Signal Detected From Missing EgyptAir A320

Searchers aboard a French naval vessel said this morning they believe they have found a signal from one of the data recorders aboard EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19. The Airbus A320 vanished from radar during a flight from Paris to Cairo, with 66 people on board. Recovery teams have found some floating debris from the aircraft, but the search is made difficult by the depth of the sea in the area — averaging nearly 12,000 feet — strong currents, and the ruggedness of the sea floor.
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Reports about bomb on aircraft at Kyiv Zhuliany Airport was passenger's joke – Wizz Air

… low-cost airline Wizz Air at the Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport was a joke of one of the passengers of the aircraft. “Today, on May 31, during flight W67305 of the Wizz Air airline from Kyiv to Memmingen one of the passengers told the crew that …
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Alphamatician Reports that Drone Customer Satisfaction Continues to Get Better

Alphamatician, a Massachusetts company focused on primary research and data reports good news for the drone consumer! Drones are getting better. Alphamatician makes vast amounts of publicly available web data useful to make decisions about markets, companies, and products. One such source of public data is customer ratings and satisfaction on Amazon.com. Data is available […]

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Pictures of the day: It’s all about the people

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Frequent contributor Hardath Laloo sent in these photos, noting: “In aviation one of the best parts is the people you meet, sometimes by chance. Made friends with these aircraft engineers at Aerodiesel Aviation Services in Pompano, Florida, who are helpful and friendly, helping me to increase my connections and knowledge in this great profession!”

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British Firms Join FAA Airport Anti-Drone Project

A British consortium recently joined a growing number of anti-drone tech companies tasked with monitoring and removing unauthorized drones from airport areas in the U.S. The FAA chose Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems to join its drone defense program in a partnership with American company Liteye Systems under the title Anti-UAV […]

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Pristine Waco 10 stuns SUN ‘n FUN crowds

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In the beginning, Waco 10 owners Dave and Jeanne Allen had a 1930 Waco 10 data plate, some paperwork and a mountain of dreams.

Now, 28 years later, they fly NC662Y, a pristine, vintage flyer that draws a crowd at nearly every airport they land.

Dave, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot who later flew for United Airlines, and Jeanne, a sailplane pilot, landed at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN on opening day and were answering questions from visitors before they could get their airplane tied down.

Answering those questions has become second nature, according to the Allens.
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“Part of the satisfaction of flying the Waco is enjoying it with other people,” Dave said. “There are quite a number of people who have no idea that there is something like this plane flying around. That pilots trained in them.”

“We purchased the paperwork in Florida in 1987,” he said. “And we came to Florida in June of 1987 and picked up a basket case for a Waco 10 at Boca Raton and we used some of that for this airplane. The fuselage was unusable, but we used it as a pattern. We built new wings.”

The Allens are the restorers and owners of two Waco aircraft. After the Waco 10 restoration, in 2003, they started work on a 1934 YKC cabin Waco. That aircraft flew in June 2013. The work was done in the family’s spacious hangar workshop at Kelly Airpark (CO15) at Elbert, Colo.

Not long after the Waco 10 restoration was complete the Allens applied to be part of a reenactment of the 1932 National Air Tour scheduled for 2003, being organized by Greg Herrick

The Allens told Herrick they’d like to participate in the reenactment.

“Greg said there would be a lot of high rollers in the tour and I told him I’d be willing to take out a second mortgage on the house to take part,” he said. “We got in and it was a life-changing experience.”

The tour turned out to be a 27-city, 4,000-mile cross country.

“It was a great tour,” Jeanne said. “We started in Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, near Dearborn, Mich., where the original tour started.”

The tour stopped at airports in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio before returning to Willow Run.

“We flew at least two, lot of times three, and sometimes four legs a day on the tour,” Dave said.

Allen has been in the cockpit for much of his adult life. He served 11 years on active duty as a C-130 rescue pilot and later retired from the Air Force Reserve. He joined United in 1985 and retired in 2005, flying 737s for the airline.

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The Allens are from Colorado, but spent much of the past winter flying from Grass Roots Airport (O6FD) near Groveland, Florida.

When they came to SUN ‘n FUN, they brought a binder with photographs on the history of the plane. That and a few odds and ends are all that fit in the little baggage compartment in the fuselage.

“The plane was bought new by a fellow named Fritz Martin,” Dave said. “Martin was out of the Tulsa area and in banking and he purchased the plane in October 1930. The Great Depression was beginning, but photographs of the factory delivery show it with a custom paint scheme. It was a dolled-up airplane, one right at the end of the production run of the Waco 10. Why Mr. Martin would buy a dolled up 10 at the end of the production run is a mystery. The original aircraft fell on hard times and wound up as a crop duster in Arkansas in 1941 where it crashed.”

Only the data plate and the paperwork survived until the Allens began recreating the plane in 1987.

Dave said flying the Waco is a pleasure, but still demanding, because it is an open cockpit tailwheel aircraft, with the tendency of the little wheel in the back to try and swap ends with the front wheels in a ground loop.

He said the open cockpit feel, the wind in the wires and the biplane experience are unique and, in his opinion, were probably best described by a fellow he knew riding up front for the first time. “He cursed and then said, ‘Damn, this is like riding 17 Harleys at once.’”

The plane is equipped with the Wright J6 seven cylinder radial engine and turns a 102-inch Hamilton Standard propeller at about ,1800 revolutions per minute in cruise.

“It never sounds like it is working hard,” he noted. “We get an airspeed of about 95 mph if we are lucky and can generally do 100 mph over the ground with no wind. The aircraft has 60 usable gallons and we flight plan for 11 gallons per hour.”

The plane likes wide grass runways a lot more than asphalt, particularly narrow asphalt, Jeanne said.

Dave, 70, said Jeanne, 71, is a vital part of the restoration work.

“She’s my quality control,” he said.

“Dave was a modeler and that attention to detail helped him in the restorations,” Jeanne said. “It takes tenacity.”

“You have to be willing to work on something for years,” Dave said, adding the project in their Colorado workshop at the moment is a Piper PA-11.

Jeanne noted that her mother, who was born in 1910, took a biplane ride as a girl and talked to her about the ride.

“I’ve always been interested in flying, so Dave and I have a common interest,” she said. “We were an aviation family with our two sons and had a Champ before the antique airplanes.”

She said she has been practicing flying the Waco and takes the stick occasionally when they are underway.

Dave said her most important role in flight, however, is to monitor the route on her iPad in the front cockpit and make corrections.

“I look for traffic all the time also,” she said.

“We have the department of redundancy,” Dave added with a chuckle. “I have XM weather on the Garmin 496 and she has ForeFlight on the iPad.”

“The plane has gotten awards at Oshkosh, but I think that’s the wrong motivation for doing a restoration,” Dave said. “I think you should try to do it as accurately as you can, but get it out and share it. There is no sense in building a museum piece.”

After SUN ‘n FUN the Allens planned to attend the National Biplane Convention in Junction City, Kansas, then fly on home to Colorado.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPristine Waco 10 stuns SUN ‘n FUN crowds

iPad troubleshooting techniques for pilots

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2016-04-05 12.37.53-1As iPad pilots we’ve been very fortunate over the past several years as feature-rich apps, accessories and new iPad models continue to be developed at a rapid pace. But with this fast evolution in technology it’s easy to forget about one of the primary reasons the iPad became so popular with pilots in the first place.

Yes it has a bright color screen, great battery life and a form factor that fits well in the cockpit. But in our opinion the #1 reason the iPad became the first consumer product to be widely accepted by pilots as a paper-chart replacement is its reliability.

Before the iPad came along, a computer’s operating system and hardware were typically produced by two separate companies, and they were merged at the final stage of production. This can help to keep costs down, but also opens the door for additional bugs and usability issues. With the iPad though, Apple developed both the operating system and the hardware, allowing them to create a very stable and user-friendly tablet computer.

A computer novice can pick up an iPad today and start using the majority of its features almost immediately, without much of a learning curve. This was critical in its adoption as an electronic flight bag (EFB) in the cockpit, as it was going up in competition against the ultimate reliability of the paper chart.

The iPad remains one of the most stable computers available today, and is trusted daily by tens of thousands of pilots worldwide to serve as the primary source of aviation data in the cockpit. The iPad is not perfect though, and has some limitations that can cause issues if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Here we’re going to look at some of these potential problems, and how to take care of them in the rare event they do.

Start with a backup plan

Before going further it’s important that you consider bringing some type of backup when using the iPad as an EFB. There are 2 categories where you should consider having backups ready:

  • Backup aviation data and charts: It is completely legal for general aviation pilots to use an iPad with current aviation data as the sole aviation reference source in the cockpit. While we’ve never had an iPad fail since getting started with the original model in 2010, it’s still smart to bring along a backup. Our preference is an iPhone loaded with a second install of our chart app (remember all the major aviation apps allow you to install a 2nd copy on another device). You might also consider a second iPad, or a limited selection of paper charts if you’d prefer something non-electronic.
  • Power: The average battery life of an iPad running an aviation app with a GPS source is roughly 4 to 6 hours. While this may be long enough for the average flight, it’s important to think about “what if” scenarios. Events like diversions or weather delays can lead you to need the iPad for a longer time than the battery will last. The easiest and least expensive option here is a cigarette lighter USB adapter if your airplane has that option, which will allow you to keep the iPad charged in flight. The other backup power option is a backup battery, which has USB ports to charge your iPad. This backup battery model is our favorite. It has four USB ports (two that are dedicated to 2.4 amps each) for keeping multiple devices charged, and can double the life of your iPad. One other tip–make sure to adjust your iPad’s settings accordingly to maximize battery life in flight. Turn the screen brightness down when conditions permit and follow these preflight tips to configure the wireless radios before takeoff to minimize battery drain.

Overheating

overheatMost electronic devices that incorporate an internal battery have a limited temperature operating range. For the iPad the optimum range is between 32° and 95°F. When the iPad gets too hot an automatic protection feature kicks in and shuts the device down to protect the battery–not good when you’re viewing charts. In our experience this is more likely to happen when the iPad is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time, even if the ambient temperature in the cockpit feels cool. The black screen quickly absorbs heat, causing the iPad to reach the upper temperature limit fairly quickly.

The obvious solution here is to mount the device in a way so that the front is not in direct sunlight, using either a kneeboard or RAM mount. If the iPad does overheat and displays the temperature warning, move it quickly to a cooler location in the shade and near an air vent if available. Removing any covers on the device will further allow additional airflow around the iPad and help it cool down faster.

Another scenario where your iPad can overheat is if you leave it in the airplane after parking on hot summer days. Make it a habit to take the iPad out of the airplane with you when stopping at the FBO so you’ll know it will be ready to go when it’s time to start back up.

iPad app issues

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Make sure to turn off app auto-updates in the iPad’s main settings.

All the popular aviation apps are very stable at this point, meaning it’s highly unlikely that they’ll stop working or shut down on you. There are still some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting in a situation where the app doesn’t function as expected.

The first is to disable a feature that automatically updates your apps as new versions become available. This can cause problems as certain apps require an internet connection to download data when first opening after an update. If you were in the air during this scenario your iPad would be useless. To turn this feature off, go to Settings -> iTunes and App Store -> Automatic Downloads -> Updates.

Along the same lines, when it is time to update make sure to run your app at least once immediately after the update to verify it’s working normally and that all your charts and aviation data are still intact. If your app were to start acting erratically while in flight, or if things don’t seem right, your best bet is to close the app down completely and restart it. To do this, double tap the home button, and then slide the preview window of the app all the way up towards the top of the screen. Now tap the home button twice to return to the home screen, and launch the app again.

Accessory issues

Many pilots are using their iPad with a GPS or ADS-B weather accessory, and there are some simple steps to follow and free utility apps to download when they’re not working together as expected:

  • Dual GPS or ADS-B receiver: Pilots flying with the Dual XGPS150XGPS160 Sky Pro or XGPS190 ADS-B devices can view status and GPS reception information in a free companion iOS app from Dual. There are 3 separate versions of the app, one for each model.
  • Bad Elf GPS: Pilots flying with the Bad Elf plug-in GPS or wireless Bad Elf Pro also have access to a free GPS utility app from Bad Elf. This allows you to see battery life, GPS status and basic navigation information in the app.
  • Stratus ADS-B receiver: Stratus pilots can view WiFi connection status, battery life, ADS-B weather/traffic reception info and GPS satellite reception all right in the ForeFlight app to help diagnose potential issues. With your iPad connected to Stratus go to the Map page, tap the Gear button at the top of the screen, and select Stratus Status from the bottom of the drop-down menu. This will display a wide range of information about Stratus, and can help you position the product for optimum ADS-B tower and GPS satellite reception.
  • Garmin GDL 39 ADS-B receiver: If you’re flying with the Garmin Pilot app/ADS-B combo, all the device status information is located in the Settings section of the Garmin app. Here you’ll see ADS-B reception status, battery life and GPS stats.
Once you connect your iPad to your receiver the first time, it will usually connect automatically on future flights.
Once you connect your iPad to your receiver the first time, it will usually connect automatically on future flights.

The most common problem pilots experience when using a wireless accessory with the iPad is connecting or pairing the two devices. WiFi connections are typically hassle-free, but Bluetooth can be a little trickier since you are limited by how many iPads or iPhones can connect via Bluetooth simultaneously.

If you’re having issues pairing a device to your iPad with Bluetooth, go to the iPad’s main Settings app and make sure your iPad isn’t connected to another Bluetooth device. The good news is that once you make the connection the first time, the iPad will remember that device and automatically connect on future flights.

There’s one last piece of advice that’s worth sharing, and this goes for just about any electronic device. If things aren’t working right and you’ve exhausted all other options, completely power down the iPad and then turn it back on by holding down the power button at the top right of the device until the red slider appears. This trick has saved us several times over the past 5 years and is a good fall back procedure to remember.

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