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April 27, 2017
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National Weather Service launches Graphical Forecast for Aviation
The National Weather Service's Graphical Forecast for Aviation is up and running, providing pilots flying in the continental US with an easy-to-read visual weather forecast that doesn't rely on long paragraphs to describe weather patterns. The GFA features the same information as the older text format and allows users to zoom in on specific areas and change forecast times.
AOPA Online (4/13),  General Aviation News (4/24) 
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Startups, aviation giant set sights on flying cars
Nobody is selling them to the public yet, but entrepreneurs are building and testing prototypes of flying cars. The competition for the market -- which may or may not materialize -- includes at least a half-dozen startups and one of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/24) 
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Eclipse watchers can fly to Ore. airport and camp under their wings
Oregon's Madras Municipal Airport is making space available for pilots who want to fly in to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Pilots will be allowed to camp under their plane's wings and enjoy the spectacle.
KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (4/26) 
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Avionics & Technology
Details emerge about Uber Elevate eVTOL program
Uber offered more details about its Uber Elevate eVTOL flying car program this week, announcing partnerships with aircraft equipment makers, technology companies and real estate developers. The vehicles are expected to have a 60-mile range and a maximum speed of 150 mph.
AIN Online (4/26) 
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Embraer pledges its E2 will provide 99% schedule reliability in its first year
Embraer is predicting that its new E-Jets E2 aircraft will provide 99% schedule reliability in their first year of service. "Within the first 12 months of operation, we want to guarantee a 99% schedule reliability," said Johann Bordais, Embraer's head of services and support. (U.K.) (4/27) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Terry Richardson receives Master Pilot Award
Terry Richardson of Franklin, Ky., has received the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, reserved for pilots who exhibit professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years. Richardson is modest about his accomplishments, but Dorian Walker was quick to sing his praises: "His commitment to volunteering in aviation has been an amazing thing, inspirational to me and others he has known."
Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (4/24) 
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Policy Watch
Colleges cautious about on-campus drone use
Colleges and universities are struggling to balance the risks and benefits of on-campus drone use. Drones can be valuable teaching tools and are useful for carrying out tasks like building inspections, but possible violations of privacy and potential injuries to bystanders carry significant risks. (4/26) 
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AOPA, NTSB meet on aviation safety, accident reporting
The National Transportation Safety Board will participate in periodic meetings with AOPA and other aviation organizations in a joint effort to improve flight safety by establishing a regular channel for airing concerns and proposing solutions.
AOPA Online (4/26) 
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Spectacular mountains, breathtaking coastlines, and the challenges of bush flying await pilots who fly in Alaska. Find out how to take in the scenery safely and confidently during a livestream with AOPA Senior Vice President of Media and Outreach Tom Haines and AOPA Alaska Regional Manager Tom George May 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
AOPA Online (5/10) 
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