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Quiz: What are you going to do when your iPad quits working in flight?

The iPad is one of the most stable computing platforms available today, but it is still susceptible to external factors that can cause it to become unresponsive in flight. Test your iPad troubleshooting knowledge in our latest quiz and learn how to avoid potential pitfalls when using the iPad in the cockpit.

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After upgrading to a new iPad you notice that your aviation apps are updating automatically from the App Store. How can you fix this so they require you to manually update them?

After upgrading to a new iPad you notice that your aviation apps are updating automatically from the App Store. How can you fix this so they require you to manually update them?


What is the best course of action if your aviation app continuously shuts down in flight and will not open?

What is the best course of action if your aviation app continuously shuts down in flight and will not open?


What is the recommended temperature operating range of the iPad as recommended by Apple?

What is the recommended temperature operating range of the iPad as recommended by Apple?


What is the maximum operating altitude (or cabin altitude for pressurized airplanes) for the iPad?

What is the maximum operating altitude (or cabin altitude for pressurized airplanes) for the iPad?


What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?

What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?


What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?

What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?


You receive a message that your iPad is low on storage space when downloading new charts. Where can you do to free up space?

You receive a message that your iPad is low on storage space when downloading new charts. Where can you do to free up space?


Turning on Airplane Mode disables the iPad’s internal GPS (for models with Cellular Data connectivity).

Turning on Airplane Mode disables the iPad's internal GPS (for models with Cellular Data connectivity).


During your flight, you experience odd behavior from your panel mount avionics, including interference in the communication radios and loss of GPS satellite reception. What action should you take?

During your flight, you experience odd behavior from your panel mount avionics, including interference in the communication radios and loss of GPS satellite reception. What action should you take?


When using the iPad for in-flight navigation with a GPS source, how long should you expect the battery to last?

When using the iPad for in-flight navigation with a GPS source, how long should you expect the battery to last?


What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?

What does this screen indicate on your iPad and what course of action should you take?


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iPad Troubleshooting: Do you know how to fix these potential problems?
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FAA Releases Aersospace Forecast

WASHINGTON All indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong and according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2038, the trend will continue.This is occurring while American air travelers are experiencing the highest levels of safety in modern aviation history.

The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 840.8 million in 2017 to 1.28 billion in 2038, an increase of more than 400 million passengers. Domestic enplanements are set to increase 4.7 percent in 2018 and then grow at an average rate of 1.7 percent per year during the remaining 20-year forecast period. International enplanements are forecast to increase 5.0 percent in 2018 and then grow an average of 3.3 percent per year for the rest of the forecast period.

Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are the industry standard for measuring air travel demand. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecasts U.S. airline system RPMs to grow at an average rate of 2.5 percent per year between 2017 through 2038, with international RPMs projected too have average annual increases of 3.2 percent per year during the forecast period.

A key to meeting this growth in air travel, while maintaining high levels of safety and efficiency, is to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet demand. Underscoring this point, the FAA forecasts total operations (landings and take-offs) at FAA and contract towers to reach 51.0 million in 2018 and grow to 60.5 million in 2038.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA are planning for this growth in air travel with robust infrastructure investments through the Airport Improvement Program. Air traffic modernization is rapidly moving towards satellite navigation technologies and procedures which will continue to allow enhanced navigation for more aircraft.

The forecast also highlights the phenomenal growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The FAA projects the small model hobbyist UAS fleet to more than double from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units by 2022. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is set to grow from 110,604 in 2017 to 451,800 in 2022. The number of remote pilots is set to increase from 73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022.

In addition to UAS, another rapidly growing aerospace field is the FAAs licensing, oversight and regulation of commercial space transportation activities. The FAA projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations may triple from 22 in 2017 to as high as 61 operations in 2020.

The FAA aerospace forecast is the industry-wide standard of measurement of U.S. aviation-related activities. This stems from the enormous variety of data, trends and other factors the agency uses to develop it, such as generally accepted economic projections, surveys and information sent by the airlines to the DOT. Additionally, the scope of the report looks at all facets of aviation including commercial air travel, air cargo, and private general aviation.

Read more in a fact sheet on the forecast on our website.

Source: FAAFAA Releases Aersospace Forecast

FAA is Looking for Experienced Air Traffic Controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hiring experienced air traffic controllers to work in facilities throughout the country, and also specifically for the facility that handles the busy New York area airspace.

The agency announced today that it will accept applications from candidates with experience to fill slots at the New York Tracon (N90) in Westbury, NY and other facilities throughout the country. The job announcements will be open fromMarch 19until March 26, 2018.

The candidates must have the following qualifications and specialized experience:

  • United States citizenship.
  • No older than 35 years of age.*
  • Fifty-two consecutive weeks of air traffic control experience.
  • Air traffic experience involving full-time active separation of air traffic.
  • Air traffic control certification or facility ratingwithin five yearsof submitting an application.
  • Served at either an FAA air traffic control facility, a civilian or military air traffic control facility of the Department of Defense, or a tower operating under contract with the FAA under Section 47124.

*Depending on the nature of an applicants previous air traffic controller experience, other qualifications may be required for employment.See the full application for employment on usajobs.gov on March 19.

Applicants must be willing to work at any FAA air traffic facility, or at the N90 facility, and may attend specialized training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Active duty military members must provide documentation certifying that they expect to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the documentation is signed.

Interested experienced applicants should visitwww.usajobs.govto start building their applications orwww.faa.gov/Jobsfor more information about air traffic controllers.

Source: FAAFAA is Looking for Experienced Air Traffic Controllers

DUATS is dead. Here’s why you won’t miss it.

DUATS, the US government’s program for retrieving weather briefings and filing flight plans without talking to Flight Service, was a breakthrough when it was introduced in 1989. It grew up with the internet, and seemed to point the way to a new, more efficient preflight planning process. Newer pilots may not believe it, but in the mid-1990s DUATS was viewed with the same awe and respect as electronic flight bag apps are today.

DUATS site
The DUATS website will be shut down in May.

But times change and now, almost 30 years later, DUATS is being shut down on May 16. The official reason is that the contract between the FAA and CSRA (a government contractor that was formerly called CSC) is expiring. Flight Service (run by Leidos, another government contractor) has added almost all of the capabilities that DUATS once offered – in fact, Leidos was awarded a contract alongside CSRA in 2015 for “DUATS II.” Over the past few years, Flight Service has made some major changes, becoming more of a data platform that connects pilots with the FAA, and less of a call center. Given those changes, keeping a separate DUATS service active became increasingly unnecessary.

The more practical reason is that electronic flight bag apps have completely revolutionized how most general aviation pilots plan flights and file flight plans. If the original DUATS was a basic web browser on dial-up, and the second generation DUATS was a full-featured website, the modern successor is ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, or Fltplan.com. These apps have been moving away from DUATS for years, building their own interfaces and features. While the FAA has advised pilots to use 1800wxbrief.com as a replacement for DUATS, we suspect most will be using their favorite app.

We spoke to Tyson Weihs and Sam Taylor at ForeFlight to understand how aviation’s most popular app handles flight plans and preflight briefings. What changes with the end of DUATS? Will pilots have to change any settings? The short answer is that ForeFlight users are just fine – in fact, the app offers more redundancy and features than DUATS ever did. While a future app update will remove the DUATS login altogether, pilots filing a flight plan today will already be routed through ForeFlight’s infrastructure. There’s nothing to do.

How does ForeFlight do this? The app is directly connected to AFTN, which is sort of like the aviation world’s own private internet, routing data between the FAA, air traffic control, and other service providers. ForeFlight accesses this directly via the FAA, but also the company’s own connection in Denmark (which came along when it acquired AviationCloud in 2015). That means there are globally redundant connections on two continents, something even Leidos doesn’t have. ForeFlight also has its own ATC messaging infrastructure to communicate AFTN messages to the system. That means the app can fail over and back between the FAA and Denmark, so uptime is excellent: when Leidos goes down, ForeFlight can route around them.

ForeFlight flight plan
ForeFlight can accommodate a number of different flight plan types from its Flights page.

The list of flight plan features in ForeFlight is long. In addition to filing, pilots can amend, cancel, activate, and close flight plans in the app. The ICAO flight plan format is also fully supported, which is important since this will soon to be required by the FAA for all filed flight plans – even domestic. Another nice feature is the ability to file a flight plan up to 27 days before departure time (compared to just 24 hours before ETD with DUATS). ForeFlight also sends flight plans to ATC 22 hours before ETD, or immediately if pilots file closer to ETD (compared to 3 hours before ETD with Leidos). This allows you to get acknowledged and in line sooner.

There is also a growing list of countries outside the US that accept flight plans from ForeFlight, including Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Australia, and most countries served by EUROCONTROL. Just as important, the app will even support flight plans for trips that start and end in Canada or the Caribbean, not just US-outbound flights.

Weihs says, “we provide a higher level of insight into the actual filing messages; for instance, if AFTN sends a “REJ” (rejection) for a filed flight plan, we let users know about that and the reason for the rejection. We also with our own infrastructure can monitor “ACK” messages to know when ATC got it, and also monitor for things like EDCT times (ground delays).”

When you need to make a quick change to a flight plan, like updating the departure time, ForeFlight sends “DLA” messages to AFTN that delay the flight plan instead of canceling it, which means you don’t get sent to the back of the line. The app also sends “as filed” notifications now via push notifications to the app and with an email so there’s no question on the status of the flight plan.

ForeFlight says they file the vast majority of electronic piston flight plans and a rapidly growing percentage of turbine and turboprop. They even have a dedicated team called “FileOps” that monitors errors and rejections encountered by pilots when filing a flight plan, and are ready to pro-actively assist when needed.

The DUATS news is neither surprising nor bad for pilots. The government is shutting down outdated technology that is increasingly expensive to maintain – a tough sell given the inexpensive and more robust commercial services that are now available. Flight Service isn’t going away, at least not anytime soon, if for no other reason than backup. A bush pilot in Alaska will need a phone number to call for many years (although this could conceivably be ATC some day, without the middle man). For pilots who don’t want to pay for an app subscription, 1800wxbrief.com is a good option, as is Fltplan.com’s free app. But there’s no denying that apps have become the primary way for general aviation pilots to interact with the air traffic control system.

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Charging your iPad: what you need to know

One of the standout features of the iPad is its long battery life – a fully charged battery should last you about 9 – 10 hours (more like 4 – 6 when using a wireless accessory and when the screen is on full bright). Even though most general aviation flights rarely last that long, it’s always a good idea to charge the iPad the night before your flight and start with a full battery. In fact, running out of battery power is about the only problem we’ve had in eight years of flying with the iPad.

Apple charger
Make sure you’re charging your iPad with a 10 or 12 watt charger.

Using the included wall charger

One of the few accessories included with the iPad is a USB Power Adapter, which will charge the device from a 110V wall outlet. If you look closely at the specs on the adapter, you’ll see that it’s a 12 watt/2.4 amp charger (or 10 watts/2.1 amps for older models). This is important to take note of since the iPhone, iPod Touch and other replacement USB power adapters are typically rated at 5 watts and 1 amp. The higher 2.1/2.4 amp charger allows the large battery in the iPad to charge more quickly than when using the traditional 1 amp adapter (it will take around 4 – 5 hours to charge a completely drained iPad battery).

A couple notes here:

  • You can still charge an iPad with a 1 amp USB power adapter, but it will take longer than 5 hours to fully charge.
  • The iPad’s 12 watt charger is still safe to use with your other USB devices (iPhone, iPod, etc.) and will not damage them. In fact, it will charge your iPhone faster.
Flight Gear dual USB charger
A dual 2.4 amp USB cigarette lighter charger is a must-have accessory in the cockpit.

Charging in the airplane with a cigarette lighter adapter

You can also use a 12-24V cigarette lighter charger in your airplane to charge your iPad. Pay close attention before just buying any USB charger though, as you’ll want to make sure it provides 2.1 amps for optimum charging. This model offers 2 USB ports, both rated at 2.4 amps, and works on both 12V and 24V electrical systems. It also has

Charging in the airplane with an installed USB port

If you own your airplane, you should consider a permanently installed, certified charging port. These are generally more reliable than portable devices, since they don’t rely on a touchy cigarette lighter charger. We like the Stratus Power from Appareo, which is TSO’d and includes dual 2.5 amp USB ports.

Charging from a computer

A third charging option is to connect your iPad to a computer that has a high-power USB 2.0 or 3.0 port (most newer Macs and PCs have this). This will not charge as quickly as when using the wall power adapter, but can often be more convenient. If you see the note “Not Charging” in the iPad battery status, your computer most likely does not have a high-power USB port.

Backup iPad battery
A portable battery pack is a great backup option.

iPad battery backups

You can also charge the iPad when on the go with a portable backup battery. This model includes 2.4 amp USB ports and a large, 12,000 mAh battery. These are great for airplanes without an electrical system or a cigarette lighter plug, and they can also be useful outside the cockpit. We keep on in our flight bag at all times as a backup.

“Accessory not supported”

If you see this notification on your iPad or iPhone, it usually means the charging device isn’t putting out enough juice to charge the iOS device’s battery. If you’ve double checked that it’s the right charging plug (and cable), try cleaning out the Lightning port on your device. Sometimes dust or other debris can interrupt the connection. Also try restarting your device.

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Video review: Garmin GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B Receiver

Which is better – subscription-free ADS-B weather or satellite-delivered SiriusXM weather? With the new Garmin GDL 52, you don’t have to choose any more. This battery-powered receiver includes both, plus GPS and AHRS, and it can connect to tablets running the Garmin Pilot app or to Garmin portable GPSs. Here’s an in-flight review of this all-in-one device.

Learn more about the GDL 52 here

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How to use swipe gestures on your iPad

Multitasking gesture

iOS 11 app overlay
iOS 11 offers a new app overlay option.

You can do almost everything on your iPad without touching a button – in fact, the new iPhone X doesn’t even have a home button. Whether it’s closing an app, switching apps, opening the control center, or searching for something, iOS 11 has multiple gestures that can save time or unlock additional features. Once you get proficient with them, they can really save time in the cockpit. Let’s review all the options.

  • Swipe up for control center and apps – The Control Center provides quick access to some of the most commonly-used settings, including Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, and screen brightness. From the home screen, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display an overlay with these buttons (on the right side), along with all your recently-used apps. If you already have an app open, a swipe up will display the tray of favorite apps; swipe up even more and the apps/control center overlay will appear. This is a great way to make configuration changes when you get in the airplane.
  • Swipe down from top for notifications and today – Did you get an alert and want to review it? Swipe down from the top of the screen to see a list of all your notifications, whether it’s a new email or an expected route from ForeFlight. After swiping down, you can also swipe from left to right to display the Today view. This is helpful because this view includes widgets, the little apps that run in self-contained boxes here.
  • Swipe down from middle for search – Most people learn this one by accident, but it can be useful if your iPad has a lot of apps. Swipe down from the middle of the screen and you’ll see a gray screen with a search box at the top. You can use this to find an app that’s hidden in another folder, a contact, or even search the internet. Tap cancel at the top to return to your home screen.
  • Drag an app from the try to get split screen – This is only available on newer iPad models running iOS 11, but it’s a powerful feature. While an app is open, swipe from the bottom of the screen to display the tray with favorite and recent apps. Then, tap and drag an app icon to overlay it on the app that’s already open. This is a great way to use a checklist app or an E6B app without closing your favorite EFB app. Some apps go a step further and allow a full split-screen view, with two apps side by side. To view this, first drag an app icon out of the tray to display a second app, then swipe down from the top of that slide-over window. You should see your original app resize and both apps will be active at the same time. You can even go from an 80/20 split to a 50/50 split by then dragging the new window from the left edge.
Multitasking gesture
Multitasking gestures use four or five fingers to switch between apps or close them.

Besides these shortcuts, there are a number of gestures that require four or five fingers – Apple calls them Multitasking Gestures. To activate this functionality, go to Settings -> General -> Multitasking & Dock. The first setting will enable the multiple app option mentioned above. The third one (Gestures) enables the following shortcuts:

  • Pinch to the home screen – Use this instead of pressing the home button to access the home screen from within any app. Place four or five fingers spread out on the screen, and pinch together.
  • Swipe up to multitasking – Use this instead of pressing the home button twice (or the single finger swipe from the bottom) to access the multitasking and control center view. Place four or five fingers spread out on the screen, and move your hand upward.
  • Swipe up with four fingers to close multiple apps – Once you’ve opened the App Switcher (what Apple calls this screen you get after doing the above gesture), you can close apps that are running in the background by swiping up. This doesn’t delete the app, it simply closes it down completely. However, you can close multiple apps at the same time by swiping up with multiple fingers. This is handy if you want to close a lot of open apps, which is useful if you’re trying to troubleshoot.
  • Swipe left or right between apps – This allows quick movement between applications that are currently running. With an app running, place four or five fingers spread out on the screen. Now, move your hand to the left to switch to the last opened app. With the same motion, move your hand back to the right to switch back to the previous app.

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FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program

Today the 3rd Annual UAS Symposium was kicked off in Baltimore, Maryland as Acting Administrator Dan Elwell announced the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.

Under the FAAs Part 107 small drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. To facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) at several air traffic facilities last November to evaluate the feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing. Based on the prototypes success, the agency will now conduct a nationwide beta test beginning April 30 that will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The final deployment will begin on September 13.

Drone operators using LAANC can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. Air traffic controllers also can see where planned drone operations will take place

Beginning April 16, the FAA also will consider agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. Currently, there are four providersAirMap,Project Wing,Rockwell Collins and Skyward. Applications must be made by May 16. Interested parties can find information on the application process here. This is not a standard government acquisition; there is no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) related to this effort.

LAANC uses airspace data provided through UAS facility maps. The maps show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with the maps and provide automatic notification and authorization requests to the FAA. It is an important step in developing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

Source: FAAFAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program

ForeFlight 9.6 delivers a smarter flight planning experience

ForeFlight released their first major update for 2018, introducing a variety of smart features throughout the app to improve the flight planning experience. The latest version continues the trend of adding additional functionality to the Flights tab, making this the go-to spot to research and plan a flight. Here’s a quick look at all the new features in ForeFlight 9.6 and how to use them.

Pack your charts from the Flights tab

The layout and resulting workflow in the Flights section of ForeFlight have improved significantly in recent updates. It’s designed with a logical workflow as you enter flight data from top to bottom to make sure you don’t forget any steps, like retrieving a weather briefing, determining the optimum route and altitude or checking fuel prices at the destination.

The latest update adds the popular “Pack” feature to the Flights section as one of the final tasks to complete before filing a flight plan, ensuring you have the charts, weather, NOTAMs, and data stored for offline viewing in flight.

Furthermore, Pack now saves the Icing and Turbulence map layers for Pro Plus and Performance Plus subscribers for offline quick reference in flight.

Never miss a closed airport or runway

ForeFlight has been a pioneer in finding better ways to get pilots to actually look at NOTAMs, instead of burying them at the end of a multi-page text weather briefing. For example, when viewing an instrument approach chart or taxiway diagram, you’ll see a red button at the top with a shortcut to view applicable NOTAMs for that airport or procedure.

The latest improvement here is calling out both airport and runway closures with a highly visible red banner displayed on the Airports screen. For the specifics on runway closures, tap the Runways tab and you’ll see a red “Closed” notation under the specific runway number. Furthermore, these will be updated in flight when connected to Stratus, Scout or Garmin ADS-B receivers.

Better route selections

ForeFlight includes various route recommendations for your planned trip, including options for recently cleared ATC routes and routes based on airways. The latest update introduces a new Recommended Route feature, which is an improved version of the previous AviationCloud Autoroute.

This gives you the best route based on your detailed aircraft performance profile, time/fuel savings, jet vs. piston, etc., while also accounting for preferred routes, recent ATC cleared routes, and how frequently a given route is assigned. In other words, it’s going to be the most fuel-efficient route that will likely result in a “cleared as filed” clearance from ATC.

The Recommended Route will also provide better altitude selections for high-performance airplanes flying shorter legs, by using a roughly-calculated rule of thirds (1/3 of the flight for climb, 1/3 for cruise and 1/3 for descent), which is the preferred flight profile in the eyes of ATC. The Recommended Route feature requires a Performance Plus subscription.

New Flight Log Streamlines Your Record-Keeping
A new Flight Log in the Flights section simplifies your post-flight data entry and provides an easy way to compare planned performance with actual results. You’ll see new fields just under the FBO section to capture fuel at shutdown, start/end meter times, and Out/Off/On/In times. These correspond to pushback, takeoff, landing and arrival times for jet operators and are required entries for pro pilots.

Temperature and Dewpoint Added to MOS Forecasts

ForeFlight has included a text MOS forecast right along the TAF for several years now, which provides an extended computer-generated forecast several days out for over 2,000 airports in the U.S. While the accuracy may not pinpoint the exact weather 2 days out, it’s very useful for monitoring trends and getting a general feel for how the weather will evolve. With the latest update, ForeFlight now includes temperature and dewpoint values and ranges in the text MOS forecast, when available, for more informed flight planning.

Other new features in this update:

  • New “translated text” setting for Legacy Briefing format
  • Integrates the full set of EUROCONTROL-sourced EAD NOTAMs, providing greater NOTAM coverage for European airports.
  • The Maps page on ForeFlight Web now has a combined Favorite/Recent Route button with Edit/Clear function, just like the interface in the app
  • FBO information included in printable Navlog
  • Support for %MAC entry in Weight & Balance for Performance Plus subscribers
  • New ICAO Equipment codes for oceanic flights: P1, P2, P3


Source: Ipad appsForeFlight 9.6 delivers a smarter flight planning experience

In-flight weather fundamentals – using ADS-B and SiriusXM

Using datalink weather products like ADS-B and SiriusXM can make your flying safer, easier, and more fun – but only if you know what you’re doing. In this information-packed webinar recording, you’ll learn practical tips for smart weather flying from an experienced pilot and a meteorologist. Topics include: how radar works, the different types of satellite imagery, tips for getting the most out of METARs, how ADS-B and SiriusXM weather receivers work, and dangerous radar signatures. Also includes four real world weather scenarios, and the lessons learned.


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