U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed last night that Dr. Perry Inhofe–the son of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee–was killed on Sunday afternoon in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B near Owasso, Okla. Dr. Inhofe–a commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings, as well as a CFII–was the sole-occupant pilot of the twin turboprop. FAA records show that Dr. Inhofe was issued a third-class medical certificate last month.
ForeFlight (Booth N3404) announced enhancements to its popular ForeFlight Mobile iPad app and several collaborations with other aviation companies, all aimed at helping pilots to be more productive during flight planning and in the cockpit.
Universal Weather and Aviation has enhanced Universal Mobile, its free iPad app, with the integration of its UVTripPlanner tool. The system now provides the same data used and audited daily by the Houston-based company, such as information on worldwide airports, FBOs, ground handlers, in-flight caterers, ground transport handlers and hotels. “It’s critical that business aviation professionals have accurate, worldwide airport-related information they can rely on to successfully plan their trips,” said Randy Stephens, Universal’s division vice president for product management.
The FAA released its final policy last week regarding the procedures for allowing aircraft owners and operators to have their flight information blocked from online flight tracker sites.
The NTSB has launched a go-team to investigate a fatal accident at Thomson-McDuffie County (Ga.) Airport involving a Beechcraft Premier I yesterday. According to the Safety Board, the twinjet (N777VG) “overran the runway during landing and crashed into the woods” at about 8 p.m. last night, killing five. The pilot and one passenger survived with unspecified injuries, according to an FAA preliminary report.
At the NBAA Convention, Arinc Direct unveiled its new ADConnect app for Apple and Android devices, further demonstrating the flexibility and capability of modern smartphones. ADConnect allows passengers to use their smartphones instead of onboard handsets to make satcom calls, all without installing additional equipment. ADConnect costs $9.99 at the Apple App Store or Google Play (Android).
The voluntary fleet grounding at Avantair apparently is continuing into its sixth day. Avantair told AIN earlier this week that it stood down its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis on Saturday to conduct safety checks. According to sources, the action was prompted by a July 28 incident in which an Avantair Avanti shed an elevator in flight.
FlightAware has added live general aviation flight tracking services in Europe, as well as two new products: FlightAware Global and FBO ToolBox Europe. FlightAware Global is an enterprise flight tracking product for aircraft operators that combines FlightAware’s web interface with dozens of data sources for seamless flight tracking in more than 40 countries across Europe, North America and Australia.
FlightAware (Stand 2065), the U.S.-based flight tracking company, is introducing two new web-based products this week in its debut appearance at the EBACE show. FlightAware Global is aimed at aircraft operators, while FBO ToolBox Europe is designed for FBOs and handlers.
Aviation data services provider FlightAware has extended its free web-based flight-tracking service to Australian customers. This makes Australia the first country outside North America to be offered its web-based flight tracking on FlightAware.com, which tracks both general aviation and commercial flights.
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