NBAA’s GA Desk is warning aircraft operators flying on the U.S. East Coast this week to review TFR notams carefully. A moving 10-nm TFR is following President Obama along a bus tour through the East Coast until later tomorrow.
Weather Services International (WSI) has released a new version (4.0) of its Fusion software, which it bills as a “workflow-based aviation-planning/decision-support tool.” The latest version adds more meteorological features, including an easy-to-understand graphic presentation of weather events and conditions.
At the DTC Duat Services booth (No. C11236), NBAA attendees can check out the free DTC iPhone/iPad app, which provides mobile access to features such as flight planning and filing, weather briefing and graphics and a convenient way to check for TFRs before takeoff.
Long-time users of the Air Support Preflight Planning System (PPS) route planning software on PCs may not be surprised to learn that the company plans to unveil a faster flight plan Optimizer. What may surprise current customers, however, is that they will need do little more than turn on their computers to obtain this major upgrade, because it will happen, for the most part, behind the scenes.
AC-U-Kwik’s online airports database has seen a 33-percent increase in traffic over the past year. The site provides preflight airport and FBO information to pilots, schedulers/dispatchers and other aviation professionals. Users of the AC-U-Kwik Web site can now view Notams for individual airports. A new comments section
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport is closed to all fixed-wing traffic until further notice due to runway and taxiway flooding. Heavy rain this past weekend caused the Neponset River to send floodwater onto the adjacent airport property, flooding both runways–10/28 and 17/35–and several taxiways.
Ten North American airports have contracted for or are already managing field-condition reporting using Passur Aerospace’s OpsNet system. The OpsNet collaborative platform field-condition reporting system helps airport users share airport operational information quickly and efficiently and can save airports from $1.2 million to $12 million by reducing cancellations, diversions and secondary de-icing.
The business aviation community quickly swung into action yesterday to help earthquake victims in Haiti. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince struck the country on Tuesday, killing tens of thousands of people and injuring countless more.
Dassault Falcon 20, Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 21 2008–The aircraft was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport in icy conditions around 1 a.m. The operator, Ameristar Jet Charter, reported that a Notam issued by the airport for the accident runway was in effect reporting thin loose snow over patchy ice.
The FAA will begin testing digital Notam distribution in January at Southern California Tracon and ATC towers in Amarillo, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Denver; and Tallahassee, Fla. “Digital Notams should reduce human error; allow more timely and accurate distribution of information; standardize content, policy and procedures; and balance diverse customer needs,” said the FAA.