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FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

Whats not to like about an automated government system thats faster, simpler and more user-friendly than the paper-based system it supplements?

In a Federal Register notice, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially notified owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations they may now use the FAAs new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The system became available to these owners March 30.

All owners of small UAS used for purposes other than as model aircraft must currently obtain a Section 333 exemption grant, a certificate of waiver or authorization, or other FAA authorization to operate legally in U.S. airspace. Registration is one of the requirements associated with a Section 333 exemption.

Previously, these UAS owners had to fill out paper aircraft registration forms and physically mail them to the FAA Registry in Oklahoma City. The process often took weeks to accomplish because of the volume of requests the Registry was receiving.

Many exemptions, mostly issued before the web-based registration system was created, required aircraft to be registered using the paper process and to be marked with an N-number. The notice specifically advised exemption holders that aircraft operated under Section 333 exemptions can now be registered using the web-based system.

In contrast to paper registration, web-based registration significantly speeds up the process. It is easier to use and takes much less time to complete than the legacy system. Registration for operators is $5 per aircraft, the same low fee that manned aircraft owners pay.

UAS owners who already registered in the legacy paper-based system and received an N-number for their aircraft do not have to re-register. Owners who register under the new system can easily access the records for all of their aircraft by logging into their on-line account.

Source: FAAFAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

UAS Symposium Broadens Dialogue on Integration

April 21– The FAA held a UAS Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this week to broaden the dialogue with industry and the public on how to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker both noted the tremendous progress the FAA and industry have made on integration by working together collaboratively. They called on the attendees to build on this success by helping the FAA frame the next steps for future collaboration on the bigger integration challenges.

“Working together, we have accomplished a truly incredible amount in the last couple of years. But were still really at the beginning of the process,” Huerta said during his keynote address. “We need to start thinking about bigger challenges, so I propose that we use this symposium to frame these challenges together.”

Huerta noted safety is a shared responsibility. He said the FAA-industry partnership is working because both respect that they sometimes have different viewpoints but ultimately find common ground. This has resulted in a string of recent accomplishments.

For example, the FAA assembled a diverse task force last fall that helped create a robust drone registration system in record time. Today, more than 425,000 people have registered their drones, absorbing the FAAs shared safety message in the process.

Based on the success of the registration task force, the FAA formed an aviation rulemaking committee in March to develop recommendations for how the agency could allow certain unmanned aircraft to operate over people. The committee delivered a comprehensive report earlier this month that will help shape a new rule.

The agency has also streamlined the Section 333 and UAS test site processes to make it easier to fly. The small UAS rule, which will be finalized in late spring, will allow for routine commercial drone operations and eliminate the need for most Section 333 exemptions.

The wide-ranging viewpoints and feedback provided during the UAS Symposium will inform the FAAs long-termdiscussion on UAS integration. It will also mark the beginning of a new phase of the collaboration that will help the FAA identify and prioritize integration challenges. Administrator Huerta will report on next steps during AUVSIs XPONENTIAL in May.

Source: FAAUAS Symposium Broadens Dialogue on Integration

Keeping your charge–iPad battery tips

iPad battery open

Let’s add it all up – the electronics pilots take with them on a long cross country trip. We have two iPads (one for the pilot and one for the co-pilot), two cell phones, an ADS-B receiver or external GPS for those iPads and maybe a smartwatch or two. Most of these items would be on pilot’s required materials list for flight.

If you’re using the iPad as the main source of aviation charts, you definitely don’t want the battery running out of juice before touchdown. As a rule of thumb, the battery will last about 4 to 6 hours on a full charge when using it as a GPS navigator.

An external battery pack can be a lifesaver in today’s modern cockpit. Let’s dig into the details of the devices you carry and these backup batteries to expose what you need to look for and what to avoid.

iPad battery specs

First off you have to know the needs of your devices. iPads require more power to function than a tiny external GPS. iPhones need less input to charge than your ADS-B receiver in most cases. The chart below is your quick reference guide to the real specs of your batteries.

iPad Mini


iPad Mini 1-4: Battery size 4,500 – 6,400 mAh




The original iPad 1-4: Battery size 6,600 – 11,500 mAh


iPad Air


iPad Air 1-2: Battery size 7,300 – 8,800 mAh


iPad Pro 9.7


iPad Pro 9.7”: Battery size 7,300 mAh


iPad Pro 12.9


iPad Pro 12.9”: Battery size 10,300 mAh


As a general rule of thumb, mobile phones and the iPad Mini only require 1 amp to charge. The full size iPads and iPad Pro require 2.1 to 2.4 amps. The larger phones, often referred to as “phablets”, may also need 2 amps or more and vary by device.

Your Stratus 2S ADS-B receiver should also be charged with a 2 amp charger for the best rate. In a pinch though you can charge any of these devices with a 1 amp charger, though you’ll experience a slower charging rate. The reverse is true too –you can charge a 1 amp device (like an iPhone) with a charger rated at 2 amps. Don’t worry, it won’t cause any harm. Let’s take a closer look at why all this matters.

Not all power sources are created equal

When charging your iPad, no matter which model you have, make sure you have a minimum 2 amp output USB port. Less than 2 amp is insufficient for fast charging and depending on the device may not charge at all. USB hubs for charging are typically 1 amp to 2.4 amps. It’s simple–the higher the amp output of the hub the faster the device plugged into that hub will charge.

When you’re buying a backup battery for the plane consider two things- how many mAh the battery is and the amps output the USB ports charge at. Based on the numbers above you can get an idea of the capacity your iPad has and make sure you’re buying a large enough backup battery for your needs.

The Professional Power iPad/iPhone Battery has 20,800 mAh of battery and offers 4 USB ports as seen below. Two of the ports provide 2.4 amp output, while the other 2 deliver 1 amp for mobile phones. This battery is a big one–20,800 mAh is enough juice to recharge your iPads, Stratus, and cell phones multiple times.

pro power battery


The Rugged Portable Battery Pack has two 2.4 amp USB ports and 12,000 mAh of battery. Quick charge features are built into the battery. As an added bonus the battery is waterproof when stored with the hatch door closed.


The Dual 2.4 USB Cigarette Lighter Charger is exactly how it sounds. Two 2.4 amp USB charging ports and plugs into a cigarette lighter on the panel of your aircraft. The charger is compatible with 12V and 28V systems.

12v28v charger

Operating temperatures are key

Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles of cases may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity. If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first. Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, but consider 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) to be the ideal comfort zone.

It’s especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 95° F (35° C), which can permanently damage battery capacity. That is, your battery won’t power your device as long on a given charge. This means that leaving your iPad in a hot plane while you’re eating lunch is a bad idea. Storing a battery in a hot environment for an extended period of time can cause irreversible damage.

When using your device in a very cold environment, you may notice a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well.

Dim the Screen to extend battery life

There are two simple ways you can extend battery life, no matter how you use your device: lower your screen brightness and disable unneeded wireless radios. Cellular service, WiFi and Bluetooth require extra power, and should be turned off when not needed in flight.

The other big power draw is the screen’s backlight. Consider dimming the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness to extend battery life:

  • To dim, swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open Control Center and drag the Brightness slider to the left.
  • Auto-Brightness adjusts your screen to lighting conditions automatically. To activate it, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Auto-Brightness to On.

Check out these articles for more information:

iPad Battery Test: What really matters?

How to maximize battery life – tips for better performance

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California Legislature Declares April ?Aviation Awareness Month?

Aviation Contributes Over $30 Billion To The State’s Economy The Alliance for Aviation Across America issued a statement applauding the California Legislature for declaring April 2016 “Aviation Awareness Month.” In California, general aviation contributes over $30.2 billion to the state’s total economic output.
Source: aero newsCalifornia Legislature Declares April ?Aviation Awareness Month?

Jeppesen Teams With Bose To Provide Audio Warnings For Mobile FliteDeck VFR

New Data Coverage In Scandinavia Also Added For VFR Pilots Jeppesen recently teamed with audio expert Bose Corporation to provide automatic audio warnings as part of its flight information solution for private pilots flying under visual flight rules – Mobile FliteDeck VFR.
Source: aero newsJeppesen Teams With Bose To Provide Audio Warnings For Mobile FliteDeck VFR

ANN Announces Massive AEA-Live and Aero-TV Schedules for AEA16!

After 2 Decades of Innovative NewMedia Coverage, ANN Continues to Raise the Bar The crew at the Aero-News Network is eagerly anticipating yet another chance to showcase one of the most innovative industries in the aviation and aerospace world. Riding on nearly a decade’s worth of high-tech NewMedia coverage (and over 20 years of online reporting), much of it LIVE, ANN and its Aero-TV and Airborne affiliates will be producing 10-12 hours of live coverage from the floors of the 2016 AEA International Convention & Trade Show as well as dozens of Aero-News stories online along with a number of Aero-TV Interviews and features for added distribution among one of the largest audiences in the Aero-Verse.
Source: aero newsANN Announces Massive AEA-Live and Aero-TV Schedules for AEA16!

Solar Impulse 2 Departs Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 departed Hawaii Thursday morning bound for Mountain View, California, with one of the team’s two pilots, Bertrand Piccard, at the controls of the single-seat aircraft. The plane took off from Hawaii bound for Mountain View, Calif., for a leg that’s expected to last about two and a half days. The four-motor, single-seat airplane took a nine-month hiatus in Hawaii.
Source: avwebSolar Impulse 2 Departs Hawaii

Aero: Cirrus First Production Jet Ready for Flight

As Cirrus tends to the final details of its certification of the SF50 Vision Jet, the first production model is within days if not hours of its first flight, according to Pat Waddick, Cirrus president. Speaking at the Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Thursday, Waddick said four test aircraft have accumulated some 1700 hours and the test articles are completing the final stages of function and reliability testing and the type inspection authorization from the FAA.
Source: avwebAero: Cirrus First Production Jet Ready for Flight