Your frugal flight mission

Professional pilots have flight missions. A commercial pilot’s flight mission is to safely fly a specific aircraft with an identified weight to an explicit destination on schedule. Law enforcement pilots perform missions that involve highway surveillance and speed monitoring. NASA has specific flight missions and procedures to make sure its expensive flights have a purpose and expected outcome.

Private pilots also have flight missions, though their goals and descriptions are less formal.

Even so, all flights should have a mission — especially those by frugal pilots who are looking for the greatest value for each aviation dollar spent. [Read more…]

Flight sharing gets court hearing Sept. 25

A website that aims to bring ride-sharing to the skies is in a legal dogfight with federal regulators who want to clip its wings, according to a report on Politico. The site, Flytenow, designed to allow passengers to hitch rides with private pilots while divvying up the costs, was effectively shut down by the FAA last summer.

Now the company is hoping a federal appeals court will prompt the FAA to change course, with a hearing set for Sept. 25. Read the full report here.

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.