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How to customize your ForeFlight logbook

Digital logbooks have been around for many years, but ForeFlight’s introduction of this feature in late 2015 seems to have turbocharged adoption. More and more pilots are using the app to log flights and track currency, but there’s more to this feature than just basic flight logging. Here are seven ways to get the most out of your new logbook.

1. Configure fields just the way you want. Every pilot is different, so what’s important to one will be useless to another. ForeFlight makes it easy to turn on and off individual logbook fields as you see fit. If you’re a VFR-only pilot, for example, you can hide Instrument time and Approaches. If you’re flying a jet and need to log type-specific time, it’s easy to add a custom field for each airplane. From the main logbook page, go to Settings, then Configure Fields. You’ll see a simple menu of options.

2. Use track logs to create draft entries. If you use ForeFlight’s handy track logging feature (and you should; it’s automatic), the app will automatically suggest logbook entries after a flight. After all, it knows where you departed from, where you landed and how long it took to fly there, so this can save a lot of time. Just go to the Logbook page and approve or delete the draft entry, or make modifications if needed. Even better, if you fly with a Stratus ADS-B receiver and ADS-B Out in your airplane, ForeFlight will “listen” for your airplane’s N-number and auto-fill that in your draft entry. This makes logging almost completely automatic.

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3. Use experience reports for insurance forms. When it comes time to apply for or renew aircraft insurance, you usually have to fill out a long form that asks for total time, time in type, time in the last 12 months, etc. This is one place where a digital logbook really shines, and ForeFlight makes it easy. From the main Logbook page, tap on Reports, then Experience Report. This will give you a nice one-page view of your time by aircraft category, class and type, plus totals for pilot in command, cross country and more. To change the date range, tap the menu at the top of the screen: you can select last 30 days, last 90 days, last 6 months, last 12 months or all time. You can even select custom start/stop dates.

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4. Save time with checkride prep reports. If you’re training for a Private Pilot license or Instrument Rating, there are a lot of requirements to check off. ForeFlight makes it easy to review your progress on each of the steps. Go to Reports, then either Private Pilot ASEL or Instrument Airplane. You’ll see a checklist of the required times, and whether you meet them.

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5. Keep a copy of your pilot certificate. You should always have your pilot certificate with you when you fly, but just in case you lose it, ForeFlight offers an easy way to have backup. Tap on Qualifications, then the specific license you want to view. From there, you can tap Add Photo and use your iPad to take a picture of your license (front and back). It’s not a legal replacement for your plastic certificate, but it’s better than nothing if you get ramp checked and don’t have your wallet.

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6. Swipe to delete. One of the most common questions we get is, “how do I delete a logbook entry that’s incorrect or incomplete?” There are actually two ways to do it. First, you can tap on an individual entry and scroll all the way to the bottom, where you’ll find a Delete button. A faster way to do it is by swiping from right to left on the main logbook entries page.

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7. Make it a flying memory book. Sure, a logbook is an important document for keeping track of currency. But it can also be a fun way to remember flights and passengers. In particular, three fields in ForeFlight logbook can transform your log from boring text to lively travelogue. First, add the names of people you fly with the Crew & Passengers field. Then add pictures of your flight and destination with the Flight Photos section. Finally, add some notes (was the airport restaurant good, how was the weather, what lessons were learned) in the Comments section.

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Any tips you’ve learned? Add a comment below.

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Video tip: avoiding thunderstorms with datalink weather

One of the best upgrades to your iPad is a datalink weather receiver like a Stratus, Sentry or GDL. These portable avionics sit on your dash or suction cup to a side window and receive either subscription-free ADS-B weather from ground stations or SiriusXM satellite weather that requires a monthly subscription. Regardless of your receiver, there are some important rules to follow. In this video tip, you’ll learn how to evaluate radar images to determine if they are dangerous thunderstorms or just rain. There’s more to it than just green, yellow and red colors.

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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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FAA Sets Public Workshops for South-Central Florida Metroplex

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has scheduled public workshops on proposed new air traffic control procedures developed under the South-Central Florida Metroplex. The project aims to replace dozens of existing flight procedures with satellite-based routes, enhancing safety and efficiency of flights over the state.

The South-Central Florida Metroplex proposes new procedures for Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA) where operational efficiency directly affects flights throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The project also proposes changes for St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) and Palm Beach (PBI) and several satellite airports. For more information, view our videos in English and Spanish.

The workshops will be an open house format where FAA experts will share preliminary designs of the air traffic procedures and answer questions. The agency will accept written comments at the workshops and through a link posted on this webpage: South Central Florida Community Involvement. We will accept comments on the proposals for each location for 30 days from the date of the last meeting in that city.

The sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at these locations:

Orlando April 15-18, 2019

  • April 15 Lake Nona High School, 12500 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, 32832
  • April 16Orlando Executive Airport, 365 Rickenbacker Dr., Orlando, 32803
  • April 17Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 32809
  • April 18 -Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 32789

Palm Beach April 18, 2019

  • Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, 33406.

Fort Lauderdale April 22-25, 2019

  • April 22 Old Davie School, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, 33314
  • April 23 Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 33019
  • April 24 Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, 33317
  • April 25 David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, 33328

Miami April 29-May 2, 2019

  • April 29Police Substation, 3719 NW 97th Ave., Doral, 33178
  • April 30 Florida International University, Wolfe University Center, Rooms 221 and 223, 3000, NE 151 St., North Miami Beach, 33181
  • May 1 Marriott Miami Airport, 1201 NW 42nd Ave., Miami, 33126
  • May 2 Glenn Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs, 33166

Tampa Bay April 29-May 2, 2019

  • April 29 Clarion Inn & Suites, 20967 US-19, Clearwater, 33765
  • April 30 Tampa Airport Marriott, 4200 George J. Bean Pkwy., Tampa, 33607
  • May 1 Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33618

This session will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • May 2 Jan Platt Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 33611

TheNational Environmental Policy Act of 1969(NEPA) requires the FAA to identify and publicly disclose any potential environmental impacts of the proposed procedures. The agency plans to begin the environmental review in summer 2019. We will offer the public the opportunity to comment on the proposals again during the environmental process. The FAA anticipates completing the environmental review in 2020, and expects to implement the new procedures in 2021 to the extent supported by the environmental findings.

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FAA Video on Licensing Commercial Space Transportation Operations Now Available

More and more U.S. citizens and companies want to know about the exciting and growing field of commercial space transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has a new video on obtaining an FAA-license to conduct a launch, reentry, and even operate a spaceport.

An FAA license is required to conduct any commercial launch or reentry, the operation of any launch or reentry site by U.S. citizens anywhere in the world, or by any individual or entity within the United States. However, an FAA license is not required for a space-related activity the government carries out for the government, such as some NASA or Department of Defense launches.

The video also goes through the pre-application process, where the FAA sits down with potential commercial space operators to discuss what licensing requirements applicants might need to conduct their specific space-related activity.

Once the FAA issues a license or permit, the agency works with operators to make sure they are meeting the requirements to conduct launches and reentries. This includes having FAA safety inspectors monitor licensed activities. However, as a federal regulator the FAA has the authority to suspend or revoke any license or issue fines when a commercial space operator is not in compliance with statutory or regulatory requirements.

So, if you are thinking about obtaining a license from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, please view the video. You also may find additional information in the PowerPoint presentation associated with video and the fact sheet.

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FAA to Hold Workshops for Las Vegas Metroplex Project

Las VegasThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold three public workshops on April 9, 10 and 11 in and around Las Vegas about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area.

The proposed improvements are part of the FAA’s Las Vegas Metroplex project, which would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more efficiently through the area. The project includes McCarran International Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, Henderson Executive Airport and Nellis Air Force Base. It is one of 11 Metroplex projects nationwide.

While the airspace around Las Vegas is very safe, its not as efficient as it could be. The FAA proposes to address the inefficiencies by implementing new routes that are more direct, automatically separated from each other, and have efficient climb and descent profiles. The potential benefits of these routes can include reductions in pilot-controller communications, miles flown, fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

The FAA has drafted preliminary designs for new satellite-based routes for the Las Vegas area. The upcoming workshops will feature informational videos and poster boards that show existing and proposed routes and explain the inefficiencies in the current system. FAA representatives will be available to answer questions, and people can submit written comments at the workshops and online for 30 days afterward.

The workshops will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will be an open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. Free parking will be available at all locations.

The workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 9
Henderson Executive Airport
3500 Executive Terminal Dr.
Henderson, NV 89052
North/South Meeting Rooms

Wednesday, April 10
North Las Vegas Airport
2730 Airport Dr.
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Grand Canyon Conference Room

Thursday, April 11
Clark County Government Center
500 S Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Pueblo Room

The FAA will consider all applicable comments we receive at the workshops and during the comment period in developing the Draft Environmental Assessement (EA) for the Las Vegas Metroplex project. When the FAA completes the Draft EA, the agency will hold additional workshops so people can commment on that document.

The FAA will consider all applicable comments from the Draft EA workshops and associated public comment period in developing the final EA for the project. The FAA will conduct additional workshops to inform the public about any final routes.

To learn more about the project, please visit our Las Vegas Community Involvement website.

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