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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 HERE