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Answers to your most frequently asked questions about aviation and aerospace.
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What's the Difference Between ADS-B Out and ADS-B In?
There are two types of ADS-B that can be installed on an airplane: ADS-B Out and ADS-B In. Both are valuable, but as of 2013, only ADS-B Out is mandated by the FAA's Final Rule, issued in 2010, which states that all aircraft operating in designated airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 1, 2020.

What Are Light Sport Aircraft?
Light Sport Aircraft (LSAs) are gaining popularity as a less expensive flight training option. Find out why in this article!

Q&A: Sport Pilot Certification
The sport pilot certificate was developed by the FAA in 2007 in order to make flying more affordable and available for some people. A number of student pilots are unable to complete the private pilot certificate due to time and financial constraints. The sport pilot certificate is meant for those who want to fly strictly on a recreational basis.

Q&A: Medical Certificate Requirements for Pilots
In order to keep everyone safe, the FAA requires a pilot medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner prior to flying solo or earning a pilot certificate. Pilot medical requirements vary depending on what kind of pilot you are.

The National Airspace System Explained
The National Airspace System has proven to be a reliable system. In fact, the United States has the safest skies in the world with respect to air transportation. The NAS involves more than just the control tower at your local airport, though.

Your Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
An aviation enthusiast's guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Learn how to get tickets, arrival options, lodging options and what to bring to the world's greatest aviation event.

Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) or Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight (MGTOW)
In the FAA's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Max Takeoff Weight is defined as the "maximum allowable weight for takeoff." More specifically, MTOW is a design limitation placed on the aircraft by the aircraft manufacturer during the design and testing process. It's a fixed weight.

Airborne Wifi FAQs: Wifi Takes Flight
Airborne wifi is taking the aviation industry by storm. Airlines and private jet operators are scrambling to add the new technology, while...

Aviation Acronyms
A comprehensive list of aviation acronymsn and the corresponding meaning.

Federal Aviation Regulations: Seat Belts and Child Restraint Systems
Are you familiar with child restraint systems on aircraft? How old can a child be to ride on the lap of a passenger on a plane? Can any old car seat suffice for aviation use? What about parachute operations?

How do I equip my aircraft for ADS-B?
Learn how to equip your aircraft for ADS-B according the the FAA's final rule, which requires all aircraft operating in designated airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out capabilities.

Who is required to use ADS-B?
ADS-B is an FAA NextGen program designed to make airspace safer and more efficient. Is using ADS-B mandatory? Will your aircraft need to be equipped for ADS-B?

What is NextGen?
NextGen is short for Next Generation Air Transportation System, an FAA-devised program developed to modernize today's national airspace system with the help of the entire industry. NextGen isn’t just a single program; it's made up of a series of different initiatives designed to make the airspace system more efficient.

What is FIS-B?
FIS-B is short for Flight Information System-Broadcast. FIS-B is a data broadcasting service that works with ADS-B to allow aircraft operators to receive aeronautical information such as weather and airspace restrictions through a data link to the cockpit.

Top 12 Gifts for Professional Pilots
Need a gift for a pilot? Professional pilots are sometimes difficult to buy gifts for. They usually have all of their necessary pilot supplies on hand already and even if they don't, many are very specific about their preferences regarding flying "stuff." Nevertheless, here are a few gift ideas for pilots that are sure to please.

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