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03/27/2020 Top Five Owner Maintenance Tasks - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "No matter how you slice it, aircraft ownership is expensive. Required inspections, airworthiness directive compliance and regular replacement of wear items can gang up on us to make the total cost of ownership a somewhat breathtaking experience. There are almost as many ways to manage these expenses as there are people flying, but one consistent recommendation for any pilot/owner looking to reduce costs is to do many rather mundane tasks yourself." Author: Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside - Read it Here
03/26/2020 Touch-and-Goes - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "They're nothing more than a takeoff following a landing, but directional control on the ground and checklists are key." The procedure broken down into the elements of study and the features needed. Read it Here
03/23/2020 ATC Operational Contingency Plans - .PDF - Federal Aviation Administration operational contingency planning is a key component in
ensuring safety and continuity of services in the National Airspace System. Comprehensive and coordinated planning between air traffic control facilities, stakeholders, and organizations that support them can avert disruptions or mitigate their impact to safe and reliable service to the flying public. This order identifies the critical roles, establishes procedures, and provides guidance for maintaining a proactive approach to contingency planning.
The practices and procedures set forth in this order apply to FAA personnel and FAA contract personnel who provide air traffic control services at FAA facilities and FAA Contract facilities, or support its infrastructure or operational environments. Read the Order Here.
03/23/2020 AIRCRAFT DISINFECTION AND CLEANING PROCEDURES - .PDF - from NBAA - A guide providing procedures to consider. Read the Guide Here
03/23/2020 Subject: COVID-19: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews. - .PDF - Purpose: This SAFO cancels and replaces SAFO 20001 and provides interim health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for
Air Carriers and Crewmembers regarding COVID-19. The CDC and FAA are providing this health guidance for air carriers and crews to protect rewmembers from exposure and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 onboard aircraft or through air travel. Read the SAFO Here
03/19/2020 Situational Awareness? - ARTICLE - There's always lots of talk about enhancing it, but what is it to begin with, and why do pilots need it? By A Bartlett for Aviation Safety Published:Updated:
"Over the last couple of decades, there’s been a growing realization within aviation’s training and safety arenas about situational awareness. The conversation generally involves ways to enhance situational awareness in the cockpit and often concentrates on technological solutions, like moving maps, or displaying real-time traffic and weather. The presumption is that greater situational awareness is better and that all of us have at least some measure of this characteristic. What’s often omitted from these discussions is some base definition of what situational awareness, or SA, actually is and how it contributes to safety." Read the Article Here
03/17/2020 From Info gleaned from NAFI 2/26 - FAA Issues Congressional Mandated Rulemaking. "The FAA has announced the final rulemaking that is in response to the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. Many of you may recall that this law was Congress' response to the Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2009." This is of concern to instructors, ATP candidates and in general those training for any certificate. To review the new regulations, see the link to the Federal Register here.
03/16/2020 Boeing Faulted, Not the Pilots: Two Prelim MAX Reports Released - ARTICLE - from AVweb by Marc Cook - "Both the Ethiopian aviation authority and the U.S. House of Representatives have unloaded on Boeing this week in dual preliminary reports published just short of the one-year anniversary of the second MAX crash that set its grounding in motion." Read More Here
03/16/2020 Covid-19 brings more challenges than opportunities for bizav - ARTICLE - from AINonline by Charles Alcock 2/28/20 - "Drastic cuts in scheduled airline services in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and concern about public health risks spurred a significant surge in demand for private jet charter flights beginning in late January. However, restrictions on travel to some countries and concerns over risks to passengers and crew have meant that operators have had limited opportunity to capitalize on the situation." Read the story Here
03/16/2020 Logbooks: Concorde Adventures ARTICLE - From August 2014 by Richard Collins in Air Facts. AF Editor's note: Richard Collins is looking back through his decades of logbooks and sharing his thoughts about memorable flights. It may surprise some that the first of these important flights was not in a GA aircraft, but rather in the Concorde. Here he shares what it’s like to be at the controls of this airplane and be part of the Concorde family.
"Time spent with the most extraordinary airplane ever… In my long career in the aviation business it was no secret that I didn’t care for overseas junkets. I never attended the Paris Air Show or Farnborough and I remember passing up boondoggle trips to Brazil and Japan among other places." You can read this memorable and historically relevant story Here
03/09/2020 Say Your Airspeed—Which One? ARTICLE - Air Facts by Mac McClellan - "Say your airspeed. Seems like a simple question. And it’s one controllers often ask when separating in trail airplanes in busy airspace. But there’s nothing simple about airspeed. There are at least four kinds of airspeed—indicated airspeed (IAS), calibrated airspeed (CAS), true airspeed (TAS) and Mach. Each value has significance to pilots." This treatise explains each, and in a simple to read, but precise manner. - Read it Here
03/01/2020 Pitot Static System Failure - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - Alternate Air - Blocked Pitot Tube / Drain Hole - Blocked Static Hole - Do you remember what will happen? Get the story Here
03/01/2020 CFIT/Automation Overreliance - Automation is a helpful tool, but don’t let it breed complacency and erode your confidence. Avoid over-reliance on automation. Fly the aircraft first and read the #FlySafe fact sheet - View it Here
03/01/2020 Aircraft Maintenance: Fighting a cockpit fire ARTICLE - Jeff Simon for AOPA - Read it Here
03/01/2020 Accident Case Study: Just a Short Flight - VIDEO -
In May 2017, a Learjet crashed while circling to land in visual conditions. An AOPA Air Safety Institute analysis (which includes graphic images of the crash) examines the links in that accident chain, and lessons learned. (Photo courtesy of the NTSB.) Watch the video >
02/29/2020 Highlights from the February 27 Drone Advisory Committee Meeting
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and drone community leaders met in Washington, D.C. yesterday to continue an important dialogue on drone integration topics. The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) reviewed a lot of key drone information and discussed specific DAC taskings such as:
Tasking #5: Facility Maps
Tasking #6: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
Tasking #7: UTM Performance
DAC Members discussed and agreed to new taskings:
Tasking #7: UTM Performance — members will continue to work on this critical
Tasking #8: Safety Culture
Here’s what people said:
“No one in this industry wants to move slowly. Everyone wants to move safely.” - Jay Merkle, FAA Executive Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office
“We were able to take a look at results from different industry groups that had done deep dives, in a couple of very specific both technical and policy areas, and then hear direct feedback from the FAA about which of the suggestions they will be implementing and some of their additional thoughts on those items.” - Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk and DAC Chairman
All DAC meetings are open to the public. If you didn’t catch our livestream on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube you can watch them anytime on the platforms below.
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Formed in 2016, the DAC is a broad-based, long-term federal advisory committee that provides the FAA with advice on key UAS integration issues by helping to identify challenges and prioritize improvements. The committee helps to create broad support for an overall integration strategy and vision. Membership is comprised of CEO/COO-level executives from a cross-section of stakeholders representing the wide variety of interests, including industry, research and academia, retail, and technology.
Reminder: The comment period for the Remote ID Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) ends on March 2. Read the NPRM and submit comments now.
02/27/2020 PDF - Technological advances in situational awareness have dramatically reduced the number of GA Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accidents. However, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has found that reliance on automation is a precursor to CFIT events. Awareness of automation limitations and pilot proficiency in flying with and without automation are key to safe flight operations. Here is a Fact sheet filled with info and tips.
02/26/2020 Los Alamitos Army Base WILL ALLOW CIVILIAN GCA Approaches PDF Click here for how
02/22/2020 PRESS RELEASE Hollywood Burbank Airport and Van Nuys Airport Hold Sixth Joint Noise Task Force Meeting PDF View it Here
02/18/2020 Managing Distractions - Safety Enhancement Topic PDF - VIEW IT HERE
02/18/2020 NBAA's Noise Abatement Program - suitable for Any Size Aircraft - See it HERE
02/08/2020 The BLANCOLIRIO Report - VIDEO - Helicopter Accident Commentary - VIEW IT HERE
02/08/2020 NTSB ISSUES PRELIMINARY REPORT - Kobe Bryant Fatal Accident - PDF - Read it Here
02/07/2020 Accident Probe: Preflight, Interrupted - ARTICLE - AVweb republished from Aviation Safety Magazine - Read it Here
02/03/2020 Sensenich Prop Overhaul Shop - VIDEO - What do you know about how a prop is serviced and/or overhauled? Aviation Consumer produced a great information video - You can see it by Clicking Here.
2/02/2020 Kobe Bryant's fatal flight - a VIDEO recreation with sound bites. Click HERE for the link.
01/27/2020 NBAA Training Guidelines: Single-Pilot Operations of Very Light Jets and Technically Advanced Aircraft (Version 2.0, January 2020) Developed as the NTSB tasked NBAA with detailing a syllabus - This is the latest just released version. See the guidelines here.
01/26/2020 No Surprises - ARTICLE - Today’s aircraft avionics offer GA pilots an unprecedented level of situational awareness. However, these complex systems can quickly transform a Pilot in Command to a Pilot in Confusion. In her article, “No Surprises” in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, editor Susan K. Parson explores how to exercise good risk management skills that will help you keep control of avionics and automation in your aircraft. To read the article, go to: https://adobe.ly/2QuvEqS. Check out the entire Jan/Feb 2020 issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.
01/26/2020 From 12/05 Drone strikes ABC7 Helicopter - Precautionary Landing - Story Here
01/26/2020 Learn about AOPA's Airport Watch Program by clicking Here
01/26/2020 Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users authored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) originally published 7/2017. You can read it Here.
01/26/2020 Blue Champion - One Voice - One Mission - End Human Trafficking - Find out about the campaign by Clicking Here.
01/26/2020 ICAO Circular 352 - Guidelines for Training Cabin Crew on Identifying and Responding to Trafficking in Persons .PDF File - Read it Here
01/26/2020 AOPA's Security Contacts Card - a wallet size form that allows organized spaces for you to list security contacts. Download it Here
01/24/2020 Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls - VIDEO - from ASI - well produced presentation outlining why and how a departure stall can develop, and why in the real world it catches pilots with undesirable results. Click Here to see it.
01/12/2020 The VNY LDA-C Approach - ARTICLE - From Flying Magazine - Pilot Proficiency - A basket-full of tips on the unique LDA class of approaches - note: the chart example illustrated is not current, but I don't believe it's status hinders the article's thrust. Read it Here
01/12/2020 Accident Probe: Flying The Big Engine - What could happen after an aircraft is modified... ARTICLE From AVweb - Read it Here
01/06/2020 International Operators: Know Where to Go, What to Bring When Reentering the U.S. - ARTICLE - From NBAA - read it here
01/06/2020 What Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications can I take and still be safe to fly? - From the FAA - .PDF FILE - First, ask yourself “Do I have a condition that makes me unsafe to fly?” Title 14 CFR 61.53 is the regulation, which prohibits flight with a known medical deficiency [unless cleared by the FAA] and requires that you determine that you are fit to fly prior to each flight. - Examine this chart that will help make Go/No Go solutions easier by Clicking Here.
01/04/2020 Air Route Traffic Control - ARTICLE - Knowing the ATC system structure provides insight into its effective use. By Rose Marie Kern for IFR REFRESHER magazine July 2019 and republished in "AVweb," Jan 2020. "In 22 facilities across the U.S., thousands of air traffic controllers actively watch the skies over their assigned sectors. Each Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) is almost a small town in itself. The Operations Room contains 50 to 60 consoles with large computer monitors displaying aircraft data blocks imposed on top of aviation landmarks and sector boundaries." To read the full article that describes ARTCC details and functions via first hand experience, Click Here. Interested in more IFR articles? Click Here for "IFR Refresher" Magazine info.
01/1/2020 From AOPA ASI: VIDEO - Three seconds, three choices - Relinquishing PIC authority is never a good idea, especially if the airplane you're following disappears in the fog. Watch this AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story to learn about one pilot's nearly disastrous flight. Watch the video by Clicking Here
01/01/2020 Red Cotton Shop Towel Clogged Fuel Line, Caused 2017 Plane Crash that Killed Famed Racer Ted Christopher, NTSB Finds by Zach Murdock December 18, 2019 - The Hartford Courant (TNS) - Read the story Here
12/24/2019 Runway Safety Video that helps to define Runway Surface Condition and Braking Reports - Produced by AOPA Air Safety Institute - Click HERE
12/24/2019 Embracing the Cold Weather - A ferry pilot gives tips on adapting to weather. - By Sarah Rovner in FLYING. Good tips for flying in Cold Weather and Icing Conditions. Read it Here
12/24/2019 Advisory Circular AC 91-74B .pdf file Pilot Guide - Flight in Icing Conditions - Important Safety Information - The purpose of this AC is to provide pilots with a convenient reference guide on the principal factors related to flight in icing conditions and the location of additional information in related publications. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ICING & ICING EFFECTS, PROTECTION, AND DETECTION Read it Here
12/23/2019 Welcome to the Information Age - Modern avionics and digital systems are ushering in a new age in GA safety. In his article “Welcome to the Information Age” in the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, editor James Williams explores how these advancements are enabling safety breakthroughs via Flight Data Monitoring. Learn how you can be a part of this revolution here: http://bit.ly/FAA-FDM. Check out the entire Nov/Dec 2019 issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing which will bring you to the Safety Briefing Index Welcome Page.
12/18/2019 Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety, including Loss of Control (LOC), PowerPlant Failure, and Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT). - Stay safe! This series will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight. The just released DECEMBER 17 GA SAFETY issue covers "How Much Can I Haul and How Far Can I Go?" You Can READ IT HERE.
12/17/2019 FAA Preps for Changes in Notam System - AIN - Read it Here
12/16/2019 SATNAV News Quarterly Newsletter for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. A new issue is now available with the following articles:
- First Boeing 737NG/700 WAAS LPV Success
- When Minutes Count – Modern Helicopters Speed Up the Golden Hour
- Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (ARAIM) Developments
- WAAS/LPV – Critical Tool for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Helicopter Pilots
- Global Positioning System (GPS) III Update – On the road to a refreshed constellation
- “Did you know” – Satellite Navigation Approach Plates
- Satellite Navigation Approach Procedures
For the NEW ISSUE CLICK HERE
12/11/2019 From 12/02 Leidos Wins FAA Contract and Options - From AOPA - Read it Here
12/11/2019 From 12/01 Trade-A-Plane stops paper - goes digital - Read it Here
12/11/2019 From 12/01 Airline Pilots Call for Enhanced Fatigue Rules for All-Cargo Operations - From ALPA - Read it HERE
12/11/2019 From 11/16 U.S. Civil Aviation Fatalities Increase In 2018 - AVweb - Read it Here
12/11/2019 From 11/09 FAA Clears Way for ATP, Commercial Pilots with Diabetes -AINOnline- Read it Here
12/09/2019 FAA - Drone Stakeholders will Help the FAA Develop the Recreational Drone Flyer Test - Testing Testing 1..2..3..Recreational Drone Flyer Test is One Step Closer - We love that the drone community is growing so quickly. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recreational drone flyer test will be an important opportunity to educate recreational flyers about the rules of the sky as we continue to safely integrate drones into our nation’s airspace.
A law passed in 2018 requires that recreational drone flyers pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof that they have passed the test with them while operating a drone. In September, the FAA posted a request for information (RFI) asking for you, the drone community, to submit suggestions on how best to administer the new recreational knowledge test.
Based on responses to the RFI, the organizations below have been invited to make recommendations on the administration of the test. These recommendations will assist the agency in developing requirements that potential test administrators must meet. These requirements, and any associated selection criteria for test administrators will be announced on FAA.gov.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Drone Launch Academy Southeastern University
Science Applications International Corporation
Horizon Hobby, LLC.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coach
Unmanned Safety Institute
First Person View Freedom Coalition
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Academy of Model Aeronautics; and
Drone Racing League.
The FAA has great safety information and tips on FAA.gov. - Questions? Email email@example.com.
12/09/2019 PDF - FICON (Field Condition) CODES - Recommended as a file to be downloaded in conjunction with AC 150/5200-30D - Both files were recommended to SCAUWG as potentially valuable for our users by "Gordon," a Flight School Manager and longtime supporter of the FAA WINGS training program. See the file Here.
12/09/2019 PDF - AC 150/5200-30D - This advisory circular (AC) change is based on feedback received from airport operators seeking additional guidance on issues to help improve the implementation of the TakeOff and Landing Performance Assessment initiative. These improvements relate to reporting wet runway, slippery when wet reporting procedures, unacceptable aspects of reporting Mu values to aircraft operators, using current runway in use for generating runway surface condition reports, airport operators abilities to use mitigations to improve runway conditions, and clarifications on using Conditions Not Monitored and Surface Conditions Not Reported NOTAMs. See the AC file by Clicking Here.
12/08/2019 VIDEO - One of the most important facets of Pilot Training is checklist management. Necessary for safety, but challenged by impulsivity and complacency, some pilots when observed by check pilots even then might miss a component. Private pilot "Mike" sent this reference to illustrate that even though some pilots feel their Cessna 172 checklists are filled up to the brim with chores, after watching how a B-17 is started, one might feel very at ease with the C-172 checklist after all. Watch "How to start the B-17 engine" by clicking Here
12/07/2019 EMERGENCY LANDING IN A CESSNA 210 (KCGF to KBKW) - VIDEO - EMERGENCY LANDING IN A CESSNA 210 (KCGF to KBKW) - "Ride along our trip from Ohio to Florida, cut short by an engine failure. Our #4 cylinder failed 90 minutes into flight. 04/30/2018 UPDATE! When I was checked out on the 210 during my first 10 hours I was taught to manage mixture by keeping the EGTs at around 1400 in this aircraft. This has since proved WAY too lean for these cylinders at … Ride along our trip from Ohio to Florida, cut short by an engine failure. Our #4 cylinder failed 90 minutes into flight. 04/30/2018 UPDATE! When I was checked out on the 210 during my first 10 hours I was taught to manage mixture by keeping the EGTs at around 1400 in this aircraft. This has since proved WAY too lean for these cylinders at … " Recommended by "Andy" a serious WINGS Seminar attendee - You can view this Video by Clicking Here
12/07/2019 Subject: Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS) Safety Standards. Purpose: This SAFO seeks to inform registered owners and operators of helicopters about compliance standards for CRFSs Read the SAFO #19006 Here
12/05/2019 The Flight Safety Foundation, Inc. conducted a study to research and develop a process to identify and ultimately cancel underutilized or redundant instrument approach procedures. The FAA has used the information from this study to establish criteria to use when selecting procedures for proposed cancellation. This is the 12/05/2019 release of the ILS Procedures & Components List Eff: Dec 05 2019 (MS Excel) - See it Here
For the 11/15/2019 Periodic Review Forecast for FY 2020 (MS Excel) - Click Here
For the 12/11/2017 PBN NAS Navigation Strategy (PDF) - Click Here
12/01/2019 Thoughts On Falling Behind - by Bo Henriksson for AVweb - ARTICLE - "We’ve all told apocryphal stories of pilots falling so far behind the airplane that they were only holding on by the static wicks. Amusing as these tales may be, falling behind is a major cause of accidents and incidents. There are two reasons for finding yourself in this unenviable situation..." Read the story Here
12/01/2019 Strategies to Help You Overcome Your Startle Response - ARTICLE - "Why Do I "Lockup" in the Cockpit?" Not as prepared for the unexpected as you possibly could be? Learn about Startle - and how to possibly mitigate the effect that could "like a deer in the headlights" kill you. This article explains some remedies you can employ. Read the feature story Here
12/01/2019 Updated Helicopter Flying Handbook - free downloads for every chapter - Get it Here
12/01/2019 CFIT - ARTICLE / VIDEO - GA Awareness - personal stories - and this article features a lot of links for further study. See it Here
12/01/2019 SoCal Pilots Newsletter Nov/December - PDF - This newsletter is particularly well composed. Not just the normal group pics taken around a restaurant table at a flyaway location, this newsletter has "good stuff" all can benefit from... e.g. Gary's article regarding the needed pilot qualifications for New Zealand. Read the Mike Jesch artical as well. Read it Here.
12/01/2019 Careless Pilots & Instrument Failures - ARTICLE - When equipment doesn’t work, pilots need to work a little harder. by Peter Garrison For FLYING - Accidents happen when the unexpected happens - why not stay prepared? - Read the story Here
12/01/2019 FAA lists OTC go/no-go medications - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "Just in time for cold and flu season, the FAA has released a list of over-the-counter medications broken into two categories: go and no go." Read the Alyssa J. Cobb story written for AOPA Here
12/01/2019 Aviation groups say three bills should never get off the ground - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "AOPA and five other aviation-industry groups urged House and Senate committees to reject several proposals they believe would compromise safety, “dismantle a thriving rotorcraft industry,” and disperse FAA regulatory clout among countless local governments." Read the Dan Namowitz story by clicking Here
12/01/2019 NTSB notes accident uptick - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "Each November, the NTSB compiles data on prior year accidents across all transportation sectors, and the November 14 press release noted an increase in 2018 civil aviation accidents (from 1,316 to 1,347 accidents), with aviation accident fatalities increasing from 346 to 393 for the calendar year." Read the story by Jim Moore for AOPA by clicking HERE
12/01/2019 PDF File - For easy reference - the 12/05 issue of Notice to Airmen (NTAP) Next issue January 2 - For the 12/05 NTAP Click Here For Notam Info resources make sure you refer to our selection under the Airspace Tab on the SCAUWG.ORG menu bar.
11/20/2019 From 11/08: NASA wants city skies filled with drones delivering packages and people - Read it Here
11/20/2019 From 10/27: LA Hires Help To Fight FAA Over Airplane Noise -Read the Story Here
11/20/2019 From 10/16: 10/16 Mexico welcomes pilots flying under BasicMed - Read the AOPA article HERE
11/20/2019 From 10/15: AOPA's 2016 / 2017 Accident Scoreboard - See it HERE
11/18/2019 Pilots and Medications .PDF GAJSC Basic Fact Sheet - Impairment from medication, particularly over the counter (OTC) medication, has been cited in a number of accidents in general aviation. - In a 2011 study from the FAA’s CAMI Toxicology Lab, drugs/medications were found in 570 pilots (42%) from 1,353 total fatal pilots tested. Most of the pilots with positive drug results, 511 (90%), were flying under CFR part 91. Short Video Here Read the full Article Here
11/18/2019 FAA Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) Radar Separation Standards Implementation .PDF - See it Here
11/10/2019 How to Look Less Worse When Tailwheel Flying - From AVweb - ARTICLE - Read it Here
11/10/2019 From 10/14 - FAA Achieves Full ADS-B Rollout at 155 Airports As Alaska Seeks More - Read About it in Avionics HERE
11/08/2019 Cold Temperature Restricted Airports Update
Last month, the FAA issued Information for Operators (InFO) 19012 (https://go.usa.gov/xpb2q) which provides an update to the Cold Temperature Restricted Airports list. This year’s update contains several additions and deletions to the list. The list was developed in response to recognized safety concerns over cold weather altimetry errors at certain airports. It is available in the Notice to Airman Publication at https://go.usa.gov/xpb2A.
11/08/2019 New Protocols for Diabetics Seeking Air Transport and Commercial Pilots Medical Certification
Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a notice on a Diabetes Protocol for Applicants Seeking to Exercise Air Transport, Commercial, or Private Pilot Privileges. The innovative new protocol makes it possible for airline transport or commercial pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to potentially receive a special-issuance medical certification.
Medical science has come a long way in the treatment and monitoring of diabetes. This new medical protocol takes into account medical advancements in technology and treatment and opens the door for individuals with ITDM to become airline pilots.
Since 1996, private pilots with ITDM have been issued medical certificates on a case-by-case basis after assessing their risks. This new protocol is based on established advancements in medical science that make management and control of the disease easier to monitor thereby mitigating safety risks.
To be considered under this protocol, applicants will provide comprehensive medical and overall health history, including reports from their treating physicians, such as their endocrinologist. They will also provide evidence of controlling their diabetes using the latest technology and methods of treatment being used to monitor the disease.
The FAA developed the new protocol based on the reliability of the advancements in technology and treatment being made in the medical standard of care for diabetes and on input from the expert medical community.
Public comment on the new protocols closes 60 days from the date of publication. The new protocols are effective November 7, 2019. However, the FAA may revise the new protocol based on comments.
Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams
11/06/2019 From AOPA - GARMIN AUTOLAND - ARTICLE & VIDEO about this new GA intervention software designed to fly & land the plane safely in the event of pilot incapacitation. See and Read it Here
11/06/2019 From AVweb - ARTICLE - Dark Acceleration - Night Flight Accident - Investigation - Flight Safety Tips - Click Here for the story.
11/06/2019 FAA - Use of Weather Information - ARTICLE - Click Here for the .pdf file
10/27/2019 From 10/14 Homeland Security, DoD, Transportation Officials Focus on Aviation Cyber Security - READ MORE
10/27/2019 From 10/4 Federal agencies focus on aircraft electronics security - From Forbes - Read it Here
10/27/2019 From 10/1 U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces FAA Certification of UPS Flight Forward (UAS) as an Air Carrier - READ MORE HERE
10/15/2019 AOPA's 2016 / 2017 Accident Scoreboard - released along side the Joseph T Nall report - reveals the details and compares the two year. Click Here
10/15/2019 AOPA's 28TH Joseph T. Nall report. The Nall report is compiled to reflect the most recent year's activity wherein 80% of the year's final NTSB reports have been filed. This report details 2016 accident analysis. You can view it HERE.
10/13/2019 Survival Safety - FROM AOPA - Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. Even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh—which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. In this Safety Spotlight you’ll learn the importance of briefing your passengers before each flight to help prepare them for an emergency situation, essential ingredients of a good survival kit, simple but effective ways to help searchers find you, the first steps you should take after a crash, and survival strategies while awaiting rescue. VIEW ARITCLES & VIDEOS HERE
0/13/2019 FAA Press Release - For Immediate Release - Date: October 10, 2019 - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Appointees to Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 23 members to DOT’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC).
“The committee is a useful forum for the Department to receive feedback from aviation community stakeholders,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The U.S. Department of Transportation established the ARAC as a discretionary Federal Advisory Committee in 1991 to provide advice and recommendations on a full range of aviation-related issues in the development of regulations. This includes aircraft operations, airman and air agency certification, airworthiness standards and certification, airports, maintenance, noise, and training. To date, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented over 70 percent of ARAC’s recommendations.
The committee meets quarterly at FAA headquarters in Washington, DC. The ARAC currently consists of 23 members who represent organizations from across the aviation community directly and indirectly impacted by FAA regulations. These include aircraft owners and operators, airmen and flight crewmembers, organizations representing airports, maintenance providers, manufacturers, public citizen and passenger groups, training providers, and FAA employee labor representatives.
The following individuals are being appointed as new members to the ARAC:
Daniel Friedenzohn, Associate Dean for College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle University (ERAU)
Leslie Riegle, Assistant Vice President for Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Paul Alp, Esq., Jenner and Block, LLP, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
Larry Rooney, President, Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA)
The following individuals are being re-appointed as members to the ARAC:
Chairperson: Yvette Rose, Senior Vice President, Cargo Airline Association (CAA)
Vice Chairperson: David Oord, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Regulatory, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Paul McGraw, Vice President, Operations and Safety, Airlines for America (A4A)
Melissa Sabatine, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Association of Airport Executives
Michelle Betcher, International Flight Superintendent (Delta Air Lines), Airline Dispatchers Federation (ADF)
Ric Peri, Vice President of Government Affairs and Industry Affairs, Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)
Chris Witkowski, Director of the Air Safety, Health and Security Department, Association of flight Attendants (AFA)
Randy Kenagy, Manager, Engineering and Operations, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
Stephane Flori, Expert for Safety Regulations, Airbus S.A.S., Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Tom Charpentier, Government Relations Specialist, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Paul Hudson, President, FlyersRights.org
Walter Desrosier, Vice President, Engineering and Maintenance, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Chris Martino, Vice President, Operations, Helicopter Association International (HAI)
George Paul, Vice President, Technical Services, National Air Carrier Association (NACA)
Doug Carr, Vice President of Regulatory and International Affairs, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Gail Dunham, Executive Director, National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F)
Ambrose Clay, Councilman for City of College Park, GA, National Organization to Insure a Sound-Control Environment (N.O.I.S.E)
Keith Morgan, Technical Fellow, Certification and Airworthiness, Pratt and Whitney
10/13 2019 The "Buy American Program" requires those who accept funding from the Airport Improvement Program AIP, to buy American. Here is the new page on the FAA.GOV site that describes the details. https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/buy_american/ To go there, CLICK HERE.
10/07/2019 Real Pilot Story: Ditching in the Dark - VIDEO - Link to certificate and ASI transcript: http://bit.ly/RPSDITDCert
Description: On the night of October 9, 2009, a Mooney pilot and his two passengers experience engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico. The pilot, realizing he won't be able to reach land, has only one option—ditch his aircraft in the rough dark waters below. But, did he prepare adequately for a night flight over water! From AOPA - See the feature HERE
10/04/2019 Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety issues, including loss of control (LOC), powerplant failure, and controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Stay safe! This series will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight. Here is your opportunity to view safety data compiled month after month for years! This archive provides for your use a powerful weapon that can be used to fight Loss of Control In-Flight. To view the contents CLICK HERE
9/28/2019 FAA DRONEZONE Features Expanded - WEBSITE - WASHINGTON – Upgrades to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) DroneZone now allows recreational flyers to request airspace authorizations in controlled airspace where the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is not available. - Airspace authorizations can take up to 45 days to process and approve through the DroneZone. - Recreational flyers may request to fly up to the designated altitude ceiling in an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Facility Map (UASFM) and only for daytime operations.
LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation's airspace, expediting the time it takes for drone pilots to receive authorizations to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace.
9/28/2019 ARTICLE - UN-HOLY SMOKE - Confession time: What’s the one thing in general aviation (GA) that scares you, I mean really scares you? For me it’s always been fire. Just the thought of an aircraft fire unnerves me. Luckily these incidents are not common, but they happen enough to be a concern. When you look at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aviation accident files, you’ll find that there is a significant overlap among three dangers: smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide (CO). View this insightful fully illustrated article detailing WHAT YOU CAN and SHOULD DO written by James Williams by Clicking Here
9/28/2019 ARTICLE - Advanced Preflight After Maintenance - from GASJC - Click Here
9/20/2019 VIDEO - Ready, aim, flare! - Having trouble gauging your touchdown point on the runway? CLICK HERE for the video from AOPA Air Safety Institute.
9/20/2019 The flight starts quietly—just the sound of wheels gaining momentum on a paved runway—and stays that way. But the flight gets exciting immediately, as you try to keep the Schleicher ASK 21 in trail of the towplane that is pulling you aloft. Read More from Flight Training Magazine and AOPA - Sail away Soaring is a fun—and inexpensive—way to earn your wings - You can link to the article by CLICKING HERE
9/20/2019 AIP Buy American Preference Requirements -Airports - Interested in the regulations? The Buy American Preferences under 49 U.S.C. § 50101 require that all steel and manufactured goods used in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funded projects be produced in the United States. In accepting AIP funding, grant recipients must certify that all steel or manufactured products used on any portion of the AIP-funded project are produced in the United States and are of 100 percent U.S. materials. You can read more about this by Clicking Here
09/18/2019 From 8/25 U.S. Transportation Chief Names Advisory Panel - NBAA Included - Read More Here
09/18/2019 From 8/19 FAA Developing a KNOWLEDGE TEST for Drone Pilots - Read More Here
09/18/2019 From 8/14 FAA Approves Kansas for First BVLOS Drone Flight - Read More from AIN Here
09/18/2019 From 8/07 FAA, Industry Ready for ADS-B Read More Here
09/18/2019 From 8/07 NBAA Eyes policy for Privacy Protections with ADS-B - Read More Here
09/12/2019 PRESS RELEASE - Hollywood Burbank Airport / LUCY M. BURGHDORF (818) 517-4328 - Van Nuys Airport / DIANA SANCHEZ (818) 216-5290 - Hollywood Burbank Airport and Van Nuys Airport Hold Second Joint Noise Task Force Meeting - BURBANK, Calif., Sept.12, 2019 – The Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force (Task Force) held its second meeting last evening at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel Convention Center. This Task force is a group formed to collaboratively address community concerns regarding aircraft noise resulting from planes departing from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). The Task Force’s objective is to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with recommendations on aircraft operations based off the community and industry experts’ proposals.
UproarLA, a Los Angeles community group, presented their recommendations to establish immediate changes to flight departure operations. Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) asked to move a presentation by the Encino Neighborhood Council to the next meeting.
Task Force members asked the FAA clarifying questions. The FAA will give a presentation on airspace in the Los Angeles region at a future meeting.
“The Task Force forum allows us to work together in a transparent, respectful and collaborative way,” said Task Force Chair, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy. “We are committed to continuing to hold these Task Force meetings and working together with community members, industry experts and other entities to ensure we collectively come to a reasonable solution.”
“This Task Force will work hard to propose feasible community-based solutions that disperse the noise generated from the airports,” said Task Force Vice Chair, Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2). “My top priority is to ensure community members are being heard by the FAA, that they’re getting answers to their questions about the changes to the flight path and that we begin implementing changes to mitigate the impacts that are so adversely affecting the East San Fernando Valley.”
The official bylaws document and agenda items from this meeting can be found on the BUR website or on VNY website. The third Task Force meeting will be held on October 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.
09/11/2019 Spatial Disorientation Advisor - AOPA - VIDEO / ARTICLE - VERY EXPLANATORY - See it here
09/01/2019 Seaplane Adventures For Pilots - STORY & VIDEO - The Icon A5 and Progressive Aerodyne Searey go head to head - By Rob Mark July 19, 2019 in FLYING. - INFO re: getting a seaplane rating included. Read and Watch it Here
09/01/2019 Final Approach - VIDEO - This AOPA Air Safety Institute video offers lessons learned from a Piper Arrow's collision with trees during an emergency approach. This is the story of weather scenario not living up to the forecast, and a pilot that did not realize the circumstance. Click Here
08/28/2019 Don't skip stalls - VIDEO - When transitioning to a new airplane, it is important to learn its stall characteristics before they surprise you in flight. Watch this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute for tips on stall recognition in a new airplane. Watch it Here
08/28/2019 Take Offs and Landings - VIDEO - Learning about Crosswind Landings - Tips and Tricks offered to you by professionals! This from AOPA Safety Institute. Look at the video Here
08/25/2019 Out of time - VIDEO - Watch this AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story to see what happened when a Piper lost power on takeoff. From AOPA you can see it Here
08/25/2019 From 7/28 New Updates In Effect for NAT Operations - See them Here
08/25/2019 From 7/27 AINsight: A Review of King Air Takeoff Accidents Read it Here
08/25/2019 From 7/27/27 Inhofe, King Further Champion GA Issues with Plane Act - Read it Here
08/07/2019 From 7/27 NTSB to FUEL PROVIDERS: "Prevent DEF Jet Fuel Contamination" Read More Here
08/07/2019 From 7/05 NEW FAA Airspace Restrictions for Drones & National Security installations - Read Here
08/07/2019 From 7/01 FAA Policy To Provide Relief During ADS-B Outage - From AIN - Click Here
08/07/2019 From 7/01 A NPRM for Supersonic flight over the US has been posted - See it Here
07/27/2019 HAI NEWS - from 6/24 President and CEO Matt Zuccaro retiring from HAI - Read it Here
07/27/2019 FAA PROPOSES New Rules for Supersonic Aircraft - from 6/20/2019 - click here for the story.
07/21/2019 NATCA AWARDS - The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining situational awareness are just some of the unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Their willingness to resolve complex situations without hesitation, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency, and ability to coordinate their efforts with other controllers help these dedicated professionals be successful at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.
While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards were created in 2004 and named for the first air traffic controller, Archie League. The program highlights a variety of aviation “saves” — some which involve a team of controllers working together, while others are the result of one controller’s efforts. See the 2019 winners Here
07/21/2019 NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD Public Meeting of September 25, 2018 (Information subject to editing)
Taxiway Overflight, Air Canada Flight 759, Airbus A320-211, C-FKCK, San Francisco, California July 7, 2017 NTSB/AIR-18/01 - On July 7, 2017, about 2356 Pacific daylight time (PDT), Air Canada flight 759, an Airbus A320-211, Canadian registration C-FKCK, was cleared to land on runway 28R at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco, California, but instead lined up with parallel taxiway C. Read the report Here.
07/21/2019 The AOPA Joseph T Nall report #27 that details aircraft accidents in 2015 is revealing! See it Here
07/08/2019 SAFO 18003, Turbojet Braking Performance on Wet Runways, is now published. This SAFO cancels and replaces SAFO 15009 and warns airplane operators and pilots that the advisory data for wet runway landings may not provide a safe stopping margin especially in conditions of Moderate or Heavy Rain. You can view the SAFO (Safety Alert for Operators) Here
07/05/2019 The rudder gets no respect - VIDEO - This AOPA Air Safety Institute Safety Tip reminds us that those pedals on the floor are not footrests. This video reminds us that we all probably know how to create yaw, but when yaw happens that we don't command, we might not notice. See this short video by clicking Here.
07/04/2019 Beechcraft Emergency Landing in the Mojave Dessert - VIDEO &NEWS COMMENTARY - Good lessons can be learned from this feature including communications. See the YouTube post Here
07/04/2019 SAPT - A quick guide to using the ADS-B prediction service - Here is a link to the graphical web interface for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT).
This website offers an interactive flight planning form that provides predictions of ADS-B sufficiency for specific flight times and equipment configurations. We tried to make this form simple and intuitive to use; you may find that you can jump right in and start performing predictions without having to read too much documentation. It also supports an XML-based web service for automated checking of ADS-B sufficiency by flight planning software. To read about the XML service please see our ADS-B XML help page. FIND ALL THE INFO Here.
07/01/2019 The Latest Most Current ACS for ATP and Type Rating for Airplane is in place now. FAA-S-ACS-11 (with Change 1). You can view the .pdf file Here. Want the Latest "Change 1" Versions of every other ACS? They are all available Here.
06/24/2019 ASI Safety Tip: Four Ws of Communication - VIDEO - Do you know what to say before keying the mic? The AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Safety Tip: Four Ws of Communication will help jog your mind. Whether you’re flying at a nontowered field or communicating with ATC, concise communication improves safety. View the video by Clicking Here
06/24/2019 AOPA's CFI to CFI Newsletter Vol 10 issue 2 ASI's Newsletter for the serious instructor, Read it Here
06/23/2019 From 5/23 - More Access (100 new Airports Added) to Airspace to Fly Drones (LAANNC) - Read More
6/23/2019 New recreational Drone Rules from the FAA dated 5/16/2019 - Read them HERE
06/12/2019 An action packed, FAASTeam powered safety website produced by the Arizona Flight Training Workgroup enables you to access the FAASTeam Topic of the month PowerPoint presentations, plus the SAFETY MATERIAL you'll need to know if flying in Arizona is in your future. ATC procedures, airspace warnings and the graphic resources that will help make your flights successful. CLICK HERE to visit AFTW.
06/05/2019 FAA Now Accepting Applications to Its Contract Tower Program - For the Application Package - Just Click Here
06/04/2019 Interested in Control Towers and the airports where they are in service? These three files detail maps of the three categories: FAA Contract Towers Here - Military and Non Federal Towers Here - FAA operated Towers Here
Spotlight on IFR from AOPA
Experienced and newbie instrument pilots alike can find important answers to instrument flight questions in this Safety Spotlight that features Online Course, Videos and Safety Quizzes. To Experience a great IFR preparation and/or review opportunity, just simply CLICK HERE
06/02/2019 FAA 20-year Aviation Forecast - Marc Cook in AVweb - 5/8/2019 "The extensive report takes into account global economic factors in the recent past to project demand for aircraft, pilots and facilities over the next two decades." Read it Here
06/2/2019 Basic Med Turns Two! - 4/30/2019 from AOPA Read it Here
05/26/2019 DRONE ADS-B NEWS - Drone deconfliction advances ADS-B In for UAS benefits all airspace users - from AOPA -news about what the largest supplier of drones under 55 lbs. is doing. Read it Here
05/26/2019 INFO & VIDEO - "Runway Safety Tips for Pilots & Airport Drivers" Notice Number: NOTC8483 -Runway Status Lights (RWSL) tell pilots and vehicle operators to stop when runways are not safe. Embedded in the pavement of runways and taxiways, the lights automatically turn red when other traffic makes it dangerous to enter, cross, or begin takeoff. The lights provide direct, immediate alerts and require no input from controllers. Runway Status Lights are operational at 20 airports across the US. Additional airports will be considered in the near future for runway safety enhancements. FOR MORE INFO and VIDEO regarding some tips for when you encounter RWSL Click Here
05/26/2019 NEW series 150 (airport) ACs - recently added the following ACs to the New and Revised Airports Advisory Circulars page on the FAA website: AC 150/5340-1M, Standards for Airport Markings & AC 150/5340-18G, Standards for Airport Sign Systems. You can visit the page Here
05/26/2019 VIDEO "Trapped on top" In this AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story, a non-current instrument pilot deals with an unexpected IFR descent and experiences an engine failure. Air traffic control mounts a heroic effort to get him down safely. Watch the video by CLICKING Here
05/26/2019 AMERICAN INSTITUTE of AERONAUTICS and ASTRONAUTICS (AIAA) Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section Newsletter for May 2019. This issue includes, AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Student Branches Mini-Conference, Student-led Microsatellite and Micropropulsion Development (Section Dinner Meeting), Las Vegas' First Yuri's Night Celebration. Includes upcoming events as well. Very comprehensive issue. Read it Here
05/26/2019 SAFO 19002 5/15/19 SUBJECT: Improper Overhaul and Repair of McCauley Constant Speed Propellers by Sensenich Propeller Services, Inc., North Windham, Connecticut. Read it Here
05/26/2019 "AINsight: Takeoff Performance System Errors" An article that speaks to the cross accuracy needed to make a FMS function properly. Read What You should be aware of Here
05/18/2019 VIDEO Aviation Subcommittee Hearing: “Status of the Boeing 737 MAX” Recorded May 15, 2019 - This is a current snapshot of where the approval and review process is now. This is the Committee on Transportation. Included is commentary from NTSB Chief Sumwalt. Click HERE to view it.
05/18/2019 Aviation Groups Lobby for Biodiesel Incentives - from April 16 - Read it Here
05/18/2019 From April 16 - FIRST COMMERCIAL DRONE AIRLINE LICENCE AWARDED - Read it Here
05/13/2019 SEMINAR ENCORE - "Ditching / Water Survival / Staying Alive for Rescue" - Presentation on ditching, survival, and staying alive for rescue - presented by Commodore Robert T. Shafer - This is an encore performance recorded at Oshkosh 2019, and allows for WINGS credit. How do you plan your flight so you won’t have to ditch? And how do you stay alive and get rescued if you do? This is important information for all pilots who fly over water.
Topics covered will include:
• Planning To Prevent Trouble – Preventative SAR (Search And Rescue)
• What To Do If Things Go Very Wrong – Ditching Technique
• How To Call For Help – Signaling
• How To Stay Alive Until Help Comes – Water Survival
• Stuff To Use To Help Stay Alive – Equipment
• Why You May Need A New ELT – Is anyone listening to your old one?
• Make the Switch to 406 – Your best chance of being located when you are in trouble
To view the presentation and take the course CLICK HERE
5/11/2019 VIDEO - What's New with Electric Airplanes? Paul Bertorelli of AVweb says at Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April, one full exhibition hall was loaded with electric airplanes and related technology. In this AVweb video, Paul Bertorelli takes a look at some of the new stuff. on display. See the video Here
05/05/2019 FAA Releases Aerospace Forecast - WASHINGTON – All safety, efficiency and economic indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong, according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2039 (PDF). With aircraft operations expected to increase more than 25 percent over the next 20 years, the FAA is advancing major airspace modernization and infrastructure improvements to meet this tremendous projected growth.
The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 743.9 million in 2017 to 780.8 million in 2018, a 5.0 percent increase. Enplanements for domestic mainline carriers, which primarily use aircraft with 90 or more seats, increased 5.4 percent while domestic enplanements for regional carriers, which primarily use aircraft with 89 or less seats, increased 3.4 percent. International enplanements are expected to increase from 9.6 million in 2017 to 99.6 million in 2018, a 2.8 percent increase. Mainline carrier international enplanements were up 2.9 percent while regional international enplanements decreased 1.8 percent. Read the Report Here
05/05/2019 From 4/4 BOEING CEO RESPONDS TO ETHIOPIAN PRELIMINARY ACCIDENT REPORT - Read It Here
05/05/2019 From 3/28 Transportation Committee Approves Aviation Funding Stability Act - From FLYING Read More Here.
05/05/2019 From 3/27 U.S. FAA says handling aircraft approval on its own would cost $1.8 billion - From Reuters Read More Here.
05/05/2019 From 3/25 Watchdog says FAA needs to step up on Cybersecurity. From AIN, Read More Here.
05/04/2019 VIDEO WINGS CREDIT COURSE - Round Up The Usual Suspects - Live From The FAA Safety Center Oshkosh Wisconsin - Presentation of the articles in 'Corralling the Common Cause of GA Mishaps' issue of the FAA Safety Briefing Magazine - ARCHIVED FOR VIEW ANYTIME - with Susan Parson, Paul Preidecker, Corey Stephens - The July/August 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing uses a Casablanca theme to address a serious and potentially deadly issue: the persistently consistent causes of GA safety mishaps.
We “round up the usual suspects” in our feature articles, covering familiar safety topics like loss of control, weather, runway safety, and fuel management.
Feature articles cover:
• Common causes of GA mishaps
• Maintaining aircraft control
• Avoiding wrong surface operations
• Resisting the temptation of VFR into IMC
• Managing instructional risk.
NOTE: While many of the ideas covered in the quiz are included in the presentation, to complete this course you may want to download a copy of the magazine from: https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2018/media/JulAug2018.pdf
ARCHIVED PROGRAM JUST RELEASED - AVAILABLE NOW This presentation was recorded LIVE from the FAA Safety Center in Oshkosh during AirVenture 2018 - ACCESS this FAA Safety Center - FAASTeam TV Broadcast - CLICK HERE NOW - - No Registration Required - Unlimited Availability
- No Need to Download Additional Software - EARN AMT / WINGS CREDIT - after viewing the presentation follow the post on "Earn WINGS Credit" on the right side of the page and test your knowledge on the FAASafety.gov website to earn WINGS credit
05/01/2019 Boeing CEO Defends 737 MAX Design - Read the AVweb story Here
05/01/2019 ARTICLE - Undoing An Upset in AVweb written by David Jack Kenny is solid reading. Read it Here
04/24/2019 ARTICLE - The Real Risks Of Engine Failures in AVweb written by Robert Wright. Read it Here
04/23/2019 Unmanned Aircraft Systems - LINK to the FAA site that gets you started, and allows you to access the UAS momentum step by step. Whether you're a new drone pilot or have years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the national airspace. To get started, be sure to select which type of drone user you are and find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation. You can then begin researching where it is safe to fly and when you need approval to fly.
But, if you are interested in other areas e.g. Drone Integration, etc. use the section index page left and look around! Click Here
04/16/2019 From 03/15: Gulfstream Makes First Alternative Jet Fuel Sale - READ MORE HERE
04/13/2019 NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Stabilized Approaches - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released Aviation Safety Alert 077, “Stabilized Approaches Lead to Safe Landings.” The notice emphasizes that “failing to establish and maintain a stabilized approach, or continuing an unstabilized approach, could lead to landing too fast or too far down the runway, potentially resulting in a runway excursion, loss of control, or collision with terrain.”
Safety Alert 077 cites several aviation accident reports where failure to maintain a stabilized approach contributed to the outcome. The Alert also provides pilots with helpful tips on how to maintain a stabilized approach, as well as several resources that can provide you with more detailed information. Go to https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA-077.pdf to view the Alert.
04/13/2019 ADS-B Light - If you own a light-sport or experimental aircraft, you have the option to use uncertified ADS-B Out equipment if you want to fly in ADS-B rule airspace in 2020. But there are some important details you’ll need to consider. Take a closer look by reading the article “ADS-B Light” at http://bit.ly/adsblight. You can read this and more ADS-B related articles in our Jan/Feb 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.
04/06/2019 The OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY REPORT issued by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Transport addressing Ethiopian Airlines Group B737-8 (MAX) Registered ET-AVJ 28 NM South East of Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport March 10, 2019. This is report # AI-01/19 You may view the entire report by clicking HERE.
4/06/2019 Boeing's CEO 4/4 comments made in response to the issuance of the Ethiopian Government's Preliminary Accident Report. Read his comments HERE.
4/04 VIDEO - Pro pilot Juan Brown explains his interpretation of the Ethiopian Preliminary Accident Report re. MCAS and the Max 8. He describes in detail his opinion of what happened second by second during the short flight, and theorizes what sealed the pilot's fate. Author: "blancolirio" See it HERE
03/25/2019 AC 90-113B Subject: Instrument Flight Procedure Validation (IFPV) of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Initiated By: AFS-400 Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) Date: 03/20/2019 See it HERE
03/23/2019 from 3/7 HAI NEWS - Published by AIN - INDUSRTY EVALUATES eVTOL - Read it HERE
03/23/2019 from 3/5 3/5 HAI EXPO NEWS: FATAL HELI ACCIDENT RATE UP - Get the DETAILS HERE.
03/23/2019 INFO - AC 121-24D - Passenger Safety Information Briefing and Briefing Cards Document Information - This AC provides updated information regarding the items that are required or recommended content in oral passenger safety briefings and on safety information briefing cards. This AC provides specific information about air carrier operations conducted under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 121 and 135. Read it HERE
03/23/2019 FAAST Blast - FAA Completes Clearance Relay Initiative - Mountain Flight - ADS-B Info - READ IT HERE
03/23/2019 FAA Drone App News - B4UFLY FAA Mobile App Update - OK Airspace for Recreational Drones - More HERE
03/23/2019 VIDEO LINK - This is How the Northern Lights are Formed - CNN 1:20 - See it HERE
03/23/2019 ARTICLE - Here’s Why Some Airplane Windows Have Little Holes - A story by Isabel Roy in Reader's Digest - HERE
03/23/2019 ARTICLE - The Crashes That Changed Plane Design Forever by By Jonathan Glancey BBC 15 April 2014 - HERE
03/22/2019 ARTICLE - Remembering AVweb aviation writer Mary Grady - read it HERE
03/21/2019 .PDF FILE - Emergency AD 2018-23-51 that pertains to 737 Max 8/9 - It addresses a Runaway Stabilizer circumstance. Issued November 7, 2018 - Read it HERE
03/19/2019 VIDEO LINK - Are Planes with Parachutes Really Safer? An exploration of the Cirrus CAP system with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli. To see it Click HERE
03/16/2019 VIDEO LINKS - NTSB SAFETY ALERT VIDEOS - Featuring a series of NTSB Produced Videos and Brochures that spotlight pertinent GA Aviation Safety Topics for Fixed Wing and Helicopter. Very easy to view them. Just click. See the List Here
See a total list of Safety Alerts (includes .pdf files) by CLICKING HERE
03/16/2019 Article - from FAA - B4UFLY Mobile App Update - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, the FAA's first mobile application, to improve the user experience so that recreational drone operators know where they can and cannot fly.
The current B4UFLY App will continue to be available to the public until the new App is deployed. The data reflected in the current App will continue to be updated regularly, but no new features will be added. Read it HERE
03/16 Article - from AVweb - Making GA Safety Policy - Opinion from a former FAA exec. Link to it HERE
03/16/2019 Article - Link to FAA - Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents - WEATHER, MOUNTAIN WAVE, READ THE CLOUDS, DENSITTY ALTITUDE - Read it HERE
03/16/2019 Article in CAR & DRIVER - How to Jump Start Your Car - So, everyone has done it; but, most of us probably in less than the recommended ideal way. So, if on the way to the airport a pilot's car battery needs attention, treat it to the optimum checklist for the safest (best) start. READ IT HERE
03/09/2019 VIDEO - Top 10 aircraft carrier landings and take offs. Amazing cockpit view of aircraft carrier catapult systems from pitching deck of US Navy ships. Videos used qualify under creative commons or fair use. Video credits:
U.S. Navy (CC), U.S Government (CC), Lt. Ian Schmidt Released by Lt. j.g. Michael Hatfield, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King, PO2 James Evans, WO Michael Kropiewnicki, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Molina, Dane Wiedmann, MC Anderson W. Branch, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Millar, Cpl. Francisco J. Diaz Jr. and Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg, MC2 Scott Swofford, Sgt. Alisa Helin Video is for education purposes only. SEE IT HERE
THE CASA SERIES of SAFETY VIDEOS as viewed on YouTube - "VERY WELL PRODUCED" Series of Quality Videos
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) -- 'Safe skies for all'
CASA regulates civil aviation safety in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory. We license pilots, register aircraft, oversee safety and promote safety awareness. CASA is also responsible for ensuring Australian airspace is administered and used safely.
The History of Human Factors Click HERE
Human Factors Click HERE
Communication Click HERE
Safety behaviours: human factors for pilots Click HERE
Decision making Click HERE
Professional drone flyer Click HERE
Airtime - CRM Video Click HERE
Aerodrome Safety Click HERE
Bowser Refueling Click HERE
SMS and the explosion Click HERE
Spatial Disorientation Click HERE
Human Performance Click HERE
Safety Culture Click HERE
For More from CASA you can visit the YouTube page by Clicking HERE
2/26/2019 from 1/15/2019 The FAA Call back of Forloughed Inspectors. Contains an Embry-Riddle Human Factures contribution story as well as a picture of an FAA Inspector picketing. Read it HERE
2/26/2019 from 2/04 NEW Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) and Aircraft Tracking (AT), InFO #19001 is now published. SEE IT
2/26/2019 from 2/04 Torrance Firm - ACE Clearwater - donates 1.5 Million to CATALINA Airport - Gets naming rights! The co-owner of ACE Clearwater is a Catalina resident.
2/26/2019 from 1/18 - Sustainable Jet fuel Demo Held at KVNY - Click HERE for the AIN story.
2/17/2019 MARGINS OF SAFETY: AVOIDING POWER-ON STALLS from AOPA - Link to the video HERE
2/17/2019 REAL LIFE STORY From AOPA - CMA Beach Barron Pilot Survives a BIRD STRIKE - Link to it HERE
2/17/2019 FORMATION FLYING - link to a recorded AOPA webinar HERE
2/11/2019 Jan 25 statement issued by ALPA regarding the end of the partial government shutdown. HERE
2/112019 Jan 25 coverage of the possible implication that ATC delays helped end the partial government shutdown - AIN Coverage. HERE
2/3/2019 1/28 AVweb: "The ATC Crisis That Wasn’t" - an OPINION article by Paul Bertorelli - Link to it HERE
1/29/2019 1/14 SHUTDOWN DELAYS MAGNETIC MODEL - NAVIGATION CAN be AFFECTED! - STORY HERE
1/29/2019 ADS-B Rule Eliminates RVSM Approval Process - Aircraft operators no longer need specific RVSM authorization beginning on January 22. An article from Flying by Stephen Pope 1/3 HERE
1/28/2019 A joint statement issued by ALPA, NATCA and AFA Association of Flight Attendants. Written 1/23 the statement reveals the sentiments of all three groups. Read it Here
1/28/2019 "More than 50,000 LAANC Applications processed" stated the FAA on 11/19/2018 Like to know more" READ IT HERE
1/28/2019 "Federal judge: Government employees can't refuse to work unpaid during partial shutdown" a Post by Fox News Sally Persons 1/15 that initially ruled against NATCA who filed a claim on stated constitutional grounds. SEE IT HERE
1/28/2019 "Air traffic controllers' union sues over unpaid work during government shutdown" an article by Daniel Weissner published 1/11 by Reuters, READ IT HERE
1/28/2019 "NATCA protests ongoing partial US federal government shutdown" an article by Bill Carey in ATW Air Transport World 1/11 You can READ IT HERE
1/28/2019 "Shutdown Straining System" an article in AVweb 1/7 by Russ Niles - includes a link to a NATCA Produced Video - Read it Here
1/28/2019 Sully Sullenberger comments on Aviation Safety requirements Video - See it HERE
1/19/2019 NATCA 1/3 Comments on Government Shutdown vs Controllers - Read it Here
1/18/2019 "Federal Shutdown Rankles GA Advocates" a 12/26/18 article in AVweb by Mary Grady stating by NATCA that Controllers will remain on the job - Read it Here
1/19/2019 Space X December 2018 Launch of Military GPS - Info and Video Coverage See it Here
1/19/2019 New 121.5 ELTs To Be Prohibited - Read More Here
01/14/2019 How to Land An Airplane On The Freeway With Style And Grace (And Survive) with Paul Bertorelli - An AVweb Video RECCOMENDED! Many find they need to do it. Why not learn how to add professional finesse and be a hero! See the video HERE
01/12/2019 Remember "Vectors for Safety?" Gene retired in 2016 but, he is back! He has constructed a Website and has stocked it with Safety Videos and an outline of his current goals. Soon a book is to be released. His goal: "Solving problems through the practical application of human factors." Travel to his new website by CLICKING HERE.
01/12/2019 A short AOPA Video on How to Taxi Safely with Wind - See it Here
01/12/2019 SWA Overrun into the EMAS at KBUR with rain, limited vis & ceiling - a letter we can learn from - READ IT HERE
01/06/2019 COMBATING CARB ICE - an AOPA Safety Briefing from 2009, but a very good piece that describes the real risk that pilots suffer when flying carbureted engines. Yes we all learned when to apply carb heat when in the pattern, but how many of us know about the existence of so many more possible hurdles that our carburetors must navigate? This article is "good stuff to know." Read it here.
12/21/2018 FAA GENERAL AVIATION VIDEOS ON YouTube - A wealth of Video Selections guaranteed to provide hours and hours of interesting and informative content that spans a comprehensive range of aviation topics. Ice Induced Stall Pilot Training, AOA Awareness, CFIT, Best Glide Speed & Distance, etc. As of today, there are 34 videos listed! CLICK HERE TO GO THERE
12/17/2018 Actual ATC audio of many recent aircraft crashes, including the infamous Colgan Air 3407 debacle that spawned Congressional action requiring all airline pilots to have an ATP, is now available without cost on the FAA's data research page. The unfortunate circumstance with Husky pilot Harrison Ford is included. All recordings are downloadable in the common MP3 format.
"It's almost chilling to hear the accident aircraft pilot and ATC exchanges just prior and during the events," said Kevin D Murphy, SAFE Communications Director. "The tapes are a real-life education for pilots who don't want to make the same mistakes." He added that CFIs would find the unedited recordings useful when discussing accident causes with students.
The accident audio recordings include transmissions from all ATC facilities involved. In the Colgan Air 3407 crash, for instance, there are recordings from the TRACON, Buffalo Tower ground and Buffalo Tower clearance delivery.
12/17/2018 GA SAFETY ENHANCEMENT (SE) TOPIC FACT SHEETS - A collection of what the FAA calls "GA Safety Enhancement Topic Fact Sheets" are now available free online. Each of the PDF documents explores areas of concern for flight instructors and diligent pilots. The Fact Sheets include:
Aircraft Performance and Monitoring (PDF) – December 2018
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (PDF) – November 2018
Pilots and Medication (PDF) – October 2018
Stabilized Approach and Go-around (PDF) – September 2018
Maneuvering Flight (PDF) – August 2018
Fly the Aircraft First (PDF) – July 2018
Transition Training (PDF) – June 2018
Best Glide Speed and Distance (PDF) – May 2018
Smart Cockpit Technology (PDF) – April 2018
Emergency Procedures Training (PDF) – March 2018
Maintenance Placards (PDF) – February 2018
Enhanced Vision Systems (PDF) – January 2018
12/17/2018 LINK TO ARCHIVED SAFETY ENHANCEMENT FACT SHEETS - CLICK HERE
12/1/2018 LESSONS from Lake Shore Landing - THROTTLE CABLE BREAKS How to Deal With Them - Read More Here
11/07 OCTOBER'S AERONAUTICAL CHART MTG - PROPOSED CHANGES - Read More Here
11/3 CATALINA AIRPORT to Get NEW RUNWAY! - Read About Temp Closure Dates & Details Here
11/01 IFR CLASS E vs VFR Class G AIRSPACE ALTERCATION Due To Airspace Flight Requirement Confusion - Read More Here
10/26 CITY COUNCIL NOW WANTS TO SHORTEN RSA AT SMO - Read MORE HERE
April/2018 Text of FAA RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL H.R. 4 SEE IT HE