FAAST Blast – Lycoming Engine AD, ADS-B Rebate Program, NTSB Alert on PIREPs

 

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FAAST Blast – Lycoming Engine AD, ADS-B Rebate Program, NTSB Alert on PIREPs, Ready for AirVenture?
Notice Number: NOTC7238

FAAST Blast — Week of June 26, 2017 – July 02, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

New AD Issued for Lycoming Engines

The FAA has issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A reciprocating engines that went into effect June 28, 2017. The AD, which was prompted by several reports of engine exhaust leaks, requires initial and repetitive inspections of engine exhaust system weld joints and torque checking the exhaust pipe flange mounting nuts. The FAA estimates the AD will affect 758 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. For more details, click here.

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 www.faa.gov/go/rebate/ for details. But act now! The last day to apply for your rebate is September 18, 2017.

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on PIREPs

            The NTSB has issued a new Safety Alert this week entitled: Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPs): Pay it Forward. The Alert reviews the importance of PIREPs to flight safety and provides tips and resources for pilots to enhance the quality and frequency of their PIREPs. One such resource you can use to improve your PIREPs is the online course, “SkySpotter: PIREPs Made Easy (ALC-96),” available on FAASafety.gov, as well as a PIREP Notice that went out May 10, 2017, at www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/noticeView.aspx?nid=7155

Are you Ready for AirVenture?
            The “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” — EAA’s AirVenture — will kick off on Monday, July 24. The weeklong event is scheduled to attract more than 500,000 visitors and more than 10,000 aircraft which will arrive at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc., as well as other surrounding airports. If you’re headed that way, be sure to carefully read and adhere to the procedures in the special event Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). Flight planning for AirVenture should include thorough familiarity with NOTAM procedures, as well as knowledge of primary and alternate airports. Carry a copy of the NOTAM for in-flight reference, which can be downloaded at www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/media/6_22_17_ntap.pdf (see Section 5). EAA’s Airventure website also contains a handy pilot resource page for all those flying in at www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-fly-in-flying-to-oshkosh.
 

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