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Video Flight Data Recorder Developed

A young Canadian inventor has come up with what he says is a low-cost flight data recorder for light aircraft that requires no special installation. Instead, it uses 4K video cameras to record gauges on the panel.

U.S. ADS-B Won’t Work In Canada

Most U.S. general aviation operators will not be able to fly in Canadian controlled airspace and vice versa when Canada mandates ADS-B, according to Nav Canada.

C172 Pilot Attempted Multiple Approaches Before Landing In Long Island Neighborhood

Three occupants survived the crash of a Cessna 172 into a Long Island suburb Sunday night, according to reports in the New York Post. The 1977 Cessna 172N was on a flight from Niagara Falls, New York, to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. According to FlightAware.com, the Cessna took off at 5:12 p.m. and was flight-planned to land at FRG by 8:30.

Non-ADS-B Compliant? The FAAs Got A Reg For That

Operators who fail to have ADS-B out equipment installed by the January 2020 deadline will get a very cool reception from air traffic control according to an FAA policy statement issued yesterday.

Shutdown Straining System

As the government shutdown grinds on with no end in sight, calls from the aviation industry to restore funding are getting more strident and the system is starting to show some strain.

Picture of the Week May 1, 2018

Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica from the flight deck of a C-141B Starlifter.

Air Carrier Applies For Trans-Antarctic Routing

Zipping across the North Pole to connect city pairs in the eastern and western hemispheres happens multiple times a day. But now Norwegian Air Argentina has applied for traffic rights from Buenos Aires to Perth, Western Australia, a 7,839-mile jaunt that will take commercial airline travelers directly over the South Pole. The South American arm of the Oslo-based airline will then connect with Singapore after a Perth refueling stop.

FAA Poorly Managed NextGen Funding

A new report this month from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says the Federal Aviation Administration lacked effective management controls over the project level agreements (PLAs)-an internal control mechanism for documenting the agreed-upon work and managing project execution for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). This program was implemented to meet the FAAs goals of modernizing the National Airspace System.

Red Bull Air Chooses VectorNav VN-300

Red Bull Air Race selected the VectorNav VN-300 Dual Antenna GNSS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS) as the primary source of aircraft telemetry data for the Master Class raceplanes participating in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The February inaugural event of the 2018 season saw the VN-300 used for the first time in all 14 aircraft to provide real-time telemetry data used for judging, in-race simulation and virtual reality applications. The first stop on the circuit was Abu Dhabi.

Nav Canada To Refund $60 Million To Users

While the aviation industry in the U.S. is fighting hard to oppose proposals to privatize the air traffic system, Nav Canada, the private not-for-profit company that runs Canadas ATC, said recently it will refund $60 million in fees to its customers this year. Higher than expected traffic growth this year has put us in a position to be able to refund [these fees] to our customers, said CEO Neil Wilson, in a news release on Aug. 11. Fees are also going down, effective Sept. 1, with a 3.5 percent average reduction to base rates and a 0.4 percent one-time rate reduction.

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