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Vectors for Safety - a wonderful source for Aviation News, Professional Commentary and Accident Analysis is published monthly by Gene Benson, and is now a permanent "Top of the Page" feature of our INFO WAREHOUSE.
To View the October '21 Vectors for Safety CLICK HERE
For Aerobatic fans: 2020 Contest Listings - The IAC 2020 contest season will begin in March, with the first contest in Arizona, the Estrella Cup (Glider only contest). Visit IAC.org/Contests for more information.
Have COVID-19 questions?
Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus.
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.
This Page Just added on 10/03/21 - See Page 1-3 for Previous Posts - Thank You!
10/22/2021 How TFRs Are Made - Have you ever wondered how and why temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) come to be? In the FAA Safety Briefing article “Mission Possible,” editor James Williams explores how TFRs are created, starting from a request from a security agency, to an issued TFR. The article also explains how the FAA serves as the air space user’s advocate in that process. Want to know more? Check out the full article here: https://medium.com/faa/mission-possible-44d99e582477. To view our entire new issue on airports and airspace, go to https://medium.com/faa/ramping-up-f21b641ca543 or www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.
10/20/2021 Avoiding Adverse Drug Interactions - Don't get high and fly! Impairment from over-the-counter medication and CBD products can compromise a pilot’s ability to control the aircraft and adversely affect judgment and decision-making. Read more about this and how to avoid adverse drug interactions in our latest FlySafe topic of the month available on our blog or printable (PDF) fact sheet. Don’t miss our new “57 Seconds to Safer Flying” video on flying and CBD use on YouTube.
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10/18/2021 FAA Tackles Alaska Air Safety - NEWS - From AVweb - "The FAA will start implementing five safety initiatives next year aimed at curbing the high accident rate in Alaska aviation. The agency launched its Alaska Safety Initiative a year ago and held meetings with stakeholders and government groups to come up with a game plan. It identified five measures and will start implementing them next year." Continue Here.
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10/13/2021 NBAA TV: Sustainability in Focus at 2021 NBAA-BACE - VIDEO - NBAA NEWS - "At the 2021 Business Aviation Sustainability Summit, held in conjunction with the 2021 NBAA-BACE, leaders from across industry, government, and other sectors, met to discuss ways to reduce business aviation’s carbon footprint, including through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). At the session “SAF Forecast – A Supplier Perspective” leaders in this segment shared their views on how this fully capable, ready to use, low carbon fuel can gain wider adoption by business aircraft operators."
OTHER NIFTY TOPICS at THIS YEAR'S NBAA-BACE:
10/13/2021 FAA EXPANDS GLIDERS' USE OF TRANSPONDER CODE 1202 - FAA NEWS - From AOPA - "The FAA says glider pilots flying under visual flight rules should squawk transponder code 1202 regardless of whether the flight is in communication with air traffic control in a procedural change that will take effect November 1." Continue Here.
10/13/2021 How Los Angeles is preparing for the air taxi takeoff - ARTICLE - From TechCrunch - "Ride-hailing and e-scooters caused chaos for cities across the United States, even as companies promised they would fix more problems than they created. The city of Los Angeles - eager to introduce zero-emission transportation - wants to ensure the launch of air taxis doesn’t repeat past mistakes.
To help prepare Los Angeles for the new tech, a nonprofit organization spun out of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office is working with air taxi developers and local residents to develop a policy toolkit in advance of commercial operations later this decade. Read More About This Here.
10/13/2021 Google and Amazon want to put thousands of drones in LA’s skies so you can get toilet paper faster - ARTICLE - From KCRW Radio June '21 - "In Los Angeles, the sky has always just been what we stare into instead of reading vanity plates when we’re sitting in traffic. But the empty space above our heads may someday soon fill up with drones — delivering our goods, helping police, and always watching us." Continue Here.
10/11/2021 GPS Jamming Tests Frustrate Pilots, Controllers - ARTICLE - From AVweb - “Aircraft are greatly affected by the GPS jamming and it’s not taken seriously by management,” says one report gleaned by IEEE Spectrum. “We’ve been told we can’t ask to stop jamming, and to just put everyone on headings.” Webmaster: We take GPS Jamming very seriously here on SCAUWG.ORG - Visit our GPS Testing page HERE. - Read the AVweb article by Russ Niles HERE.
10/09/2021 Ag aviator trains next generation of crop-dusters - ARTICLE - From Farm Progress - "With the shift toward younger pilots, there is a need for training specifically in agriculture applications. So, Kingsley developed a hands-on flight school on the farm. The Ag Aviation School is located at Kingsley Field outside of Miller. There, Kingsley and his staff offer a unique experience for future crop-dusters.
The program trains young pilots by allowing them to learn and master the art of spraying on the family farm, which spans across 4,000 acres and two states — Missouri and Kansas. “We work here before we work for the customer,” Kingsley says. This year, he hosted his second student. Why so few students?
Crop-dusting is intense. It is not only flying under power lines and feet off the ground, but also understanding chemicals. Kingsley likes to keep the number of students low, offering that one-on-one instruction needed in such a niche industry." Read the Entire Story Here.
10/09/2021 The Unstretchable Glide - ARTICLE - From Aviation Safety Magazine - "When your only engine fails, it's ultimately up to you to choose where to land, not ATC. - Yes, ATC often can be an asset—they’ll at least know where to send the equipment—but the pilot/crew must be the one to make the decisions. This includes where and how to execute an emergency landing..." Continue Here.
10/09/2021 Glider Rating Add-On: Upping Your Game - ARTICLE - From AVweb - "You took advantage of some free time to go flying over the weekend. It had been almost two months since your last flight, so you took the rental 172 around the pattern nearly a dozen times and got the rust off of your crosswind landings. On the drive home you replayed the flight in your mind and suddenly realized that your next thought was, “Now what?”" Glider Flying? Find out how Here.
10/09/2021 New Pilot Minute Video Series Debuts - ARTICLE - FAA - In the inaugural episode of the Pilot Minute, a new video series produced by the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute’s Medical Education Division, FAA Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Susan Northrup provides simple tips you can use to streamline the medical certification process. This includes making sure all pages you submit for a medical are legible and contain a name, date, and any identification numbers you may have received in letters from the FAA. -You can find more information about what’s required for each diagnosis in the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners at faa.gov/go/ameguide. To watch the Pilot Minute videos, go to https://youtu.be/sC-C4GwFZ9Q.
10/09/2021 The Advantages of Adventuring - ARTICLE - FAA - Safety culture involves not merely a list of rules and regulations, it also involves critical thinking, expanding horizons, and learning outside the box. Take advantage of adventuring to unfamiliar airports, not only for the pure enjoyment, but more importantly for the educational opportunities these visits provide. It’s an incentive to earn higher certificates and ratings, and you can enhance your training to learn as much as possible in many different scenarios. In the article “The Advantages of Adventuring,” editor Susan K. Parson explores how a trip to a new airport can advance your skills and, as an added benefit, help support our country’s general aviation airports (https://medium.com/faa/the-advantages-of-adventuring-9032bdf704c6).
10/06/2021 CalFire Braces for Record Year - ARTICLE - From AINonline - "It’s another record year for wildfires in California with more than 2.2 million acres burned and 3,200 structures destroyed through August in 7,276 incidents. CalFire aircraft dropped 6 million gallons of water/retardant on these fires, including 3.8 million gallons in August alone. In all of 2020, 3.2 million acres were incinerated, more than three times a typical year’s conflagration. And that means it’s another bumper year for the firefighters of CalFire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection." Continue Here.
10/06/2021 LAANC Authorization Now Available For Drone Night Operations - NEWS - From AVweb - "The FAA announced on Monday that drone pilots with current Part 107 remote pilot certificates can now receive authorization to fly at night via the low altitude authorization and notification capability (LAANC) network. LAANC, an automated system designed to provide near real-time authorizations for drone pilots looking to operate below 400 feet in controlled airspace, is currently available at 726 airports across the country. In addition, the FAA noted that it has opened up more areas for drones to fly by dividing the relevant airspace into smaller segments." Read More Here.
10/06/2021 FAA Invests $479.1M in Safety, Sustainable Infrastructure at Airports - FAA NEWS - Grants awarded to 123 airports across every state. In OUR AREA September AIP supplemental grants include: Ontario International Airport, Ontario, Calif.: $15.2 million to reconstruct 832,000 square feet of taxiways and their connectors. The project will allow for a safer and more efficient flow of aircraft traffic on the airfield. This large project will result in jobs during construction and accommodate permanent job growth at this growing airport that is experiencing increased demand for passenger and cargo service. For an interactive map of grant locations, click here: Workbook: AIP Supplemental Funding September 2021 (dot.gov)
10/03/2021 SPATIAL DISORIENTATION: CONFUSION THAT KILLS - SAFETY - FREE Online COURSE - From AOPA - "Pilots deprived of visual references while flying can quickly lose control of the aircraft and succumb to one of general aviation’s biggest killers: spatial disorientation. While the physiology and dangers of spatial disorientation are taught during primary and instrument flight training, pilots can still misunderstand spatial disorientation and how to deal with it." Explore this Topic and Continue HERE.
10/03/2021 Surviving the backcountry - VIDEO - From AOPA - Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turn a four-hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry in this AOPA Air Safety Institute video. For more information, go to the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Survival Safety Center: http://www.airsafetyinstitute.org/spo.... For transcript credit and your certificate, go to: http://bit.ly/RPSMtRCert
10/03/2021 COLLISION AVOIDANCE - SAFETY - FREE Online 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. Make these spotlight’s strategies and tactics part of your standard procedures to keep the skies safer for you, and for those you share it with. " To Explore this Topic and Continue, Tap or Click HERE. Certificate of Completion Available.
10/03/2021 Just a short flight - VIDEO - ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION - From AOPA - A Learjet 35A on a positioning flight to Teterboro, New Jersey, in May 2017 crashed while circling to land in visual conditions. The AOPA Air Safety Institute examines the links in the accident chain and the lessons learned. Watch the video >
10/03/2021 ALBATROSS to Demonstrate How 4DT Can Reduce CO2 Emissions on Flights - ARTICLE - From Aviation Today - "A new large-scale demonstration project involving Airbus, Air France and DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) called "ALBATROSS," will demonstrate how the use of four-dimensional trajectory (4DT)-based operations can reduce fuel and CO2 emission savings on flights operated by Air France and other airlines throughout European airspace. First launched in February under the framework of a series of..." Continue Here.
10/03/2021 New Software Capability Gets Planes Rolling Directly to the Runway, Reducing Fuel Burn & Taxi Time - PR NEWS - FAA - WASHINGTON—The U.S. Transportation Department’s FAA and NASA today announced the completion of research and testing on a software capability that calculates gate pushbacks at busy hub airports so that each plane can roll directly to the runway and to take off. The FAA plans to deploy this capability as part of a larger investment in surface management technology to 27 airports. An animation of how the software works can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD16pCQWYeA.
The innovative capability, which will be part of the FAA’s Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program, was developed by NASA and tested for nearly four years by the FAA’s NextGen group, airlines’ airport operations, FAA radar facilities in Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth and the Atlanta and Washington, D.C., centers handling high-altitude en route flights.
The airports currently expected to be part of the rollout include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Bush, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington Dulles, Washington Reagan National.
10/03/2021 Meet Soar, a New Liquid Hydrogen-Fueled eVTOL With a Range of up to 800 Miles - PR NEWS - From Robb Report - "If you think you’ve seen every variation of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL), think again. Paragon is developing Soar, which offers eight large fans along the sides of the fuselage and a series of smaller fans embedded in the fixed wing. But Soar’s real differentiator is a powertrain that uses direct combustion of liquid hydrogen as a range extender. - From the outside, Soar looks typical of the category, with a sleek aerodynamic body that’s a combination of plane and helicopter. The rear two of its eight large-ducted turbofans tilt to provide forward thrust, while the smaller ones help with stability and control. Continue Here.
10/03/2021 New NTSB Website Goes Live - NEWS - From AVweb - “The NTSB website is one of the agency’s most important tools for communicating to the public about our investigations and safety recommendations to prevent future tragedies and save lives,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy. “This new website is the result of a lot of hard work and planning to ensure the public has easy access to important safety information.” Read the Story Here. Visit the new site by tapping or clicking NTSB.GOV.