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NAB Show Coverage: DJI Introduces CrystalSky Outdoor Display for Drones

The Roswell Test Flight Crew are on hand the NAB show to report on a variety of UAV developments. Here they talk with Adam Lisberg, Corporate Communication Director of DJI, about the release of the CrystalSky Display. The CrystalSky Display enables a pilot with a clear bright screen in outdoor conditions. Watch the video for […]

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Aviation Technical Services (ATS) Selected for Installation Program on Airbus Aircraft for Air Canada

April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Aviation Technical Services (ATS … direction to grow our Airbus A320 capabilities,” said Mike Beck, General Manager, Airframe Services. “Because Air Canada is entering into the busy summer travel season, this project …
Source: bingAviation Technical Services (ATS) Selected for Installation Program on Airbus Aircraft for Air Canada

NAB Show Coverage: DJI Announces Cendence Controller for Inspire 2 and M200

The Roswell Test Flight Crew are on hand the NAB show to report on a variety of UAV developments. Here they talk with Adam Lisberg, Corporate Communication Director of DJI, about the release of the Cendence Controller. The Cendence enables a pilot to customize the controller buttons (of which there are quite a few) to […]

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Private Jet Pilot Gets 10 Month Prison Term for Flying Passengers Without Proper Pilot’s Licence

According to court documents, Leto operated aircraft with passengers on a number … by the Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, with assistance by the Federal Aviation Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United …
Source: bingPrivate Jet Pilot Gets 10 Month Prison Term for Flying Passengers Without Proper Pilot’s Licence

5 weather reports you should be using in ForeFlight

Pilots have always been obsessed with weather, and the iPad makes it easier than ever to view a wide variety of forecasts and observations. What was once reserved for a flight service briefer can now be accessed with a few taps on an aviation app. That means the average general aviation pilot has powerful tools to make better preflight weather decisions – but only if you know where to look.

ForeFlight in particular has added a number of weather products over the last few years, going far beyond the basics of radar and METARs. In our experience, though, a lot of pilots still focus on those basics and haven’t integrated the new weather information into their preflight briefings. Let’s look at five weather tools in ForeFlight you should be using, and why they matter.

Forecast Discussions. We love the addition of this text product. While TAFs often seem black and white, in reality forecasting is anything but. The discussion section, found on the Airports page just under TAF and MOS, helps the professional forecasters add some nuance to their latest forecast, including the probability of significant weather changes and also any uncertainty about timing. If conditions look marginal, make sure you spend some time reading these notes to get a fuller picture of the weather patterns. If nothing else, you’ll begin to understand how forecasters make their decisions, which makes this a great learning tool for new pilots.

Graphical MOS. Model Output Statistics are the raw forecasts that weather supercomputers spit out, uncorrected by human forecasters. They shouldn’t necessarily be used by themselves, but when combined with other forecast tools we’ve found them to be very helpful in understanding the major trends. While the actual MOS product is mostly code, ForeFlight displays the two most important parts of MOS (ceiling and visibility) as easy-to-read charts. Go to the Imagery page, then the GFS MOS section. Here you can see forecast conditions out to 7 days, in 3 hour increments. For VFR pilots planning a trip that’s a few days away, this is essential.

Extended Convective Forecast. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, this chart becomes more and more important. While a radar image can show you where thunderstorms are right now, the ECFP charts can show you where they will be up to 78 hours in the future. We often use this to adjust our departure time if convection is forecast – you can swipe through each 6-hour forecast period to get a sense for the best time to leave. While it’s not precise to the neighborhood level, we’ve found it to be extremely accurate when predicting the movement of frontal storms and larger systems.

Wind components. Besides thunderstorms, wind is often the biggest reason for canceling a flight. Even on a clear day, a 25-knot crosswind can mean your flight is a no-go, and if you’re already in the air it can require a diversion. Instead of guessing how much is “too much,” we like to use ForeFlight’s wind components tool. Go to the Airports page, then the Runways tab. Tap on each runway for your departure or destination airport and you’ll instantly see the headwind/tailwind and crosswind component. This makes it easy to determine which runway is best, or if conditions are simply too windy. If you’re using a Stratus ADS-B receiver or an SXAR1 SiriusXM receiver, these wind conditions will be updated in flight. The best advice is to set a personal maximum for both tailwind component and crosswind component, then follow it.

Graphical briefings. A lot of pilots do their own briefings these days, so the thought of requesting an official text briefing before flight might seem rather quaint. But ForeFlight’s graphical briefing tool makes this much easier than before. You can quickly review all the important information about a proposed flight, delivered in a structured format. In particular, the winds aloft matrix is helpful for choosing the right cruising altitude – this is the only place we know to compare multiple options side-by-side.

Another helpful part of the graphical briefing is the list of METARs and TAFs en route. This shows all current and forecast weather conditions along your route of flight, color-coded by flight condition. Even better, turn on the Plain Text option at the top right for a translated view.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about preflight weather briefings and how to make better go/no-go decisions, sign up for Sporty’s next webinar. Meteorologist Scott Dimmich and iPad Pilot News Editor Bret Koebbe will be talking about “weather fundamentals and strategy” on May 3 at 8pm eastern. Sign up here.

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AOPA BasicMed Course now online

The FAA has released the official BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist that pilots must fill out and have completed by a state-licensed physician. It has also published a link to the free online Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Self-Assesment Course that satisfies the requirement for pilots to complete a medical education course prior to operating under […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAOPA BasicMed Course now online

Training Tip: Two takes on trim

A student pilot is leveling off a Cessna 172 in cruise for the first of a three-leg, 150-nautical-mile solo cross-country. She lowers the nose, patiently lets the aircraft accelerate before reducing power to the desired cruise setting, then nudges the trim wheel forward until she no longer must hold forward pressure on the yoke to maintain the pitch attitude.

Source: aopaTraining Tip: Two takes on trim

ZEROTECH Announces New Pocket Drone – the Hesper

ZEROTECH, a the firm that brought you the DOBBY selfie drone, announced its HESPER Advanced Pocket Drone will be launched this summer. The Hesper is a foldable 4K drone with 18 minutes flight time. In addition, the firm also introduced its new formation flying technology and ZEROSPACE Drone Formation Dance Set. Catering to the increasing […]

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