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FAA Details on Basic Med

The FAA has published a checklist explaining how to fly under the new Basic Med rules. 

As you know, the new law allows pilots to fly without the traditional physical exam as long as you follow a few basic rules.


If you thought you couldn't fly because you might not pass the medical exam, check out the new option

                                 What's New and Upcoming in Airman Testing

                                 The FAA has published an update to the                                                        implementation of the new ACS standards, which                                      have replaced the old PTS effective June, 2016 for                                      private pilot and instrument training. 


The ACS for commercial certificate candidates will be released on June 15, 2017.


Check this publication for details on specific areas of testing that have been revised or deleted, along with lots of additional information, direct from the FAA. 


FAA Delays International Flight Plan Requirement


The FAA held a two day meeting on May 23-24 with Nav Canada and vendors (Harris Corporation, CSRA and Leidos) to review testing results between all operating systems for implementation of the new FAA requirement for International Flight Plan (ICAO) format for all civil flights filed with Flight Service.

To ensure a safe and seamless transition with full interoperability, the FAA has decided to delay implementation until the Fall of 2017. The additional time will allow all service providers to address required changes identified in testing and integrate enhancements to the international format, while avoiding system changes during the busy summer flying season.  The FAA will provide a 30-day advance notice to the public when a final date is selected later this year.


Learn more about the FAA International Flight Plan format by visiting the FAA website for detailed instructions and simplified guidance on how to use the International Flight Plan format. 

New Commercial Standards Published

The FAA continues the rollout of the new ACS with the Commercial Pilot Airplane version, released just this month.


If you're working toward the commercial certificate or are planning to start, take a look at the new standards and see what's changed from the old PTS.

Simulator Orientation Training

The FM 210 Flight Simulator at Pottstown Municipal has undergone extensive updates and hardware replacement and, at long last, seems to be running smoothly.

We need your help to put it through its paces. So, give us a call and schedule a test flight. Good news! The first flight is free!

Keep an eye out for group sessions at your newsletter. Be sure to sign up today

AOPA Safety Foundation

Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots

The right decision at the right time 

Good decision making requires anticipation, recognition, and timely action to correct a problem. Easier said than done? The AOPA Air Safety Institute's recently updated Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots course can help. Discover best practices used in decision-making. Also learn how to develop your own set of personal minimums. Access the course—optimized for tablet computers—anywhere, anytime.

           FAA Safety Seminars in the Area

"Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Drive In Airspace Safety Tour"

Topic: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Drive-In Airspace Safety Tour
On Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 08:00 Eastern Daylight Time
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst 
3021 McGuire Boulevard

This a unique opportunity for airman. In order to promote safe flying in the McGuire Alert Area (A-220), the 514th Air Mobility Wing Safety Team is sponsoring this program which is designed: 1) to inform general aviation pilots about the hazards of flying in busy military airspace; and 2) to provide strategies for flying safely in the McGuire airspace. The programs include presentations on the types of aircraft a GA pilot might encounter in the Alert Area, information on flight physiology, a tour of the McGuire Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) facility, and a tour of the McGuire control tower. As an added benefit, the event provides participating pilots a static tour of aircraft on theflight line, including a C-17 Globemaster III and a KC-10A Extender.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

General Aviation News
Garmin Unveils Two New Autopilots:  For those of us who have been waiting for new autopilot options, check out the new Garmin offerings: The GFC 500 is a non-TSO'd option for light singles starting at around $7000, and the GFC 600, for high performance singles and light twins. The GFC 600 is a TSO'd product and starts around $20,000. See AOPA article

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