Holiday Travel Tips

Planning on flying during the holidays this year? Traveling for the holidays and vacations can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. Thanksgiving week starts off the busiest time of the year for air travel. According to Airlines for America, they are predicting 27.3 million air travelers around the world will be traveling on the Thanksgiving holiday alone. That translates to 2.3 million passengers a day. The busiest airports during Thanksgiving, according to the trade group, are: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York’s JFK, Denver International, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Phoenix. So if you happen to be traveling through these airports, or any airport in the U.S., listed below are travel tips that will help you get through security with the least amout of stress and more holiday cheer.tsa-precheck

  • Enroll in the TSA Pre-Check program to get through security much faster.
  • Arrive at the airport early, at least 2 hours before your flight.
  • Make sure all liquids are 3.4 ounces or smaller, or they must be checked. Pack bigger bottles of wine and alcohol in your checked luggage.
  • Wear easily removable shoes, kids under 12 do not have to remove their shoes.
  • Keep your boarding pass and ID out during the security check process.
  • If you are traveling with gifts, it is better to either ship them to your destination or to put them in your checked luggage. If you decide to carry them on, there is a chance they can be unwrapped for additional inspection.

These are just a few tips to help you get through security with no hassle. Just remember to be respectful to the TSA agents, listen to their instructions and have as much patience as possible. For more information on getting through security stress free, check out the following TSA sites TSA Pre-Check and TSA Travel Checklist.

The holidays are a great time to travel and visit relatives, friends, or to just get out of town for a family vacation. That means the kids are coming along and that can definitley be an added travel headache for parents. Nap schedules thrown off, confined spaces, and overstimulation are among a few of the problems that the liitle ones will experience while flying. Here are just a few tips to help you get to your destination with your sanity in tact.

  • Prepare and plan and then prepare and plan some more.
  • Talk to your child before, during, and after the flight. Keep them excited and let themcaiden3 know exactly what is going on.
  • Stay organized. Pack them their own bag so their stuff is easily accessible.
  • The Dollar Store is your best friend before flying with children. Go and buy little toys, coloring books and crayons, and stickers for them without breaking the bank.
  • Bring their favorite movie on an iPad or portable DVD player. A lot of parents try to limit screen time, but when traveling….all limits are off.
  • Make sure you have plenty of their favorite snacks.
  • Dress them comfortably with easily removable shoes.
  • Most passengers get it, they understand that kids will be kids, as long as the parents are doing their best to control their child. Just smile and thank them for being understanding. Keep in mind, you will never see these people again.
  • Keep a positive attitude, but also be mentally ready for setbacks, they will happen.

Don’t let traveling during the busiest time of year ruin your vacation. Don’t sweat the things you can’t control. Make winter vacations and holiday travel enjoyable by keeping these holiday travel tips in mind. Be Safe and Happy Holidays!

 

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AeroMod International Expands In Melbourne

According to www.aviationpros.com Melbourne, Florida is considered to be the fastest growing aviation and aerospace manufacturing center in the United States. Southeast Aerospace moved to the General Aviation side of Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in 1997 and has grown into a thriving mid-market company over the last 19 years. Helping with the continued expansion, in April 2016 AeroMod International announced that it was officially relocating its corpora more “AeroMod International Expands In Melbourne”

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When Dogs Fly – Good Things Happen

What does it take to rescue animals in bad situations and move them to safe locations hundreds of miles away? It takes a dedicated organization, with devoted volunteers, and a network of pilots with a love of animals.

arf-logoAnimal Rescue Flights (ARF) was organized in 2008 by a group of pilots who wanted to offer their time, skills, and aircraft to transport animals from overcrowded kill shelters to rescue groups where they could be adopted by loving families. With the help of volunteer pilots, cabin crews, planners, drivers, rescue, and shelter volunteers ARF is able to change the lives of distressed animals and the lives of the families that adopt them. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • Every year 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters across the United States.
  • Each year 3-4 million of those dogs and cats are adopted by loving families.
  • The remaining 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year.

Animal Rescue Flight’s continued goal is to provide pilots, shelters, rescues, and transport organizations with the information they need for the safe and legal transportation of animals for adoption and to aggressively promote the benefits and importance of spaying and neutering to prevent tomorrow’s animals from becoming today’s rescues. For more information on the Animal Rescue Flights please visit their website: http://www.animalrescueflights.org/dog

Join Southeast Aerospace in donating to this amazing organization so that they may continue to keep the dogs flying to better futures.

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How Will You Meet the ADS-B Mandate?

The FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate program kicked off on September 19. In the first 2 weeks since the rebate program went live 2360 rebates were reserved by aircraft owners. The FAA will run the program for a period of 1 year or until 20,000 rebates have been reserved. 2016-AJM-098-Equip_ADS-B_DRAFT_sd06The FAA estimates that between 100,000 and 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out. So, why wait until the last minute to reserve your rebate? Why take the chance that there will be no rebates left?

There are no obstacles now for owners to equip at this time. Approximately 1,100 certified repair stations are ready to install ADS-B avionics, but installation shops could be overwhelmed the closer we get to the Jan 1, 2020 deadline. If too many operators wait, suppliers and installers will not be able to keep up with demand. This will result in a bottleneck of long wait times and possibly higher installation prices. As previously discussed in our blog, “ADS-B… How Long Will You Wait? The Data Does Not Lie” the time to schedule your service and get your rebate is now.

Are you eligible for the FAA’s rebate program? FAA-ADSB-Rebate-Qualify

Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.

Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate. Recently the AOPA put out an article clarifying the FAA process for pilots seeking the ADS-B rebate so that they may ensure that pilots understand exactly what needs to be done to be within the mandate rules. That article can be found here: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/october/05/pilots-seeking-ads-b-rebates-some-steps-clarified?utm_source=eBrief&utm_medium=Content&

For more information regarding the FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate and eligibility visit: https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20434

How will you meet the mandate?

General aviation aircraft owners can choose to install only ADS-B Out equipment to meet the 2020 requirement, or they can purchase an integrated system that also includes ADS-B In. Most ADS-B product manufacturers only offer AML STCs they have to authorized dealers in their network. Make sure to get with your local avionics shop to find out exactly what you need. The FAA has a list of certified ADS-B equipment, which can be found here: http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/equipment/

As for the business aviation community, Southeast Aerospace partnered witcaptureh Garmin International, Gables Engineering, and Peregrine Avionics to bring them the most cost-effective and flexible ADS-B solution. Southeast Aerospace’s Part 25 AML STC for ADS-B Out/In will be available for non-TCAS II Beechjet, Citation, Hawker, Learjet, and Falcon Jet by November 1, 2016. Check out our website for more information. http://www.seaerospace.com/adsb-stc

Most if not all ADS-B installations are not a “box-swap” regardless of any advertising or information on the Internet stating as much. Southeast Aerospace strongly recommends that you only contact and consult a trained, authorized avionics dealer for all ADS-B installations. Contact the OEM and ask for a recommendation in your area. Most OEMs are more than happy to refer to a legitimate, quality dealer in your area.

Make sure to visit the Southeast Aerospace ADS-B Help Page for all your equipment and installation questions. http://www.seaerospace.com/ads-b

 

 

 

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FAA ADS-B Rebate Program Goes Live Sept. 19

September 13, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration announced this afternoon that its ADS-B rebate website will go live on Monday, Sept. 19, which will allow many general aviation aircraft owners the opportunity to apply for a $500 rebate to help offset an owner’s cost to equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements.

The Aircraft Electronics Association will assist the FAA in the program’s administrative process by issuing the $500 rebates to qualifying aircraft owners. Read below to see the FAA’s announcement in its entirety.

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Date:   September 13, 2016

Contact: Tammy L Jones or Paul Takemoto

Phone:   202-267-3883

FAA Rebate Program for General Aviation Aircraft Owners Who Equip with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to Begin This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced today that the FAA is delivering on its commitment to incentivize general aviation aircraft owners to equip their aircraft with required NextGen avionics technology before the January 1, 2020 deadline.

On September 19, 2016, the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate website will go live, and general aviation aircraft owners will have the opportunity to apply for a $500 rebate to help offset the cost to equip eligible aircraft in a timely manner, rather than waiting to meet the mandatory equipage date.

“NextGen has played and will continue to play an important role in ensuring that our airspace is safe and efficient for the American people, and we are focused on achieving its full potential,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This incentive program is an innovative solution that address stakeholder concerns about meeting the 2020 deadline, and will make a huge difference in helping the general aviation community equip.”

ADS-B is a foundational NextGen technology that transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning. ADS-B Out, which is required by January 1, 2020, transmits information about a plane’s altitude, speed, and location to air traffic control and other nearby aircraft. ADS-B In allows aircraft to receive traffic and weather information from ground stations and to see nearby aircraft that are broadcasting their positions through ADS-B Out. Owners can choose to install only ADS-B Out equipment to meet the 2020 requirement, or they can purchase an integrated system that also includes ADS-B In.

On June 6, 2016, Secretary Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced that the rebates would be available starting this fall, and that only installations performed after the program launched would be eligible for the rebate. Previously equipped aircraft will not be eligible. The $500 rebate will help offset the cost of purchasing required avionics equipment, which is available for prices as low as $2,000.

Beginning this month, the FAA will issue 20,000 rebates on a first-come, first-served basis for one year or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed — whichever comes first. The rebate is available only to owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that were first registered before January 1, 2016. The FAA will not provide rebates for software upgrades on already equipped aircraft, or for aircraft for which the FAA has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA estimates that 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline.

“We promised that we would help aircraft owners equip with ADS-B, and I am pleased to say that today we are honoring that commitment and we are delivering on our target date,” said Huerta. “We are encouraging aircraft owners to start equipping now. Do not wait until the last minute, because you may not be able to get an appointment with a certified installer.”

Aircraft owners who have a standard airworthiness aircraft may have a repair station or an appropriately-licensed A&P mechanic install the ADS-B equipment. Owners of aircraft certificated as experimental or light sport must adhere to applicable regulations and established standards when installing ADS-B equipment.

Owners are only eligible for the rebate if they install the avionics after September 19, 2016, and within 90 days of the rebate reservation date. Aircraft owners will have 60 days after the scheduled installation date to validate their equipage by flying their aircraft, and will then be able to claim the rebate. The reservation system will require an N number, installation date, and the planned ADS-B equipment being installed. The reservation system will be available at the ADS-B Rebate website.

The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 1, 2020. That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required today. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.

The FAA has been working with stakeholders, including the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others to inform and educate the aviation community about the ADS-B requirements. More information about equipping and the rebate program is available on the following websites:

http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/

http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/

For more help with your ADS-B needs, please visit Southeast Aerospace at: http://www.sea-install.com/ or call (321) 255-9877

All information found in this article obtained from the AEA and FAA.

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BendixKing’s New ADS-B Solution

ADS-B Solutions for Helicopter – AML STC for KT 74 and KGX

BendixKing is pleased to announce it has received FAA approval for the installation of its KT 74 ADS-B Out compliant transponder and KGX-Series ADS-B transceivers on a broad list of popular light helicopters. An approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) approval is now available for popular airframes including the Bell 429/407/206L/206B, Airbus AS 322/350/B3/355/365, EC120/130/135/145, Robinson R22/44/66 and MD Helicopters.

This is an exciting milestone for the BendixKing ADS-B solutions because it significantly reduces the paperwork and overall installation time for helicopter operators. In addition, many of these aircraft are equipped with BendixKing KT 76A/C transponders, making them great candidates for the KT 74, slide in replacement.bk1

A trade-in rebate for most existing BendixKing transponders is available, making this a simple and cost-effective way to meet the upcoming mandate. The link just below identifies all eligible trade-in products and their values.

http://bendixking.com/getmedia/9f4200ac-8840-45b9-a2b6-3755108916c6/Trade-Up-Values-Final-List-best-sellers-sort-11-9-15.aspx

About the BendixKing Helicopter ADS-B Solutions

The AML STC includes:

  • KT 74 ADS-B OUT Mode S transponder*
  • KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an Integrated WAAS GPS
  • KGX 130R ADS-B remote mount receiver without an integrated GPS
  • KGX Wireless WI-FI Adapter to interface with popular iOS and Android tablets for ADS-B Traffic & Weather.
  • Garmin GNS 400W and 500W series navigators.

Airframes approved under the AML STC are:

  • Bell Helicopter 429/407/206L/206B
  • Airbus Helicopters AS 322/350/B3/355/365 and EC 120/130/135/145
  • Robinson Helicopters R22/44/66 – solution overview link below
  • MD Helicopters MD-500.

*Compatible WAAS navigators or the KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an integrated WAAS GPS may be used as a position source for ADS-B OUT with this STC.

Other industry GPS receivers may be integrated with this solution as shown in the table below.

KT 74 with KGX 150R/130R or Garmin GNS 400W/500W have been STC’d for these Helicopter Configurations

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Product videos, pricing and further information may be found at the BendixKing website link. http://www.bendixking.com/V4/ADS-B

Article and information obtained from BendixKing Dealer News, August 2016 Vol.3

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Drone Rules For The Recreational Operator

Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), have Quadcopterbecome increasingly popular over the past few years. They are a lot of fun, generally not that expensive and relatively easy to fly. These UAS do however have their own set of rules to abide by. The FAA thinks they have the possibility to invade the privacy of others, interfere with manned aircraft and cause a variety of other problems. So to stay out of hot water with your local law enforcement and avoid FAA penalties, listed below are some of the rules the FAA requires drone operators to follow.

  • Register your drone with the FAA before you fly it if it weighs between 0.55lbs and up to 55lbs. Register online at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/
  • The UAS is limited to not more than 55 pounds.
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Keep your UAS within visual line of sight at all times.
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
  • Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
  • Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport.
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.

Quadcopter2So make sure you fly your drone responsibly by staying within the FAA regulations. All information used in this article obtained from the FAA and Know Before You Fly, which is endorsed by the FAA. Go check out their websites for an abundance of more information regarding the use of UAS. http://www.faa.gov/uas/   http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

 

 

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7-11 & Flirtey make 1st ever FAA approved home delivery

7-11According to a news release posted on corp.7-eleven.com, 7-eleven has teamed up with Flirtey, a drone delivery service, to make the first ever FAA approved home delivery in Reno, Nevada.

“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS.

At a Reno, Nevada 7‑Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7‑Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the family’s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes. Products included Slurpee® drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select® candy. In the future, both companies expect drone packages to include “everyday essentials” such as batteries and sunscreen. drone.PNG

Read the entire article at http://corp.7-eleven.com/news/07-22-2016-7-eleven-teams-with-flirtey-for-first-ever-faa-approved-drone-delivery-to-customer-s-home

Author & photo credit, 7-Eleven 7/22/16.  7-Eleven Teams with Flirtey for First Ever FAA-Approved Drone Delivery to Customer’s Home [Press Release]. http://corp.7-eleven.com/news/07-22-2016-7-eleven-teams-with-flirtey-for-first-ever-faa-approved-drone-delivery-to-customer-s-home

 

 

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Garmin Makes Major New Product Announcements

Garmin has once again taken the aviation world by surprise providing new, exciting products and updates to existing products that make sense, help pilots, and invigorate the market. Below is a list of some highlights of the announcements:

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The new Flight Stream 510 will revolutionize how Garmin users manage databases with wireless technology.

The Flight Stream 510 is an SD card with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. The card installs into the existing card slot of the GTN series units and updates the databases throughout the cockpit between GTN units as well as G500/600 glass displays. Other added features of the Flight Stream 510 include two-way flight plan transfer between GTN 650/750, sharing of traffic, weather, GPS info, back-up attitude info,
and text messaging though a compatible mobile device.

The Flight Stream 510 will be available in early August for a list price of $1495. Normal terms and conditions of Garmin Dealer Installation Policy apply.

NEW GTN SOFTWARE UPDATES

Garmin GTN 560

Improving on an already powerful, capable product, Garmin announced new, expanded features for the popular GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators.

New features include:

•Voice command control: Over 300 spoken commands at the push of a button through the GMA 35/350 auto speech recognition
•Pinch to Zoom Interface: Similar to features on smartphones or tablets; zoom in/out on pages now with this feature
•Flight Stream 510 capability: Incorporate wireless technology into your aircraft with software update and the Flight Stream 510
•Text & Voice Call Control: Also with Flight Stream 510 and update, users can pair to an Apple mobile device for text and voice via GSR 56 datalink

Also additions with the software update include radio availability during power-up before engine start, flight track vectors, clear-all function, and pilot selectable SafeTaxi diagram descriptions.

ONE PAK

New, more cost effective options are now being given to Garmin users through Garmin’s new OnePak Database bundling.

OnePak bundles allow customers to download datbases to multiple Garmin avionics and portables for one low price. Now updates for the GTN 650/750 as well as GNS 430W/530W range from a single update of $129 to an annual subscription of just $299. Bundle updates including all data (nav, obstacles & terrain) range from $449 to $649 for annual subscriptions. In addition, OnePak can cover your entire Garmin avionics package in your aircraft for one low price. From $649 to $924 including FliteCharts.

Garmin has not only made the database updating process easy but very affordable now.

PROMOTIONS & REBATES

Garmin Rebates

In addition to announcing new products and updates, Garmin is offering big savings on ADS-B products and other product packages. Some of these special offers include:

•Up to $2000 savings on various Garmin products when purchased with an ADS-B product such as the GTX 335/345, GDL 84/88 or GTX-330/33ES
•GTN 625 / GTX345R package for $9940 List or Aera 660 / GTX345 package for $6195 List
•$500 Off List Price for the GDL 84/88 series ADS-B products
•$100-$200 seminar bucks during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
For complete details on any of these products or special offers, please contact Southeast Aerospace today.

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ADS-B… How Long Will You Wait? The Data Does Not Lie

WAIT MORE = PAY MORE

The year 2020 is rapidly approaching and the ADS-B mandate is not going away. All aircraft flying in controlled airspace will be required to be equipped with ADS-B Out equipment. As with every mandate, as time draws closer to the deadline, installation openings dry up and schedules become tighter. As we all know, fewer options usually equals higher costs in the end. ADS-B hardware prices seem to have leveled off for now and we do not see them decreasing in price anytime soon. There are only a limited number of places to get a properly certified ADS-B installation in relation to the number of aircraft needing ADS-B installation. There are certain factors in an ADS-B installation that an average A&P mechanic cannot and should not handle.

 SO MANY AIRCRAFT, NOT ENOUGH TIME

Recently Woodrow Bellamy III did a case study for Avionics Magazine showing how many aircraft have been equipped, are being equipped currently, and how many could be remaining by 2020. At the current rate which installations are being completed this case study predicts the following: There will still be 1,818 commercial aircraft still requiring ADS-B Out avionics upgrades to fly in the NAS and 59,150 GA aircraft that operators will need to equip upgrade for ADS-B Out. More info from this case study can be found at: http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/issue/feature/ADS-B-Case-Study-Equipping-100000-Aircraft_87845.html#.V4ALiY-cGUk

 TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK

Time marches on as 2016 is already more than halfway over. Qualified avionics shops only have a finite amount of space in their hangars to take on the massive amount of aircraft that will need to be upgraded. Many incentives have been presented to aircraft owners from shops, OEMs, and even the FAA. The numbers don’t lie, read them for yourself. Wait more and you will pay more as 2020 draws closer day by day. We highly recommend contacting your local avionics shop to make sure you will be ready for the 2020 mandate.

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