FAA releases pilot drone reports

The FAA has released a new list of pilot, air traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with remotely piloted aircraft, also known as drones and unmanned aircraft (UAS). The reports cover Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015.

Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, FAA officials said they want to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

View the report here.

Companies team to create on-demand drone service


FORT WORTH, Texas — Aero Kinetics has partnered with GridMeNow to incorporate its mobile, real-time tracking solutions into Aero Kinetics’ newest multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

“We will essentially become the Uber of unmanned systems where UAS can be dispatched by mobile phone directly to your location,” explains W. Hulsey Smith, CEO of Aero Kinetics. [Read more…]

ATP Higher Power Aviation receives FAA nod for ATP CTP course

DALLAS, Texas — ATP Flight School now offers the ATP CTP training program at its ATP Higher Power Aviation training center located near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW).

In compliance with the new FAA regulation, the FAA-approved course combines ground and simulator training to prepare pilots for the airlines and is required training for the ATP certificate.



10 ways an iPad in the cockpit can get you into trouble


It’s often standing room only at the educational forums offered during SUN ‘n FUN and AirVenture, but there’s one that stood out at both shows: Gary Reeves’ forum on “10 Ways Using Your iPad Can Cause FAA Violations and Accidents.”

“With so many pilots now using Apple iPads for navigation and weather information, FAA violations related to them have increased tenfold,” says Reeves, a Master Flight Instructor with an ATP rating and 5,500 hours total time. [Read more…]

Do you have an aviation innovation story?

We need your help. Beyond the iPad and its associated apps that have changed flying, what are some other innovations that make your flying safer, easier or more enjoyable? It could be something big, like the aileron or something small like a home-brewed method for collecting oil from an engine. Send it in using the form below, or email us directly at janice@generalaviationnews.com. If you want us to contact you, please include your phone number or email address. [Read more…]

Aviation leaders meet to develop training standards for maintenance technicians

AMT at Stevens Maintenance. Photo courtesy Stevens Maintenance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Aug. 19, a group of aerospace and aviation experts launched an effort to create global training standards for aviation maintenance technicians and other industry workers.

This is the first new committee launched this year by ASTM International, one of the world’s largest standards development organizations.

Called Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel, the group aims to create consensus-driven standards that will help workers gain skills to adapt to new technologies and other advancements. [Read more…]