How does a Cub driver prepare for NextGen?

FlytheDistance copy

Anybody reading our Fly the Distance with NextGen series knows that we took the series to the streets and performed a one-hour event at this year’s SUN ’n FUN.

To be perfectly honest, we really did not know just how much interest there was in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), nor did we have any preconceptions as to what to expect at the show.

I would have to say we were pleasantly surprised at the turnout.

[Read more…]

ADS-B already benefiting pilots


Over the past year, this series has covered just about all there is to know about the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

We have received a fair amount of mail, with many in the general aviation community seeking information on ADS-B hardware. The question that comes up most often is the current state of ADS-B installations throughout the U.S.

[Read more…]

Flight Guide adds ADS-B in-flight weather

Flight Guide iEFB 5.0.4

The Flight Guide iEFB (v5.0.4) has added ADS-B in-flight weather via Sky Radar single and dual band units from Radenna. Larry Garcia, owner of Airguide Publications said, “Flight Guide iEFB now displays live color coded weather and data such as NEXRAD, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, TFRs and Winds Aloft as an overlay on any VFR or IFR chart, providing increased situational awareness and flight safety.”

[Read more…]

NextGen: Where do we go from here?

Over this past year this series has covered just about all aspects of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and what it will do for General Aviation.

In addition, we went even further, delivering an historical perspective of the entire National Airspace System. We believed it was necessary to remind each aviator that our way of life will always be in a state of change.

[Read more…]

What’s your take on NextGen?

What do you think about NextGen — the Next Generation Air Transportation System — and its impact on general aviation pilots? Think it’s the best thing to happen to flying in a while? Or is it just more government-mandated expense to keep airborne?

Do you plan to take advantage of the services offered through NextGen? Have you already equipped your plane? If so, what has been your experience so far.

Leave your comments below.

FIS-B: What every GA pilot always wanted (at least I do…)

FlytheDistance copy

This is the 14th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

The last discussion on Traffic Information Service–Broadcast (TIS-B) was a clear example of how the FAA is trying to put together a Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) program that all of us in general aviation can sink our teeth into. Flight Information Services-Broadcast (FIS-B) is no different. Again, it is offered to primarily general aviation airplanes that incorporate a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) to operate under ADS-B.

So what is FIS-B? Flight Information Services-Broadcast will provide free weather to pilots, along with all the goodies that all of us use when planning most flights. I say “most” because I still see so many of my fly buddies go for weekend putts and never even consider any of these services.

[Read more…]

The fizz on TIS


This is the 13th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

In my last post, ADS-B: Twice as nice, I spent a fair amount of time detailing the fact that there are two separate ADS-B systems in the U.S. — one for the big boys at 30,000-plus feet and another for the rest of us at 20,000 feet and lower having all the fun.

However, the FAA knew straight away that there was going to be an issue with GA in implementing ADS-B, due to costs, so agency officials started thinking of ways to bribe us into coming “on board” with ADS-B.

The FAA will offer two services that should be beneficial for all of us. One is TIS-B (Traffic Information Service–Broadcast) and the other is FIS-B (Flight Information Service–Broadcast). I doubt that any GA pilot would refuse either of these services, so it does seem that the FAA came up with a cool little offer to get all of us on board. That being said, there is still a ways to go before everyone out there goes for it, but it is at least a start.

[Read more…]