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Progress Being Made On U.S. Mechanic Development

AskBob News - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:41

US training programs are producing more aviation mechanics, and enrollment is expected to keep growing, according to the Aviation Technician Education Council. The enrollment in maintenance technician schools is expected to increase 40% in 2019.

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General aviation affected by federal government shutdown

AskBob News - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:23

Numerous Federal Aviation Administration functions will not be available during the federal government shutdown, including the issuance of airmen certificates, aviation rulemaking, drone operations exemptions and the development, testing and evaluation of NextGen technologies. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration will continue to work normal business hours.

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FAAST Blast — PIREP Enhancements, MMEL/MEL Relief, Flying Light

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:31

FAAST Blast — Week of Dec. 10, 2018 – Dec. 16, 2018
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
PIREP Process Enhancements
While Pilot Reports (PIREPs) are an important component of safe and efficient flight, their numbers have declined in recent years as part of the trend of fewer inflight contacts. An NTSB study has also concluded that to encourage more PIREPS, the process needs to be simpler and less time-consuming. To help address these concerns, Flight Service improvements have been developed to make it easier for pilots to submit a PIREP. For example, flight service specialists now only use read-back for accuracy when there is uncertainty about information a pilot provides. In addition, specialists are now encouraged to request specific details pertinent to the current or forecast weather, shortening the time required to obtain a PIREP from pilots eager to return to ATC frequencies.
Another simple way to prepare and send PIREPs from the cockpit is with inflight electronic PIREP submissions. It works with an easy-to-use, menu-based interface either on a mobile device or cockpit avionics, which allows word selection to describe the level of the weather experienced. As suggested by the NTSB, vendors have modified platforms to accept PIREP submissions up to five hours after occurrence, providing additional valuable data to fill in observation gaps for forecast models and advisory products. Click here for more on electronic PIREP submission. You can also learn more about PIREPS in the article “How to Be a Weather Wingman” in the March/April 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing.

MMEL/MEL Relief for Items Installed via Supplemental Type Certificate
If you use a Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) as a Minimum Equipment List (MEL) under the provisions of a letter of authorization (LOA) D095, or an FAA-approved MEL under LOA D195, please see FAA InFO 18012. This is especially important if you have items installed on your aircraft via Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and desire MMEL/MEL relief for these items. If you have any questions, please contact the FAA’s New Implementation Branch at 202-267-8166 .

Flying Light
Although similar in appearance to their standard airworthiness certificate-toting siblings, light-sport aircraft (LSA) often handle much differently than what you might be used to. If LSA flying is in your near future, it’s a good idea to get some knowledge on the differences. In his feature article, “Flying Light,” author William Dubois provides important insight and relays some of his own personal experiences with LSA that you may find helpful. You can read the article at adobe.ly/2DboGSj or download the entire issue at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.

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FAA’s Duncan: Compliance Philosophy Improving Safety

AskBob News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:48
Need to educate Critics of Compliance Philosophy Support from several sources for SMS enhancement of Safety SHARE THESE EXPLANATIONS WITH OTHERS

This headline contains a message which aviation professionals would be well to repeat and, in particular, share with the media. As Mr. Duncan says, compliance philosophy is IMPROVING SAFETY.The data strongly suggests that SMS/cooperation/compliance/data-sharing/ ASIAS/VDRP/FOQA etc. have contributed to a proactive, preventative safety environment.

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One Turn of the Wrench Exposes SMS Flaws

AskBob News - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:08

While safety management systems (SMS) are powerful tools that are now seeing widespread adoption throughout the aviation industry, if not fully utilized and embraced from the top to bottom of an organization, and without proper reporting, any “near-misses” can go unchecked until disaster strikes. A U.S. Navy aircraft mechanic, who was seriously injured in a maintenance accident, went on a crusade to find out how the root-cause of such a situation, which previously harmed four others, had slipped through the cracks in the Navy's SMS.

Topics the episode will cover:

  • Safety Management Systems
  • Communication breakdowns
  • Blameless culture
  • The value of incident reporting

Go to the AIN Podcast

 

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Yodice Associates Offers Legal Services Plan To PAMA Members

AskBob News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:37

Jenks, OK (Nov. 13, 2018) — The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the Law Offices of Yodice Associates are pleased to announce a renewed partnership that will provide affordable legal services to aviation maintenance professionals.
 
The MxPro Legal Services Plan provides consultation and representation to mechanics and repairmen facing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enforcement action. PAMA members can take advantage of legal services provided under the program at the discounted annual rate of $125. Participants are encouraged to sign up by Jan. 1 to receive plan benefits for the coming year.
 
With more than 30 years’ experience representing airman in FAA enforcement actions, regulatory compliance matters, accident investigations, and aviation-related business issues, Yodice Associates Managing Partner Kathy Yodice is considered an expert in the field. As part of the partnership, Ms. Yodice will also provide informational articles and insights on aviation-related legal matters on the AMT Lawyer blog, available at https://www.pama.org/the-amt-laywer#/.
 
More information on the program is available at https://www.pama.org/mx-pro.html#/. To join PAMA, visit https://www.pama.org/join.html.

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Your ADS-B Questions Answered

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:24
 

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Your ADS-B Questions Answered: Get the Facts Here
Notice Number: NOTC8188

I’ve heard there is a new ADS-B Out rebate for general aviation operators and I have some questions.

Question: Who is eligible?

Answer: U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft first registered before January 1, 2016.  ADS-B equipment installations completed before the October 12th rebate re-launch will not qualify for the program. The rebate is limited to one per owner/entity and only FAA certified ADS-B equipment will qualify for the rebate. Please visit our website for the full rebate eligibility requirements.  (https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/)

Question: How do I get a rebate?

Answer: There are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate:

  1. Purchase the equipment and schedule installation.
  2. Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  3. Install the equipment.
  4. Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
  5. Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.

 

As with the earlier rebate program, the rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft and previously have not received a rebate. Please refer to the ADS-B Rebate Program web page for all the rules (https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/).

 

Question: How do I know what equipment to install?

Answer: There are two great resources to figure out what equipment you need:

(https://www.aopa.org/go-fly/aircraft-and-ownership/ads-b/ads-b-selector).

Question: What if my aircraft is located a long distance from ADS-B rule airspace?

Answer: If you are located too far from “rule” airspace, your next option is to climb above 10,000 feet MSL to conduct your validation flight, if your aircraft performance permits.

Question: Can the controller provide me the information I need to validate my flight?

Answer: No. The controller station does not provide the detailed information needed. You can only validate your system’s performance by requesting a Public ADS-B Performance Report (https://adsbrebate.faa.gov/PAPRRequest.aspx) as described on the FAA website. Additionally, we do not want to encourage unnecessary radio communication. Unless the controller asks, there is no need to explain that you are conducting a validation flight. Please note that you do not have to make special flights for the rebate. You can request flight validation after your next routine flight.

Question: I have heard from the previous rebate that pilots had been denied the rebate even though they had flown for more than the required 30 minutes. Why is that?

Answer: The minimum requirement includes a flight in ADS-B rule airspace for at least 30 minutes. In the past we have found that pilots did not completely understand when they were in rule airspace. In other instances, pilots flew near the limits of rule airspace and were not detected as being in rule airspace for the entire 30 minutes. Be sure to determine where “rule” airspace is before your validation flight. You can download a Google Maps plug-in to help you visualize this here: https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/research/airspace/.

 

Don’t Get Left in the Hangar. Equip Now!

 

There are only 14 months remaining before the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.

 

For more information about the ADS-B Out rule, equipment and airspace requirements, and the rebate, please visit: www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/.

 

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November/December 2018 Issue of FAA Safety Briefing

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:40

Birds of a Different Feather

The November/December 2018 “Birds of a Different Feather” issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores the tremendous diversity of general aviation and encourages you to expand your aviation horizons and appreciate the many ways in which you can “enjoy the ride.” The issue also focuses on the new perspectives and the new skills you’ll need to consider when moving on to a different type of flying.

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FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:39

The FAA today announced it is relaunching its $500 ADS-B rebate program effective immediately and through Oct. 11, 2019. The Agency is making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.

As of Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft flying in airspace where a transponder is necessary today will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.

“The ADS-B mandate is not going away. We are about 15 months from the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline and now is the time for aircraft owners to equip,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed the rebate’s return.

“Pilots across America thank Acting Administrator Elwell for reopening the ADS-B out rebate that will make our skies safer and more efficient by incentivizing even more pilots to adopt the cutting-edge technology. This is the last opportunity for GA aircraft owners to take advantage of the FAA rebate in meeting the 2020 deadline,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker.

The previous rebate program, which ran from Sept. 19, 2016 to Sept. 18, 2017, issued more than 10,000 rebate payments.

As before, there are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate:

  • Purchase the equipment and schedule installation.
  • Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  • Install the equipment.
  • Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
  • Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.

As with the earlier rebate program, the rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft. 

To help determine which ADS-B products might be best for your aircraft, see the AOPA ADS-B Selection Tool online.

In addition to the ADS-B Rebate reservation portal, the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website lists FAA-certified ADS-B equipment and features an equipage database searchable by aircraft type and model.

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