Most pilots today use the domestic flight plan form to file VFR, DVFR and IFR flight plans. The actual filing procedure has evolved over the years from pilots filling out these forms and handing them directly to an FSS briefer, to calling in the information to a briefer over the phone, to today’s modern system of submitting it directly from an iPad app.
For better or worse, the FAA is doing away with this form and will soon start requiring all pilots to use the ICAO flight plan form when submitting flight plans when flying in the U.S. This was supposed to happen back in 2015, but software discrepancies and FAA implementation issues have delayed the changeover.
Even though the mandate is not yet officially in place, pilots are still encouraged to start using the ICAO flight plan form now in their favorite mobile app to get ready for the switch. To get familiar with the process, check out this new video from Garmin covering how to set up your detailed airplane profile and file an ICAO flight plan from the Garmin Pilot app:
Source: Ipad appsVideo tip: How to file ICAO flight plans using the Garmin Pilot app
Rafael Cortes sent in these photos, excitedly explaining they are of his new flying maching, a Rans S-10 Sakota. “It is actually from 1990, but never completed the Phase 1 of the Experimental Amateur Built Airworthiness,” he reports. “A friend of mine rescued it in 2013, and totally rebuilt it in 2015. My friend got […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: His new flying machine
With all that mass spinning at the pointy end of the airplane, even small imbalances can cause big vibrations—and vibration is the enemy of just about every system on the aircraft, including you.
Source: aopaAircraft Maintenance: Dynamic propeller balancing
Dianna Stanger opened her new airport in Texas on a bet. “It actually started out as a bet,” she said. “My husband has his own golf course, Wolf Point Club, and I’m not a golfer at all, but he wanted to make our primary residence at the golf course because he was there every day. […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNew airport opens on a bet
The FAA recently released an update to the online and PDF versions of the Chart Users Guide. The guide’s website provides easier navigation and access to information, chart updates, and expanded content including the “What’s New” section to highlight recent changes. The guide provides chart symbology information for VFR charts, helicopter charts, Flyway Planning charts, […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAeronautical Chart User’s Guide updated
A beach lifeguard in Australia had a drone ready when two teens were spotted struggling in 10-foot surf far from shore. The lifeguard-pilot found the teens and dropped a self-inflating rescue float into their hands in just over a minute.
Source: aopaSwimmers saved in 70 seconds
PASS Union Expresses Outrage That They Are Not Considered Essential Personnel The government shutdown triggered Friday by an inability of Congress to agree to a continuing resolution funding the government has led to the furlough of FAA safety inspectors represented by the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS).
Source: aero newsGovernment Shutdown Grounds Aviation Safety Inspectors
AOPA and five other general aviation groups sent a letter asking Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao to reopen the FAA aircraft registry, which is closed because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.
Source: aopaGA groups ask DOT to reopen aircraft registry during shutdown
William J. Brady sent in one of his favorite photos for Picture of the Day, with a note explaining what we are seeing: “This was taken July 29 and I thought you would find it interesting,” he beings. “We are tied to an ice blow at N 72 00 W 108 20. There were four fly […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Tied to an ice blow
I checked off a New Year’s resolution in 2017 when I successfully added Unmanned, small Aircraft System Remote Pilot to my list of pilot certifications. I am one of the more than 23,000 people who has earned that license since the FAA began issuing it in 2013. More than 23,000 licenses in only four years […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comDroning on