Apple traditionally holds its large media event each September, taking the wraps off the latest iPhone models and showcasing the latest iOS features for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. With this year’s iPhone models being delayed, Apple took a different approach and released two new iPad models and the new Apple Watch 6 instead.
The other big announcement at the event was that iOS 14 would be released to the public immediately, to the surprise of many. As of today, iOS and iPadOS 14 are now available as a free update for compatible devices, but as with each major iOS update, there are several things you should consider before updating.
Should I update to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14?
Pilots should always be cautious about updating to a brand new version of iOS right when it is released, due to the importance of the iPad and aviation apps to our flying. While Apple and app developers test the software extensively months in advance, all new operating systems have undiscovered bugs that need fixing and may cause unexpected device or app issues.
FAA recently published its September edition of “What’s New in Airman Testing” advising of recent and upcoming changes affecting the airman testing process. In the most recent edition, FAA advises it’s reviewing and revising a number of its reference handbooks. Many of the updates are related to updating terminology on recommendations from industry working groups. Terminology updates will include the term “learner” as opposed to “student” as well as “flight deck” as opposed to “cockpit.”
Handbooks currently under revision (release dates TBD) include the Airplane Flying Handbook, Instrument Flying Handbook, andPilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.
Airman Knowledge Test Guides
FAA anticipates revising several Airman Knowledge Testing Supplements with an effective date of June 2021 including
FAA-CT-8080-2, Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot, and Private Pilot
FAA-CT-8080-5, Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor, and Sport Pilot Instructor
New/Revised test question activation dates for 2020 are September 28 and December 28. Questions about Notice to Airmen Publications (NTAP) have been removed from all airman knowledge test banks. Other updates applicable to specific tests include:
Private Pilot – Questions about Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out were added effective March 30, 2020.
Commercial Pilot – Questions about Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out were added effective March 30, 2020.
Instrument Rating – Questions about FAA International Flight Plan have been added effective September 28, 2020.
WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS
Apply by November 10, 2020
Women in Aviation International anticipates granting more than $800k in scholarship awards next year to assist in your aviation learning experience. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. You must be a WAI member to be eligible for scholarships.
In 2020, WAI awarded 151 scholarships valued at $831,365 bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $13.2 million.
Editor’s Note: Like me, you’ve enjoyed the many contributions from Charlie Masters to Sporty’s Student Pilot News and the Sporty’s Academy Biweekly Bulletin. You may also know Charlie as the Sporty’s ECA Vice President, Sales & Customer Service – the longtime voice and face of Sporty’s flight school and FBO and friend to many. Charlie will be retiring at the end of September (kind of) and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Charlie, and his wife Rose Ann, best wishes in retirement and thank him for his many contributions, insights, and thoughtful articles. Now to the “kind of” part.
While Charlie is retiring from his day-to-day responsibilities, he will remain on staff as a Sporty’s flight instructor, check airman and consultant so you’ll still see Charlie, from time to time, around the airport when he’s not tending to his farm, Masters Acres, in Fleming County, KY. And we hope we can convice Charlie to keep writing anytime there is an entertaining or compelling story to tell.
Perfection – our goal as we complete life’s tasks.While perfection is a goal, it is unlikely to be the result of our labors.At some point in time, we decide those efforts, though not perfect, are “good enough” and move on to our next endeavor.But how do we determine what is good enough?
Usually it is by some self-determined internal standard that may be somewhat fluid based on time available, existing resources and our mood at the moment. While our moods can swing, resources can vary, and our daily calendar fluctuates, pilots must deal with Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Gravity and Motion which remain constant and unrelenting. Therefore, flexible standards will not work for long in the cockpit as we continually struggle to balance inertia and power, as well as actions and reactions to safely sustain our craft aloft against the ever-present force of gravity. Our standard for “good enough” must be as relentless as those Laws governing matter in the universe.
Regulatory update: the FAA is allowing pilots to continue to fly if their medical certificate expires between March 31 and June 30 to reduce the burden on the country’s healthcare system and limit the potential spread of the virus.
FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. John Held, offers aviation medical exams and basic med evaluations at Sporty’s Clermont County Airport on select Saturdays. The cost of the exam is $120. An EKG (if required) is subject to an additional $35 fee.
Saturday, November 7
9am – 1pm
Saturday, December 5
9am – 1pm
To schedule, please call Sporty’s at 513.735.9100 ext. 0.
For pilots pursuing Basic Med, the required online training is available through two approved sources – AOPA and Mayo Clinic.
VIDEO TIP: S-TURNS ACROSS A ROAD
During your flight training you’ll practice several different types of ground reference maneuvers to help you understand the effect wind has on the airplane when flying close to the ground. Here we’ll take a look at s-turns across a road, giving you a pilot’s eye view on how to correctly fly the maneuver.
CERTIFICATES, RATINGS AND SOLOS
Congratulations on recent achievements at Sporty’s Academy