Portable ADS-B and SiriusXM receiver buyer’s guide

Today’s portable weather accessories for iPad have evolved from basic ADS-B receivers to sophisticated, multi-sensor devices capable of providing in-flight information that rivals many panel-mount avionics systems. For less than $1,000 you can have in-flight weather (ADS-B or SiriusXM), GPS, traffic, flight data recorder and a backup attitude/heading display, all on your iPad. There are a lot of options out there, so we assembled this buyer’s guide to help you sort out the details. Click on the image for a larger version:

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FAA Provides Aviation Careers to People with Disabilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a pilot program to help prepare people with disabilities for careers in air traffic operations.

A key focus for the FAAs Office of Civil Rights is to identify specific opportunities for people with targeted disabilities, empower them and facilitate their entry into a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The FAA will enroll up to 20 people in the Aviation Development Program. They will train for up to one year at 10 Air Route Traffic Control Centers throughout the U.S. The following facilities will participate in the pilot: Minneapolis, Minn., Cleveland, Ohio, Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., Fort Worth, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., Seattle, Wash., Memphis, Tenn., Kansas City, Kan., and Salt Lake City, Utah.

The candidates in this program will receive the same rigorous consideration in terms of aptitude, medical and security qualifications as those individuals considered for a standard public opening for air traffic controller jobs. The training will prepare them for an opportunity to be appointed to a temporary air traffic control specialist position at the FAA Academy.

Candidates for the Aviation Development Program must meet the following criteria:

People who are interested in applying for the pilot program should follow the instructions on the Aviation Development Program website. The website also has a schedule for in-person information sessions.

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AOPA adds new Pilot Passport feature

AOPA released a new app for pilots several years ago which showcases their wide collection of articles, videos, podcasts, events and other offerings. Simply named “AOPA” (not to be confused with their AOPA GO Airport Directory app), the AOPA app is free to download from the app store and allows you to keep up with all of AOPA’s media productions.

The latest feature in the app is called Pilot Passport and it’s designed to encourage and motivate pilots to visit new airports and check out aviation events around the country. It use a game-like system that allows you to earn points and badges along the way, and a leaderboard for those that looking for a little competition. Here’s how it works.

Each time you visit a new airport, open the app and it’ll recognize your location and offer the ability to check in at that airport.

After checking in, you’ll earn new badges, like landing at a Class C airport, visiting an airport in a new state or landing on a grass runway. Each badge has a series of points associated with the accomplishment, which will accumulate in your Pilot Passport profile in the app.

You can use the interactive map in the app to find new places to fly – tap on one to see the check-in point value and new badges that you’re eligible to earn. After landing, the app will again recognize your location and allow you to check in (you must be within 3 NM of the airport for the check-in function to work).

Here are the badges you can earn in the app:

Airspace: Earn badges for landing at airports within Class B, C, D, and E/G airspace.

AOPA 80th: The AOPA 80th badges can only be earned this year. The more you complete, the higher your ranking in the challenge: pro, master, champion, superstar.

Event: Event badges include Sun ‘n Fun, EAA AirVenture, all three of AOPA’s 2019 Fly-Ins, Burning Man, Alton Bay’s Ice Runway, the Indianapolis Red Bull Air Race, the STOL Drag Race, and general aviation events (think open houses and pancake breakfasts).

Membership: As a current AOPA member, you will receive this badge the first time you check in at any airport.

State: Track the airports where you have landed by state. To earn the highest level of the state badge, land at all the airports in the state.

Region: Earn badges for landing at states within your region.

Runway: Grass runways, paved runways, heliports, and waterways all have different badges.

Social: Get badges for posting on social media through the app when you check in.

AOPA Foundation: Earn badges for donating to the AOPA Foundation or becoming a donor at different levels.

You can also view the leaderboard in the app to see where you stand among other pilots.


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FAA to Hold Workshops for Denver Metroplex Project

DenverThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold 12 public workshops between April 29, 2019 and May 16, 2019 in and around Denver about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area.

The proposed improvements are part of the Denver Metroplex project, which would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. Satellite-based routes that would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports; enhancing aviation safety and efficiency, and potentially reducing flight delays.

The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the FAA is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) in keeping with NEPA. The FAA is scheduled to release the Draft EA on April 22, 2019.

As part of this review, the FAA will hold 12 public workshops at multiple locations around the Denver Metro area. The workshop dates will be Monday through Thursday over a three-week period: April 29-May 2; May 6-9; and May 13-16.The workshops will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will be an open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. They will take place in the following areas: Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Boulder, two in the Centennial area, Denver, Erie, Green Valley Ranch, Greenwood Village, Longmont and Parker. The FAA will announce the workshop locations when the agency releases the projects Draft EA. People can submit written comments on the Draft EA at the workshops and online during a 45-day public comment period that will run from April 22, 2019 through June 6, 2019.The FAA will consider all applicable comments we receive.

The FAA will post the Draft EA and updates on the Denver Metroplex project website.

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