Bees delay Hyderabad-Pune flight; DGCA to probe how hive was allowed to grow at airport

A Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official on Monday said, “We will look into the matter and necessary action will be taken.” Air India spokesperson, Dhananjay Kumar, confirmed the incident and said that taking safety as priority …
Source: bingBees delay Hyderabad-Pune flight; DGCA to probe how hive was allowed to grow at airport

Firefighting and Law Enforcement Drones: What Departments and Providers Should Know

Drone adoption in the public sector is growing rapidly as the benefits of the technology become clear.  Drones are used by state and local governments for applications from wildlife management to weather forecasting, but by far the fastest growing sector is public safety and emergency services.  Firefighting and law enforcement departments everywhere are purchasing drones […]

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New smartPlane system converts your iPad into a panel-mount MFD

The iPad has reached a fairly mature state as a portable electronic flight bag (EFB), thanks to advanced aviation apps and capable accessories like ADS-B and SiriusXM weather receivers. So what’s next? The latest trend centers around mounting your iPad right in the panel, where it’s always in view without the hassle of a kneeboard or mounting fixture.

Guardian Avionics was one of the first companies to offer a panel-mount system, with its line of smartPanel mounts (formerly called iFDR), which allows you to easily snap the iPad into the panel for easy viewing in flight. They recently unveiled a new line of smartPanel products that make a panel-mounted iPad even more useful, including GPS, flight instruments, and engine monitoring options, turning your iPad’s large screen into a real MFD.

Guardian took the iPad MFD concept a step further with a new line of smartLink accessories which collect and transmit to Guardian’s existing smartMFD iOS application by USB or Bluetooth. The smartLink boxes are designed to go right in the panel, or you can choose a remote-mount option:

smartLink 554 – includes CO monitoring, AHRS and can be connected to your Garmin or Avidyne panel-mount GPS and J.P. instruments engine monitor via RS-232 (smartLink 554-201 is available as a remote-mount option)

smartLink 555 – includes the same features as the smartLink 554 and adds a pulse-oximeter

smartLink 650 – includes the same features as the smartLink 554 and adds two USB ports on the front to charge your devices (smartLink 851 available as a remote-mount option)

The smartMFD application displays flight instruments, a moving map with aviation charts along with a large engine monitor screen while recording all data behind the scenes. It can even be controlled on the iPad by voice commands similar to the popular “Siri”. When the flight is complete, the data is uploaded to the smartCloud web application where it can be reviewed and shared with others, such as mechanics and manufacturers. Other features include Carbon Monoxide detection, Real-time Aircraft Tracking, Pilot Logbook, Aircraft Flight Logs, and Discrepancy Reports (squawk list).

To make the install easy, the FAA has approved the smartPlane product line for installation in FAA Certified Part 23 aircraft under the NORSEE (Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment) authorization. It requires only a minor alteration logbook entry by the installing A&P mechanic – no costly STC or field approvals needed. If a device helps the pilot fly safer, and its failure doesn’t constitute a major problem, the FAA wants pilots to be able to install it quickly and inexpensively.

For more information: Guardian smartPlane system

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FAA’s Huerta Emphasizes Partnership, Promises “A More Flexible Attitude”

In an address to participants at AirVenture, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta emphasized the need for partnership to drive the aviation industry forward. Saying that his last trip to AirVenture as FAA Administrator was “bittersweet” Huerta added that in his last seven years as the leader of the FAA he had seen extraordinary things – and […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsFAA’s Huerta Emphasizes Partnership, Promises “A More Flexible Attitude”

Record Attendance For AirVenture

With day after day of sunny skies and low humidity in Oshkosh last week, the crowds at EAA AirVenture had nothing to hamper them, and EAA this week reported record-breaking attendance numbers. In his closing news conference on Sunday, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said it’s estimated that more than 600,000 people came to AirVenture this year. “It was an incredible week,” Pelton said. “Ten days for us, if you count the early arrivals, and certainly each day had its own truly unique venue or feature. It was hard to really pick what was the best.”

Source: avwebRecord Attendance For AirVenture