View of Whiteplains Plantation

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Lower Cost Option for ADS-B In and Out!

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Starting at $1149
2020-compliant ADS-B solutions that include a GPS and use your existing transponder!
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By January 1, 2020, virtually all aircraft flying in heavily populated areas will be required to carry an ADS-B Out transmitter.  Certified aircraft need certfied systems, experimental and light-sport aircraft require systems that perform like certified systems but don't need to actually be certified.  ADS-B In is not required.  Confused yet?  Now toss in 978, 1090, FIS-B, TIS-B, In vs. Out, UAT, and lots of other acronyms and your head will be spinning.
The bottom line is that you need an ADS-B solution by 2020 unless you only fly in the backcountry.  The problem is that most solutions that meet the so-called FAA mandate cost as much as some used cars.  Years ago, NavWorx saw the opportunity to provide high-quality yet affordable ADS-B solutions.  Their ADS600 series ADS-B transceivers prove that quality doesn't have to be overpriced.
ADS600-B - $1799
Certified Aircraft
ADS600-EXP - $1149
Experimental and Light Sport Aircraft
NavWorx ADS600-BNavWorx ADS600-EXP
The ADS600-B is the ideal solution for certified aircraft.  It includes both ADS-B In (receives weather and traffic) and ADS-B Out (broadcasts your position to ATC so other aircraft will 'see' you and causes ADS-B ground stations to send you nearby traffic). 

An internal ADS-B compliant WAAS GPS means you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a new GPS.

ADS-B Out systems need to broadcast your squawk code and pressure altitude from your transponder.  While many other ADS-B systems require a new transponder, the ADS600-B gets the transponder data from a simple serial cable (newer transponders) or a patent-pending, stroke-of-genius device called the TransMonSPE (see below) that uses induction to read the data from your transponder cable without any cable splicing.

An optional Wi-Fi adapter broadcasts the weather and traffic to FlyQ EFB on your iPad and the built-in serial ports connect to many MFDs.

Broadcasts and receives on 978 Mhz.
The ADS600-EXP is virtually the same as the ADS600-B but specifically designed for experimental and light sport aircraft. 

In one small, easy to install unit, it packs both ADS-In and ADS-B Out, a compliant WAAS GPS receiver, and even built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to FlyQ EFB on your iPad!

It connects via a serial cable to many newer transponders and uses the same incredible TransMonSPE device (see below) to communicate with older transponders.

Broadcasts and receives on 978 Mhz.

Popular options
  • TransMonSPE transponder monitor ($199)
  • Wi-Fi adapter for using FlyQ EFB on your iPad
  • TSO externally mounted GPS antenna ($378)
  • UAT (ADS-B) antenna ($59 or $96 depending on style)
  • 1090 Mhz receiver ($89)

Popular options
  • TransMonSPE transponder monitor ($199)
  • Non-TSO internal (inside airplane) GPS antenna ($59)
  • TSO externally mounted GPS antenna ($378)
  • UAT (ADS-B) antenna ($59 or $96 depending on style)
  • 1090 Mhz receiver ($89)
Both the ADS600-B and ADS600-EXP need to be installed in your aircraft.  Prices above do not include installation or some parts that may be required in certain installations.  See the NavWorx Web site for more information.
Keep Your Existing Transponder by Using the Patented, TSO'd TransMonSPE Transponder Monitor
ADS-B Out systems must transmit your tail number plus data from your transponder such as the squawk code and pressure altitude.  Using the TSO'd  (and patent-pending) NavWorx TransMonSPE, the NavWorx systems get this data from your transponder in real-time with a quick and simple one-time installation.  No wire cutting or complex installation is necessary because the TransMonSPE is simply placed on the transponder cable and uses induction (no wire cutting) to read the data and send it to the ADS-B system.  Genius!
Buy Now. Now with a free FlyQ EFB subscription!

Friday, August 14, 2015

EAA 242 Golden Anniversary Reminder!

Hello,
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend EAA 242's Golden Anniversary fly-in and dinner.
The fly-in is free, the dinner is $25 per person.  See details below.
I am taking orders for dinner tickets.  Get me your money by next Wednesday Aug.19 and I will pick up
and deliver your tickets to you.
Thanks,
Rob

                            EAA 242 Golden Anniversary

                               Saturday, August 22
  FLY- IN
WHERE: JIM HAMILTON LB OWENS AIRPORT
FLY IN BEGINS AT 9:00AM
 11:00AM Group picture from UAV- People will gather at FBO
12:00-2:00PM FREE Hot Dogs will be SERVED IN THE TERMINAL
Ice Cream will be Available at 1:00PM in THE SAC


  PARTY THAT EVENING:
WHERE : 701 Whaley
COST: $25 per ticket per person
DRESS: COAT & TIE for the men- (I hope that helps the women choose)
TIME: Begins at 6:00 PM
6:00 to 7:00 - Open Cash Bar Bar Beer and Wine Reception
7: 00- Be seated for SIT DOWN DINNER- Anna Cline Catering
7:25 - Speakers
Jim Herpst
50 Years of 242 & Introduction of EAA National Speaker
-
Rick Larsen
Vice President EAA
EAA Chapter Plan
Will hear for the first time a new plan from EAA affecting all Chapters across the globe
8:00- Music and Dancing

  PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE BANQUET!!!!!!!!!!
SEE: PEGGY AT EAGLE
          JIM HERPST
          KEN BERRY
          TOM ROBERTS
          ROBERT CUTTER
          XEN MOTSINGER
          HAROLD MOXLEY
          TODD OVERCASH
  THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY !


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Planes and Mowers don't mix! From Flying.

Man Killed after Ryan PT-22 Hits Mower

By Megan Elliott / Published: Aug 11, 2015
image: http://www.flyingmag.com/sites/all/files/imagecache/article_image/_images/201508/PT-22-Crash-Mower.jpg
PT-22 Crash Mower
A landing Ryan ST-3KR collided with a lawn mower Thursday morning, killing a 75-year-old man who was mowing the grass runway at Frazier Lake Airpark in Hollister, California.
 
The WWII taildragger, traveling from Monte Sereno, California, had already touched down when it struck the lawn mower on the landing strip. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash, but neither mechanical failure, nor weather appears to have contributed to the accident.
 
 "The pilot did not see that there was a 75-year-old man on a riding lawn mower cutting the grass there," said Eric Taylor, the operations captain for the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.
 
The man, later identified as Douglas Ralph Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the co-pilot was airlifted to the hospital with head trauma. The pilot suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

Read more at http://www.flyingmag.com/technique/accidents/man-killed-after-ryan-pt-22-hits-mower#Yl4zZ7LGD0FjTPMK.99
 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Being Built Right Now....Largest Plane Ever

Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Shane McGlaun Aug 4, 2015
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Stratolaunch aircraft will have a 385-foot wingspan

Paul Allen, Elon Musk and several other partners are teaming up to build anaircraft that will be the largest aircraft in the entire world when finished. The aircraft is dubbed Stratolaunch and if all goes well the partners plan to begin testing the aircraft in 2016. Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California.
The aircraft is being built using two Boeing 747s and will have a 385-foot wingspan when it is complete. That is 123-feet wider than the wingspan of an Airbus A380, currently the world's largest passenger aircraft. While the Stratolaunch will certainly land itself in the Guinness Book of World Records, the reason it is so large has nothing to do with world records.
The partners plan to use the giant aircraft to perform in air launches of satellite-laden rockets. By launching the rockets in the air rather than from the ground, inclement weather wouldn't delay a launch and the rockets would save fuel since they would already be at altitude and speed before the launch started.
The aircraft will be reusable and the payload it can carry will be limited. The aircraft is being built by Scaled Composites and the company says that if you put the aircraft on a football field its wings would extend beyond the goalposts by 15-feet on each side. Stratolaunch will need about 12,000 feet of runway to take off.
SOURCE: Engadget

ADS-B Info From MooneyFlyer


Good to know items on issues with ADS-B in the August Issue of The Mooney Flyer.  Click on this link to view.  http://themooneyflyer.com/

User Fees for GA Flights to Caribbean

Caribbean Flying Adventures Press Release

"FAA Hitting GA with “User Fees” for Caribbean Flights"



Caribbean Flying Adventures has successfully advocated for GA pilots for years on the issue of FAA “user fees” fees in the Caribbean.  Recent FAA fee increases, however, have resulted in “new” fees for potentially thousands of private and charter flights.  A recent example was a $274 invoice for a roundtrip from Miami to the Dominican Republic!  And these ATC fees are about to be increased again!

The FAA collects $millions from European trans-Atlantic flights to the Islands for ATC services.  The U.S. controls most of the airspace between Miami and St Kitts.  If you depart from a U.S. airport or land at a U.S. airport, fees do not apply.  If you depart from a non-U.S. airport, in the Bahamas for example, and fly to a non-U.S. airport such as Turks and Caicos, fees apply.  FlightAware can track your flights but apparently the FAA cannot.  FAA says they are unable to automatically determine that you departed Miami in the morning and made in technical fuel in the Bahamas enroute to the DR.  So bingo, you receive a $274 invoice for ATC services even hough you departed from a U.S. airport!  Prior to the fee increases, a roundtrip in one month generated fees less than $250.  FAA did not send out invoices for less than $250.  Small private aircraft only received invoices when they made two roundtrips in a single month, which was an extremely rare occurrence.

With the recent substantial fee increases, one low mileage roundtrip in one month is now generating invoices because the $250 "threshold" was not increased in parallel with the fee increase. Failure to increase the threshold level was clearly a bureaucratic oversight.  However, FAA is refusing to take administrative action well within their authority to increase the threshold level.  Canceling invoices which should never have been issued in the first place is now becoming a major burden for GA pilots and the FAA as well.   Recently, Caribbean Flying Adventures helped many pilots reverse these charges.

However, those pilots who overnight in the Bahamas before flying to the Turks and Caicos or the Dominican Republic or further down the island chain are now stuck with what are essentially “new” ATC fees!  Your little C172 is now paying the same fees as a B747 with 467 seats!  Is that what congress really intended?  Common sense would suggest "no."

Caribbean Flying Adventures has been in touch with the FAA office responsible for these fees and is facing a stone wall.  They are refusing to increase the threshold level, exposing potentially thousands of pilots to unwarranted user fees, most of which should not be charged in the first place because of technical, same day fuel stops.

Caribbean Flying Adventures needs your help to determine how many pilots have been hit with these new user fees. If you have received an invoice from FAA Oklahoma City for ATC services in the Bahamas and Caribbean, send me copy so we can get a sense of how widespread this problem is?  Do not pay.  I will try and get the charges reversed.

We can then approach our congressional representatives for a fix.  Surely, our family owned four and six seat aircraft should not be paying the same fees as the jumbo jets coming from Europe!


We're not a book, so call or email anytime with questions, or just to chat about Island Flying.

305-667-6282





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pictures of Yesterdays Pilots Meeting

Thanks to Mike Moore for hosting the event and Jack Fastnaught for his slide show. We had a good turn out (22) and a range of items were discussed.  We are still going to host the SCBC at Whiteplains, and Fly Young Eagles.  We also covered runway up keep, insurance and a few other items. See Dick Hitt for minutes of the meeting.
 
 Pictures from: Steve Crimm




ALPA Suddenly Has A Problem With Pilots Bill of Rights

ALPA Moves To Block Medical Reform Bill

By Stephen Pope / Published: Jul 28, 2015
image: http://www.flyingmag.com/sites/all/files/imagecache/article_image/_images/201507/ga-plane-runway.jpg
General Aviation Airplane Runway
Just when it appeared third-class medical reform might finally be within legislative reach, airline pilots have held up their hands to say not so fast.
 
The Air Line Pilots Association is staging an 11th-hour p.r. campaign aimed at derailing the key provisions of the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2, legislation aimed at eliminating third-class medicals for most private pilots in favor of self-health assessments.
 
In a letter to lawmakers on Friday, ALPA wrote that its members have "grave concerns" about sharing the same airspace with "medically unfit pilots" who would be given "unfettered accessimage: http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png
to the national airspace up to 18,000 feet."
 
An amendment to a pending highway bill filed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) last week seeks to tack on the third-class medical reform language before Congress heads out of town for its summer recess on July 31. ALPA says it's opposed to the amendment being added to a surface transportation bill, preferring that medical reform be a part of the broader discussion about FAA reauthorization, which has been pushed off until September.
 
The amendment looked as though it was gaining serious momentum until ALPA's sudden denunciation. The leadership at AOPA and the Experimental Aircraftimage: http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png
Association, who've been fighting tooth and nail for the legislation for more than a year and who say they haven't heard a peep from ALPA on the issue until now, are fuming.
 
""The rhetoric from ALPA is most disappointing and utterly out of step with the rest of the general aviation and airline pilot community," said EAA president Jack Pelton. "Why it would turn its back on the community that inspires, supplies, and trains its professional aviators is baffling, especially when the vast majority of statistics and opinions by safety professionals, regulators, and other pilots agree that ALPA's position has no basis and makes no sense."
 
AOPA and EAA are urging members to contact Congress to support third-class medical reform before the July 31 deadline. Failing that, there is still hope that the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2, which was introduced last year by Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Okla.) and has garnered 55 co-sponsors in the Senate and 118 in the House, could resurface in the fall.

Read more at http://www.flyingmag.com/news/alpa-moves-block-medical-reform-bill#rxh8pERHX3ijGLMj.99

Amazon and Drones - Coming to your area?

This was brought up at the pilots meeting last night. Didn't think it was true, but it just might be.


Drone Airspace?

by Steve Podradchik
I ran across the following article about Amazon proposing a thin slice of airspace to be dedicated to drones.  Providing the obvious limits on drone flights, regardless of the altitude, are in place near airports (incl. seaplane bases) and other crucial manned flight areas, it seems like the concept should be explored further.  There may be an issue in Alaska where it's common for folks to fly very low to the ground, potentially in the slice of airspace that Amazon proposes.  Still, it's hard to imagine a lot of drones flying in the Alaska backcountry.
It's inevitable that drones will be flying so the real question is how to keep them from dangerously interfering with us.  I believe it's already been stated that drones would have to carry ADS-B Out transmitters so it's also yet another reason to get ADS-B Out in your plane (besides the January 1, 2020 FAA mandate, of course).
Thoughts?
Steve
Steve Podradchik | July 29, 2015 at 6:54 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p5d9ep-3P

First Successful Drone Delivery Made in the US

Wochit
First Successful Drone Delivery Made in the US 
 
The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic. The drone, made by Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey, took part in the demonstration, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Authority, in partnership with Nasa on Friday. The Flirtey drone made three three-minute flights from Lonesome Pine Airport, Virginia, to the clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds, carrying 24 medical packages. The test is being hailed as proof that drones can be useful in a delivery scenario, particularly in rural and remote areas that are hard to reach via ground vehicles. But the range and flight time of drones means that opportunities are limited. Amazon and others are currently developing the technology to make drone deliveries possible on a commercially viable scale, but rules and regulations currently governing their operation have held development back.
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