Megadata added to its Passur FBO aircraft-tracking system a new feature that informs FBOs of fuel uplift requirements for incoming aircraft. Passur tracks aircraft using a combination of FAA radar data and its own network of “passive radar” sensors that detect transponder returns. FBOs that subscribe to Passur
Arinc Direct said it now offers mobile flight-planning services that let pilots use their Blackberries and cellphones to file flight plans, view weather overlays on their planned routes, update departure times and view the status of filed flight plans.
The FAA has begun redesigning high-altitude airspace above FL390, and among the first beneficiaries will be Rnav- and RNP-equipped business jets that routinely operate at those altitudes.
When the federal government raised the terrorist threat index early last month to Code Orange, it piggybacked with it an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that blanketed the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area.
In the fallout from September 11, the FAA has placed tight travel restrictions on Part 91 operators flying from the U.S. to overseas destinations, while simultaneously prohibiting most foreign-registered private airplanes from landing at U.S. airports without first gaining clearance from the White House.
Air Routing International’s Domestic Flight Watch (DFW) program, now in its second year, is designed to reduce the impact of ATC delays and reroutings on corporate and charter operators. “The DFW program has succeeded in boosting the domestic air operations efficiency and time management of Air Routing’s clients,” said vice president Tim Maystrik.
Representatives from global flight tracking and IT solutions provider Flight Explorer (Booth No. 1714) are here to demonstrate the latest version of the Flight Explorer Professional Edition software package.
While the FAA was in the process of reducing the size and shape of the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security continued working on mandatory security measures for general aviation.
As Eclipse Aviation awaited FAA approval at press time of a new-design pitot/angle-of-attack probe to prevent a freezing problem that occurred during three test flights, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive in final form, effective at the end of June. The AD restricts Eclipse 500 operations to day VFR, no IFR flight plans allowed. Before the AD was issued, operators had been able to file an IFR flight plan but had to remain in VMC.
London-based flight planning group Flight-Operations. com has been rebranded under the name Air Planner. The company has also benefited from fresh funding that has allowed it to invest in more specialist staff and achieve compliance with Europe’s JAR-OPS 1 operating standards for commercially operated aircraft.