As more aircraft equip with ADS-B OUT–which broadcasts position, velocity, altitude and other information in unencrypted formats on easily received frequencies–business aircraft operators are concerned about whether they can continue blocking their aircraft from display on flight-tracking websites. While the FAA offers a way for operators to request blocking of particular aircraft from FAA radar data feeds, there currently is no physical means to block reception of mode-S transponder or ADS-B signals by a simple receiver.
FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network can now use the FlightAware FBO ToolBox tracking suite at discounted rate through an agreement announced today by the two companies at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. The FBO ToolBox software includes new features that give FBO managers more information about the flying habits of current and prospective customers.
FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network can now use the FlightAware FBO ToolBox tracking suite at discounted rate through an agreement announced today by the two companies at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in New Orleans.
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.
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