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Miles Cook


Member Since: Apr 5, 2009
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Bangor, PA
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Aviation News

AVWEB


FSDOs Going Away this Weekend

Any pilot, mechanic or owner who ever cursed their local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) will have a reason to celebrate this weekend when the FAA officially disbands the regionally structured Flight Standards Service (FSS). Starting on Monday, the FSS will be based around four functional areas--Air Carrier Safety Assurance, General Aviation Safety Assurance, Safety Standard, and Foundational Business.

Changes Made At SFO After Taxiway Incident

The FAA has made operational changes at San Francisco International Airport in response to last month's aborted landing by an Air Canada A320, the Bay Area News Group reported on Tuesday. The FAA no longer allows visual approaches for aircraft approaching SFO at night with an adjacent parallel runway closed, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the News Group. “When these conditions prevail, our controllers issue pilots Instrument Landing System approaches or satellite-based approaches, which help pilots line up for the correct runway,” Gregor said.

FAA Provides Safety Tips For Eclipse Travels

If you're planning to fly toward the path of totality to view Monday's coming solar eclipse, you won't be alone. The FAA says several airports located in the path said they are expecting “a significant increase” in traffic before and during the eclipse. Many of these airports are non-towered and have limited capacity to accommodate an increase in traffic, the FAA says. The FAA offers some tips to fly safe in the path of the eclipse.

Newspaper Questions FAA’s Air Canada Response

The San Jose Mercury News, one of the first news outlets to report on the story of the Air Canada near-miss in San Francisco last month, said in an editorial this week that the FAA has “hindered the investigation” of the event by “dragging their feet in the aftermath.” As a result, “key evidence from the cockpit voice recorder was erased and the pilots were never tested for drugs or alcohol,” wrote the newspaper's editorial board.

Doc’s Friends Launch Kickstarter Campaign

Doc, the beautifully restored B-29 based in Wichita, made a lot of new friends last month with a full week of appearances and flights at EAA AirVenture — so Doc's Friends, the nonprofit group that supports the project, is making the most of that, with the launch this week of a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the airplane's permanent hangar, which will also serve as an exhibition and education space. The team has about 30 days to raise $100,000.

Aviation Safety


Ignition Switches

The right engine failed to turn over upon application of starter. Pilot noted smoke and burning smell from under the instrument panel. Upon inspection, it was found that the ignition switch cups were severely worn, and the contact points were burned. The switch was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. Submitter suggests disassembly and inspection of these switches for worn components and proper lubrication on a 500-hour basis to prevent recurrence.

Sumped

Many years ago, I had an experience that is still fresh in my mind, and I thought I would share it with your readers. I was a member of the Beech Aircraft Flying Club at the time and was using one of their Sundowners for a short trip from the factory in Wichita to Chanute, Kan. Before taking off, I preformed the typical walkaround, sumping the fuel drains, checking the oil, etc.

NTSB Reports

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at 1159 Eastern time. The solo private pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was relocating it to a private airstrip near his home. Witness observations were consistent with the airplane flying at low altitude and maneuvering erratically before it impacted. Each witness reported the engine was running prior to impact. The accident…

Turnback Failure

A lot of ink and pixels have been spilled over the years about turning back to the departure runway if a single’s engine quits right after takeoff. The maneuver is usually referred to as a turnback, and was the topic of our January 2006 article, “Turnbacks Reconsidered”.

Certification Changes

Beginning about the time this magazine lands in your mailbox, the FAA’s long-awaited revision to FAR Part 23—the regulations setting forth small aircraft certification rules—will go into effect. Manufacturers and user groups are enthusiastic about the coming changes, which they say promise to reform and modernize the agency’s approval process for airframes, engines and equipment like avionics. The new rules go into effect August 30, 2017. In preparation, the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service (ACS) in…

FAA


FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:Morning thunderstorms could trigger flight delays in Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). Storms also could affect flights over the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Low clouds may slow traffic this morning in Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). An air show and high winds may spur delays in Chicago (MDW, ORD), and a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral also could affect air traffic.Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

FAA Safety Briefing Explores New BasicMed Rule

August 9The July/August 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores several key facets of the new BasicMed rule, which offers pilots an alternative to the FAAs medical qualification process for third class medical certificates. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course every two years, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions.Feature articles include:Bring On BasicMed!What The FAAs New Regulatory Relief Rule Means For You (p 8)Errare Humanum EstTo Err is Human (p12)Doctor, Doctor, Let Me Give You the News(p16)Your Top 20 BasicMed QuestionsYou Asked We Answered (p 18)How to Defeat Dehydration A Forgotten Risk to Flight Safety (p 25)National GA Award HonoreesTop 2017 General Aviation Professionals Announced (p 26)Be sure to follow us on Twitter@FAASafetyBriefFAA Safety Briefing is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community. The magazine's objective is to improve safety by:making the community aware of FAA resourceshelping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, andencouraging continued training

FAA and International Leadership in Mongolia

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta, speaking at an Asia-Pacific civil aviation conference in Mongolia today, said that the FAA and its Asia-Pacific counterparts must continue to work together to promote oversight operations and certification systems that will ensure the safety of passengers around the world as demand increases. The FAA projects that within 20 years, the total number of passengers traveling between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. alone will increase by 120 percent.By sharing data and best practices with each other, weve proven that safety has no borders, said Huerta. It is imperative that we work together to meet this increased demand and deliver the level of safety and service consumers and businesses on both sides of the Pacific expect.Aviation leaders gathered at the Asia-Pacific Directors General of Civil Aviation Conference to discuss the future of civil aviation in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. has collaborated with the region since establishing a civil aviation office in Tokyo in 1947.In cooperation with forums such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), FAA is working to improve air traffic efficiency in the region. For example, through engagement with ASEAN, FAA is working to emphasize the operational value of cross-border data information sharing between Asian states.With APEC, the FAA is standardizing and implementing innovative traffic flow management technologies and best practices to allow for separation reductions and smoother traffic flow. The FAA also is supporting regional initiatives to implement more Performance-Based Navigation procedures, which shorten flight routes, save time, and reduce emissions. Leaders of both regions committed to improving the efficiency of each nations aviation systems in a time when new technologies continue to reshape traditional aircraft and air traffic operations.

FAA: No Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Applications for Planes w/ADS-B

August 7The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to change the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) authorization process by eliminating the need for U.S.-registered operators to apply for RVSM authorization when their aircraft meet altitude-keeping requirements and are equipped with qualified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out systems.The FAA has been a major force in the implementation of RVSM since it was first introduced in 1997. RVSM reduced the vertical separation between aircraft above 29,000 feet from a minimum of 2,000 feet to 1,000 feet. This saves fuel and increases airspace capacity. RVSM airspace has now been implemented worldwide.Currently, operators must prove their aircraft design satisfies RVSM performance requirements and that they have policies and procedures for the safe conduct of RVSM operations, before the FAA approves their RVSM authorization. Until recently, they also had to have a separate program to maintain RVSM systems and equipment. The FAA granted authorizations to operate in RVSM airspace only after finding that the pertinent requirements were met.The proposed changes for RVSM authorizations would allow the FAA to leverage the technology in ADS-B Out systems to monitor altitude-keeping performance on RVSM-capable aircraft whenever they fly in U.S. ADS-B airspace. Properly equipped aircraft could conduct RVSM operations immediately, lowering costs and eliminating the delays associated with application processing. ADS-B becomes mandatory for aircraft operating in most U.S. airspace on January 1, 2020.The current RVSM approval process would still be available for operators whose airplanes do not routinely operate in airspace where the FAA has sufficient ADS-B data to determine RVSM performance, or when a foreign country requires a specific approval.

Fly Safe: Prevent Runway Incidents

Heads Up!After a busy flight, you might think the challenging bits are all behind you as youre taxiing across your airports surface, but that is no time to let your guard down. In fact, pilots need to be extra vigilant when it comes to runway safety.What is runway safety? Its your active participation in making sure the beginning and the conclusion of your flight are safe. It means everyone sharing that airport surface, including pilots and airport vehicle drivers, stays vigilant, follows directions, and remains alert. Ground operations require your full attention until you park your aircraft.Runway safety continues to be one of the FAAs highest priorities. Pilot deviations are of particular concern due to their potential for a collision. The greatest loss of life in a single airplane accident was the result of a runway collision in which 585 passengers and crew lost their lives when two 747 aircraft collided on the island of Tenerife.By remaining alert on the airport surface, you can help avoid collision risks like runway incursions, where an unauthorized aircraft, vehicle, or person is on a runway and is adversely affecting runway safety. Actions that could lead to a runway incursion include taxiing or taking off without clearance, deviating from an assigned taxi route, or failing to hold short of an assigned clearance limit.How big a problem is this? The FAA has devoted many resources, including a dedicated Runway Safety office, to raising awareness among pilots and providing continuing education on the topic. Theres a lot of information available to you, and it is a good idea to review these resources on a regular basis.You can begin by knowing your airports layout, including hot spots, which are locations on an airport movement area where there is a history of runway incursion. These hot spots need your undivided attention.You also need to know how to quickly read and understand signs and markings that you see on the runway and airport movement areas. One of the most critical markings on the airport surface is the runway holding position marking (four yellow stripes two solid, two dashed). You will need proper clearance from air traffic control to cross this line when approaching a runway from a taxiway.To ensure pilots see these markings, the FAA developed an enhanced taxiway centerline that helps alert pilots that they are approaching a runway. The enhanced centerline consists of a series of staggered dashed lines on either side of the yellow taxiway centerline, 150 feet from the runway holding position markings. These markings are required at Part 139 airports, but theyre becoming more common at many smaller GA airports, too.Elevated runway guard lights or wig-wag lights, are also used at many airports to help pilots identify a runway holding position. These lights may be elevated at either side of a taxiway or used as a series of in-pavement lights across the holding position marking.The FAA is also working to further standardize airport signage. Brightly-colored signs are now being used to alert pilots to airport construction projects.New lighting advancements, including brighter lights and runway status lights (RWSLs), are being used at more airports. RWSLs use surveillance data to illuminate and warn pilots it is unsafe to enter, cross, or take-off on a runway.Electronic message boards, apps for your phone or tablet, and ADS-B technologies are also being developed to ensure that ALL phases of your flight remain safe.Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts some of which are already reducing risk. I hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.Learn more:The FAAs Runway Safety webpage has lots of diagrams, hot spots and videos for you to review.The FAA Airport Safety Information Video Series helps you visualize the challenge of runway safety operations, and each video provides helpful tips for staying safe.This FAA Fact Sheet will help you avoid Pilot Deviations.The following FAA Safety Briefing articles cover runway safety:Theres Light at the End of the Runway Using Data to and Technology to Improve Runway Safety, Jan/Feb 2014It Can Happen to You A Runway Incursion Confession, Sep/Oct 2013It Can Happen to Anyone Lessons Learned from a Runway Incursion, Nov/Dec 2011Avoiding Runway IncursionsIts All In Your Head, Mar/Apr 2010TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.Check out GA Safety Enhancements fact sheets on the mainFAA Safety Briefingwebsite, including Flight Risk Assessment Tools.TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

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