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.



CFIT for student pilot

The student pilot reported that while on a solo cross-country flight in a Cessna 172E, she was using dead reckoning through the mountains. She was unsure of her location and, as she proceeded to the west, the mountainous terrain became steeper, which required her to ascend from 7,500 feet mean sea level to 8,500 feet msl. [Read more…]

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…]