FAAST Blast — Week of June 12, 2017

FAAST Blast – Cessna SAIB, Airman Testing Updates, ADS-B Rebate, Startle Response, Flying a Global Hawk
Notice Number: NOTC7212

FAAST Blast — Week of June 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

 

SAIB Stresses Inspection of Cessna Main Landing Gear Actuator Assembly

On June 9, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Cessna Models 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, and all variants of 210/T210/P210-series airplanes with the exception of the Models 210 and 210A airplanes. The SAIB emphasizes the importance of inspecting main landing gear actuator assemblies for cracks following Textron Aviation Inc. supplemental inspection documents (SIDs) applicable to each model to prevent gear extension and retraction malfunctions. To view the SAIB and all related SIDs, go to https://go.usa.gov/xNVE7.

 

Airman Testing Updates

The FAA recently updated its Airman Testing page, to include revisions to the Airman Certification Standards for the private pilot airplane certificate and the instrument rating along with the first version of the commercial pilot airplane ACS. Be sure to visit, or better yet, subscribe to this page (faa.gov/training_testing/testing) for all the latest updates.

 

Act Now for ADS-B Rebates

For a limited time, the FAA is offering a $500 rebate for completed ADS-B installations in fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft. The FAA is implementing this program to emphasize the urgent need for pilots to equip for the ADS-B Out rule ahead of the January 1, 2020 deadline. Are you eligible for a rebate? Please visit faa.gov/go/rebate/ for details. But act now! The last day to apply for your rebate is September 18, 2017.

FlySafe – Startle Response

Fatal general aviation accidents often result from inappropriate responses to unexpected events. Don’t get caught by surprise on your next flight — check out this month’s #FlySafe fact sheet on how to manage the “startle response” at 1.usa.gov/2rNpCGP.

 

What’s it Like to Fly a Global Hawk?

You might be familiar with what it takes to fly a small quadcopter around, but have you ever wondered what it takes to fly “big” drones? FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Chris Huebner recalls his military experience to give us an inside look at large drone operations in his article, “What’s It Like to Fly a Global Hawk?” In the article, Huebner makes note of the widely distributed nature of UAS personnel and equipment which sometimes can require 25 people or more to fly an aircraft with no one onboard. You can find the article in the May/June 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, or go to https://adobe.ly/2pEhdUg for a mobile friendly version.

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