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Applications now being accepted for two GAMA scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is now accepting applications for two aviation scholarships.

The Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence Award” is given annually to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation degree core program at his or her chosen university or college. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and is named after Stimpson, a founder of GAMA and its president from 1970 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1996. Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on what aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in aviation.

The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is awarded annually to a college student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school. Named after Wood, founder and past Executive Director of NIFA, the award comes with a $2,000 prize and an engraved propeller trophy. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, aviation-related and non-aviation-related extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future.

Both applications are due April 15, 2016.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comApplications now being accepted for two GAMA scholarships

Complete iPad Videos and Webinars List

Screenshot of webinar

Sometimes there’s no substitute for watching a demonstration – that’s why we’re proud to present this series of webinars and videos. From basic tips to power user tricks and product demos, it’s all here. Simply tap on a video to watch.


iPad 101 Webinar

Advanced iPad Webinar

10 Things Every iPad Pilot Should Know

ADS-B and the iPad Webinar

Weather Flying and the iPad

Flying with ForeFlight Webinar

Flight Training with the iPad Webinar

Video Demos

Stratus 1S and 2S–The Next Generation of Stratus

Flying with ForeFlight Training Video


How to Videos

Updating Stratus firmware

Checking Status on Stratus

Stratus Mounting Options

Stratus ADS-B Traffic

Stratus Synthetic Vision and Attitude Display


Interview with ForeFlight Founder Tyson Weihs

Interview with ForeFlight Weather Scientist Scott Dennstaedt

Flying with the iPad and ADS-B Weather in Corporate Aviation

Source: Ipad appsComplete iPad Videos and Webinars List

South China Sea Controversy: Chinese Military Aircraft Likely To Take Off From Spratly Islands In First Half Of 2016, Ex-Army Official Says

Retired major general Xu Guangyu told the newspaper that the Chinese military will patrol the South China Sea using the airport, which will mainly serve civilian purposes, such as rescue work and transport of goods. “Military aircraft will take off from …
Source: bingSouth China Sea Controversy: Chinese Military Aircraft Likely To Take Off From Spratly Islands In First Half Of 2016, Ex-Army Official Says

An aircraft belonging to Blue Air company has overrun the runway at the Avram Iancu Cluj-Napoca International Airport

have opened on Thursday a case to investigate the circumstances an aircraft belonging to Blue Air company has overrun the runway at the Avram Iancu Cluj-Napoca International Airport. According to a release by the General Prosecutor’s Office, a prosecutor …
Source: bingAn aircraft belonging to Blue Air company has overrun the runway at the Avram Iancu Cluj-Napoca International Airport

Picture of the day: Morning latte

Gary Lanthrum coffee

Gary Lanthrum sent in this photo, explaining: “This is me enjoying my morning latte at the High Sierra Fly-in. Flying a Maule gives me enough hauling capacity that I bring an espresso machine on my airplane camping trips.”

Gary Lanthrum coffee

“This fly-in was held on the Dead Cow dry lakebed in northwest Nevada on Oct. 22-25 this year and was the best fly-in ever,” he said, adding, “This shot was taken with my Lumix GF5 mounted on a tripod.”

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Morning latte

An airport for two countries

Swayne Marton (left) with friends flank the Piney Pinecreek Airport Customs sign.

Piney Pinecreek Border Airport (48Y) is on the border… literally. Land on its 3,297-foot long runway and you can elect to clear Canadian or U.S. Customs. The airport is jointly owned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Government District of Piney, Manitoba.

Swayne Marton (left) with friends flank the Piney Pinecreek Airport Customs sign.

Swayne Martin (left) with friends flank the Piney Pinecreek Airport Customs sign.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAn airport for two countries

I’m already registered

The airspace of my back yard is not navigable.

The FAA has never shown interest in the airspace below the top of the 100-plus-foot tall evergreen trees that surround my home. They’ve never inspected. They’ve never inquired. Nothing.

Why? In part because it isn’t “navigable” airspace.

That all changed when the FAA recently issued an Interim Final Rule that states “anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.”

The FAA, and the Department of Transportation, believe requiring all UAS operators to register will magically make everyone act responsibly and safely. Just like all people with a drivers license. Oh, wait, never mind.

I own a few RPA toys. [I prefer the term RPA (remotely-piloted aircraft) to UAS]. None have ever flown above the tree tops or beyond the lateral boundaries of my property.

For me, this is a hobby. And now the FAA wants me to part with $5 and register for the fun I have in my own back yard.

The airspace of my back yard is not navigable.

The airspace of my back yard is not navigable.

Well FAA Administrator Huerta, I’m already registered. I happen to call it a Commercial Pilot Certificate, with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Perhaps I should add RPA with a Sharpie. Personally, I know where I can — and more importantly can’t — operate my toys. I, like the overwhelmingly vast majority of RPA operators, aren’t the problem.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) feels much the same. In a recent communication to its members it is suggesting, “AMA members hold off on registering their model aircraft with the FAA until advised by the AMA or until Feb. 19, the FAA’s legal deadline for registering.”

Further, the “AMA’s safety program instructs all members to place his or her AMA number or name and address on or within their model aircraft, effectively accomplishing the safety and accountability objectives of the interim rule.”

I hate hearing people complain about something without offering a solution, myself included.

Wouldn’t it be easier to connect with the relatively limited numbers of RPA manufacturers to encourage them to program their craft with height limiters and geo-fences? That would go a long way to allaying the concerns of those of us who operate inside our aircraft.

For those concerned about privacy, we already have laws in place. If I had one, I wouldn’t be required to register a super telephoto camera lens that’s capable of bringing far away subjects up close.

Beyond that, I don’t yet have a solution.

I just don’t like — or believe — a UAS registry is what the FAA should be doing. For me, right now, I’ll not be adding my name to another FAA registry.

I’m already registered.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comI’m already registered

Hands on with the FAA’s new B4UFLY drone app

IPN drone feature

Last May, the FAA released a beta version of B4UFLY, a free app which promised drone pilots a fast and easy way to stay legal. After a lengthy testing period, the app was released today for all users. We tested it out and found a lot to like. If you got a new quadcopter for Christmas, B4UFLY needs to be on your phone or tablet.

When you first open the app, you get a simple, visual “go/no go” indicator, based on your current location. This is close to being dummy proof, and is a good place to start. There are four main statuses:

  • Flight Prohibited: TFRs or other restrictions mean you simply aren’t flying
  • Use Caution: this is the “all clear” indicator, but the app reminds you to double check visually before flying
  • Warning – Action Required: there are no TFRs, but you may be within 5 miles of an airport, requiring notification of the airport operator and/or tower
  • Data Unavailable: The app is unable to check

drone status page

If you tap More Status Information, you’ll see a complete breakdown of the information being checked by the app. This includes: restricted airspace, airspace within 5 miles of airports, upcoming restrictions and national park areas.

drone status detail page

From there, you can select the Map page to view your position relative to airspace and airports. This works well, and includes TFRs plus 5 mile rings around all airports (not just towered ones). Tap on an airport for its name, then tap the i symbol for details.

drone app map page

The first two pages are good for quick planning or for checking on the current conditions. The third page – Planner – allows you to check airspace at a different location and at a time in the future. Enter these and you’ll see a map view for that location and time. We tested the address search and found it to be pretty reliable.

drone app planning mode

The Map page and the Planning Mode also feature a basic ruler tool, so you can measure the distance between points on the map.

drone planning ruler

Finally, the More page includes links to online resources, tips for safer flying and a database of airports and TFRs. This is good information, although it’s not particularly well organized.

drone app airport page

Overall, this is a good app that does what it seeks to do: is it OK to fly your drone or RC airplane? It’s stable, easy to use, and includes a visual indicator of whether you should fly. It’s a really good start from the FAA.

There are a few things, though, we would have liked to have seen. For one, model airplane fields are not listed, which would be helpful. Secondly, while the app includes a database of all airports, the list has no contact information so it’s not much help if you’re within 5 miles and need to notify the airport or tower. We’d like to see phone numbers in here. Finally, when tapping on a TFR, the text window is so small that it’s almost impossible to read.

Some other apps to consider for drone flying include: Hover, Drone Buddy and UAV Zones.

The B4UFLY app is available for iPhone and iPad in the iTunes App Store; a version for Android devices is expected soon.

Source: Ipad appsHands on with the FAA’s new B4UFLY drone app