Aviation Interest


A nice article written by Forelight. Check it out. http://blog.foreflight.com/2015/04/15/automated-ceiling-reports/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=17153457&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8Hrx45rxByQQX94eDKD1E5k-5N8tuZBMN3q-j3JiAiIqQByXjZSSZLjBceKHy8dPngV6co-AsGxfOFFn6PrwJ_h9jVYg&_hsmi=17153457

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Hayward Air Rally

The Hayward Air Rally is celebrating its 51st anniversary in 2015 with a one day Air Rally to Bend Oregon.

Over the 50 year history of the Hayward Air Rally, originally known as the Hayward-Las Vegas Air Race, the event has been a single day of flying and competition. The exception was the 2014 50th anniversary flight to Oshkosh, which took three days.

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ADS-B Survey for Aircraft Owners

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on ADS-B. The study is interested in your perceptions and motivations about the ADS-B 2020 mandate; including your perceptions about the cost of ADS-B installation. It is estimated that it will take less than 8 minutes to complete the survey….

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FAA Proposes List of Approaches to Be Removed T

On April 13, 2015, the FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that contains a list of 736 redundant or underutilized VOR and NDB standard instrument approach procedures that have been identified for cancellation. The complexity and cost to the FAA of maintaining the ground based equipment for these approaches while expanding the new area navigation (RNAV) capability is not sustainable. To view the list of approaches slated for elimination, go to www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/reports/ or go to the Federal Register notice. Comments may be submitted on or before May 28, 2015.

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Nat Geo To Release Aviation Documentary

National Geographic will release a new documentary, “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” in April. The film, produced and directed by Brian Terwilliger — maker of the 2005 documentary “One Six Right” — takes a positive perspective on air travel with a tour around the world capturing diverse images from the ground and in the air. Harrison Ford narrates, while the score comes from Academy-Award-winning composer James Horner, also a pilot. The film was shot in 95 locations, covering all seven continents and 18 countries, including the South Pole. Footage shot in digital format and IMAX includes ancient landmarks around the globe as well as aerial shots, airplanes and cockpit views.

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Living in the Age of Airplanes premieres April 8

This spring, National Geographic Studios presents “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which promises to carry audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on a journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of the movie will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8.

Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes will premiere in IMAX, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens and digital cinemas nationwide beginning April 10.

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FAAST Newsletter

Combatting Crosswinds and Turbulence


Although the more pleasant temperatures of spring are now upon us, gusty winds are also on the rise in many areas. A good (and safe!) way to start your flying year is to get some crosswind flying practice with your favorite flight instructor. It’s also a good idea to review some of the best practices and procedures for dealing with winds and turbulence. For example, prior to landing, pilots should always review what their Plan B is going to be should excessive crosswinds or turbulence factor in. It’s much better to execute a well-thought-out contingency plan than to make radical decisions during critical phases of flight.

For more helpful tips on how to combat crosswinds and turbulence, check out “Getting Crossed-Eyed with Crosswinds and Turbulence” in the March/April 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2015/media/MarApr2015.pdf.


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Cloud Spotting –  Do you know what type of cloud the FAA recommends keeping a 20 mile distance from? Or what the “good IFR” clouds are? Use our handy cloud spotting chart from the current issue of the FAA Safety Briefing magazine, which can be downloaded from http://1.usa.gov/1MRD5wv. Managing a Crew of Just You –…

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The FAA Seems To Be Escalating UAV Interests

CalPilots Editor’s Note: So the FAA can figure out how to act rapidly when faced with big money pressure from the UAV advocates, but can’t make or get a decision done on eliminating the useless third class physical? Obviously money does talk and GA, one the FAA’s largest customer bases can just wait.

Surprise!!! FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

Under Pressure, The FAA Seems To Be Escalating UAV Interests

With Congress, the media and the entire UAV industry breathing down their necks, the FAA has ‘established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions.

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Halon Fire Extinguisher Advice

Never Play with Fire

Your aircraft is equipped with a halon fire extinguisher. Great decision.

How can you be sure that your fire extinguisher will work? Does it have a gauge?

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