Nominations sought for Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

NAFI Hall of Fame logo

The National Association of Flight Instructors is looking for nominations for the 2016 selection to the National Flight Instructor Hall of Fame.

NAFI Hall of Fame logoNAFI sponsors the National Flight Instructor Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation education and flight instruction. It highlights the important role flight instructors play as a foundation for the safety of the entire national air transportation system, NAFI officials noted.

This year’s inductees will be honored at the NAFI member dinner at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida, on April 6, 2016.

Candidates will be judged by an independent selection panel on superior performance in the field of aviation education, as well as contributions to and accomplishments in aviation, including:

  • Enhancement of aviation safety;
  • Development of effective/innovative teaching techniques;
  • Advancement of professional standards;
  • Development of significant technical support;
  • Achievement of professional excellence;
  • Creation of innovative instructional materials;
  • Partnership on projects with the FAA and/or industry;
  • Being a role model for and a mentor to other aviation educators.

NAFI membership is not a requirement to be selected as an inductee, nor is it a requirement to nominate an individual. You may also nominate yourself.

How to Nominate

To nominate, click here to download the application, then submit the completed package to NAFI headquarters either via email to, or by postal mail: National Association of Flight Instructors, 3101 East Milham Ave., Portage Mich., 49002.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNominations sought for Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

New survey confirms value of business aviation

A new Harris Poll survey commissioned by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has confirmed that business aviation is utilized mainly by small and medium-size companies that typically fly turboprops or small jets to maximize employee efficiency and productivity while providing travel schedule flexibility.

The poll, released at last week’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, also confirmed that a broad mix of employees – not primarily top executives – fly on business aircraft, which usually travel to community airports that usually have little or no scheduled airline service.

This most recent snapshot of business aviation — titled “The Real World of Business Aviation: A 2015 Survey of Companies Using General Aviation Aircraft” — was based on surveys of 323 pilots and aviation managers of turbine-powered business aircraft, as well as 132 business aircraft passengers, conducted by Harris Poll from late October through early November.

Like two similar Harris surveys conducted in 1997 and 2009, the results of the 2015 study show that:

  • Most companies using business aviation are small companies;
  • Most companies using business aviation have only one airplane;
  • More than half of the turbine-powered business airplanes flying today are turboprops or smaller jets;
  • Many business aircraft are largely flown to towns with little or no airline service;
  • A primary driver of business aircraft use is scheduling flexibility;
  • Business aviation missions often involve multiple destinations;
  • Companies use both business aircraft and the airlines as appropriate;
  • Top management is on board business aircraft less than half the time;
  • Employees use their time on company aircraft to be highly effective and productive;
  • Many business airplanes are used to fly humanitarian missions; and
  • An increasing number of companies are using business aircraft to fly internationally

The Real World of Business Aviation is part of a suite of tools, developed under the No Plan No Gain joint advocacy campaign, for use by NBAA members and other industry advocates when educating policymakers and the general public about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities.

Review the survey here.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNew survey confirms value of business aviation

What to buy an iPad pilot this Christmas

iPad Gift Guide feature

Whether you’re a pilot shopping for another aviation enthusiast or you’re a non-pilot desperately trying to figure out what to buy the (slightly weird?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and accessories are a good bet. Five years into the tablet revolution, pilots are still snapping up this gear at a tremendous rate. Here’s our list of the top 10 things any iPad pilot would like this Christmas.

10. Screen protector – Screen protectors are one of the most useful accessories for the iPad, and the latest generation has some significant enhancements over earlier designs. We particularly like the MyGoFlight ArmorGlas, which is made of tempered glass so it goes on quickly and easily. It reduces glare (although it doesn’t completely eliminate it) and prevents scratches and broken screens. It’s an essential item for almost any pilot. Shop Now

Flight Outfitters Lift Bag

The new Flight Outfitters Lift Bag is made for the iPad, and has quickly become a popular choice for pilots.

9. Flight bag – The iPad has fundamentally changed what most pilots carry: a single tablet has replaced stacks of paper charts, paper manuals and so much more. That means your old flight bag is probably outdated (and most likely too big). Fortunately, a new crop of flight bags is tailored to iPad pilots, with slimmer sizes and lots of iPad-specific pockets. Two of our current favorites are the Flight Gear iPad Bag and the Flight Outfitters Lift Bag.

8. Backup battery – This little battery pack is our nominee for most under-appreciated iPad accessory, allowing you to carry a “get out of jail free” card with you at all times. Simply charge it up and plug in up to two 2.4 amp devices and two 1 amp devices simultaneously–it more than doubles the battery life of your iPad, and does not require a cigarette lighter or a wall plug. You’ll find dozens of uses for this, and not just in the cockpit. Shop Now

Garmin D2 Bravo HSI

The Garmin D2 Bravo has a digital HSI that makes a nice backup feature.

7. Smart Watch – This category didn’t exist about two years ago, but it’s now one of the hottest accessories, and it’s not limited to aviation use. Connect one of these to your smartphone and you can get push notifications, activity tracking, GPS directions and even some handy in-flight features. It’s not a replacement for an iPad, but it is a nice accessory for the gadget geek who has it all. The two best options right now are the self-contained Garmin D2 Bravo GPS Watch or the Apple Watch.

6. Flight simulator – If you want to really master your iPad, the best way is to do some flying at home with a flight simulator. Most simulators now allow you to fly with your iPad and EFB app, so as you shoot a simulated instrument approach the app will show you flying right now the approach plate. It’s a lot of fun but it’s also really valuable training experience. Shop Now

5. Mount – A mount is a must-have accessory for many pilots and they are available in several sizes and configurations. The most popular options are the Yoke Mount and Suction Cup Mount, both of which are available for the Mini and iPad Air. For the ultimate in flexibility check out the MyGoFlight universal mounts that allow you to quickly secure your iPad without removing your case. Shop Now

iPad Kneeboard

Some new kneeboard designs are more flexible than ever.

4. Kneeboard – If you don’t like a mount the other option is a kneeboard, and there are plenty to choose from, ranging from $15 to $129. Roughly, there are two main styles: basic leg strap and bi-fold kneeboard. Both are excellent for keeping your iPad stable on your leg; it’s mostly a matter of deciding how much more you want the kneeboard to do. For example, do you like to write on paper? Some bi-fold kneeboards include a clipboard for paper and pen. Do you fly an airplane with a center stick? A basic leg strap is probably all you have room for. Shop Now

3. Apps – Yes, you can send an app as a gift. It may not be as beautiful as a perfectly wrapped box under the tree, but apps do make excellent gifts – especially if you know of one that a friend or family member would really enjoy. For the beginning pilot, there are a number of training apps that can be both inspirational and helpful during training. For a more experienced pilot, consider an app that helps them master their favorite Electronic Flight Bag app. Any app in the App Store can be sent as a gift – here’s how to do it

Stratus 2S

Portable ADS-B receivers are the must-have accessory.

2. Deluxe iPad GPS – iPad GPSs have been a top accessory for a while now, but there’s a new crop of higher end GPSs that add some exciting new features. Both the Bad Elf Pro Plus and the Dual Electronics XGPS160 SkyPro allow you to connect up to 5 devices to the same GPS, ideal for two pilot cockpits or for using your phone and iPad. Both also include data loggers, and the Bad Elf even has a built-in screen for basic GPS performance data. These are outsanding GPSs, and our first choice for a reliable iPad moving map. Shop Now

1. ADS-B Receiver – For the fourth year in a row, portable ADS-B receivers are the hottest iPad accessory among pilots. Part of the reason for their popularity is that they’ve grown into more than just weather receivers (although that’s still the most valuable feature). Many of these now offer traffic and backup attitude as well, so that synthetic vision display in your favorite app really comes alive. Some, like the new Stratus 2S, even include flight data recorders to help you log your flights. Shop Now

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Garmin introduces GAD 27

Garmin GAD27

Garmin has introduced the GAD 27, a small, lightweight and solid state integrated controller that provides a solution to many of the typical airframe interfacing needs.

With the GAD 27, pilots are provided a consolidated system that would otherwise require multiple adapter modules, which streamlines configuration of experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA), company officials noted.

Garmin GAD27Enhanced capabilities include a programmable flap controller, multiple lighting bus outputs, pilot/co-pilot trim mixing, taxi and landing light control options including automatic flashing, a voltage stabilizer and additional discrete inputs.

These features are enabled by the GAD 27 adapter and give pilots additional configuration options among various systems and functions via the G3X Touch system, streamlining the installation process.


The GAD 27 is now available at a price of $499.


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGarmin introduces GAD 27

Latest edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook released

InstrumentProcedures Handbook

The latest edition of the FAA’s Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16A) is now available from ASA.

This new edition supersedes the previous version (FAA-H-8083-16), and contains substantial changes, updates, and reorganization of material that should be reviewed by anyone who flies under instrument flight rules (IFR) or will be flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), ASA officials note.

InstrumentProcedures HandbookUpdates were made to reflect new information, as well as current practices and procedures related to Terminal Arrival Areas, RNAV and GPS-based approaches, ILS and parallel ILS approaches, and important concepts and principles related to obstacle avoidance and departure planning, among others.

The handbook is used as a reference for the Instrument Rating and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) FAA Knowledge Exams and Practical Test Standards.

Detailed coverage of instrument charts and procedures including IFR takeoff, departure, en route, arrival, approach, and landing, safety information such as runway incursion, land and hold short operations, controlled flight into terrain, and human factors issues also are included.

Available in print, eBook PDF, eBook ePub, eBundle, and in a combo pack paired with the Instrument Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-15B).


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comLatest edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook released