Richard L. Collins remembered

Aviation writer, publisher, and safety advocate Richard L. Collins died on April 29. He was 84. Collins earned his pilot certificate in 1952, then began his long writing career in 1958 when he began writing for Air Facts magazine, a popular small-format aviation magazine published by his father, Leighton Collins. In 1968 he became a feature writer for Flying magazine, eventually rising to become that magazine’s editor in chief from 1977 to 1988.

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FAA Begins Drone Airspace Authorization Expansion

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun expanding an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.

Beginning today, the FAA is phasing in a nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) that will deploy the system incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The beta expansion follows successful evaluation of a prototype LAANC system last November.

The first facilities taking part in the beta test are listed on our website. The final deployment will begin on September 13.

LAANC helps support the safe integration of drones into the nations airspace. Drone operators using the system can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. LAANC uses airspace data provided through temporary flight restrictions, NOTAMS and UAS facility maps that show the maximum altitude ceiling around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107.

Beginning April 16, the FAA also began considering agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. Supplier applications must be made by May 16. Interested parties can find information on the application process on our website. This is not a standard government acquisition; there is no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) related to this effort.

The FAA and industry are working together to develop and deploy LAANC applications, which will help set the global standard for a safe, and efficient unmanned traffic management system. It is an important step in developing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

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Drone pilots are not special, but airspace can be

Various government agencies have asked AOPA to help spread the word about special-use airspace, including temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), that drone pilots have violated with increasing regularity. AOPA also is working with the FAA and other stakeholders to make important information (including TFR times and locations) more easily accessible to pilots.

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Weather strategy: improve your preflight and inflight decision making

While the standard weather briefing from Flight Service has come a long way since the days of 1-800-WX-BRIEF and DUATs, it is still mostly limited to the traditional weather forecasts and charts. There are so many more preflight tools forecasts products that pilots should be looking at, but until recently they were difficulty to find and buried on the National Weather Service or Aviation Weather websites.

Today though, thanks to the iPad and aviation apps, these modern weather forecasts and charts are just a few taps away. Aviation Meteorologist Scott Dimmich and iPad Pilot News Editor Bret Koebbe recently presented a webinar on the subject, explaining how these products are developed and where you can find them in apps like ForeFlight. They also shed some light on how to use in-flight weather products from SiriusXM and ADS-B to improve your in-flight decision making when the weather is less than ideal. Here’s the full video recording:

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How to use the new Search and Airspace features in ForeFlight 10

ForeFlight took the wraps off version 10 earlier this week, which adds a collection of pilot-centric features that really improve how you interact with the app, both on the ground and in the air. New features include a turbocharged search feature, airspace highlighting, airspace profile view, global airspace details and automatic downloads for charts and data. Let’s dive right in and show how they all work.

Automatic Airspace Highlight

ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map Layer includes a new automatic highlight feature to help you identify airspace that you will fly through. First, when flight planning, it will darken the airspace boundaries of the sections you will enter, based on the altitude selected for the flight in the route editor. It even factors in the climb and descent segments, based on your aircraft performance profile. Airspace will be highlighted within +/- 1,000 ft. of your altitude and within 1 nautical mile on either side of your route.  Airspace outside of your flight path will be dimmed.

When in flight, ForeFlight uses your GPS current altitude, instead of your planned altitude, to highlight nearby airspace. And when off of the current route, it will also factor in your heading to highlight airspace you’re approaching.

This update also adds airspace depictions to the Profile view in the route editor, using the same color-conventions as the aeronautical map layer. Special use airspace, like restricted areas and MOAs, include cross-hatching in the depiction to get your attention. You’ll also see nearby TFRs in this view.

Tap on any of the airspace depictions to view the name, type, and altitudes in the profile view. This will also highlight the selected airspace boundaries on the moving map.

You can still use the “long tap” gesture on the profile view to scrub through the profile for additional information. In addition to displaying clearance above the terrain, it will highlight conflicting airspace and show a green dot on the moving map to show you its location there. This can be useful when flying long legs in high-performance aircraft.

The last thing to check out related to airspace is the new Jeppesen-sourced Global Airspace Details window. Tap anywhere on the moving map, and you’ll see a listing of all the airspace in that spot, from the surface to the upper limit of the flight levels.

Then tap the details to get even more information, including altitudes, radio frequencies and operational notes for transnational and oceanic flights. For special user airspace, the details include altitudes, valid times, controlling agency and other operational notes, in an improved layout.

Unified App Search

Next, you’ll want to check out the new unified App Search function, which is available at the top of the Airports, Maps and Plates views. This expanded search capability makes it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for, regardless of which screen is currently in view.

Start by going to the Airports view, and enter an airport identifier. You’ll see results returned for the airport, procedures, navaids and the address for the airport.

Each result includes a unique icon to help distinguish them in the list, and tapping one of the results will initiate a different action based on the type. For example, tapping the airport name will load it as the active airport in the Airports view, while tapping one of the procedures will take you from the Airports view and load the Plates view to display the chart.

You can access this comprehensive list of results while searching from the Airports, Maps or Plates view, but you’ll notice that the order is prioritized based on the active view. For example, enter an airport identifier on the Plates view, and you’ll first see a list of all the procedures for that airport, followed by the other results of the airport info and address.

You can use the search to enter routes directly into the active flight plan, following the same method as previous versions of ForeFlight. Enter the departure airport, VORs, intersections, victor airways, SIDs/STARs and the destination airport, select it from the results and ForeFlight will send it right to the route editor. This can really save time when you already know the route you want to fly.

There are some other shortcuts to take advantage of here. Type in the letter D, followed by an airport or navaid ID, e.g. “D KFWA”, and ForeFlight will set up a direct-to navigation to that location on the map.

Or, type in airport ID and approach type, e.g. KFDK ILS, and you’ll see the ILS approach option at that airport as the top result, for quick access to that plate.

You can use the search function to find more than just traditional aviation data too. When connected to the internet, you can find places, addresses, points of interest (like restaurants or hotels), aircraft N# registry and scheduled airline flights. Best of all your recent searches are always displayed at the top of the list when you first activate the search function.

Automatic Downloads

This final feature, which many pilots may value the most, is automatic downloads. You now have the option, when connected to Wi-Fi, to have ForeFlight automatically download chart and data updates, eliminating that red notification on the More tab that’s always staring you in the face. It’s important to note that this will only download updates for regions you’ve manually selected in the Downloads section, and will not update charts that were stored using the “Pack” feature on previous flights.

Check out ForeFlight here on the app store to start a free trial

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