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Control Cable Fitting Cracks and Failures Hiding Under Safety Wire – Inspect Closely

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:34
 

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Control Cable Fitting Cracks and Failures Hiding Under Safety Wire – Inspect Closely Notice Number: NOTC9608

The FAA recently published Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin CE-19-13 highlighting a serious concern with cracks and failures of flight control cable fittings that connect to turnbuckle barrels that is caused by stress corrosion cracking.  The SAIB highlights the need to carefully inspect cable fittings for corrosion, cracks, and failures due to a number of recent findings by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), FAA, as well as efforts carried out by the American Bonanza Society.  Please note this issue is not unique to only Beechcraft-specific airplanes.  The material used in the construction of control cables is common to most makes and models and is susceptible to stress corrosion cracking.  It's important to note that a number of fittings have been completely failed when mechanics have removed the safety wire to closely inspect.  This issue was recently identified by the FAA FAASTeam through Notice NOTC8499 published on May 30, 2019.  The Notice identified a number of failures found on several Beech Bonanza airplanes and recommended a short-term inspection of these cable ends on Bonanza as well as Debonair, Baron and Travel Air airplanes.  Information received from the Bonanza Society reflects a number of additional cracks and failures being found on the aileron cable fitting located near a heat duct.  This information has been shared with the FAA and is being assessed to determine if additional corrective action may be taken.  The FAA has also been working with the National Transportation Safety Board over the last several months following a number of aircraft incidents/accidents related to control cable failures associated with this type of corrosion cracking on various airplane makes and models. The SAIB can be found at the following location.  http://rgl/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgSAIB.nsf/(LookupSAIBs)/CE-19-13?OpenDocument

For Further Information Contact: David Hirt, Aerospace Engineer, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-4050; fax: (816) 329-4090; e-mail: [email protected].

 

 

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FAAST Blast — Week of July 14, 2019

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:21

FAAST Blast — AirVenture Awaits, Watch FAASB Live, Darwin and Who? Notice Number: NOTC9596

FAAST Blast — Week of July 14, 2019 – July 20, 2019 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

AirVenture Awaits If you are at AirVenture next week, be sure to stop by the FAA Safety Center or Seaplane Base to catch one of the 40-plus interesting and informative seminars on a variety of safety topics, scheduled between 0830 and 1715 — see the schedule here: bit.ly/FAAForums19. Notable presentations include: Carpenter Avionics’ Mark Lee on ADS-B (July 22 at 1430); John and Martha King on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure (July 24 at 1300); Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Michael Berry with an FAA Medical Update (July 26 at 0830); and Aviation Safety Inspector Jim Malecha with a UAS Regulatory Update (July 27 at 1600). Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join a seminar and learn something new, get your WINGS credits, and take advantage of our comfortable seats and air-conditioning. For more details on the forums, go to https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=92051. And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the FAA Safety Briefing magazine and take a sneak peek at our new design scheme.

Also, if you are planning to fly in to AirVenture, be sure to keep your focus on safety. See the NTSB Safety Alert on Arriving at Major Fly-In Events at: https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA_053.pdf. Also make sure you’re familiar with the NOTAM which can be downloaded at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/media/7_18_19_ntap.pdf  (see Section 5).   

Watch FAA Safety Briefing Live! Did you miss the latest FAA Safety Briefing Live broadcast last week? No worries. Just go to https://www.faasafetybriefing.com/July-August2019.html to view an archived version of the broadcast. The latest edition introduces the July/August 2019 issue, which focuses on aviation safety culture. You can also earn WINGS credit by completing a quiz after viewing the presentation. Just click the “Earn WINGS Credit” button in the presentation window.

Darwin and Who?

What do evolutionary theory and safety culture have in common? More than you might initially think. FAA Safety Briefing’s associate editor James Williams explores this odd connection in Darwin vs. Lamarck in the latest issue at: https://adobe.ly/329EZbo. To read the entire July/August issue, go to https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.

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NATA Rolls Out Revamped Safety 1st Training System

AskBob News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:16

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) today announced the first major renovation to its Safety 1st line service training program since it went online in 2008, with the launch of the all-new NATA Safety 1st Training Center. The web-based program is based on specific input from the organization’s members and users.

In addition to a content makeover with refreshed video, photos, and audio, the updated program has changed from a certification-centric model, where students must complete the entire curriculum to earn certification, to a ratings-based approach, where the learner can concentrate on tasks based on operational needs and earn specific ratings as training is completed in each area. This allows organizations to customize their training as staffers take on different tasks.

Like the legacy program it is replacing, this new system is a mix of e-learning on the computer and on-the-job training, as well as practical and written exams that must be successfully completed before participants earn their rating. The system provides resources for company training coordinators on how to conduct the live training and testing portions. These resources are designed to reduce training coordinator workload, as well as simplify and streamline the training bookkeeping process.

For the first time, it can also directly integrate a customer’s internal training content into its learning management system, generating a single digital record for all employee training.

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July/August 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing

FAA & FAASTeam News - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 11:22

The July/August 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aviation safety culture. Feature articles focus on what a sound safety culture is and explore ways you can integrate those principles into your everyday flying and airman duties. We’ll also look at the many FAA and industry tools available to help you build your own personal safety culture.

Feature Stories

Click on an image or headline below to read each mobile-friendly article online.

  Culture Club How the FAA’s Compliance Program Contributes to Safety Culture

 

  Party of One? How to Do a Safety Culture of Just You

 

  Engaging the Aviation Community 5 Ways the FAASTeam Improves Safety Culture

 

  Darwin vs. Lamarck The Evolution of Safety Culture

 

  Break A Rule? See a Safety Issue? File a “NASA Report”

 

  [Other] Pilots Looking Out For You Some Trusty Tips on How to Take a Hint

 

  Better With ADS-B The Proof is In

 

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Airworthiness Alert-Cessna 177 and 210 Aircraft

FAA & FAASTeam News - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:36

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Airworthiness Alert-Cessna 177 and 210 Aircraft Notice Number: NOTC9552

On May 26, 2019, a Cessna Model T210M airplane operating in Australia suffered an in-flight separation of the right wing, resulting in a fatal accident.  Preliminary investigation of the accident indicated that the wing fractured due to fatigue cracking inboard of the wing attachment lugs.  The fatigue cracking started at a small corrosion pit on the lower surface of the lower carry-thru spar cap.

In response to the accident, Textron Aviation published Mandatory Service Letters on June 24, 2019 to provide instructions for a detailed visual inspection and an eddy current inspection of the wing carry-thru spar on the Cessna Model 177 (SEL-57-07) and Cessna Model 210 cantilever wing airplane (SEL-57-06).  The Cessna Model 177 airplanes share a common carry-thru design with the Cessna Model 210 airplanes. 

This is NOT the same issue addressed through AD 2012-10-04 and is NOT in the same location.  The Cessna Mandatory Service Letters SEL-57-06 and SEL-57-07 address corrosion damage and possible cracking of the wing carry-thru spar located in the top of the cabin, inboard of the wing attach lugs.

This is a potentially serious issue and ANY corrosion found on this surface should be addressed. 

At this time, the FAA has identified no additional instances of cracking on the carry-thru spar inboard of the wing attach lugs in either the Cessna Model 177 of Cessna Model 210 airplanes.  The FAA is continuing to assess the available information to determine what future corrective action may be needed. 

The FAA is interested in receiving any information on known cracking of the carry-thru spar on Cessna Model 177 or cantilever wing Cessna Model 210 airplanes, specifically any cracking identified inboard of the wing attach lugs.  This includes any cracking identified previously on the Cessna Model 177 and 210 carry-thru spars. 

Additionally, the FAA is interested in any comments on the Textron Aviation Service Letters SEL-57-06 and SEL-57-07, including ease of accessing the area of concern, structure and systems in and around the area of concern that may affect the inspection, and time required to complete the inspection as detailed in the service letters.  Please provide any additional comments on the published service letters that may be helpful for us to consider as part of our evaluation.

The FAA is also interested in obtaining information on the status of the fleet.  Any of the following information you can provide on your Cessna Model 177 or cantilever wing Cessna Model 210 airplane would be beneficial to our evaluation:

  • Total time-in-service on the airframe
  • Any modifications or STCs on your airplane(s) that may affect our evaluation of this issue, including, but not limited to, vortex generators, wing cuffs, gross weight increase, STOL kits, wing tips, and add-on wing fuel tanks.
  • Information detailing the usage environment in which you operate your airplane, specifically identifying severe or unusual usage.

Please provide any other information you feel may be helpful for us to consider as part of our evaluation.

In addition to the FAASTeam Notice, the FAA also recently distributed an airworthiness concern sheet to type clubs as part of the FAA’s outreach on this issue.

To see a full copy of the FAA airworhiness concern sheet and the cessna service letters covering this issue please follow this link: https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/lib_categoryview.aspx?categoryId=38

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau published a preliminary report on the accident and can be found at the following location:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2019/aair/ao-2019-026/

Photos and images are included below.

Approximate location of fracture https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2019/Jul/Approximate_location_of_fracture.pdf Carry-through structure https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2019/Jul/carry-through_structure.pdf Close view of the outboard portion of the fracture surface (fatigue cracking has initiated on the underside surface) https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2019/Jul/fracture_surface.pdf

If you have any questions or comments, contact the Wichita ACO Branch at:

Wichita ACO Branch 1801 Airport Rd Wichita, KS 67209

Bobbie Kroetch [email protected] (316) 946-4155

Dan Withers [email protected] (316) 946-4137

 

 

 

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AEA Educational Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships for 2019-20

AskBob News - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:50

The Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announced the names of the individuals who were awarded scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the 2019-20 academic year. The individual recipients are as follows: 

  • Chuck Freeland Memorial Scholarship: Nolan Magden of Wellington, Kansas
  • Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship: Isaias Duran of Lakeland, Florida
  • David Arver Memorial Scholarship: Luke Apol of Caledonia, Michigan
  • Duncan Aviation Scholarship: Josiah Kangas of Iuka, Illinois
  • Dutch and Ginger Arver Memorial Scholarship: Javier Aguirre of Humble, Texas
  • Field Aviation Scholarship: Vincent Lin of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • Garmin Scholarship: Daniel Baus of Archbold, Ohio
  • Garmin - Jerry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Alexander Abdallah of Erie, Colorado
  • Gogo Business Aviation Scholarship: Isaac Agbettor of Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship: Tegan Collins of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
  • L3 Commercial Aviation Scholarship: Christian DeKalb of Tucson, Arizona
  • Lee Tarbox Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Pacific Southwest Instruments: Patrick Lofvenholm of Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Leon Harris/Les Nichols Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology: Jackson Eimen of Larkspur, Colorado
  • Marshall Temple Memorial Scholarship: Attila Szucs of Port Orange, Florida
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Scholarship: Benjamin Thompson of Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Monte Mitchell Memorial Scholarship: Kris Foutre of Rocky Mountain Aircraft in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
  • Pat Napolitano Memorial Scholarship: Joshua Wolbeck of Hitterdal, Minnesota
  • Sporty's Foundation Scholarship: Joshua Wolbeck of Hitterdal, Minnesota
  • The Stone Foundation Scholarship: Nehemias Gutierrez of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Tom Taylor Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology: David Barton of Marlow, Oklahoma
  • Universal Avionics Scholarship: Valentine Garland of Farmington Hills, Michigan 

The AEA Educational Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the general aviation maintenance and aircraft electronics industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry. The Foundation was created in 1990 to enhance, promote and secure the future of aviation maintenance and the AEA by furthering the education of students, technicians, members of the AEA and others as determined by aviation industry needs. Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $30,000 each. Requests for complete scholarship packages for the 2020-21 academic year can be made after Oct. 1, 2019, at aea.net/scholarship.

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The Use of ADS-B Out in Support of RVSM Operations

FAA & FAASTeam News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:20
 

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

The Use of ADS-B Out in Support of RVSM Operations Notice Number: NOTC8521

The Use of ADS-B Out in Support of RVSM Operations

Last December, the FAA amended Appendix G of part 91 – Operations in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Airspace, making authorization for operations in RVSM airspace less complicated. However, the change is not just equipage, but rather about how the FAA monitors altitude-keeping performance. To conduct RVSM operations, an operator’s aircraft must not only be properly equipped, but must also meet specific RVSM Altimetry System Error (ASE) performance standards. ADS-B Out equipage alone, as required by Appendix G, section 9, allows for enhanced monitoring of ASE, but does not assure ASE containment. To assure safe operations, the operator must determine the RVSM airworthiness of the aircraft prior to conducting RVSM operations under the new Appendix G provisions. 

The FAA is observing that some operators are considering operation under the new rule with aircraft not previously certified for RVSM operations, or aircraft with certified designs that have not been maintained to RVSM standards. Aircraft with certified RVSM designs require inspection and testing to assure they meet the airworthiness requirements of their design. Aircraft that have not been designed and certified for RVSM operations require evaluation to assure they meet the ASE standards. Many individual operators may not be capable of performing this complex evaluation. For operators of aircraft without certified RVSM designs, the FAA recommends contacting the appropriate engineering consultants to obtain the information required to comply (See AC 91-85B, Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in RVSM Airspace – Chapter 2 – Aircraft Eligibility and Appendix A.7 – Altimetry System Performance Substantiation).

For more information, on RVSM documentation, go to: www.faa.gov/air_traffic/separation_standards/rvsm/documentation/

If you have any questions, please send an email to:

[email protected]v

 

 

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FAAST Blast — Week of June 03, 2019

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:55
 

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FAAST Blast — New ACS for ATP, Comments Due Soon on AMT Training NPRM, Transformation of Certification Notice Number: NOTC8520

FAAST Blast — Week of June 03, 2019 – June 09, 2019 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update  

 

New ACS for Airline Transport Pilot

On May 29, 2019, the FAA published the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Type Rating with Change 1 that will go into effect on June 28, 2019. All previous editions of the FAA-S-8081-5, Airline Transport Pilot and Aircraft Type Rating Practical Test Standards for Airplane will be obsolete as of this date.

The FAA is hosting a webinar to help pilots with this change from Practical Test Standards to ACS. The webinar will cover a brief history of ACS, as well as review the Areas of Operation, Tasks, Elements, and Appendices. The webinar will be presented on multiple dates: June 14, June 26, July 10, and July 24, 2019. To register, please go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4710280723835758349.

 

FAA Aims to Modernize AMT Training — Comments Due By June 17!

On October 2, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations governing the curriculum and operations of FAA-certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools. After analyzing the comments, the FAA agrees with expanding the scope of the proposal. In a supplemental NPRM posted on April 16, the FAA is proposing to allow the option of competency-based training and satellite training locations. Additionally, the FAA is proposing to amend the quality of instruction requirements by replacing the national passing norms with a standard pass rate. For more details on these proposals, see the SNPRM at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/16/2019-06399/aviation-maintenance-technician-schools. You may submit comments on or before June 17, 2019.

The Transformation of Certification

Implementation of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) rules in 2004 marked an important milestone in bringing new aircraft choices to the table. The rule allowed ASTM consensus standards as a means of certification for LSA. This certification is less costly, and best of all, new safety-enhancing technology is cheaper and gets to the market much faster. To learn more about consensus standards, what they are and how they benefit you, check out the article, “The Transformation of Certification” at https://adobe.ly/2UIIikY. Read this and much more about the future of aircraft certification in our May/June 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at http://bit.ly/FAASB.

 

 

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Seven Steps to introduce a Aircraft Water Safety Plan (WSP)

AskBob News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 15:30

The WHO recommends to install a water safety plan for aircraft drinking water to be safe. Attaches is a guide to the Seven Steps to introduce a
Aircraft Water Safety Plan (WSP)

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FAAST Blast — Week of April 22, 2019

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:48
 

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FAAST Blast — GA Survey, SNPRM for AMT Training, ADS-B Out Rebate Details
Notice Number: NOTC8432

FAAST Blast — Week of April 22, 2019 – April 28, 2019
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA Survey Measures Safety and Determines Funding
The FAA’s 41st annual General Aviation and part 135 Survey (GA Survey) is currently underway, reporting on calendar year 2018. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the GA fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use GA aircraft. Data from this survey will help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. And it’s not just governmental agencies that use this data; the GA industry and trade associations also rely on it for critical research and analysis. That’s why we encourage everyone who is contacted to respond to the survey so that aviation activity and safety information is accurate. For questions or additional information, please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email [email protected].

FAA Aims to Modernize AMT Training

On October 2, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations governing the curriculum and operations of FAA-certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools. After analyzing the comments, the FAA agrees with expanding the scope of the proposal. In a supplemental NPRM posted on April 16, the FAA is proposing to allow the option of competency-based training and satellite training locations. Additionally, the FAA is proposing to amend the quality of instruction requirements by replacing the national passing norms with a standard pass rate. For more details on these proposals, see the SNPRM at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/16/2019-06399/aviation-maintenance-technician-schools. You may submit comments on or before June 17, 2019.

Show Me the Money!

The FAA is offering $500 rebates to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with the purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out requirements. The program ends 10/11/19 or when all rebates have been claimed. For step-by-step instructions on how to reserve, validate, and claim your ADS-B rebate, read the FAA Safety Briefing article “Show Me the $$” at: http://bit.ly/adsbrebate. You can read this and more ADS-B related articles in our Jan/Feb 2019 issue at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.

 

 

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FAAST Blast — Week of April 08, 2019

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:31
 

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FAAST Blast — GA Award Winners Announced, NTSB Alert on Stabilized Approaches, ADS-B Light Notice Number: NOTC8407

FAAST Blast — Week of April 08, 2019 – April 14, 2019 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

National GA Award Winners Announced

For more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the aviation community. Recipients of the 2019 National General Aviation Awards are: Gary Dale Reeves of Decatur, Texas – 2019 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Jon David Monti of Gardnerville, Nevada – Aviation Technician of the Year; and Karen Ann Kalishek of De Pere, Wisconsin.

This awards program is a partnership and a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry. The FAA will present individual awards to each National Honoree in July during EAA AirVenture 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and their names will be added to the large perpetual plaque located in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. For more information on the winners, as well as how to nominate an outstanding airman in your area, go to http://www.generalaviationawards.com.  

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Stabilized Approaches

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released Aviation Safety Alert 077, “Stabilized Approaches Lead to Safe Landings.” The notice emphasizes that “failing to establish and maintain a stabilized approach, or continuing an unstabilized approach, could lead to landing too fast or too far down the runway, potentially resulting in a runway excursion, loss of control, or collision with terrain.”

Safety Alert 077 cites several aviation accident reports where failure to maintain a stabilized approach contributed to the outcome. The Alert also provides pilots with helpful tips on how to maintain a stabilized approach, as well as several resources that can provide you with more detailed information. Go to https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA-077.pdf to view the Alert.

ADS-B Light

If you own a light-sport or experimental aircraft, you have the option to use uncertified ADS-B Out equipment if you want to fly in ADS-B rule airspace in 2020. But there are some important details you’ll need to consider. Take a closer look by reading the article “ADS-B Light” at http://bit.ly/adsblight. You can read this and more ADS-B related articles in our Jan/Feb 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.

 

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