPad is charged up and connected to WiFi, it will download and install free app updates without any interaction. This is really handy for most apps, but not always. Imagine you’re taking off at oh-dark-thirty for LAX tomorrow, and your iPad is all set to go: charts downloaded, route store, favorites set. Without you knowing it, your app happens to auto-update overnight and introduces a bug that dumps your databases. If you don’t check before takeoff, you could have an unpleasant surprise after takeoff. For that reason, we recommend turning off the auto-update feature the night before a big trip and always running the app with an internet connection before takeoff.

7. Flying with an older iPad. No, you don’t have to have the latest iPad Pro with 256GB of memory. But if you’re still using an iPad 2 (or, heaven forbid, an iPad 1) that Uncle Joe gave to you for free, it’s time to consider an upgrade. You might be shocked at how fast a new iPad Mini or Pro runs, especially for high end features like synthetic vision and animated radar. Even worse, the iPad 1 no longer accepts software updates, which means you’ll never get bug fixes or new features in your favorite app.

iPad kneeboard
Secure that iPad one way or the other: kneeboard, mount or flight bag.

8. Not securing it in the cockpit. A new iPad is so slim and well made, it seems almost criminal to put it in a mount or a kneeboard, so you leave your fancy tablet sitting on your leg. But as you accelerate on takeoff, the iPad (with its slippery metal case) slides right off your leg and ends up in the luggage compartment. Note to self: secure the iPad in a mount, kneeboard or flight bag before takeoff!

9. Track up doesn’t work because auto-center mode is off. You love ForeFlight’s track up moving map feature, but when you tap on the Track Up button, nothing happens. What’s up? In order for the track up feature to work, the map must be centered on your airplane, so it moves with your airplane. Tap the crosshair button at the top right of the screen, then select track up. A simple step, but confusing the first time you do it.

10. Focusing too much on the iPad. Yes, it can happen. We know one pilot who was so focused on loading the perfect traffic pattern entry into ForeFlight that he blew right through the pattern and cut off another airplane. The iPad is an amazing tool – good for safety and fun to use. But remember to look out the window every once in a while!

How many of these mistakes have you made? Any to add to our list?

Source: Ipad appsTop 10 mistakes iPad pilots make

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Altitude Angel: UK Company Tackles Air Traffic Control for Drones

The organization that handles air traffic control for the UK, NATS, has partnered with drone services platform Altitude Angel to develop a new app to help drone pilots in the UK. In an attempt to deal with increasing incidents of drones reported around airports, the UK’s air traffic control organization is taking responsibility for providing a […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsAltitude Angel: UK Company Tackles Air Traffic Control for Drones

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International Drone Expo to Include Top Drone Racers

The world’s top drone racers will race up to 80 mph in the first annual Drone Race on an indoor race course custom designed by MultiGP, the sanctioning body and leading drone racing league for first-person view radio-controlled aircrafts. The specially designed drone race course inside the Los Angeles Convention Center will be larger than […]

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