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New ASTM Small-Plane Standards Help With Handling And Icing

Part Of The F44 Committee’s Efforts To Generate Industry Standards ASTM International’s Committee on General Aviation Aircraft (F44) has approved two new standards that cover handling characteristics and icing protection. The standards are part of the committee’s efforts to generate a set of industry standards that help with compliance to regulations from certification authorities.
Source: aero newsNew ASTM Small-Plane Standards Help With Handling And Icing

What’s in your flight bag? A student pilot’s perspective

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This is part of a series where we ask different pilots what they carry when they fly with an iPad. Previously we took a look at what Bret Koebbe, CFI and editor at iPad Pilot News, carries on his typical flights. Today we’ll hear from J.C. Mayerle, student pilot and electronics geek, to see what make made the cut and what was cut loose from the flight bag.

J.C. Mayerle

J.C. Mayerle, student pilot

Name: J.C. Mayerle

Airplane: Cessna 172 LITE

Type of flying: Training with my instructor and riding jump seat in a locally-based Citation when the opportunity presents itself.

iPad model: iPad Mini 3, WiFi only, 32GB

I’m a recent college graduate from the University of Cincinnati. My days as a student have forced me to adopt a minimalist attitude when it comes to my daily pack. I spent too many semesters being a pack mule around campus; therefore my goal is carry as little as I can get away with. Adopting technology and gear that suits more than one purpose is the goal. I wouldn’t say that it’s really about having less gear, it’s about having the right gear. When I preflight my flight bag at home I want to be able to see everything without emptying the bag or unzipping all the inner pockets. I carry what I need and not much else.

Thankfully the iPad has taken the majority of the weight from books out of my pack. If there’s an online version of a book or course you can count me in, not to mention that the online versions tend to be more current since you can update periodically. I also like gear that keeps me organized when flying- I’ve got too much else to focus on so I don’t want 10 different gizmos taking up space. Now I’m just a newbie pilot but after a little over 40 hours of flying I’ve figured out exactly what I like to carry on my lessons. So here’s what I need:

The iPad – The first item on the list is obviously my iPad, which was a given but it’s not the iPad itself, it’s what’s on the iPad. I’ve got 2 essential apps- ForeFlight and the Learn to Fly Course. ForeFlight is my go-to for weather briefings, sectional charts and GPS navigation. Without this app I’d be carrying way more weight in my bag and probably need a bigger one.

The Learn to Fly Course is available in an App or Online however I actually chose to go with the online version. I like using my laptop at home to study and I can still use the online version with my iPad just logging on normally in safari. It’s the best of both worlds. Having the Learn to fly course lets me study when I’m able, review the topics in today’s flight lesson and watch the maneuvers before I go try them in the plane.

iPad Mini Bifold Kneeboard – To keep my iPad Mini secure in flight I like the bifold kneeboard. I wear it on my left leg and let the right side lay across my lap. This creates a little working space to keep my notes and checklists handy in flight. Bonus on the kneeboard, it has extra storage pockets inside to store the small items like charging cables and pens.

David Clark DC Pro-X Headset – My requirements for a headset were ANR (active noise reduction), bluetooth interface for music and it had to be lightweight. The Pro-X fits that bill nicely. As an added benefit it is the smallest footprint I can find in a headset so my flight bag isn’t overwhelmed. My first headset was a hand-me-down H10-13.4, built like a tank and stands the test of time. I have confidence that my Pro-X will do the same.

Smith and Wesson Hands Free Flashlight – This flashlight fits all my requirements. It’s small, bright and serves two functions- red and white lights. I store it in an external pocket and when I need it the light is easily clipped onto my seat belt to illuminate the panel.

iPad Quick Case Flight Gear Bag – So to keep all my gear organized and mobile I’ve chosen the iPad quick case. It’s always open so I can see what I have and it fits my gear with just the right amount of pockets to limit me from carrying too much. In that bag I have a fuel tester, a few spare AA batteries, an E6B and my logbook in addition to what I’ve listed above. I’ve been carrying this bag for about 6 months to date and it’s doing just fine.

The more hours I rack up the more my needs may change. I’m sure it’ll be interesting to see what gear I lose and what remains standard equipment in a year or two. Let us know what you think down below in a comment about what you carry and what I should be carrying. Thanks for reading!

Source: Ipad appsWhat’s in your flight bag? A student pilot’s perspective

FAA Air Traffic Report

The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impacts to normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

The system outlook for today, March 3, 2016:

Thunderstorms around Memphis may affecteast-westair traffic today.Afternoon rain showers are forecast for Atlanta (ATL), andhigh-windsare expected around Dallas-Fort Worth (DAL, DFW)throughout the day. Chicago (MDW, ORD), Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis (MSP) will see light snow. Low clouds may spur delays in Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA) this morning.

For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit the front page of www.faa.gov and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and information.

Source: FAAFAA Air Traffic Report

GAMA Welcomes EU-US Agreement On Acceptance Of Approved Components

Bunce Says Pact ‘Removes Unnecessary Bureaucracy’ For Use Of Approved Components The United States and the European Union have signed into force an agreement recognizing each other’s high safety standards through the acceptance of approved components, known as Technical Standard Orders (TSOs).
Source: aero newsGAMA Welcomes EU-US Agreement On Acceptance Of Approved Components