FAA issues guidance on FBO pricing | A tour of Boeing's Everett, Wash., jet manufacturing facility | Which portable device is the most helpful for the type of flying you do?
December 11, 2017
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FAA issues guidance on FBO pricing
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued guidance titled "Q&As -- FBO Industry Consolidation and Pricing Practices," which lays out the responsibility of federally funded airports to ensure reasonable public access and reasonable pricing by fixed-based operators. "We appreciate the FAA making an effort to clarify the responsibilities and available options in preserving airport access, improving fee transparency and ensuring public-use airports comply with grant obligations," AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker said.
AOPA Online (12/8) 
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Aviation Update
A tour of Boeing's Everett, Wash., jet manufacturing facility
Reporter Benjamin Zhang shares this lavishly photographed tour of Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility, where the company builds the 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets.
Business Insider (12/9) 
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Which portable device is the most helpful for the type of flying you do?
Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.
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Choosing inflight Wi-Fi? 5 questions to ask
When it comes to choosing an inflight Wi-Fi network, do you know what questions to ask? Top of mind, you may consider network speed, but there are other factors that can impact your Wi-Fi experience. To get a Wi-Fi solution that works for you, check out the top network questions to ask when choosing an inflight connectivity network. Get answers
Airport Focus
Pa.'s Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport sold; airfield to remain open
Pennsylvania's Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport was sold in September for $1.4 million to real estate developer Troy Nauman. Nauman plans to keep the airfield open and is renovating some buildings for new tenants.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)/Tribune News Service (12/11) 
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Take flight planning to the next level with GoDirect Flight Bag Pro. The new app is designed to give pilots peace of mind and can save up to 50% in flight planning time. Available now on the Apple App Store — click here to download.
Avionics & Technology
Seattle Avionics unveils free web-based flight planner
Seattle Avionics has unveiled FlyQ Online, a free web-based flight planner that is a companion to the company's FlyQ EFB app for iOS. The planner features a weather timeline, current and upcoming temporary flight restrictions, and static and animated radar.
General Aviation News (12/9) 
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International News
CAE to provide support services, instruction at Oman Aviation Academy
Aviation training company CAE has agreed to provide operating services to the Oman Aviation Academy and train Omani nationals for jobs as ground and flight instructors.
Times of Oman/Times News Service (12/9) 
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Chemist Exposes Worst Meds For Pilots
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Pilot Spotlight
Scholarship recipient takes first solo flight
Colin Jamison, 17, made his first solo flight this month at California's Santa Ynez Valley Airport. Jamison received a flight instruction scholarship in May during the facility's Airport Day, sponsored by the Airport Day scholarship committee and Valley Sport Aviators/EAA Chapter 491.
Santa Maria Times (Calif.) (12/11) 
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Policy Watch
Pilatus PC-24 certified by FAA, EASA
The Pilatus PC-24 10-passenger twinjet has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency with authorizations for single-pilot operations and flight into known icing.
AOPA Online (12/11),  AIN Online (12/8) 
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Lawmakers praise public-private cooperation in drone regulation
House aviation subcommittee members want US regulators to continue to cooperate with the aircraft industry as commercial drones play a more prominent role in aviation. "We are seeing industry and government work closely together toward the common goal of UAS integration and keeping the United States ahead of the rest of the world in the development and integration of this new aviation technology," Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., said.
UAS Magazine (12/7) 
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Medical reform going global
Nations around the world are moving forward to improve the medical qualification process for general aviation pilots and modeling their rules after BasicMed.
AOPA Online (12/6) 
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AOPA Member Benefits
Rusty Pilot resources to get back in the air
Been out of the cockpit for awhile? Getting back in can be easier than you think, with AOPA's Rusty Pilots resource page. AOPA Online.
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