Runway Status Lights Now Fully Operational

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Runway Status Lights (RWSL), the first technology to provide direct warning to pilots about potential runway conflicts, is now operational at all 20 sites approved to receive the ground-breaking technology.

A report on the effectiveness of RWSL at the 15 airports where it was operational in 2017 found an overall 52% reduction in the average runway incursion rate, with 15,484 potential saves by the technology.

The FAA developed RWSL technology to increase situational awareness for flight crews and airport vehicle drivers, providing an added layer of runway safety. The technology alerts pilots and vehicle operators to stop when runways and taxiways are not safe to enter, cross or begin takeoff. Red lights embedded in the pavement illuminate when the presence of other traffic creates a potential conflict. RWSL uses the airports surface surveillance system to determine the location of aircraft and vehicles. The lights are fully automated, requiring no input from air traffic controllers.

Pilots and ground vehicle operators must still receive clearances from controllers for any operation on runways or taxiways.

The RWSL system is comprised of two types of lights. Runway Entrance Lights (REL) are deployed at taxiway and runway crossings and illuminate if it is unsafe to enter or cross a runway. Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) are deployed in the runway by the departure hold zone and illuminate when there is an aircraft in position for departure and the runway is occupied by another aircraft or vehicle and is unsafe for takeoff.

RWSLs are now operational at the following airports:

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport
  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Chicago OHare International Airport
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
  • Houstons George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport

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Sporty’s Pilot Training app adds new 2020 Courses

Sporty’s Pilot Training app has helped tens of thousands of pilots earn their pilot certificate, add new ratings, learn how to use a wide variety of advanced avionics systems and get checked out in new aircraft types. The platform is famous for its relentless pace of innovation, bringing new content, new training tools, and technological enhancements every year.

Pilot Training offers pilots the ultimate flexibility in training, providing access to all of Sporty’s aviation courses on dedicated iPhone and iPad apps, an Android app, online and on  the TV, using the included AppleTV app, RokuTV channel and Chromecast support.

The iOS and Android apps received another big update last week, adding some exciting new features and the inclusion of Sporty’s 2020 Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating courses. In addition to new HD video content and expanded TV options, the apps and online courses were updated with Sporty’s AirSync technology, allowing seamless transfer of test prep sessions and results between devices. The apps also added a new powerful document feature with access to all the FAA handbooks for supplemental study.

Ace your knowledge test

While the 15 hours of in-flight HD video and detailed animations that make up the heart of Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course in the Pilot Training app, it’s the powerful FAA test prep component of the course that pilots look to when preparing for the knowledge test. This component has been completely overhauled in the 2020 courses, adding new study modes, performance tracking, and the new AirSync feature.

First, you’ll notice four new ways to work through the database of over 1,000 questions in the app. In addition to studying specific categories of questions, you can also select to study a custom number of random questions, marked questions or questions you’ve always answered incorrectly. You can also create a smart study session, where the app learns from your progress and creates customized quizzes to drill on topics that need improvement.

After completing a session, you can review how you performed in each category, and start a new session at any time based on correct, incorrect or marked questions from that session. Sporty’s new AirSync feature makes studying more convenient as well, by syncing all sessions and results to all your devices – computer, iOS apps, and Android app. This allows you to start a session on your laptop, and finish and review it later in any of the apps.

Video Review Notes and FAA Document Library

There are times during your private or instrument training, whether watching a video segment or studying test questions, when it’s helpful to read supporting material to learn more about a challenging subject. To assist with this, the updated courses include an in-depth study guide with Video Review Notes, discussing key topics from each video segment. It’s easy to read as you watch each segment, or you can print out the entire document for more thorough study.

Taking this one step further, the app also added a new document library that provides access to applicable FAA handbooks, like the Airplane Flying Handbook and Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge for Private training, and the Instrument Flying Handbook for pilots working on an instrument rating. Each book includes interactive outlines and search capabilities to quickly locate key topics, and the ability to add bookmarks to help organize your studying.

Checkride Prep

Preparing for the checkride with an FAA examiner is a challenge in itself, so the online version of the course added three new tools to help pilots make sure they’re prepared. First, interactive Checkride Prep Flashcards are an easy way to test your knowledge of key subjects, ensuring you’ll be ready to talk about regulations, airspace, and systems. Next, a complete practical test checklist explains everything you need for the big day, from certificates to logbook entries. Finally, a special video segment shows you what to expect on the checkride, with tips from an active pilot examiner.

New TV Apps

Sporty’s was the first training provider to bring streaming HD aviation training to the big screen with an AppleTV app several years ago. This provides an additional level of convenience and allows pilots to watch the latest aviation training videos from the comfort of the couch at home. The latest update adds two additional TV formats, RokuTV and Chromecast, to the Smart TV lineup. To access Pilot Training on your Roku, search for “Sporty’s Pilot Training” on your device to install the free channel, and then log in.

The Chromecast feature requires a TV that supports Chromecast, or a connected Chromecast streaming dongle. When in the iPhone, iPad or Android app, you’ll then see the familiar “cast” button that can then be used to send the video segment from your mobile device to your TV.

All three TV apps are included at no extra cost and automatically sync progress with the online course and mobile apps.

How to get the courses

You can purchases access to any of the 20 aviation training courses right from Sporty’s website, including the 2020 Learn to Fly Course and Instrument Rating Course. You’ll gain instant access to all the course platforms for one price. If you’ve already purchased one of these courses (both courses include lifetime updates), you just need to download the mobile app and sign in with your username/password or log in to Sporty’s Online Course Portal.

Sporty’s also offers access to ALL its courses through the Flight Crew Membership program. After purchasing a monthly or annual subscription, you’ll have unlimited access to all the aviation courses Sporty’s offers, in addition to other benefits like free shipping and a free flight lesson at Sporty’s flight school.

iPhone/iPaddownload the free app here

Androiddownload the free app here

AppleTV – go to the App Store on AppleTV (4th Gen or newer) and search for Pilot Training

RokuTV App – search for the Sporty’s Pilot Training Channel on your Roku device

Online – visit Sporty’s Course Catalog and purchase direct access to any course

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UAS Operations Restricted At More Federal Facilities

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective November 7.

In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over 60 additional Department of Defense and Department of Justice facilities to address concerns about malicious drone activity. An FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), FDC 9/7752, defines these special security instructions. The FAA has published a new NOTAM, FDC 9/1278, which alerts UAS operators and others in the aviation community to this change and points to FDC 9/7752.

UAS operators are strongly advised to review these NOTAMs, as well as important supporting information provided by the FAAs UAS Data Delivery System (UDDS) website. This website contains the text of FDC 9/7752 (click on UAS NOTAM FDC 9/7752 on scroll bar along the top of the page).

Further down the page is an interactive map (Map of FAA UAS Data) displaying restricted airspace throughout the U.S. Zooming in will enable viewers to click on each of the 60 new DOD and DOJ locations and see the specific restrictions. Each of the 60 locations are in yellow since the restrictions are pending until the Nov. 7 effective date, at which point they will become red.

The restrictions will also be included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app.

UAS operators who violate these flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

The FAA considers requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific flight restrictions using its authority under 14 CFR 99.7. The agency will announce any future changes, including additional locations, as appropriate.

The 60 locations:

  • Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville in Aliceville, Alabama
  • Federal Correctional Institution Ashland in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Federal Correctional Institution Bastrop in Bastrop, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Beckley in Beaver, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Bennetsville in Bennetsville, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution Berlin in Berlin, New Hampshire
  • Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring in Big Spring, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Cumberland in Cumberland, Maryland
  • Federal Correctional Institution Danbury in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in Dublin, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Edgefield in Edgefield, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution El Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma
  • Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio
  • Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colorado
  • Federal Correctional Institution Estill in Estill, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution Fairton in Fairton, New Jersey
  • Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Greenville in Greenville, Illinois
  • Federal Correctional Institution Herlong in Herlong, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Jesup in Jesup, Georgia
  • Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Anthony, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Loretto in Loretto, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in Lompoc, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Manchester in Manchester, Kentucky
  • Federal Correctional Institution Marianna in Marianna, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution McDowell in Welch, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Federal Correctional Institution Mendota in Mendota, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Miami in Miami, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution Milan in Milan, Michigan
  • Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Otisville in Otisville, New York
  • Federal Correctional Institution Oxford in Oxford, Wisconsin
  • Federal Correctional Institution Pekin in Pekin, Illinois
  • Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Federal Correctional Institution Ray Brook in Ray Brook, New York
  • Federal Correctional Institution Safford in Safford, Arizona
  • Federal Correctional Institution Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota
  • Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill in Minersville, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville in Seagoville, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan in Sheridan, Oregon
  • Federal Correctional Institution Talladega in Talladega, Alabama
  • Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution Terminal Island in San Pedro, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana in Texarkana, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers in Three Rivers, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Waseca in Waseca, Minnesota
  • Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg in Salters, South Carolina
  • Federal Medical Center Devens in Devens, Massachusetts
  • Federal Medical Center Butner in Butner, North Carolina
  • Federal Medical Center Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Federal Transfer Center Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • United States Penitentiary Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia
  • United States Penitentiary Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Martindale AHP in San Antonio, Texas
  • Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Tobyhanna Army Complex in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
  • Military Ocean Terminal Concord in Concord, California
  • Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Sunny Point, North Carolina

Source: FAAUAS Operations Restricted At More Federal Facilities

How to make sure your ICAO flight plan doesn’t get rejected by ATC

The ICAO flight plan form requires you to identify each part of your avionics configuration.

The transition from domestic to ICAO flight plans has been pretty seamless since the August 27 mandate, in part because pilots have had over three years to prepare after several FAA delays. Mobile apps like ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot and Fltplan.com deserve a lot of credit here too since they made the ICAO-filing process easy for pilots and almost identical to filing in the previous domestic format.

That’s not to say the system is perfect, and there are some limitations to keep in mind. We learned this hard way after filing a route using the ICAO method out of Frederick, Maryland, using the same series of waypoints we had used countless times before when filing with the domestic form. The first waypoint in our flight plan (a VOR close to the airport) was a fix not specified on the filed Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedure, which caused the flight plan to automatically get rejected from the system. Even though it looked as though the flight plan had been successfully filed, each call to Clearance Delivery resulted in the frustrating response “there are no IFR flight plans on file for your tail number” from the controller.

There are several other gotchas like this to be aware of if you attempt to file using methods or waypoints previously used on the domestic form. Fortunately, ForeFlight developed a helpful ICAO Quick Reference Guide which includes a series of tips for preventing common filing errors. Here are some highlights:

  1. When filing with ForeFlight for the first time, make sure you specify your N number including the N. In the US, if the tail number begins with a number, then you must file using an optional call sign which always begins with an alpha character. When you file using a call sign, ForeFlight will copy your tail number to the REG/ field in field 18 (Other information). For example, if your N number is N12345 and your call sign is FFL025, FFL025 will be in the Aircraft ID field of the flight plan and REG/N12345 will be in Other Information. You are then known to ATC as FFL025, or ForeFlight Zero Two Fife.
  2. Filing a SID without a transition fix that is specified in the SID or on the common route. SIDs must always be the very first entry in a route, the departure airport must be valid and not a point, and the SID must have the transition fix specified either with a dot or without one. For example, “KCLT” must be the departure airport and BARMY3.BARMY or NUTZE, RDU, or TYI may be used as the first item in the route. If you just file BARMY3, whatever you enter next in the route will be interpreted as the transition fix and, if not a valid one, will result in a rejection.
  3. Filing a STAR without a transition fix that is specified on the STAR or on the common route. STARs must be the last element in the route and preceded by the transition fix. The destination must be a valid airport identifier. For example, filing the PARQ3 STAR at KCLT the route must end with PARQ3 and the STAR must be preceded by one of the transition fixes that are on the common route. If you don’t file an appropriate transition fix, ATC will interpret the fix just prior to the STAR as the transition fix and, if it is not valid, the flight plan will be rejected
  4. Don’t file to Computer Navigation Fixes. These are indicated on procedures and charts inside parenthesis, start with CF, and are not pronounceable.
  5. Don’t file using a ILS DME Localizer fixes such as IUZA.
  6. Do not add a K to non-ICAO airport identifiers, so 35A is not K35A. The latter will be rejected by ATC.
  7. Duplicating the departure or destination airport identifier in the route string will result in ATC rejecting the route.
  8. All ATC routes (eg: V, T, Q, J, etc) should be coded with an entry fix on the airway, followed by the route designation, followed by the last fix on the route where you are going to exit the route.
  9. Avoid using any fixes on an approach that are not an IAF as they are high risk to not being known by the ATC computer. Stick to using waypoints that are in the enroute system and found on an enroute chart.
  10. Avoid filing from a fix such as a VOR, especially near Center boundaries or your flightplan may get rejected as Centers have private agreements with each other for airspace coverage and will reject flightplans that they don’t cover. It is always better to file from an airport and pick up your flightplan en route, with the same Center or TRACON that owns the airport. All airports are assigned a Center (in a published table), so filing from an airport will get routed to the correct center. A table does not exist to indicate Center assignments for VORs and waypoints, so ownership is determined by the Center boundaries.
  11. Avoid Filing any SID or STAR that is ATC only by NOTAM or there is a chart note to the effect “Assigned by ATC only.”
  12. As a jet flier, do not file procedures that are for Prop or Turboprop Only and vice versa.
  13. Don’t file the destination airport as an alternate.

The best advice for those using ForeFlight is to use the Route Advisor tool (on Maps or Flights view) to select your route and use Procedure Advisor (on Maps) to enter departure and arrival procedures. This ensures that when you send a route to Flights or Proceed to File, the syntax is correct and any waypoints that need to be converted to a lat/lon will be converted using the proper format for filing. Route Advisor and Procedure Advisor help prevent errors that could be introduced from manually typing route and procedure strings.

For more information:

How to comply with the new ICAO flight planning mandate

ForeFlight ICAO Quick Reference Guide

Flight Service ICAO Flight Plan Validation (starts on page 69)

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A dream come true for California Aeronautical University Dreams take Flight Scholarship winner Kimberly Goana

For Kimberly Goana becoming a professional pilot seemed like a distant dream until she learned of the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship at California Aeronautical University (CAU). As an active student in the North Bakersfield High School’s Aviation program, she discovered that her passion for aviation could become a reality with the right resources and supportive environment. As she entered her first term as a professional pilot student at CAU, Kimberly finds herself immersed in aviation and is excited for what the future brings.
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