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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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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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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsNAB Show Coverage: DJI Announces Cendence Controller for Inspire 2 and M200

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.

Source: Ipad apps5 weather reports you should be using in ForeFlight

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

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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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsZEROTECH Announces New Pocket Drone – the Hesper

vHive Raises $2 million for Cloud Based Drone Fleet Management

vHive, a developer of cloud based software for operating drone fleets autonomously, announced it has completed a $2 million first round of funding led by venture capital firm StageOne and several additional private investors. vHive will apply funds to further development of its Mission A technology and expand into new markets. With the funding, the […]

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BasicMed Begins

General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule. It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA’s medical qualification process for third class medical certificates, while keeping general aviation pilots safe and flying affordable.

General aviation pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course every two years, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds.

A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:

  • possess a valid driver’s license;
  • consent to a National Driver Register check;
  • have held a medical certificate that was valid at any time after July 15, 2006;
  • have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;
  • have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;
  • have taken a BasicMed online medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;
  • have completed a comprehensive medical examination with any state-licensed physician within the past 48 months;
  • have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable; and
  • not fly for compensation or hire.

Pilots can read and print the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist and learn about online BasicMed online medical courses at www.faa.gov/go/BasicMed

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Source: FAABasicMed Begins

Gleim Aviation Launches Gleim Virtual Cockpit

Home Simulator Platform With A Fully Interactive Training Program Gleim Aviation is excited to announce the release of the Gleim Virtual Cockpit, the ultimate flight simulator experience designed by pilots, for pilots. The all-in-one simulator platform is built specifically for flight simulation and, when used in conjunction with the Gleim X-Plane Flight Training Course, the unit offers a home simulator platform with a fully interactive training program.
Source: aero newsGleim Aviation Launches Gleim Virtual Cockpit

BasicMed Checklist, Video Now Online

New medical rules for pilots, known as BasicMed, take effect May 1, but starting today, pilots can start to prepare for the new requirements. Forms and checklists for both pilots and doctors are posted online at the FAA website. The FAA also has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and said the Medical Self-Assessment developed by AOPA (and available free online for anyone) can be used to fulfill its requirement to complete a medical education course every two years.
Source: avwebBasicMed Checklist, Video Now Online