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Historical Aircraft Owners Affected by COVID-19:

A link has been added to the State Board of Equalization’s website on the home page https://boe.ca.gov/  under the IMPORTANT banner area that links to the California Assessors’ Association’s letter regarding the historical aircraft exemption.   Refer to the screen shot below – the link is from “Historical Aircraft Owners Affected by COVID-19”.  Placing this information on our agency’s website will provide additional exposure beyond the California Assessors’ Association (CAA) website, and the CAA letter that was distributed electronically to each of the 58 California County Assessors from the President of the CAA. - Lisa Thompson, Chief, Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office, State Board of Equalization - https://www.boe.ca.gov/tra/  -  Use the following link to access the 2020-11-02 CAA Letter Regarding Historic Aircraft Exemption:  https://calassessor.org/index.php/component/edocman/2020-11-02-caa-letter-regarding-historic-aircraft-exemption?Itemid=0-This information was provided by SCAUWG member Captain John Ringel.

 

CHART CHANGE (STARTED FEB '21):

Following up on a SCAUWG MTG.  chart change discussion.  The Western Service Center Operations Support Group provided the attached “CHARTING NOTICE – 56-Day Visual Charts” from the FAA web site; https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/safety_alerts/

The notice states; "Like other FAA Supplement, Enroute and Terminal products, each new visual navigation chart title panel will indicate the applicable AIRAC effective date range and no longer include an edition number.

As the IFR charts on 56-day publishing schedule do not have an edition numbers, the new 56-day visual charts will be identified in the same way using effective dates. -

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Let's Begin:

05/12/21  Emotional Intelligence Enhances Team Dynamics - EQ BENEFITS - From NBAA & Business Aviation Insider - "The global pandemic has created new challenges for employee engagement that traditional management tools may be incapable of addressing. However, by applying emotional intelligence – which involves leaders using self-awareness, situational awareness and relating to team members as individuals – the business aviation community will be better prepared for the safe, smooth and efficient transition back to full operations, while also building the foundation for more inclusive, empathetic and productive workplace environments." Continue Reading Here.

05/12/21  ICAO Updates Effort To Clean Up NOTAM ‘Garbage’ - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "Even before that incident, critics had cited data overload in NOTAMs as a safety hazard. That finally resulted in an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-led effort to restructure the system." Read the story HERE.

05/12/21  AIAA May 2021 Newsletter - PUBLICATION - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section - For the Newsletter, Click HERE.

05/11/21  UN-FUNNELING AIR TRAVEL - NASA ENVISIONS NEW GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "...that could be good news for general aviation." “Airports can make great hubs for synergistic generation and/or storage for alternative energy, such as solar and hydrogen, for ground vehicles, community users, and Regional Air Mobility aircraft. Indeed, 146 airports across the country have already begun a total of 225 renewable energy projects."  Continue Here.

05/10/21  Endangered Little Airports - KCET ARTICLE From 2018 - A still relevant story however. - "On a crisp autumnal Sunday morning, Paul Glen pulls back on the stick of his Skyboy and takes off from Zamperini Field in Torrance. Visibility is perfect so Glen thoughtfully flies the tiny sport-class plane along the coastline at a leisurely 80 mph. He then banks north towards Camarillo Airport where he plans to have breakfast at the Waypoint Cafe" Continue Here.

05/10/21  Japan Begins Talks on Safety Standards for Flying Cars - ARTICLE - From Transport Up - "Japan’s transport ministry has begun full-scale talks on safety standards and other key issues regarding commercial and private use of flying cars. The transport ministry is planning to establish standards on requirements for performance and safety, as well as a licensing system by the end of 2023, which would apply to all flying cars in Japan. Additionally, the ministry is also looking to establish related infrastructure by 2023 and for flying vehicles to start flying in safe areas where there are no people around." Continue Here.

05/10/21  NTSB Proposes Changes to Accident Notification Form - ARTICLE - AINonline - "Revisions have been proposed to the NTSB’s accident notification form 6120.1, the document required to be filed with the Safety Board by the pilot, operator, or representative of an aircraft involved in an accident or incident that meets the reporting criteria of NTSB Part 830. Notably, the NTSB is proposing to update the form’s certification statement to include that, by signing the document, the pilot/operator consents to the public release of the information contained therein." Complete Story Here.

05/10/21  Interested in ARMY Blackhawk Flight?  - From Editorial Staff - Good contact for Cal Guard UH-60M Blackhawk Battalion at Los Al,,, DANIEL M. GOLDSMITH LTC, AV, USA 1-140th AVN REGT (ASSLT) Commander, Los Alamitos Army Airfield, CA - ☎ COM: 562-795-2452 - ☎ DSN : 312-972-2452  📧 NIPR: daniel.m.goldsmith8.mil@mail.mil

For information on joining CA Army Aviation, fill the form at: http://tinyurl.com/FlyArmy

05/08/21  Pilot Deviations - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "Simply fly long enough and you’ll eventually make a boneheaded or innocent mistake that gets in ATC’s way. Those may say a Pilot Deviation (PD) is where they “screwed up” or “ATC is blaming me for…” I’ve personally heard it put in many different—often creative—ways; I should keep a list." Read the Rest Here.

05/06/21  FAA TO PUBLISH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL NOTICES ON DEMAND - NEWS - From AOPA - "The FAA will change the publication schedule for items on the domestic notices website and international notices website from a 28-day cycle to on-demand publication effective May 20."  More Here.

05/06/21   Boeing-backed start-up Wisk signs first deal to operate air taxis in the U.S. - ARTICLE - CNBC - "Wisk Aero, a start-up backed by Boeing and Kitty Hawk, has finalized its first deal to operate autonomous air taxis in the U.S..The company will own, operate and maintain up to 30 eVTOL aircraft that will be offered through the Blade urban air mobility network. The deployment of Wisk air taxis is contingent upon the Federal Aviation Administration certifying the aircraft for commercial operation." Read the Story Here.

05/06/21  FAA Adds More Space Launch Activity Areas to Pilot Navigation Charts - NEWS - FAA - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is increasing pilot safety and airspace awareness by marking more space launch activity areas on navigation charts.

Adding space launch activity areas to the navigation charts used by pilots who fly visually responds to the recent and expected continued growth of commercial space operations. All 12 FAA-licensed spaceports, and other federal and private launch and reentry sites, are represented on the charts by a rocket symbol. These areas are in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.

Pilots can download the free charts and reference the FAA Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide for more information. In addition, the FAA encourages pilots to check the NOTAM database  for any Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) issued to divert air traffic from where space operations are scheduled.

In 2020, the FAA licensed 41 commercial space launches and reentries, the most in the agency’s history. For 2021, that number could reach 50 or more.  Pilots also need to be aware of NASA, military and other government launches that the FAA does not license.

To learn more about how the FAA safely and efficiently integrates commercial space operations in the National Airspace System, please listen to the Ticket to Space episode of the agency’s The Air Up There podcast.

05/06/21  Kroger Joins Drone Delivery Race With Pilot From Ohio Store - ARTICLE - From BNN Bloomberg - "The supermarket chain is partnering with Drone Express, a unit of Telegrid Technologies, to deliver groceries from a store in Centerville, Ohio, later this spring, the companies said in a statement Monday. The technology allows for deliveries of up to five pounds to customers’ homes or wherever they may be, enabling cookout supplies to be sent directly to a park in as little as 15 minutes, the companies said." Continue Here.

05/04/21  The Case For Hydrogen Powered Aircraft Gains Momentum - ARTICLE - From AINonline - "While much of the discussion about how to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint has focused on the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and when and how electric aircraft may be unshackled from the limits of battery technology, hydrogen has been quietly moving up the future propulsion agenda." More Here.

05/04/21  NBAA’s New AAM Roundtable Will Advocate for Interests of On-Demand Air Mobility Sector - ARTICLE - From NBAA - "The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has formed a new Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Roundtable, a forum for high-level policy planning with sector leaders, to chart a course for the integration of AAM technologies into the nation’s airspace and infrastructure."  Continue Here.

05/02/21  The No-Go Decision - SAFETY - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "The first big challenge was a cold front moving slowly across the route and spawning convective activity along its frontal boundary. The geography was such that I’d have to go way out of my way—out over the Gulf of Mexico in a single—to get around the convection, or stay over land and pick my way through it. Been there, done that, but I wasn’t mentally ready for that kind of day. The longer I waited..."  Continue Here.

05/02/21  Mike Wilson FAA - Aviation Safety - connectU TEAM / UAS OutreachFAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), AFS-850 - General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800 - Q&A that were inspired from his appearance addressing the SCAUWG audience 4/13/21 concerning Advance Air Mobility and the concerns that Airspace Safety Professionals might face about the future.  Read some of the questions asked and the answers Mike provided HERE.

05/02/21  Leaders Push for Equitable, Accessible Aviation Future - NEWS - From AINonline - "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appealed to U.S. lawmakers to work with stakeholders and regional leaders to establish basic standards to create urban air mobility (UAM) networks that are safe, sensitive to local communities, intermodally linked, and accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy. Garcetti—who has worked with the World Economic Forum on UAM principles, as well as other private and public entities to help pave the way for UAM networks—was among a half-dozen witnesses outlining their visions for the future of aviation on Tuesday during a House aviation subcommittee hearing on "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." Continue Here.

05/02/21  TSA Activates Lehigh Valley Gateway for Delaware TFRs on May 1 - NEWS - From NBAA - "Located approximately 70 miles west of Newark and 70 miles north of Wilmington, Lehigh Valley International Airport is one of the options NBAA presented to the TSA when discussing Presidential TFR operations..." Continue Here.

05/02/21  AVIATION GROUPS ASK FAA FOR CLARIFICATION ON FLIGHT TRAINING RULES - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "In the wake of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 2, AOPA and other general aviation organizations sent a letter to the FAA, asking that the agency address “significant confusion and concern in the aviation community regarding the impact of the decision on compensated flight training.” Continue Here.

05/02/21  In a Push to Sustainability, Private Aviation Embraces Carbon-Offset Programs and Low-Emission Fuel - ARTICLE - From Robb Report - "VistaJet was not the only aviation provider to make its sustainability pledge. At least six other small- and mid-sized companies announced they are instituting new programs, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has set up an accreditation program..." Read it Here.

05/02/21  SPEAKING UP ON DRONE INTEGRATION - MANDATE AVOIDANCE REMAINS PRIORITY - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "On behalf of general aviation pilots worldwide, during a virtual panel discussion hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, AOPA reiterated our support for safe integration of unmanned aircraft, provided that active participation in unmanned traffic management (UTM) by other aviators remains voluntary." Here.

04/27/21   SpaceX strikes deal with Port of Long Beach (for real this time, mayor says) - NEWS - From LA Times - "The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the Hawthorne company's use of a 6½-acre marine terminal, according to a statement from the Port of Long Beach. The site is to be used to dock the vessels that ferry used SpaceX first-stage rocket boosters to shore and offload equipment. SpaceX is set to take over the site Saturday."  Continue Here.

04/27/21   At EASA Forum, NBAA Again Weighs in on Ramp-Inspection Complications - ARTICLE - From NBAA - "Now, inspections of aircraft flown by NBAA members into European Union member countries – plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and any country with which EASA has an agreement regarding its RIP – will be performed under specific considerations for general aviation operations. Previously, the agency relied on inspectors to interpret the applicability of commercial aviation instructions during general aviation inspections, leading to frequent concerns about applicability."  Details HERE.

04/25/21   EAA Announces AirVenture NOTAM Changes - NEWS - From AVweb - "...it is more crucial than ever to thoroughly read and understand the 2021 AirVenture NOTAM to ensure safe operations on arrival and departure for this year’s event...”  Get the information HERE.

04/25/21  Nasa's Ingenuity helicopter makes second Mars flight - NEWS - From BBC - "The small Ingenuity drone hovered 5m above the ground, tilted and moved laterally 2m, before then reversing and putting itself back down on the spot from which it took off. - Nasa wants each successive outing to up the ante - for the little chopper to fly higher, further and faster. - On Monday, Ingenuity made history by performing the first powered, controlled flight on another world."  Webmater note:  Worth the read... Click HERE.

04/25/21   NTSB: Obstructed views, lack of alerts caused midair crash - NEWS - From AP/Yahoo News - "JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska sightseeing planes collided in 2019 because the views of the pilots were obscured and aircraft-tracking systems failed to warn them about nearby aircraft, federal investigators concluded on Tuesday. Six people died, and 10 people survived." Continue HERE.

04/25/21   New NBAA Accreditation Certifies Leadership in Sustainable Flight Operations - PR NEWS - From NBAA - Washington, DC, April 22, 2021 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today unveiled a new accreditation program that will serve as an industry standard for validating leadership in sustainable flight operations across a host of key domains.

As companies increasingly emphasize sustainability as an overall objective, the NBAA Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program offers a tangible way for flight departments and others to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

“NBAA has always been the authoritative source for business aviation, including when it comes to the sustainability of flight operations,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “On Earth Day, we want to underscore our commitment to this priority with our groundbreaking new tool, which provides a strategic framework for integrating all aspects of operational sustainability into an organization’s planning and culture. We look forward to working with our members in introducing this important program and supporting their sustainability goals in the years to come.”

Flight departments seeking the association’s Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation must demonstrate that their operations meet stringent requirements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Flight: Reducing environmental impact as a result of conducting flights (e.g., carbon, emissions, noise) and creating efficiencies.
  • Operations: Optimizing a sustainability culture with a focus on personnel and systemic environmental programs (e.g., recycling, measurable reduction of resources).
  • Ground Support: Implementing sustainable strategies related to ground support (e.g., equipment, vehicles) and selecting vendors that do the same.
  • Infrastructure: Advancing sustainability through physical infrastructures (e.g., hangars, facilities).

To support those enrolled in the accreditation program, NBAA will provide web-based educational content and other training addressing various elements of sustainability, with virtual audits to document certificate eligibility. Randomized, in-person audits will further verify a sustainability culture.

Initially, a limited number of companies have been invited to participate in a pilot program over the next several months, to test the accreditation program prototype and provide feedback.

The full accreditation program will be launched in October at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). For more information about participating in the NBAA Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program, visit nbaa.org/sustainability.

04/24/21   FIRST POWERED FLIGHT ON MARS COMPLETE - NEWS - From AOPA - "Piece of Wright Flyer Aboard for a SOL to Remember" - "Its rotors spinning furiously in the thin Martian atmosphere, NASA’s Ingenuity made mankind’s first controlled flight on another planet in the early morning hours of April 19." Read About the Event HERE.

04/24/21   LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT: HOW LOW IS TOO LOW? - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "FAR 91.119 prescribes four important altitude minimums, except for when necessary for takeoff or landing. Specifically, over a “congested area,” an aircraft may not be operated at less than 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft. FAR 91.119(b). Over an “other than congested area,” an aircraft may not be operated at..." More HERE

04/22/21  Top 10 Tips For Managing Risk - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "The typical general aviation pilots is exposed to three broad areas of risk: weather, aircraft suitability and pilot capability. When the proposed flight raises complications in these three basic areas, we should consider what we can do to bring the increased risk down to acceptable levels while still accomplishing the mission." Learn More Here.

04/21/21  NEW DRONE RULES TAKE EFFECT TODAY - NEWS - From FAA - WASHINGTON –Final rules take effect today for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. - “Today’s rules are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more work remains on the journey to full integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “The Department looks forward to working with stakeholders to ensure that our UAS policies keep pace with innovation, ensure the safety and security of our communities, and foster the economic competitiveness of our country.”

“Drones can provide virtually limitless benefits, and these new rules will ensure these important operations can grow safely and securely,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “The FAA will continue to work closely with other Department of Transportation offices and stakeholders from across the drone community to take meaningful steps to integrate emerging technologies that safely support increased opportunities for more complex drone use.”

The Remote Identification (Remote ID)   for identifying drones in flight and the location of their control stations, reducing the risk of them interfering with other aircraft or posing a risk to people and property on the ground. The rule provides crucial information to our national security and law enforcement partners and other agencies charged with ensuring public safety. It applies to all drones that require FAA registration.

The Operations Over People rule applies to pilots who fly under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Under this rule, the ability to fly over people and over moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk (PDF) a small drone poses to people on the ground. Additionally, this rule allows operations at night under certain conditions provided pilots complete certain training or pass knowledge tests.

The public can review both the Remote ID (PDF) and Operations Over People Rule (PDF) in the Federal Register.

04/20/21  Atlantic Switches To Renewable Diesel at KLAX - NEWS - From AINonline - "Atlantic Aviation has fully replaced conventional fossil-based diesel fuel with renewable diesel at its Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) FBO as part of the Texas-based company’s commitment to increasing sustainability in the aviation industry through its environmental, social, and corporate governance program." Story Here.

04/20/21  Torrance Airport noise complaints go unheard without monitoring system, but that could change - NEWS - From The Daily Breeze - "A new aircraft noise monitoring system could soon be installed at Torrance Airport — currently without one for the first time in decades — after an increase in complaints from nearby residents stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. - The City Council..."  Read the story Here

04/20/21   FAA Says Internet Preflights Better Than Flight Service Briefings - ARTICLE - AVweb - "The FAA now says pilots should do their own preflight self-briefing on the internet before flying and use Flight Service “in a consultative capacity” if they run into trouble. The agency has issued an advisory circular (AC) that essentially codifies what most pilots have been doing for a decade or more. “The FAA considers that a self-briefing may be compliant with current federal aviation regulations,” noting that there is likely better information available from the myriad apps and websites devoted to that purpose than by phoning a briefer." Continue.

04/18/21  FAA Releases Online Courses For Drone Pilot Recurrent Training - NEWS - AVweb - "The free courses meet the training requirement for operations under the new Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People rule, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 21, 2021. The Operations Over People rule includes provisions for Part 107 flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night." Read the story HERE.

04/18/21  Communications Procedures Revised in Latest NAT Ops and Airspace Procedures Manual - NEWS - INSTRUCTIONAL - From NBAA - "The North Atlantic Operations and Airspace Procedures Manual (NAT Doc 007) was revised, with significant changes to communications mandates. The entire NAT now requires two long-range communications capabilities, one of which must be based on fully functioning high frequency (HF) technology."  Continue Here.

04/18/2021  Shock And Yaw - INSTRUCTIONAL - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "...how pilots trained on tricycle gear airplanes—i.e., most of them—don’t use the rudder enough. An old-timer will chuckle and tell a sad tale about some hapless pilot who ran over a runway light during a crosswind landing. Others will earnestly caution that flying a taildragger without a thorough understanding of how to use the rudder will quickly result in a groundloop. An instructor will dish about a student whose every stall demonstration almost turned into a spin." Webmaster Note: This is a useful discussion, Read it Here.

04/18/2021  Angle of Attack Awareness - SAFETY - From FAAST - "A lack of awareness, with respect to angle of attack (AOA), has resulted in the loss of aircraft control and contributed to fatal GA accidents. Increasing your awareness of the aerodynamic effects of AOA and available technology will help reduce the likelihood of inadvertent loss of control."  Download Printable Fact Sheet Here   Reference Blog Material Here   See a 57 Second Video Here.

04/18/2021  Metal vs. Wood - ARTICLE - INSTRUCTIONAL - From AVweb - See Part 1 below: 3/21/21 "...I had decided to replace the old Sensenich metal prop with a new wood prop. Selecting a propeller for an Experimental aircraft is always partly guesswork as no two homebuilts are exactly the same. To compound the problem, different prop makers shape and measure things differently, so the numbers aren’t directly comparable."  Continue Here.

04/18/2021  Nine-O-Nine Final Report Cites Inadequate SMS Oversight - ARTICLE / NEWS - From AVweb - "The Flying Fortress was on a “living history flight experience” flight from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, with 10 paying passengers and four crew members. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot told the tower he was returning due to engine problems with the No. 4 engine, which the crew shut down and feathered." Read about the Event and the NTSB decision Here.

04/14/2021   Continuous Composites completes AFRL’s WiSDM contract for LCAA wing - PR NEWS - From Airforce Technology - "Continuous Composites has announced the conclusion of the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) two-year Wing Structure Design for Manufacturing (WiSDM) contract. - The contract to produce a Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft (LCAA) wing was awarded through Lockheed Martin. - Continuous Composites said that the project focused on a ‘new structural design paradigm when coupled with commensurate materials and manufacturing’. It was mainly aimed at reducing costs and lead times for ‘attritable airframe structures’. - The wing assembly was printed with the structural carbon fibre spars using the company’s patented Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D) technology."  Read More

04/14/2021   Overprepare for a Canada Trip - ARTICLE - From NBAA/Business Aviation Insider - "Canada is among the top international destinations for U.S. operators, but constantly changing policies – especially related to COVID-19 restrictions – are making traveling to Canada and back in a general aviation aircraft a minefield of “gotchas.” Regulations are changing rapidly, “sometimes by the hour,” said Scott Harrold of Sky Aviation, president of consultancy Sky Aviation International." Continue.

04/14/2021  Shell Invests in SAF Producer - ARTICLE - From AIN - "Shell has joined the group of investors in LanzaJet, a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer that has just awarded a construction contract for its first commercial production facility in Soperton, Georgia. When operational in 2022, the Freedom Pines Fuels plant, which will utilize the alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) production pathway, will have a capacity to create 10 million gallons of fuel a year, up to 90 percent of which could be SAF with the remainder biodiesel." More Here.

04/14/2021  NBAA Concerned About Upcoming SMS Regulations for Part 135 Operators - ARTICLE - From NBAA - "In a recent letter to the FAA, NBAA voiced its concerns about a rulemaking effort underway that would require Part 135 operators to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS), saying it could be disruptive to existing safety measures already in place."  Continue Reading Here.

ARTICLE04/12/2021   Why Aircraft Engines Quit - ARTICLE / VIDEO - "Losing an engine is a recurring nightmare for many of us, but the actual risks are lower than most of us may imagine. In this video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli reports on his research project into engine-failure accidents and reveals that easily half of them—if not more—are caused by poor maintenance or pilot mistakes. Running the airplane out of gas is one of the distressingly common causes of engine failure."  Continue Here.

04/12/2021  United Opens Own Flight School, Targets Women, Minorities - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "United Airlines says it will train 5,000 pilots over the next 10 years at its own Arizona flight academy and half of the graduates will be women and people of color. The airline bought Westwind School of Aeronautics in Phoenix last fall and is turning it into its own private pipeline to fill its cockpits. Many of the candidates will enter the academy with no flight experience..." More Here.

04/11/2021  Flexjet Adds Van Nuys to Private Terminal Network - ARTICLE - From AINonline - "Flexjet expanded its private terminal network with a facility in the Clay Lacy executive complex at Van Nuys Airport in California. The facility is one of four private terminals that Flexjet now has for its customer base, also including at White Plains, New York; Naples, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, Flexjet is planning to open two more this year—at Dallas Love Field around the third quarter and at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey later in the year." Continue.

04/11/2021  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2021-2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements on Tuesday, calling for the installation of crash-resistant cockpit image recorders and the implementation of safety management systems (SMS) in all revenue passenger carrying operations. According to the Board... Read the article.

04/11/2021  The NTSB Most Wanted List for 2021-2022Look at it Here!

04/11/2021   U.S. Army Reserve jets set for move to Los Alamitos base -ARTICLE - From Daily Pilot - "The U.S. Army Reserve is planning to permanently relocate four passenger jets to Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos by this summer, adding about 200 takeoffs and landings per year. - The fleet of UC-35A Cessna Citation Ultras will move from Fort Hood, Texas with 18 soldiers assigned to 6th Battalion, 52nd Aviation Unit, according to a notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  More HERE.

04/08/2021   Air Force Completes First Military Transport of eVTOL Aircraft Inside C-130 - MILITARY NEWS - From Aviation Today - "This is the first milestone in developmental operations of eVTOL in rescue and attack, which highlights how the wing continues to actively engage on the front end of these efforts to continue building our readiness for tomorrow’s fight,” U.S. Air Force Maj. Brendan Gallagher, 563rd Rescue Group chief of weapons and tactics, said in a statement. “By doing this,..." Read the Story

04/08/2021   Fresh Out Of The Paint Shop - SAFETY TALK - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "As numerous articles and commentary in this magazine attest, any time you retrieve a plane from a mechanic, you become a test pilot. You want to ask questions to learn exactly what systems were worked on so you can pay particular attention to those systems during preflight. The thing is,..." Continue HERE.

04/07/2021   Airspace Link Incorporates Location Intelligence into Drone Offering - ARTICLE- From dbusiness - "Detroit’s Airspace Link, a provider of federal, state, and local government drone flight planning, authorization, and management solutions, has partnered with California’s Esri, a location intelligence company, to integrate a flight planner designed to inform pilots of conditions before drone takeoff. - The integration with Site Scan for ArcGIS flight planner makes it possible for users to have insights into information relevant to the areas of their drone operations such as controlled airspace, special events, and no-fly zones. This provides drone pilots with better situational awareness when planning automated drone flights." Read About it Here.

04/05/2021  Airbus Pitches Fuel-Saving Formation Flying For Widebodies - ARTICLE / VIDEO - From AVweb - "Airbus is working with air navigation service providers (ANSP) and airlines to test flying widebody aircraft in formation to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. The idea is to mimic the efficiencies that migratory birds gain by organizing in their V-shape flocks." Read More HERE.

04/05/2021  Navy Aiming For Mostly Drone Fleet - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "The Navy says the forthcoming replacement for the F/A-18 will likely be a manned aircraft but it might be in the minority as part of the overall fleet. Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, who’s in charge of steering the Next Generation Air Dominance Program (NGAD), told a Navy League breakfast last week that the new carrier-borne fighter will be one of several new platforms acquired as part of the program. “We truly see NGAD as more than just a single aircraft. We believe that as manned-unmanned teaming comes online, we will integrate those aspects of manned and unmanned teaming into that,” he said." Continue Reading.

04/04/2021  FAA study finds noise from airplanes, helicopters far more annoying than other sources - ARTICLE - From The Washington Post - "The first Federal Aviation Administration noise survey in nearly 30 years found more people are bothered by aircraft noise than before, even as planes have gotten quieter. - According to the FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey, nearly two-thirds of people reported being “highly annoyed” by aircraft noise — about five times higher than the 12.4 percent who reported the same level of annoyance during a 1992 review. Those surveyed considered noise from aircraft far more annoying than that from other sources, including cars, trucks and their neighbors. Continue Reading.

04/04/2021  Air Force Trying To Attract Civilian Pilots - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "The Air Force is turning the tables on the aviation industry and is trying to attract trained civilian pilots into its corps. The Air Force is looking at two pathways to bring in pilots whose flying skills and general abilities will let them bypass some of the military training that all new Air Force officers go through. “Somebody who is exceptional and extremely well qualified might be able to bypass undergraduate pilot training altogether. We would put those folks through an Air Force fundamentals course … to bring them up to speed on Air Force differences, teach them how we fly, teach them the things that they need to know to make a difference,” Maj. Gen Craig Wills told Stars and Stripes. It’s also looking at working with colleges and universities that offer undergraduate aviation programs and include some military-style curriculum so that when they graduate they can skip some of the Air Force training if they decide to join up."  Continue Here.

04/04/2021  COLLISION AVOIDANCE - GO BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK—PREPARE AGAINST COLLISION INCIDENTS WITH THIS SAFETY SPOTLIGHT - VIDEO - INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE - From AOPA - "Collision avoidance, in the air and on the ground, is one of the most basic responsibilities of a pilot operating an aircraft in visual conditions. During primary training, pilots are taught to keep their eyes outside the cockpit and look for conflicting traffic. But little formal instruction is given on the best ways to visually identify potential collision threats or on procedures that can lessen their risk of occurring." Investigate this material Here.

04/04/2021  Weather Delay - VIDEO - From AOPA - "This AOPA Air Safety Institute Accident Case Study examines a tragic accident that highlights an important and often-overlooked limitation of datalink radar."

04/04/2021  Re: AC 91-92 and IFR Weather Prep - (see below) From AOPA - "One item is a new batch of sample instrument rating airplane knowledge test questions that came out March 23—good review material for a do-it-yourselfer. Here’s a goal: Try to answer the questions as well as the 95 percent of all applicants in 2020 who passed the exam with an average score of 85."

04/01/2021  Geographic Risks - INSTRUCTIONAL - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "The Pacific Northwest, for the purposes of this article, includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. That’s a huge hunk of territory and comprises more than 250,000 square miles for Washington, Oregon and Idaho alone. The region includes two major mountain ranges—the Cascades and the Northern Rockies—and many smaller ones, as well as several major river basins. There are major cities in the region, such as Seattle, Portland and Boise, but also thousands of square miles of largely empty land and wilderness." Continue.

03/29/2021   AME GUIDANCE RELEASED FOR PILOTS WHO HAVE HAD COVID-19 - INFORMATION - From AOPA - "The FAA on March 26 released much-anticipated guidance to aviation medical examiners about how to handle medical certificate applications from pilots and air traffic control specialists who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19." Review it HERE.

03/28/2021   REPORT OFFERS INSIGHTS ON AIRCRAFT-WILDLIFE COLLISIONS - STUDY RESULTS - From AOPA - "Most collisions between general aviation aircraft and birds have occurred 500 feet or less above the ground, although those that occur higher were more likely to cause damage, said a report that studied 30 years of strike data involving aircraft and birds or other wildlife." Continue Here.

03/28/2021   TWO EVTOL LEADERS EMERGE - JOBY, LILIUM LEAD CROWDED FIELD - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "There are still said to be more than 200 designs vying for investor backing to bring air taxis to the masses, a dizzying array of multirotor electric, tiltrotors, and ducted fans, but investors are clearly fans of two in particular. Joby Aviation of Santa Cruz, California, and German air taxi startup Lilium have emerged as the major money magnets, each valued at more than $1 billion before their first aircraft is certified, far outpacing the rest."  Read it Here.

03/28/2021  When to activate the ELT after the engine goes silent - INSTRUCTIONAL - FAAST - "All pilots should be thoroughly familiar with the operation of their aircraft’s ELT, whether it’s the analog 121.5 and 243 MHz models, or the newer 406 MHz digital ELTs. This familiarization should include knowing how and when to manually activate an ELT during an inflight emergency. We asked Larry Bothe, Master & Gold Seal FAA Certified Flight Instructor and seminar presenter at EAA’s Air Venture, to share some insight on this important subject:

I think of early ELT activation the same way I think of (and teach) the early declaration of an emergency. If the engine quits, or some other emergency occurs requiring an immediate off-field landing, declare an emergency and activate your ELT right away. As soon as the immediate flying tasks (pitch for best glide, set the trim, pick a place to land, and turn the airplane to go there) are done, you need to squawk 7700, declare an emergency, and activate your ELT. Don't wait until you have gone through your other checklist items and then call at the end. By that time, you may well be too low to call (line-of-sight), and down in the ground clutter, out of sight of radar. The idea is, that since in reality you probably won't make a perfect textbook emergency landing, you need to get help on the way to take you to the hospital and tend to your injuries. If you don't summon help while you can, you may survive the crash, only to die of exposure in the wreckage because nobody knows you are there.

That’s why I recommend manually activating an ELT while still in flight. If you rely on the crash to set it off, and you are injured, how will you know if it activated or not? You want to be found, RIGHT AWAY! If you have remote activation capability, turn the darn thing on when you are squawking 7700 and declaring the emergency. Let people know you are in trouble. Make yourself easy to find and be rescued, for sure. All the modern 406 ELTs have panel mounted remote switches. Just push the button.

What if you manage to "fix" the emergency (belatedly figured out that the fuel selector was in the wrong position, and the engine really will run), or end up landing without damage or injury? You have already summoned all these people via radio and ELT. Simple. If still in the air, use that same radio you used to declare the emergency to call it off. I did that once with Memphis Center, and they were happy it worked out OK. I didn't hear a word from the FAA later.  If you are on the ground, cancel the false alert by calling the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1-800-851-3051.

The whole idea here is to get help coming so you and your passengers can be rescued, really fast. One of the ways to do that is to manually activate your ELT early. It's also important to register your 406 MHz ELT with NOAA so they know who the device belongs to and who to call if it’s activated."  Here is the website for more information and to register: https://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/beacon.html

For more information on ELTs see: The Airman’s Information Manual (AIM) https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/aim_html/chap6_section_2.html

Why should I buy a 406 MHz ELT? (FAA Safety Briefing magazine November/December 2010 p. 23) https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2010/media/novdec2010.pdf

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03/28/2021  The Cost of Frost- INSTRUCTIONAL - FAA Safety Briefing - "Every year, snow, ice, and freezing rain pose a serious challenge to pilots and airport operations. That’s why the FAA, through the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS), looked at using heated pavements on airport surfaces to melt ice and snow. Similar to what we already use to de-ice car windows and warm chilly seats, PEGASAS studied the use of electrically conductive concrete (ECON) to de-ice frozen apron areas and, potentially, taxiways and runways to improve traction and safety for surface operations. ECON generates enough heat to melt a one-inch thick layer of snow in about 30 minutes, keeping airfield pavement systems safe, open, and accessible during winter weather events. To learn more about this “hot” technology, read “The Cost of Frost on Runways — A Look at Heated Pavement Technology” here: https://medium.com/faa/the-cost-of-frost-on-runways-1be55fb0a88b.  Be sure to check out the entire surface-safety-themed issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing."

03/27/2021  New AC Provides Roadmap for Preflight Briefings - The FAA’s new Advisory Circular (AC) 91-92, A Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefingprovides an educational roadmap for the development and implementation of preflight self-briefings, including planning, weather interpretation, and risk identification/mitigation skills. Pilots adopting these guidelines will be better prepared to interpret and utilize real-time weather information before departure and en route, in the cockpit, via technology like Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and via third-party providers. The AC also highlights several general operating practices including a breakdown of the different types of briefings along with checklists and links to online resources and guidance material. - Review the New AC HERE.

03/24/2021   Reliable Robotics Partners with Daedalean to Disrupt Next Generation of Aircraft Navigation and Situational Awareness Systems - ARTICLE/PR/VIDEO - From Aviation Today - "Reliable Robotics, coming off its groundbreaking flight demonstration of a remotely piloted modified Cessna 208 Caravan last month, is partnering with Switzerland-based startup Daedalean to disrupt the concept of automated navigation and situational awareness technology inside next generation fixed and rotary-wing aircraft." - "Daedalean CEO Luuk van Dijk and Reliable Robotics CEO Robert Rose, co-founder and CEO of Reliable Robotics, both former SpaceX engineers, provided emailed statements to Avionics International about the March 22 reveal of their new partnership." View More.

03/24/2021  NTSB Recommends Tighter Surveillance, Oversight of Revenue Part 91 Flights - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "Following several high-profile fatal accidents in revenue Part 91 flight operations, the NTSB Tuesday recommended that the FAA develop new safety standards for operators and that it tighten up surveillance and oversight of companies offering air tours, air combat, skydiving and tourist flights. The agency adopted a report that makes six recommendations to the FAA for improving revenue Part 91 operational safety, including closing regulatory loopholes and exemptions, giving inspectors better guidance for surveillance, developing a database of such operations and requiring companies to develop Safety Management Systems similar to those used by the airlines, but scaled to smaller operations." Continue Reading.

03/23/2021  New Era of U.S. Commercial Space Transportation Begins - FAA PR - From UAS Magazine - "WASHINGTON — The United States is leading the way to a new era of commercial space transportation with a final rule that streamlines the licensing process for private sector launch and reentry operations. - Innovation in commercial space transportation is increasing dramatically..." Continue Here.   View a video of FAA Administrator Dickson discussing the new rule.

03/23/2021  Global Campaign on NOTAM Improvement - WEBINAR - The Global Campaign on NOTAM Improvement (NOTAM2021) will be launched on 8 April 2021 from 1200 to 1330 UTC (0800 Montreal) with Phase 1 on old NOTAM. The virtual launch is in English only. The objective is to eliminate the number of old NOTAM still in circulation. - The kick-off webinar will also be streamed live on ICAO TV and can be accessed here. Additional webinars will be conducted on a bi-monthly basis to monitor progress and share experiences and lessons learned. Schedule Here.

03/23/2021  FAA to Implement South-Central Florida Metroplex on April 22 - FAA - "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 22 will implement the first phase of the South-Central Florida Metroplex, the agency’s plan to move flights more safely and efficiently across the southern half of the state. Metroplex procedures will allow flights that are more direct and have more efficient climb and descent profiles." Continue Reading.

03/23/2021  Robinson Helicopter Hits Milestone - Sees Daylight - NEWs PR - From AINonline - "Torrance, California-based Robinson Helicopter started off 2021 with the delivery of its 13,000th rotorcraft in company history. But as it came amid the ongoing distractions caused by the Covid pandemic, the manufacturer didn’t even notice the milestone until weeks later. According to company president Kurt Robinson, that tally includes more than 1,000 of the airframer’s turbine-powered flagship R66s, nearly 5,000 of its two-seater R22s, and more than 7,000 of its four-place R44s, the latter two piston-engined." Read More Here.

03/22/2021  Podcast: Mitigating Intentional GPS Interference - PODCAST & NEWS - From NBAA - "GPS is unquestionably one of the most significant advances of our time and the enabling technology for much of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management system. However, ongoing GPS interference testing by the U.S. military has caused several problems for pilots,.." Read Commentary and Listen to the Podcast Here - Webmaster Note: Our Podcast Page features many GREAT Opportunities.

03/22/2021  Meta Sensor Fuses ADS-B and Mode S into New Digital Secondary Surveillance RadarATM MANAGEMENT PR - From Aviation Today - "A new generation of digital software-centric secondary surveillance radar system technology, RSM NG, uses a meta-sensor that fully integrates Enhanced Mode S and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). - The new RSM NG system, launched by Thales on March 17, has the ability to track up to 2,000 flight tracks and control multiple radars from one central location." Continue Reading

03/21/2021  ALL or NOTHING - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "After decades of just say no' on turning back to the runway after an engine failure, the FAA is changing its tune to suggest training and practice." - "The question is as old as the powered aviation itself: Assuming a single-engine airplane, if power is lost immediately after takeoff, should you land straight ahead or try to get back to the airport? This magazine has often addressed the question, including a January 2006 article by spinmeister Rich Stowell. Rich detailed the results of a simulator-based study examining “the feasibility of successfully executing a 180-degree turnaround following an engine failure at 500 feet agl.” The study concluded that practicing the maneuver boosted its success rate, but landing straight ahead (or nearly so) had a higher success rate." Continue Reading.

03/21/2021  Metal vs. Wood - ARTICLE - From NBAA - "One of the most common places Experimental airplane owners look for performance improvements is the propeller, and many homebuilts go through several props in their lifetime. This is not surprising as propeller design, like many aspects of aircraft design, is an exercise in tradeoffs, but prop design in particular is a black art to many. There are only a few manufacturers of fixed-pitch props for standard aircraft, but quite a few options for Experimentals."  Continue Reading.

03/21/2021   Safety Focus: The Importance of Performance-Based Measures in Fatigue Risk Management - ARTICLE - From NBAA - /"Fatigue risk management benefits from both prescriptive and performance-based measures as they provide flight crews, mechanics and dispatchers the ability to capture and measure data to reduce the impact of fatigue on safety, said a panel of experts during the most recent NBAA GO Flight Operations safety webinar. The combination of prescriptive codes and regulations with scientifically determined performance standards allows a flight department to tailor fatigue management for each mission, said Chris Bing, ‎manager of safety and international captain at Raytheon Technologies. “You have to do more than just manage fatigue. You have to capture data and measure it because if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it." Continue Reading.

03/21/2021  From 2019 - Aircraft Accident Investigation Preliminary Report - Ethiopian Airlines Group - B737-8 (MAX) Registered ET-AVJ 28 NM South East of Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport March 10, 2019 - The actual report HERE.

03/21/2021  Garmin Moves To Virtual Pilot Training Through June 2021 - PR ARTICLE - "Garmin has announced that it will be transitioning its pilot training classes to a virtual learning format through June 2021. According to the company, its instructor-led virtual training courses will be available in scheduled and on-demand sessions covering equipment including Garmin’s GTN, G1000/G1000 NXi and Aviation Weather Radar. Garmin has said it will also be taking custom training requests on a first come, first served basis. - A variety of pilot training opportunities are available ranging from Garmin pilot’s guides, PC trainers, eLearning courses, and monthly customer webinars that provide foundational knowledge about the equipment...." "...via Garmin’s website. The company’s one-hour webinars can be attended for free after registration. Webinar topics are updated monthly."

03/21/2021  From the Archives: Mountain flying - VIDEO - "Pulled from the AOPA Air Safety Institute archives, this video (circa 1991) introduces pilots to the challenges of mountain flying and offers ways to minimize the associated risks."

03/21/2021  Emergency Management - VIDEO - "We share lessons drawn from a pilot's unfortunate decisions during a vacuum pump failure in instrument meteorological conditions in this AOPA Air Safety Institute Accident Case Study." Watch the video

03/21/2021  Brush Up on Your Technique - VIDEO - AOPA Air Safety Institute - Safety Tip Series - Link to it HERE.

03/21/2021  Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers - Notice Number: NOTC1739 - The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) adopts the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:

Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose. - Read more on the FAA’s Coronavirus Guidance and Resource page here: https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus/guidance_resources/#useOfVaccines

03/17/2021  US requires drones to broadcast ID info - ARTICLE - AVweb - "The Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft rule requires drones in flight to broadcast identification and location information along with requiring similar location data from the aircraft’s control station or takeoff point. Unmanned aircraft operating at FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs) are exempt from Remote ID requirements. While the Remote ID rule goes into effect on April 21,..."   Continue Reading Here.

03/17/2021  WINGS Training - FACT SHEET / VIDEO - FAAST - Proficiency training is required for most professional pilots and plays a key role in aviation safety. Studies have shown that pilots who participate in regular proficiency training are much less likely to experience accidents. - The FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is one way for GA pilots to ensure they are competent, confident, and safe in their flight operations.  Link for the Fact Sheet Here. And Link to the 57 second Video Here.

03/14/2021  Training and Preparing for a New Flight Environment - FAAST VIDEO - Transition training and experience in diverse flight environments can improve a pilot’s ability to recognize and successfully respond to new challenges.  You can download a printable FACT Sheet here. You can watch the 57 second VIDEO Here.

03/14/2021  (From 03/05)  "Helicopter Association International (HAI) Names 2021 Recipients of Salute to Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service -Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced the California National Guard 40th Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 and UH-60 Blackhawk Crews are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Humanitarian Service Award. The award, sponsored by Sikorsky, honors the person or persons who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate by providing aid to those in need."

"On the evening of Sept. 5, the rapidly growing Creek Fire in the Sierra Nevada Forest northeast of Fresno, California, had surrounded a large group
of campers, hikers, and residents, leaving no avenue for escape." Read the rest of this example and others HERE.

03/13/2021  FAA Extends Comment Period for Noise Research and Survey - FAA PR - WASHINGTON –The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the comment period for the existing noise research portfolio, including the Neighborhood Environmental Survey, and additional areas recommended for investigation to April 14, 2021. Both notices are available on FAA’s website; in addition, you can review the first notice and read the comment extension notice at the Federal Register website.

The FAA is sharing information on its aircraft noise research programs that includes a portfolio of research initiatives related to the effects of aviation noise impacts on the public, efforts to mitigate such noise exposure, and research regarding public perception of aviation noise. The public comment period opened on January 13, 2021.

Included in this posting are the results of the Neighborhood Environmental Survey, a multi-year research effort to review and improve the FAA’s understanding of community response to noise. The survey included responses from over 10,000 people living near 20 airports across the country, and the results show an increased level of reported annoyance due to aircraft noise in contrast to earlier surveys.

Successfully addressing noise requires continued and increased collaboration among all aviation stakeholders. In this regard, the FAA has an important role to play in addressing noise issues, including continuing to improve the understanding of how airport noise impacts communities surrounding our nation’s airports. As part of the FAA’s broader research on aircraft noise, this survey data and the research related to noise abatement will be used to inform the FAA’s approach on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and the well-being of people living near airports and communities served by airports throughout the country.

The FAA continues decades-long efforts to work with airport authorities, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, state and local governments, and communities to address noise concerns. The FAA also collaborates with airport authorities and community groups to implement noise abatement procedures safely when operationally feasible. Today’s civilian aircraft are quieter than at any time in the history of powered flight, and the FAA continues to work with manufacturers and air carriers to reduce noise at the source.

The FAA works with local governments to encourage responsible land planning that avoids building residential housing in areas that will be exposed to significant airplane noise. In fact, over the last four decades, the number of Americans exposed to significant aviation noise near airports has been reduced from 7 million to just over 400,000–more than a 94% reduction. During the same period, the number of annual passengers increased from around 200 million per year to over 900 million per year. This demonstrates a decrease in the number of people exposed to significant noise while showing an increase in the number of passengers travelling in the aviation system.

03/13/2021  FAA Announces Effective Dates for Final Drone Rules - FAA PR - The final rules requiring remote identification of drones and allowing some flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night under certain conditions will go into effect on April 21, 2021.

Remote identification (Remote ID) requires identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations or takeoff point. It provides crucial information to our national security and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft, people and property on the ground.

The Operations Over People rule applies to pilots who fly under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The ability to fly over people and over moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk a small drone operation presents to people on the ground. The rule allows operations based on four categories, which can be found in the rule’s Executive Summary (PDF). Additionally, this rule allows operations at night under certain conditions. Prior to flying under the new provisions, a remote pilot must pass the updated initial knowledge test or complete the appropriate updated online training course, which will be available on April 6, 2021.

Part 107 currently prohibits drone operations over people, over moving vehicles and at night unless the operator obtains a waiver from the FAA. The new FAA regulations jointly provide increased flexibility to conduct certain small drone operations without obtaining a waiver.

The Operations Over People rule requires that remote pilots have their remote pilot certificate and identification in their physical possession when flying. It also expands the class of authorities who may request these documents from a remote pilot. The final rule replaces the 24 calendar month requirement to complete a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test with the requirement to complete updated online recurrent training that includes the rule’s new provisions. - The public can review both the Remote ID (PDF) and Operations Over People Rule (PDF) in the Federal Register. - For general inquiries on these new regulations and other UAS inquiries, please call 844-FLY-MY-UA or email the FAA.

03/12/2021   Homebuilts and Dirt Strips - ARTICLE - TUTORIAL - From AVweb - "With some common sense, proper planning and following the right procedures, many homebuilts can be safely operated on a wide variety of “unimproved” surfaces." Extensive article - Read it Here.

03/11/2021  Australian drone pilots can receive automated airspace approval  - ARTICLE -  From DroneDJ - "The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) now allows Aussie drone pilots to receive automated airspace approvals in Wing Aviation‘s OpenSky drone safety app. The automated process is a first in the country and will allow pilots to become more productive. The program is rolling out in a beta form right now, which will first be available to chief remote pilots holding a remotely piloted operator’s certificate (ReOC). The program will also only allow for three specific locations to receive the automated process as bugs, and any issues are ironed out."  More Here.

03/11/2021  NBAA Continuing Discussions on Wilmington Presidential TFR Challenges - ARTICLE - From NBAA - “We’re working with the two current gateways – Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – hoping that we’ll see movement from TSA on an alternative to Newark, but the real challenges are the routes around the TFR,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “We really only have two options, and when the military is flying in its operation areas we lose the offshore routes.” Continue Reading Here.

03/11/2021  Managing Risk In Aircraft Certification - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "...risk management is at least equally critical in the world of operating airliners and turbine-powered transport category aircraft. Recent air carrier accidents provide illustration and lessons relevant to operating small general aviation aircraft, especially when designing and certifying them."  Benefit from reading More Here.

03/11/2021  Honeywell developing 1MW turbo-generator for air-taxi segment - ARTICLE - From Flight Global - "Honeywell later this year plans to demonstrate a new, more-powerful turbo-generator designed for use on air taxis, cargo drones and hybrid-electric commercial aircraft. - The company revealed the project on 8 March, saying the system under development will create 1MW of power – about two-and-a-half times more than a turbo-generator Honeywell unveiled in 2019.  Rest of the Story Here.

03/08/2021  FAA, Choctaw Nation Team Up to Advance UAS - FAA PR - "Oklahoma City, OK – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the Choctaw Nation to study how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can best transport cargo, including parcels, at lower altitudes. The FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. -The agreement will enable the MMAC to work with the Choctaw Nation to study human factors, supply chain management and air traffic control. The parties will use virtual simulated urban environments for their research. One goal of the MOU is to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for students seeking possible careers in aerospace.

“The FAA and the Choctaw Nation share an interest in safety,” said Michelle Coppedge, Director of the MMAC. “Our goal is to advance the development and integration of UAS into what is already a complex National Airspace System.” - ”The MMAC plays a critical role in ensuring the safety of aviation operations in our nation, and we are excited to establish formal ties between our organizations to jointly support the development and safe integration of emerging aviation technologies into our national airspace system,” said James L Grimsley, Executive Director of Advanced Technology Initiatives with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The Choctaw Nation is the only tribal government selected by the U. S. Department of Transportation to participate in the Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program. It was one of 9 active pilot sites in the United States selected to work in collaboration with the FAA and industry to conduct advanced UAS operations - The Nation also was the first tribal government to be recognized by the FAA as a Public Aircraft Operator. It was the only lead participant to work with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center on acoustics testing for UAS used in agriculture, remote infrastructure inspections, public safety and other areas.

More than 6,300 employees, contractors and students work at the FAA’s aeronautical center, which is located on the west side of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The center touches every aspect of the nation’s airspace by providing training, supply chain management, medical/educational human factors research and the national registration database of all U.S.-registered aircraft and pilots. It also offers financial management and acquisition services for a wide array of federal agencies.

03/08/2021  Reid-Hillview Airport - FAA PRESSURES SANTA CLARA COUNTY TO ABIDE BY GRANT OBLIGATIONS - From AOPA - "Despite several warnings from the FAA, Santa Clara County officials in California have refused to address ongoing safety concerns at Reid-Hillview Airport, prompting the agency to take a stronger stand and threaten legal action."  Read the Story Here.

03/07/2021   The March/April 2021 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the many facets of airport surface safety. - Feature articles and departments provide a “road map” to the various tools, resources, and strategies airmen can use to steer clear of risk during the ramp-to-runway segment of their journey.  For the Details and the Featured Topics Visit our Runways Safety News Page HERE.

03/07/2021  GAO REPORT REVIEWS FAA'S FLIGHT SHARING POLICIES - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "The Government Accountability Office released a report to Congress on the FAA’s regulation of flight sharing—a practice that allows private pilots to share aircraft operating costs with passengers provided the pilots do not run afoul of prohibitions on engaging in “common carriage” for compensation." Read More Here.

03/07/2021   Margins of Safety: Avoiding Traffic Pattern Stalls - INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO - AOPA - "Description: Despite repeated practice of stall recognition and recovery in primary training, unintended stalls continue to be a leading cause of fatal accidents among GA pilots. One major reason is that the stalls we practice in training often look and feel different than stalls in real-world scenarios. In this video, we discuss the various complexities of the traffic pattern, and the ways in which distraction, poor pattern discipline, and sloppy stick-and-rudder flying can land you in hot water – all at an altitude where an inadvertent stall or spin may be unrecoverable."  Continue to the Video.

03/06/2021  HyPoint unveils its hydrogen fuel cell for urban air mobility - ARTICLE - From Drone DJ - "Silicon Valley-based HyPoint has unveiled its breakthrough hydrogen fuel cell prototype for use in the urban air mobility and aviation industries. The fuel cell has already won an award from NASA and can reach up to 2,000 watts of power per kilogram." More Here.

03/06/2021   How Bias Impacts Safety - ARTICLE - From NBAA - "Aviation safety improves with the introduction of psychological safety and emotional intelligence, but the full benefit of these enhancements will be hindered if organizations and individuals fail to appreciate and understand the impact of bias, explained author, speaker, Gulfstream G650 pilot and Founder and President of Aviation for Humanity, Kimberly Perkins during the recent NBAA GO Flight Operations “Turns Around a Pint” safety webinar." More Here.

03/06/2021   FAA Selects Airports For Anti-Drone Systems Testing - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "The FAA has chosen five host airports to test technologies designed to “detect and mitigate potential safety risks” presented by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones). The airports selected are New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport (ACY); Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) in New York; Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) in Columbus, Ohio; Huntsville International Airport (HSV) in Alabama; and Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). According to the FAA, at least ten counter-UAS technologies or systems will be evaluated at the airports."  Continue reading Here.

03/06/2021  Steep Turns - INSTRUCTIONAL ARTICLE - From AVweb - "...practicing turns can teach us a lot about how and why the airplane flies as it does, and how well or poorly we both anticipate what it wants to do and manage its tendencies. Steep turns, in fact, are a great way to refresh some basic skills. They’re a required task for a private certificate and, if we want to maintain our skills to at least those of a private pilot, we should be able to nail them. But before you head out to practice them, let’s talk a bit about what’s going on in steep turns, including the aerodynamics and how the airplane’s design can work against us, with an idea to at least sharpen up our skills with the more mundane, 30-degree-orless banked turns."  Webmaster Note: As a longtime CFII, I learned a longtime ago, don't pay too much attention to how proficient they say they are, or how good they should be, just ask to see a steep turn.   Read the Article Here.

03/06/2021  Picking Up The Pieces - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "The tales an aircraft salvage expert has to share include lessons we all need to learn. Some pilots learn them the hard way, however." - "After decades in the business, Patrick has a lot of lived experience seeing a wide variety of crashed planes, especially in the backcountry. As a window into answering the eternal question “Why do pilots crash?” I felt his insights would be valuable." Continue Reading Here

03/06/2021  NBAA Welcomes Senate Passage of COVID-Relief Bill - PR RELEASE - Washington, DC, March 6, 2021 –  The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded the United States Senate passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, which provides additional targeted relief for the aviation industry. The bill will now go back to the House of Representatives for final consideration and passage before being sent to President Biden.

Under the bill, the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for air carriers and general aviation commercial operators would receive $14 billion, plus another $1 billion for qualifying contractors. The Department of the Treasury is directed to distribute funds by April 15 and extend the program through September 2021.

The legislation also provides an additional $8 billion in funding for airport infrastructure projects, $100 million of which would be designated for general aviation and non-primary airports.

Included in the legislation is the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act, initially introduced by Reps. Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) and Ron Estes (R-4-KS). This establishes a temporary relief program to provide a 50% cost-share to help cover costs of pay, benefits, and training for aerospace manufacturing employees at risk of being furloughed or who were furloughed due to the pandemic.

For small businesses, the legislation includes an additional $15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The far-reaching package also includes as much as $14 billion for vaccine distribution and billions for healthcare-focused initiatives, including expanded COVID-19 testing and tracing.

“This legislation brings critical relief to the business aviation industry as the ongoing reductions in business travel and the potential for additional Covid-related impacts create significant uncertainty for our community,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We applaud the recent Senate action and urge the House of Representatives to act quickly and ensure our industry, and all Americans, receive this targeted assistance as we look to recover from the pandemic.”

03/06/21   NBAA, AOPA Call Upon Agencies to Mitigate Impact of Intentional GPS Interference - PR Release - Washington, DC, March 5, 2021 –  The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DOD), expressed concern about restrictions to airspace and airports caused by the intentional jamming of GPS and are seeking mitigations on the operational impact of these interference events.

In a letter to the FAA and DOD, the organizations recognized the importance of DOD’s mission and the agency’s need to simulate the loss of GPS as part of its effort to defend and maintain the global navigation system. However, as NBAA and AOPA noted, the National Airspace System (NAS) has become increasingly reliant on GPS as the primary source of navigation and aircraft system functionality, while reducing reliance on ground-based navigational infrastructure.

“Despite reduced operations in the NAS over the past year, general aviation continues to show increased activity and volume, exceeding commercial airline operations,” the letter states. “In recent months, operators have continued to report operational impacts and reduced access to airspace and airports resulting from intentional GPS jamming events.”

Read NBAA’s and AOPA’s full letter to the FAA and DOD. (PDF)

The associations’ letter also noted the aviation community had not received a response from the FAA or DOD to a 2018 RTCA report on the operational impacts of intentional GPS interference, which included more than two dozen detailed recommendations to limit the operational impact of these events on civilian air traffic.

During the RTCA deliberations, the FAA and DOD acknowledged that the frequency and impact of these intentional jamming events grew significantly over the preceding decade and would continue to escalate, the trade groups added.

“The growing reliance on GPS in the National Airspace System, combined with the increasing frequency of intentional GPS jamming events, makes it imperative that the FAA and the DOD have mitigations in place to ensure the safety and reliability of the NAS during these events,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA director, air traffic services and infrastructure. “We look forward to working with the agencies to employ the RTCA report’s recommendations and ensure our national security and the safety and efficiency of the NAS.”

“It is vital that pilots have continuity and access to optimal navigational and safety tools, of which GPS is vital,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy. “We strongly support our warfighters, but we believe DOD and FAA should review their GPS testing processes so that our nation’s airspace continues to be as safe as possible.”

03/03/21  Flying taxi network in LA could take off soon - ARTICLE / VIDEO- From Fox News - "Archer co-CEO Adam Goldstein says he’s confident his company can launch an air taxi service in 2024 because the technology needed is already invented." Read/See it Here.

03/03/21  New Bills To Step Up Federal Coordination of AAM - ARTICLE - From AINonline - "Legislation seeking to boost the development of advanced air mobility (AAM) in the U.S. is now progressing in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The proposed bills, “Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act,” call on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to establish an inter-agency working group to coordinate efforts to develop a complete AAM ecosystem to support widespread operations of new eVTOL aircraft."  Continue Reading

02/26/2021   ‘Weaknesses’ in FAA oversight of airplane safety fuel call for more changes after Boeing 737 MAX failures - ARTICLE - From The Seattle Times - "A government report released Wednesday (2/24) concludes that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight of airplane safety needs further strengthening beyond what the agency has already implemented in response to the two crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX. - The final report by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation highlights failures that led the FAA to miss the flaws in the MAX’s new flight control system during certification of the jet in 2015 and 2016." Continue Reading Here.

02/23/2021   Why do pilots continue to inadvertently fly into IMC? - INSTRUCTIONAL ARTICLE - From General Aviation News - "Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions leading to pilot spatial disorientation continue to be a leading cause of fatal helicopter accidents. - From 2000 to 2019 in the United States, there were 130 fatal accidents directly linked to the issue of spatial disorientation. These accidents occurred regardless of pilot experience and they cut across all industries, including Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, tour operations, utility flights, corporate flying, and personal/private flights, according to officials with the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team. - For decades, studies, articles, research papers, and discussions have been published theorizing why accidents related to degraded visual environments consistently occur..."  Continue Reading Here.

02/22/2021  Understanding Deferred Maintenance - ARTICLE - From NBAA & Business Aviation Insider - "Even experienced business aviation pilots and maintenance personnel may be occasionally stymied by the ins and outs of aircraft minimum equipment lists (MELs), which outline what equipment is necessary to perform a flight, and what equipment may be legally deferred under the regulations. - An aircraft’s configuration deviation list (CDL) specifies regulator-approved non-structural external parts that may be missing, yet the aircraft may still be airworthy." Learn about it Here.

02/22/2021  NASA shares first video and audio, new images from Mars Perseverance rover - ARTICLE / VIDEO - From CNN - "During its harrowing descent to the surface of Mars last Thursday, NASA's Perseverance rover captured video that the agency is calling "How to Land on Mars." The video, along with other newly released footage, gives earthlings back home a better sense of the sights and sounds on the red planet.

Cameras on "Percy," as the rover is affectionately called at mission control, show for the first time the perspective of a spacecraft landing on Mars. The video begins 230 seconds after the rover entered the Martian atmosphere, with the inflation of the rover's parachute 7 miles above the Martian surface, and ends with the rover touching down on the surface."  Webmaster: A nice collection that documents this accomplishment - See it Here.

02/21/2021  ERAU RELEASES STUDY ON GENDER, RACIAL BIAS - ARTICLE - From AOPA - "A new study released by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University examined potential bias faced by aspiring female and minority commercial and student pilots in the United States. In an experiment, participants were shown pictures of current female and male commercial pilots of various races, and were asked to rate their opinions on the quality of the pilot—professionalism, flight safety," Read the story Here.

02/21/2021  Las Vegas Metroplex begins Feb. 25! - FAA PR NEWS - "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will implement the Las Vegas Metroplex project on Feb. 25, 2021.  -  The comprehensive project will use satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. New routes for McCarran International Airport, Henderson Executive Airport, and North Las Vegas Airport will be more direct, automatically separated from each other and have efficient climb and descent profiles. It is one of 11 Metroplex projects nationwide.

Community involvement was a critical part of the project’s environmental process. The FAA conducted a thorough environmental review and extensive public engagement for the project, including 11 public workshops in 2017 and 2019.The agency also held four public comment periods totaling more than 120 days, and evaluated and responded to more than 140 comments.

After the FAA implements the new procedures, some flight track dispersion will continue to occur as it does today. Additionally, air traffic controllers will continue to sometimes direct aircraft off published routes for safety or efficiency or to reroute them around weather systems.

The FAA issued the Finding of No Significant Impact-Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the Las Vegas Metroplex project in July 2020. The agency’s initial plan to implement the new routes in November 2020 was delayed by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  -  After issuing the FONSI-ROD, the FAA made minor adjustments to five procedures that are part of the project. The agency conducted a thorough review of the changes and confirmed they did not warrant a supplement to the final Environmental Assessment, consistent with FAA environmental policy. - The Las Vegas Metroplex environmental website includes Google Earth features that enable the public to view historic and projected flight paths associated with the project, as well as the noise analysis the FAA conducted at more than 172,000 grid points throughout the projected General Study Area.

02/21/2021  What’s So Special About Special VFR? - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "Air traffic control offers a smorgasbord of mostly legal ways to run the scud without running from the law. We’ll consider four procedures that blend IFR with VFR to expand system utility. They are: Visual approach, contact approach, VFR-on-top (OTP), and special VFR (SVFR). That last sounds like an item on the Airport Cafe menu: “I’ll have the special VFR with curly fries.”“All out of curly; how ‘bout shemp?” - ATC exists to “safely expedite the flow of air traffic through the National Airspace System.” Or something like that, an ethos I encountered at the FAA Academy in 1979.  The experience was largely a screen to see who had the moxie to keep numerous callsigns in their head and separate them from each other without radar. Lamely called “3-D chess,” I view ATC, instead, as Jenga-in-motion, wherein pieces are stacked in a precarious structure and shifting the wrong one will cause your career to collapse. Barring failure, air traffic arrives via instrument approach procedures or, weather permitting, a visual approach."  This piece examines Special VFR, and you can read about the details you need to know Here.

02/21/2021   Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars - ARTICLE / VIDEO -  From AVweb - "NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Thursday afternoon, 203 days after it launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station aboard a ULA Atlas V 541 rocket. The 2,263-pound rover is on a two-year mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life along with collecting samples of rock and regolith from Mars’ Jezero Crater. As shown in the video below, NASA and ESA are planning a coordinated mission to retrieve samples gathered by Perseverance and return them to Earth by 2031."  Read and See More by Clicking Here.

02/21/2021  FAA using satellite technology to monitor every Boeing 737 MAX in flight - ARTICLE - From The Seattle Times - "Using a technology that streams data from an airplane via satellites, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now monitoring every Boeing 737 MAX on every flight worldwide to check on the performance of the MAX fleet as the jet returns to service. - The system “will flag deviations from certain parameters during all phases of flight and alert the FAA’s aviation safety division,” the federal agency said. “Safety engineers and inspectors will..." Read More Here.

02/21/2021  Female amputee Air Force pilot back in the air - ARTICLE / VIDEO - From CNN Newsource - "COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado- A United States Air Force Academy graduate who is the first woman amputee to return to flying duty is now helping future pilots. "I am an amputee pilot." - Major Christy Wise is a United States Air Force Academy grad and the first woman amputee to return to flying duty. "About five years ago I lost my leg..." Continue Here.

02/21/2021  NASA, Calif. university team to develop eVTOLs - ARTICLE - From The San Diego Union-Tribune - "NASA has given UC San Diego $5.8 million to help develop electric-powered flying taxis, a form of ride sharing that has been envisioned for decades but is struggling to get beyond the concept stage. - UCSD will lead a group of five universities and companies in creating software tools to design small fleets of vertical takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft that are quieter, safer, cleaner and more efficient and affordable than helicopters." Continue Reading Here.

02/20/2021  Wingcopter joins Flying Labs Network to support locally led drone delivery projects - ARTICLE - From TransportUP "Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has joined forces with the Flying Labs Network as a Technology Partner. Their global initiative will improve supply chains through locally led cargo drone projects and equip local talent with the skills to operate Wingcopter’s unmanned systems in long range drone applications, including beyond visual line of sight. The Flying Labs Network is reputable for strengthening local expertise in the use of drones, robotics, data and AI for positive social change in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. - Wingcopter is currently implementing a drone delivery network in Malawi to strengthen local healthcare supply chains together with UNICEF and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Within the project called Drone + Data Aid the company cooperates with the African Drone and Data Academy to train youth from across the continent in drone operations. In other parts of the world, Wingcopter is preparing for safe and efficient on-demand delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to remote areas by drone..."  Continue Reading Here.

02/20/2021  Air taxi service from downtown Chicago to O’Hare could launch by summer - ARTICLE - From Chicago Tribune - "Blade, a New York-based “urban air mobility” provider, announced Thursday it has partnered with the downtown heliport Vertiport Chicago to launch air taxi service as early as this summer. - Longer term, the company hopes to transform to an emerging technology — electric-powered helicopters — to expand its service in Chicago and other markets. - In Chicago, passengers will soon be able to book regular helicopter flights from the 6-year-old facility in the Illinois Medical District to O’Hare and other destinations for the cost of an Uber Black — getting there in less than half the time, Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal said. Read More