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October 20, 2014, 11:50 AM

ADS-B is without question a promising solution to the many safety, capacity and other suboptimal characteristics of today’s air traffic management system. Moreover, most observers agree that ADS-B will be one of the essential keys to America’s NextGen air traffic control system and comparable programs worldwide. All that is a given. Unfortunately, its introduction appears to be off to a rocky start.

October 20, 2014, 11:50 AM

The crew of a forward fire controller aircraft orbiting the recent Dog Rock fire in Yosemite National Park said the Cal Fire-operated S-2F3AT tanker that crashed October 7 might have collided with a tree before it struck the ground, according to the NTSB preliminary accident report. The accident killed the pilot, and post-impact fire destroyed the aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 11:40 AM

The business jet market has been on the mend for quite some time, but only recently has the improvement shown clear signs of acceleration. According to recent statistics, it was about one year ago that the inventory of used business jets began to shrink at a faster rate than during previous years. Since last year’s NBAA Convention, the industry has experienced a 10-percent drop in used aircraft inventory, or nearly 300 fewer aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 11:40 AM

A number of NextGen-based airspaces changes will take effect November 13 across the U.S. and Canada. The updates, part of the FAA’s regular charting cycle, show the most significant changes coming to the combined U.S. and Canadian airspace near Windsor/Toronto and Montreal, as well as Boston, Washington and New York. Airspace in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina will also be updated in the mid-November cycle. Cleveland Center is preparing for 17 amended routes, the deletion of 20 jet routes and the addition of 21 Q routes.

October 20, 2014, 11:30 AM

Helicopter accidents happen when pilots allow themselves to take unnecessary risks, according to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). “If pilots learn to recognize their attitudes for what they are, they can deal accordingly and operate safely.”

October 20, 2014, 11:30 AM

For flight operations with multiple-aircraft fleets and pilots that use iPad electronic flight bags (EFBs), app developer ForeFlight (Booth 4645) has integrated its ForeFlight Mobile iPad app with Comply365’s MyMobile365 dashboard. Comply365 specializes in enterprise optimization, and the dashboard helps fleet operators manage iPad deployment for groups of users.

October 20, 2014, 11:25 AM

Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.

Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”

October 20, 2014, 11:25 AM

The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.

October 20, 2014, 11:20 AM

NBAA will recognize five member companies for outstanding safe flying achievement at a luncheon tomorrow. PepsiCo and Weyerhaeuser will each receive the NBAA award for 60 years of safe flying, while Brunswick, Cummins and Sprint Flight Operations will receive the 50 years of safe flying award. The plaques will be awarded at the association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla.

October 20, 2014, 11:20 AM

Vision Systems (Booth 1551) is showcasing its expanded range of electronically dimmable windows here at NBAA 2014. The French company’s Nuance Multizone range of windows promises improved comfort for passengers because it allows the dimming of light to be adjusted for each window.

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