News and Updates – FAA Dedicates New Atlanta Flight Operations Facility

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today dedicated the new Atlanta Flight Operations Facility at Cobb County International Airport in Kennesaw, GA. The new facility will enable the Agency to continue providing outstanding support of the National Airspace System.

The FAA is pleased to locate our critical flight inspection services out of this state-of-the-art facility, said Teri L. Bristol, Chief Operating Officer of the FAAs Air Traffic Organization. We appreciate the Atlanta communitys support of our continued mission to provide the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world.

Flight Inspection ensures the integrity of instrument approaches and flight procedures that pilots fly in the National Airspace System. FAA pilots fly specially equipped Beechcraft King Air 300 (BE-300) aircraft to conduct airborne inspections of all space- and ground-based instrument flight procedures and they validate electronic signals in space transmitted from ground navigation systems.

The 32,050-square-foot facility includes a 23,100-square-foot hangar that will accommodate six BE-300 aircraft that support Flight Program Operations flight inspection mission. The facility also includes shop space for aircraft maintenance and repair, and administrative space that can accommodate 26 FAA employees.

The Atlanta Flight Operations Facility is part of the FAAs Flight Program Operations service unit in the Air Traffic Organization. The program consolidates all of the agencys aircraft and people into a single organization responsible for all aspects of flight program safety, administration, operations, training, and maintenance.

Other Flight Program Operations facilities are located at Anchorage, AK; Atlantic City, NJ; Battle Creek, MI; Fort Worth, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Washington, D.C.

News and Updates – New PBN Routes Improve Flights to Florida, Caribbean

Flights between the Northeast and the major international airports in Florida and the Caribbean are more direct, more efficient, and safer since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented 55 new Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) routes on November 8.

Satellite-equipped aircraft now can fly new routes that begin at the North Carolina/South Carolina border and flow south toward Florida and the Caribbean. The new routes will augment the existing structure of conventional jet routes. The Agency also updated 11 existing PBN routes. It previously added two PBN routes to the system

Implementing 55 new satellite-based routes on one day is a significant milestone in our work to modernize the air traffic control system, said Dan Elwell, Acting FAA Administrator. We are providing better access to busy airspace along the southern part of the East Coast, to the major international airports in Florida and beyond.

The Agency also is designing high-altitude PBN routes from the northeast to join the new routes that began today. When the new route structure is completed, equipped aircraft will seamlessly fly on satellite-based routes along the East Coast to South Florida and the Caribbean.

The project is part of the FAAs South-Central Florida Metroplex initiative. The Metroplex team designed the new routes, 39 are over water and 16 are over land. This brings the total number of PBN routes over the United States to 316. Get more facts about the South-Central Florida Metroplex on our website.

These new routes, along with other PBN procedures and new technologies are part of the FAAs Next Generation Air Transportation System. NextGen is moving the National Airspace System from ground-based radar to satellite-based navigation, from voice to digital communication, and from point-to-point data to a fully integrated information management system. These initiatives change how we see, navigate, and communicate in our nations skies.

Goulian Grabs For Red Bull Gold

Michael Goulian of the United States performs during qualifying day at the seventh round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, on October 6, 2018.

Over the past ten years the Red Bull Air Races have brought a level of mainstream attention to aviation for all the right reasons. Run on courses in the middle of city centers, pitting the world’s best pilots against each other and bringing the sport down to near-ground level, the Red Bull races have attracted millions to the sport of air racing and, perhaps more importantly, to the world of aviation.

This year’s race points leader is American Mike Goulian, whose aerobatic performances at airshows around the country and around the world are among the most spectacular there are. Goulian is trailed closely in the standings by Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic and Matt Hall from Australia. Every race this year has been won by one of these racers, so their lead in the standings is insurmountable. The question remains of the season’s race wins, so no one else comes close. The only question is who will bring home the World Championship hardware on Sunday?

The biggest prize of the season so far went to Goulian last month when he finished atop the podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he, you know it, kissed the bricks of the iconic track, as so many legends of motor sports have done before him.

While Goulian seems poised to take home the season’s number one ranking, the races are usually decided by split seconds and even the sin of flying a little too carefully can be the difference between winning and losing. Indeed, the winner at the Texas Motor Speedway is almost certain to the racer who went for it and made it happen.

Goulian’s strategy: “We’ll approach this race the same way we did the other seven. The only difference is that it’s the last one, and we may come out with our first World Championship.”

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch the air races live on NBC SN or at redbullairrace.com.

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News and Updates – FAA ADS-B Rebate Relaunch Rising

FAA rebates are quickly being claimed by general aviation owners equipping their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast avionics.

A month after the FAA relaunched its $500 rebate program, 1,438 rebates have been taken from a total of 9,792 available through October 11, 2019, as long as supplies last. Thirty to forty rebates are claimed on an average day.

The FAA relaunched the program to encourage owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraftto equip with ADS-B Out avionics, which will be required in certain, controlled airspace beginning January 1, 2020, which is less than 14 months from now.

Aircraft owners need to follow five steps to receive the $500 rebate:

  • Purchase the equipment and schedule its installation.
  • Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  • Have the equipment installed.
  • Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
  • Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.

As with the earlier rebate program, the relaunched rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft.

In addition to the ADS-B Rebate reservation portal, the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website lists FAA-certified ADS-B equipment and features an equipage database searchable by aircraft type and model.

EAA AirVenture 2018: Seven Days Of Glory At Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. Photo by Jim Koepnick

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 is in the books, and the numbers it produced were huge, more than 600,000 attendees, 10,000-plus airplanes, including some spectacular first-timers, hundreds of educational forums and seminars, and so much more it’s almost beyond accounting.

Stars Of The Show:

The Weather: While in the week leading up to OSH everyone was expecting a good weather week, it far surpassed expectations. It got off to a shaky start, though, and low ceilings and widespread storms and IFR conditions across much of the north and east of the country kept the skies around Wittman Regional quiet for the first part of the day before the show, Sunday. This has become an unofficial press day, with numerous media events and company celebrations, including Cirrus’ annual gala, which this year featured the company showing off its newly won Collier Trophy for the Cirrus SF-50 Vision Jet. But the remainder of the week was glorious, with the exception of late Wednesday, which washed out the night airshow, which was moved to Thursday and was nothing short of a tour de force.

But by Sunday afternoon, the skies had started to clear, and by Monday the parking areas had filled up in anticipation of what would turn out to be an amazing week.

That’s All Brother: The unveiling of the C-47 (military version of the Douglas DC-3), That’s All Brother, which led the D-Day invasion, was historic. The Commemorative Air Force’s Basler-led restoration of the formerly decrepit Gooney Bird was spectacular, and the ceremony honoring it on Wednesday was tear-filled. Watch “Band of Brothers” and “Saving Private Ryan” again, and you’ll get the significance.

One-Day Wonder: EAA had a special tent at the center of the show where hordes of volunteers got together to build a Van’s RV-12 in one week. The plane successfully flew on Monday evening.

100 Years Of The Royal Air Force: AirVenture honored the history of the RAF all week long, with flyovers and special appearances by a host of British planes from WWI to present day.

Electrics: At the EAA Innovation Center, showgoers took in the latest innovations in aircraft tech, including the Black Fly, a plane-copter ultralight hybrid that captured the imagination of thousands.

WomenVenture: Around 1,200 women showed up for the annual photo at Boeing Plaza of women in all walks of aviation. The photo this year was taken in front of a UPS MD-11 flown into OSH by an all-female crew.

EAA Pilot Proficiency Center: The center, hosted by EAA and sponsored by Redbird, AOPA, Jeppesen, Hartzell, Plane & Pilot and many others, was another huge success, with thousands of pilots getting a chance to get sharper and go home with new ways to stay sharp.

Twilight Flying: The late afternoon/early-evening activities at OSH were a blast, with Mark Patey’s heavily modified turbine-powered Wilga called Draco showing off its mind-bending short-field capabilities in the STOL contest. It’s kind of unfair. Those little piston-powered planes don’t have a reverse gear!

We, of course, have left out so much of note, so we apologize for those oversights in advance. But with a show as vast as AirVenture and with a community as passionate as in personal aviation and one that’s so diverse in its passions, it’s only to be expected that the ultimate showcase for aviation would have too much for any one person or any one recap to successfully cover.

So until next year, we leave you with the award-winning aviation photographer Jim Koepnick’s exclusive gallery for Plane & Pilot of the sights of Oshkosh AirVenture 2018. Enjoy.

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