Recently, on flight following above Santa Barbara on a beautifully clear afternoon, approach was uncomfortably quiet. After several minutes of silence I called: ... Mooney 1234: "Approach, Mooney 1234. Is there anybody there to talk to?" ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, say request." ... Mooney 1234: "Just checking to see if it really is this quiet." ... Approach: "Yes, it really is." ... [Pause.] ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, contact L.A. Center on 135.5. You'll find somebody to talk to there." ... I took the hint. ... Mooney 1234: "135.5. Thanks." -- Ron Shave
If the increasingly strident messages from the FAA about ADS-B equipage have you feeling the slightest pangs of guilt that you haven't written the check yet, take heart. The agency doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to get its own aircraft in compliance and it's shopping around.
If the lure of adventure and faraway places isn't enough to attract women to the cockpit, at least one airline is hoping that appealing to their fashion sense will. Qantas Airlines has introduced its newly designed pilot uniforms and for the first time there are designs specifically tailored for women.
A French Jet Ski racer has claimed a new record for hoverboard endurance with a flight that covered 1.4 miles. Guinness World Records confirmed that Franky Zapata performed the flight in front of its evaluators in Sausset-les-Pins in the South of France.
If the theme for last year's Aircraft Electronics Association convention was Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, this year's is connectivity—especially for the cabins of mid-sized and smaller business aircraft.
Also: MU-2 AOA, AMA Responds To Senate FAA Reauthorization, ANN@AEA Live 04/27-0830ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/28-1400ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/29-1100ET A report of a drone possibly colliding with a British Airways A320 on approach to Heathrow nearly broke the Internet. There were tons of breathless stories and offers to media outlets for "experts" to discuss the "problem." When we relayed this report last week, we also said that it was still being investigated that the airplane had suffered no damage. It looks like it was worth it to be a bit skeptical. The U.K. newspaper The Telegraph now reports that Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said that there had been no confirmation that a UAV had come in contact with the airplane. In fact, it may have been a plastic bag. The all-electric Magnus eFusion made its maiden flight in Hungary earlier this month. The eFusion of the Magnus Aircraft Corporation is a two seat side-by-side low-wing monoplane with fixed tricycle landing gear. Siemens designed a battery system for aviation use and optimized the electric propulsion system for application in the cost-sensitive segments of Very Light, Light Sport and Ultra-Light Aircraft. As we conclude today's Airborne Unlimited broadcast, things will look different for the rest of the week. The cast and crew of Airborne Unlimited is heading for Orlando Florida and We'll be live broadcasting from the Aircraft Electronics Association annual convention. We'll be back with our regular broadcast format next week. See the attached LIVE Webcast schedule for more information. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace Looks To The Future Of Non-Recreational UAS Use FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division announces 5,076 approved Section 333 petition grants. The FAA further clarified there were another 7,000 petitions waiting to be approved as of April 20th at the FAA UAS symposium hosted by Embry-Riddle University. This is significantly up from approximately 50 approved exemptions this time last year. Nevertheless, there has been a recent slowdown as individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies all anticipate regulatory changes.
"Working together, we have accomplished a truly incredible amount in the last couple of years. But we're still really at the beginning of the process. We need to start thinking about bigger challenges, so I propose that we use this symposium to frame these challenges together." Source: FAA Boss, Michael Huerta, at a UAS Symposium held in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last week to broaden the dialogue with industry and the public on how to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System.
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Common Point A significant point over which two or more aircraft will report passing or have reported passing before proceeding on the same or diverging tracks. To establish/maintain longitudinal separation, a controller may determine a common point not originally in the aircraft's flight plan and then clear the aircraft to fly over the point.