Why hasn’t FAA acted on ADS-B loan guarantee for GA?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who chairs the Committee on Small Business, asked in a recent letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

During a hearing in June before the committee, Huerta said lack of appropriations was a reason for the failure.

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MIT researchers seek your help with study

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation is studying the impact of ADS-B traffic and weather services — and they want your input.

According to the MIT researchers, the goal of the study is to determine how general aviation pilots value and use these services.

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FreeFlight partners with NextGen Fund

WACO, Texas — FreeFlight Systems is supplying its avionics systems in partnership with NextGen Equipage Fund’s financing program to enable ADS-B and other mandated avionics retrofits for as many as 200,000 general aviation aircraft.

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Aspen partners with NextGen GA Fund

Aspen Avionics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NextGen GA Fund to accelerate the rollout of NextGen airspace mandates by providing access to incentives to help aircraft owners finance mandated avionics upgrades.

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iFly GPS iPad app debuts

Adventure Pilot, manufacturer and developer of portable navigation devices for pilots, has unveiled the iFly GPS app.

The iFly GPS for iPad delivers full-featured moving map navigation with features like Geo-Referenced Approach Plates, de-cluttered Vector Mode, AutoTaxi+, RealView Airports, Vertical Flight Planning and more, according to company officials.

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FreeFlight Systems launches ADS-B University

WACO, Texas — FreeFlight Systems has launched its online ADS-B University, a series of seven video briefings that give pilots, aircraft owners, fleet operators, aviation professionals and others interested in the future of air travel a practical understanding of how ADS-B works and the equipment needed to operate in the NextGen airspace system.

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FlightSafety expands eLearning program with new ADS-B course

FlightSafety International will offer a new web-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) Course as part of the ongoing expansion of the company’s eLearning programs.

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FreeFlight develops ADS-B Out retrofit for Garmin GTX 330 Mode S Transponders

WACO, Texas — FreeFlight Systems is now interfacing it Model 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor with the Garmin GTX 330 Mode S transponder to provide an additional 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (1090ES) ADS-B Out upgrade solution for GTX 330 owners.

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How does a Cub driver prepare for NextGen?

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.

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Dual Electronics delivers weather and traffic to GRT Avionics EFIS systems

HEATHROW, Fla. – Dual Electronics’ XGPS170 GPS + ADS-B Receiver now integrates with panel-mounted EFIS systems from GRT Avionics, providing ADS-B weather (FIS-B) and traffic (TIS-B) data to Horizon HX, Horizon HXr and Sport SX systems, via USB.

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