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The FAA this week issued a final rule (BasicMed) that allows GA pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Until now, the FAA has required private, recreational, and student pilots, as well as flight instructors, to meet the requirements of and hold a third class medical certificate. They are required to complete an online application and undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner.

Starting May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard, and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds. See the FAA’s BasicMed web page and AC 68-1 for more information.

Basic Med FAQ

Why NORAD Tracks Santa Track Santa
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa.Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. Also track Santa via internet.

Track Santa on your Mobile Phone!
Download the official NORAD Tracks Santa mobile apps…
WinPhone – Google Play – App Store

ADS-B New kid on the Block…

Clarity Ads-B Receivers by Sagetech will begin shipping end of March 2013. These tiny receivers (2.5×2.5×1.24″/5oz) include WAAS GPS, WiFi and Free Inflight NEXRAD Radar, Weather and NOTAM’s etc. (FIS-B) and some ADS-B Out Traffic. Depending on particular unit you can also get full ADS-B Out Traffic and  Synthetic Vision AHRS to enable your 3D Synthetic Vision app. The units are compatible with WingX Pro7, PC Avionics / Mountain Scope, i1000 Flight System, Global Nav Source / iPad EFB, SkyVision Extreme / Xtreme Vision 3D. Sale pricing starting at $699.99  https://sagetechcorp.com/

I know there are a number of pilots out there using the WingX app and is always nice to have alternatives available. Should also mention that I am not endorsing any particular products, but sure am enthusiastic about some of the sweet new technology coming out for GA and just passing them on.

 

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