Picture of the day: Sharing a love of aviation

Richard Mayes sent in this picture, with a short note: “It is always a pleasure to share our love of aviation with others. In this photo taken at McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, a young visitor from Singapore shows her approval after her first flight in a small GA airplane.” Would you to like have your photo […]
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Alby’s remarkable journey across America

Alby was, at first, a mythical albatross that fledged in soaring pilot Sergio Colacevich’s mind. Sergio, a record-setting soaring pilot and a retired California Department of Transportation  engineer, formally introduced the concept of Alby’s journey in the September 2008 issue of Soaring magazine. Described as a curious and adventurous young albatross, Alby, who was confined […]
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Watch first flight of restored aircraft that led D-Day invasion live

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) reports that the aircraft that led a formation of more than 800 C-47s to Normandy to drop paratroopers on D-Day will take its first flight since the restoration began. On Jan. 31, 2018, at 1 p.m. CST in Wisconsin, D-Day C-47 That’s All, Brother will return to the sky — […]
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4 tips for checking ADS-B Out performance

Pilots are installing ADS-B Out transponders at an increasing pace this year, taking advantage of numerous options from Garmin, Appareo, L-3 and others. While ADS-B Out avionics are pretty simple to operate (they’re basically just upgraded transponders), it is important to ensure your system is working properly. Simply choosing the wrong setting during installation can lead to significant errors, and we’ve heard a number of stories where this has happened. Fortunately, it’s free and easy to check.

ForeFlight and Stratus

For pilots flying with ForeFlight and a Stratus portable ADS-B receiver, the easiest way to verify the performance of your ADS-B system is by using the Stratus Status menu. As you fly along, Stratus is listening for all kinds of ADS-B transmissions, including your own. So when your ADS-B Out transponder sends out a message, Stratus is one of the first to hear it. ForeFlight packages this information together and displays it right in the app.

Go to the Maps page in ForeFlight, then tap the gear symbol at the top left. At the bottom of that pop-up menu, you can select Stratus, then scroll down and tap on Ownship ADS-B Out. This screen will show you all kinds of information, from your tail number and pressure altitude to lat/lon and emitter category. In general, green means good here. If in doubt about something you see, take a screenshot and email it to your avionics technician. We know a few avionics shops who use this exact setup on post-installation flights to make sure everything is set up properly before returning the airplane to service. It’s a great diagnostic tool.

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Garmin Pilot app

You can use the Garmin Pilot app and one of Garmin’s portable ADS-B receivers, like the GDL39 or GDL52, or a Garmin panel-mount ADS-B receiver, to detect your airplane’s ADS-B out signal and provide full diagnostic data in the app. Like Stratus, Garmin ADS-B receivers are constantly listening for all nearby signals and will detect the transmissions from your ADS-B out transponder.

To view the data, go to the Connext section in Garmin Pilot and select the ADS-B receiver paired to your iPad under the Devices section on the left side of the screen. Next, select the ADS-B Compliance option, and you’ll see a list of nearby ADS-B out aircraft, including your own N#.

Select your aircraft from the list to view the detailed report. Again if you suspect something doesn’t look quite right, take a screenshot and send it to your avionics technician.

Public ADS-B Performance Report

A more formal way to verify your ADS-B Out avionics are working properly is to request a checkup from the FAA, officially called a Public ADS-B Performance Report. The ADS-B network is constantly listening to ADS-B Out transmissions and monitoring performance. While this is typically used by Air Traffic Control, you can get a copy of this data for your aircraft, and it’s completely free.

This report used to require sending an email to an obscure address, but it’s much easier now to use the FAA’s web page to get the report. After a flight (in ADS-B coverage), go online and fill in a few fields specifying what kind of equipment you have on board. Within about 10 minutes, you’ll receive an email report with all kinds of details about your ADS-B transmitter, GPS source and configuration. Some of this will be incomprehensible to anyone other than an avionics technician, but potential trouble spots are highlighted in red. For a complete glossary of terms, read the FAA’s PAPR User Guide.

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Reporting ADS-B Errors

Both of these methods are great for checking the status of your ADS-B system. But what if you suspect a problem with the FAA’s network of ADS-B ground stations? We experienced this on a flight in an ADS-B Out equipped airplane last year. We saw a ghost target (that is, an airplane 100 feet below us, traveling at our same speed and altitude) for over 100 miles. While ghosting can occasionally happen if you aren’t ADS-B Out equipped, it should not happen if you are and it should not happen for more than 100 miles.

In this case, we suspected something was wrong so we contacted the FAA. They replied within a day, explaining that they found a bug that caused a ground station to send incorrect and/or duplicate traffic information. The problem was quickly fixed. To make your own report, visit the FAA’s ADS-B website and click on the Email us link under “ADS-B/TIS-B/FIS-B Problem Report.” The more detail you have, the easier it is for them to diagnose a potential problem.

For more information about ADS-B traffic and what it looks like on your iPad, check out our video tip below:

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NATA Kicks Off 2018 Industry Town Hall Series In Phoenix

Additional Town Hall Meetings To Be Held Throughout The Year On January 23, NATA held the first in its series of 2018 Industry Town Hall meetings with Phoenix-area companies gathering at Cutter Aviation (PHX). NATA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Tim Obitts led a discussion covering a range of issues confronting the region’s aviation business community — including improving relationships with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the impact of tax reform on general aviation, and recruiting employees to address the pilot and maintenance tech shortage confronting the industry.
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Picture of the day: Sunrise in the Mohave Desert

Wendy Lessig sent in this photo, explaining: “Sunrise at the Bacon Strip in the Mohave Desert. Airplane camping with my Piper PA-12 — it’s like a SuperCub, only better!” Would you to like have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You can submit it via the form below Wendy’s picture or send it […]
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Celebrating the Living Legends of Aviation

Early January marks two things for me: Putting away the Christmas tree and preparing for one of my favorite photography events — the Living Legends of Aviation Awards. This is a black-tie gala in which the Legends of Aviation honor those who have made significant contributions to aviation. Held every January, many consider this the […]
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Upgrades continue at KBCT

BOCA RATON, Florida — Major safety enhancements have been completed at the Boca Raton Airport (KBCT) with the completion of the new Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) installation and airfield electrical upgrades. While the EMAS arrestor bed installation for the departure end of Runway 5 was finished in July 2016, the construction of the arrestor […]
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Wings of the North P-51 Mustang to lead Super Bowl fly-over

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Wings of the North Air Museum‘s Sierra Sue II P-51 Mustang will lead the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight over U.S. Bank Stadium at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018. Sierra Sue will be first in a diamond formation including two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and an F-16 Fighting Falcon. […]
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