NTSB: Chain Of Choices Behind Alaska Crash

A fatal crash in Alaska in November 2013 was initiated by one small mistake by the pilot — a missed frequency change, which meant the lights failed to come on as expected at the destination airport — but in the NTSB’s final report, issued on Friday, the safety board said a chain of events and decisions by the pilot, the company he worked for, and other company employees, all contributed to the accident.
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Picture of the day: A morning biplane flight

Morning Biplane Flight

Kyle Mullen of CTI Professional Flight Training in Millington, Tenn., sent in this photo, explaining: “My father, Al Mullen, gives Wally Carroll the rear seat (pilot’s seat) for his first experience in a Waco Great Lakes. Wally is considering purchasing a Great Lakes himself, so he came down this November for three flights to get the full experience and lucked out with the weather. We’re pretty sure he’s going to buy one!”

Morning Biplane Flight


Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: A morning biplane flight

Tips: Flying into airshows

An early morning aerial view of the plaza at AirVenture in Oshkosh. The show is the largest GA gathering in the world.

Several of our readers responded to a request for pilot tips on airshows. Here are just a few:

Don Howard, Blanco, Texas: Every pilot HAS to go at least once to AirVenture, and fly if possible.

Talk to someone responsible who has flown to Oshkosh. It’s not hard, but it is certainly different, You have to know and follow the rules/procedures.

The North 40 aircraft camping area was at capacity throughout much of the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. (EAA photo/Craig Vander Kolk)

The North 40 aircraft camping area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. (EAA photo/Craig Vander Kolk)

The people you will be dealing with are the BEST, so get the NOTAMs ahead of time and follow them. Take someone with you to help watch for traffic and to locate landmarks.

Camp or stay in the dorm, there is plenty of transportation, and people who will help if you don’t know what to do. Go to as many forums as you can,

There is no better place to go if you are interested in aviation.

 George Gould, Galveston, Texas: If you fly to an airshow or fly-in, make sure the proper paper work is in the aircraft and in your wallet because that is where the chance of being ramp checked are the greatest.

The FAA is always there to check the performers and when they are through with that, you can be next. Been there, done that.

Bill Repucci, Greenville, S.C.: When I was president of the Charlotte, N.C., EAA chapter, I would arrange an “arrival training” session the week before each big event. Someone who has flown in would discuss the arrival procedures and what to expect.

Other people who have flown the approaches would be available to answer questions as well.

In addition, I recommend “flying” the approach on Google Earth and look for YouTube videos.

Ken Conston, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.: Read the arrival and departure NOTAMs before the event, and again the day of the event, and have it available when entering the area. READ IT!

Every time I arrive, a couple of pilots get to the area and clearly have no idea of the procedure. They are a danger to the rest of us following the directions.

NOTAM CoverTravis Capps, Greenville, Alabama: Having flown into SUN ’n FUN many years, MOST pilots cannot read or do not get the NOTAM. The NOTAM says to monitor radio frequency, do not TALK, follow instructions.

Most times it’s hard to hear the radio for pilots asking if they can do this or that.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTips: Flying into airshows

Detecting rogue drones


Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to FAA officials.

In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step toward a solution is to detect and identify these “rogue drones” and their operators.

Recently, the FAA partnered with DHS and CACI International to explore how the company’s prototype detection technology may help detect UAS — also known as remotely piloted aircraft — in the vicinity of airports. The main goal of the partnership is to explore procedures and processes for deploying and operating detection technologies in and around airports.

UAS-894-502“The explosive growth of the unmanned aircraft industry makes evaluating detection technologies an urgent priority,” said Marke “Hoot” Gibson, FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. “This research is totally aimed at keeping our skies safe, which is our number one mission.”

CACI’s proof-of-concept system employs radio frequency sensors at strategic locations around an airport in high, prominent locations. When the sensors detect frequencies unmanned aircraft typically use, it triangulates the signals and determines the location of both the UAS and the operator.

CACI Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations John Mengucci said, “The results of testing under our PathFinder agreement with the FAA at Atlantic City International Airport demonstrate that CACI’s proprietary system – SkyTracker – performed as designed. SkyTracker successfully identified, detected, and tracked UAS in flight, and precisely located drone ground operators – all without interfering with airport ground operations. We are very proud to partner with the FAA and DHS to help ensure national airspace safety from the escalating UAS threat.”

From Jan. 25 to Feb. 2, the CACI system was evaluated at Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), the first UAS detection research in a commercial airport environment. A total of 141 operations were executed over five days – 72 with a UAS on the ground and 69 with different small UAS in flight. In the coming months, engineers from the FAA, DHS, CACI and the University of Maryland (UMD), which also was a partner in the evaluation, will work together to compile the data for a final report by August 2016.

Research on UAS detection systems may go beyond addressing the FAA’s concerns with the safety of UAS in the nation’s airspace. The effort also may contribute to keeping the skies safe from “bad actors” who want to use unmanned aircraft for malicious purposes, FAA officials noted. To that end, the agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DHS in December to collaborate on the safe integration of UAS into the U.S. aviation system.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comDetecting rogue drones

Garmin Pilot for Android updated

Garmin Android

Garmin has updated its Garmin Pilot app for Android, which includes integration with the new GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out transponder, as well as additional trip planning enhancements and more.

GTX 345 Integration

Regardless of existing avionics configuration, the new GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out transponder pairs with Garmin Pilot for Android to wirelessly display:

  • Subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather;
  • Complete picture of ADS-B equipped traffic, leveraging exclusive TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic;
  • GPS position information;
  • Back-up attitude information powering the rich, SVX synthetic vision and Garmin panel;
  • Trip Planning Enhancements.

Garmin AndroidPilots can select the best suitable altitude for their intended route of flight using the Altitude Selector Guide.

The Altitude Selector Guide can be accessed within the Trip Planning form, which displays fuel burn, estimated time enroute, as well as headwind or tailwind components. Pilots can then select IFR/VFR and an East/West heading to derive the correct altitude for their flight.

urther aiding in fuel and trip planning, a Minimum Flight Requirement warning will populate when the TAF for the departure or destination airports is at or below IFR minimums. This warning populates as a yellow triangle in the following areas:

  • Trip Planning icon on the main menu;
  • Departure/destination airport on the Trip Planning form;
  • Within the Upcoming Trip page;
  • For IFR flights, the Alternate Airport Selection Guide displays airport information along with ceiling and visibility. Pilots can simply select an airport to easily file it as an alternate airport.

Additional Enhancements

When paired with the GDL 39, GDL 39 3D, GDL 88 or Flight Stream 110/210, Garmin Pilot incorporates:

  • Visual and aural ADS-B traffic alerts;
  • Airports can optionally be viewed in Google Maps;
  • Enhanced airport widget provides quick access to information including elevation, frequencies, runway and traffic patterns;
  • Support for multiple latitude/longitude formats when adding custom user waypoints;
  • Chart search is improved to display all charts for an airport and are sorted and color-coded by chart type.

The latest version of Garmin Pilot for Android is available immediately in the U.S. as a free update for existing Garmin Pilot subscribers. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Google Play store as a free trial for the first 30 days.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGarmin Pilot for Android updated

Jeppesen Teams With Avionics Source Online Marketplace

Pilots Who Buy A 12-Month Jeppesen NavData Subscription Will Receive One Month Free Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has partnered with Avionics Source, a premier online avionics marketplace, to provide general aviation pilots with avionics system expertise and industry-leading flight data subscriptions, offered together in a one-stop shop environment.
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