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December 17, 2016

Industry Praises Part 23 Final Rule

Rule Will Improve Safety, Help Transform The GA Market, Association Says

GAMA has released a statement praising the FAA’s Part 23 final rule, calling it a true breakthrough for the light end of the general aviation sector.

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AEA Rate And Labor Survey Suggests Industry Growth In 2017

Nine Out Of Ten Respondents Said They Project Their Companies Will Grow

There is some positive news for the avionics industry reflected in the 2016 AEA Rate and Labor Survey. The association said that nine out of 10 respondents to the survey said they expected their businesses to grow in the coming 12 months.

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Aspen Avionics Evolution Displays Now Integrate With Garmin’s GTX 345 ADS-B

Additional Certified Solutions Provide Pilots More Options For ADS-B Compliance

The FAA has granted an STC to Aspen Avionics to interface its Evolution primary and multi-function displays with the Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one transponder.

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California Congressman Blasts FAA For Santa Monica Decision

Calls Cease-And-Desist Order A Waste Of Taxpayer Money

At least one southern California congressman is siding with Santa Monica city officials against aviation businesses in its efforts to evict two FBOs on the way to closing KSMO.

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ForeFlight Clears Use With New iOS

Says Users Can Upgrade Their Operating System At Any Time

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight Mobile 8.2.1 and iOS 10.2 is complete, and the company is issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

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Stow Maries Aerodrome In The U.K. Seeks Permission For Increased Operations

But Local Residents Appear Overwhelmingly Opposed To The Idea

The Stow Maries Aerodrome is seeking permission from the Maldon District Council in Essex U.K. to increase the number of operations allowed, particularly on summer weekends and holidays.

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USAF, Lockheed Martin Move Forward With GPS Ground System Upgrade

Will Support Contingency GPS III Operations

The U.S. Air Force approved Lockheed Martin's design to upgrade the current GPS satellite ground control system with new capabilities that will enable it to operate more powerful and accurate GPS III satellites.

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Two Additional AW119Kx EMS Helicopters Sold To Life Link III

Upper-Midwest U.S. EMS Customer Adds To Their Fleet

Upper-midwest air medical transport company Life Link III has signed an agreement with Leonardo-Finmeccanica for the purchase of two additional AW119Kx EMS-equipped helicopters as they expand their operations to establish a new base located in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.17.16)

"We are experiencing the effects of supply and demand, as we predicted last year." Source: Mike Adamson, AEA vice president of member programs and education.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.16): Known Traffic

With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.16)

International Air Sports Federation (FIA)

An international, non-profit, non-governmental organization, the FAI's main aim is the development throughout the world of sport aviation and astronautical activities.

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