Aviation International News » July 2012

July 4, 2012 - 1:20am

Arinc Direct has released Version 2.3 of its iPad flight-planning app, a major upgrade designed to help users eliminate paper from their cockpits and including a new note-taking annotation feature on flight plans. With the annotation feature, users can add notes on flight plans by clicking on the action arrow at the bottom of the screen, then click anywhere on the flight plan and add text. The notes can be emailed along with the flight plan. Two pilots using the app on their own iPads can see each other’s notes via Bluetooth communication between the iPads.

July 4, 2012 - 12:15am

A planned joint venture by Iridium Communications and Nav Canada promises to offerworldwide ADS-B-based air traffic surveillance services using the upcoming Iridium Next satellite network. Iridium said last year that it was considering adding an ADS-B payload to its Iridium Next satellites, which begin launching in 2015 and will be completed in 2017.

July 3, 2012 - 6:00am
Left, approach plate with own-ship position on Garmin Pilot iPad app. Right, Jeppesen en route chart with own-ship position on Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck iPad app.

The FAA’s release of an updated Advisory Circular 120-76B covering electronic flight bag (EFB) guidelines is raising concerns about possible increased scrutiny of Part 91 Subpart F operators of business jets that weigh more than 12,500 pounds.

July 3, 2012 - 5:35am

The U.S government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is auditing aircraft management firms and trying to impose the federal excise tax (FET) on fees charged by the firms to aircraft owners. According to industry sources, IRS agents are targeting major charter/management firms, although the firms allegedly being audited didn’t wish to speak to AIN about their experience with the IRS.

July 3, 2012 - 5:20am

Russia’s action against Finland’s national carrier, Finnair, significantly raises the stakes in the standoff between the European Union (EU) and opponents of its emissions trading scheme (ETS). The European Commission (EC) protested the move, saying that Russia is now in breach of its obligations as a new member of the World Trade Organization.

July 3, 2012 - 5:20am

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has introduced a process that will allow small emitters to opt out of compliance with the emissions trading scheme, but this applies only to static installations (ground-based industries). The option, which applies to facilities generating less than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), is not being made available to the aviation sector.

July 3, 2012 - 3:55am

The NTSB has opened the docket on the fatal crash of a Las Vegas tour helicopter late last year.

July 3, 2012 - 3:40am

As of mid-June the next hurdle for Hawker Beechcraft was the June 30 deadline to file its plan of reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

“The plan provides specific details regarding how the company plans to pay creditors and allow the business to be successful in the long term,” said an HBC spokeswoman.

July 3, 2012 - 2:55am

So, first, who needs three more worldwide satnav systems, when we already have GPS? Why do these others want to spend billions just to keep up with the U.S.? There are two reasons: one political and the other practical. Politically, GPS has become a (not the) dominant technology in almost every part of human life around the world, in government, national security, industry and private life, with more than a billion receivers being used daily for thousands of applications, from simple to critical.

July 3, 2012 - 2:40am

In its latest surprise move, would-be broadband provider LightSquared has morphed from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, with just a few months to find some closure with its creditors, to having an arrangement with them to allow it to continue in business and spend up to $190 million to fund its operations until September next year.

 
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