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FAAST Blast — Week of July 27, 2020

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:06

FAAST Blast — New Runway Safety Animation, Pattern Precision, Humans Behind Human Factors
Notice Number: NOTC0248

FAAST Blast — Week of July 27, 2020 – Aug. 02, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
 

New Runway Safety Animation Added

The Runway Safety Pilot Simulator online at www.RunwaySafetySimulator.com has a new animation. “The Anatomy of a Wrong Surface Event” is the second in a three-part series focusing on causal factors for wrong surface events, such as incorrect runway or taxiway approaches, landings, or departures. It highlights the importance of guarding against certain environmental factors that contribute to wrong surface events and other runway incursions. See the FAASTeam’s notice here for additional runway safety tips: www.bitly.com/31G44Nc

Pattern Precision

We know that regular, structured, proficiency training is perhaps the most effective means of reducing general aviation accidents. Because the traffic pattern involves nearly all piloting tasks, it is a logical choice for a proficiency training environment. Commitment to precision and consistency in pattern operations will yield operational safety benefits throughout the flight task spectrum. Have a closer look on the FAA’s blog at https://medium.com/faa/pattern-precision-cdf95fa76d8d or our FlySafe fact sheet at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2020/media/SE_Topic_20-07_Pattern_Precision.pdf.

Meet The Humans Behind FAA’s Human Factors Team

For decades, the FAA has been at the forefront of aviation human factors research, development, and practical application. While not always obvious to the average aviation consumer, this work is absolutely critical to preventing human-induced error and improving the safety of the NAS. Learn more about the FAA’s role in this important field in the FAA Safety Briefing article “The Humans Behind Human Factors: A Look at the People and Resources in the FAA’s Human Factors Team” (https://medium.com/faa/the-humans-behind-human-factors-e4b639cbac8b). Check out the entire July/Aug human factors-themed issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.

 

Have COVID-19 questions? Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus.

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The Helicopter Dirty Dozen Overview and Safety Strategies for Maintainers

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 10:23

Online session

"Dirty Dozen for Helicopter Mechanics"
Topic: The Helicopter Dirty Dozen Overview and Safety Strategies for Maintainers.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 19:00 Eastern Daylight Time (16:00 PDT, 17:00 MDT, 18:00 CDT, 13:00 HST, 15:00 AKDT, 16:00 Arizona, 23:00 GMT)

Select Number:
SO13100940

Description:

Airplanes, Airplanes and Airplanes but what about the most versatile aircraft in the air that can hover?  Helicopters are complex machines and most mechanics are very technically proficient in their field but don't we all need effective strategies to prevent errors? After years of learning the Dirty Dozen we have put this great tool to use with multiple Helicopter/Tilt Rotor accidents.  Brought to you by the SC, NC, IA, CT, MO, MA, TN and the ME FAASTeam!

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAA Safety Team

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:

AMT: 1.00

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FAAST Blast — Week of July 13, 2020

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:10
 

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

FAAST Blast — New AD for Diamond DA 40, Virtual GA Town Hall, Safe Charter Ops, FAASB Live — July 23, Asleep at the Yoke?
Notice Number: NOTC0226

FAAST Blast — Week of July 13, 2020 – July 19, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
 

New AD Issued for Diamond DA 40 Airplanes

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft Industries Models DA 40, DA 40 F, and DA 40 NG airplanes. The AD addresses an issue with fuel tank connection hose deterioration that could result in contamination of the fuel system and restriction of fuel flow. The AD, effective August 4, 2020, requires actions to address the unsafe condition of these products. See the AD https://bit.ly/20201406 for more details.

Watch Recording of Virtual GA Town Hall

Did you miss the FAA’s virtual General Aviation Town Hall last month? You can watch the entire broadcast here: https://youtu.be/zDBu-XeIlSk. The Town Hall featured FAA Administrator Steve Dickson along with a host of FAA experts and GA community leaders discussing the effects of COVID-19 on operations, aircraft, airports, and infrastructure.

Safe Charter Operations

Join the FAA and industry for a discussion on knowing what to look for when you're chartering an aircraft. If you have any questions about safe charter operations, join the open discussion we are live streaming on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FAA), Twitter www.twitter.com/FAANews), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/FAANews) on July 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET. No registration is necessary. Go to www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/safe_charter_operations for more info.

Reminder — FAA Safety Briefing Live Webinar — July 23

The next FAA Safety Briefing Live is coming your way starting at 1900 CT on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The live-streaming broadcast will introduce the July/August 2020 issue, which focuses on the importance of human factors in aviation. To access this presentation, go to https://www.faasafetybriefing.com/July-August2020.html. Registration is not required.

Asleep at the Yoke?

Fatigue is that drowsy, weary, sleepy feeling you get when you haven’t had enough rest — something we all probably know too well. But if you are involved in safety-related aviation activities, like piloting or maintaining an aircraft, the consequences of fatigue can be disastrous. In her recent article, “Asleep at the Yoke?” (https://medium.com/faa/asleep-at-the-yoke-7981a821f1f2) FAA Safety Briefing editor Jennifer Caron explores some of the negative and insidious effects of fatigue and offers some helpful advice on how to combat it. Check out the entire July/Aug human factors-themed issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.

 

Have COVID-19 questions? Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus.

 

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July/August 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing

FAA & FAASTeam News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:09

The July/August 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the importance of human factors in aviation.

Feature articles and departments address stress, fatigue, decision making, cognitive bias, and more. We also take a closer look at the humans behind the FAA's Human Factors team to see how their work is helping improve aviation safety.

Features include:

Passing the Stress Test Keep the Dark Side of Stress at Bay

Just a Bit Biased How to See and Avoid Dangerous Assumptions

Asleep at the Yoke? Fighting Fatigue in General Aviation

The Humans Behind Human Factors A Look at the People and Resources in the FAA’s Human Factors Team

Tool Time Beta-Testing a Maintenance Safety Culture Assessment Toolkit

To “B” or Not to “B” ... Why Equipping with ADS-B Makes Sense

Check out the entire July/Aug human factors-themed issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.

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FAAST Blast — Week of July 05, 2020

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:53

FAAST Blast — Week of July 05, 2020 – July 11, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
 

FAA Safety Briefing Live Webinar — July 23

The next FAA Safety Briefing Live is coming your way starting at 1900 CT on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The live-streaming broadcast will introduce the July/August 2020 issue, which focuses on the importance of human factors in aviation. Feature articles and departments address stress, fatigue, decision making, cognitive bias, and more. We also take a closer look at the humans behind the FAA’s Human Factors team to see how their work is helping to improve aviation safety.

To access this presentation, go to https://www.faasafetybriefing.com/July-August2020.html. Registration is not required. To earn WINGS credit for viewing the presentation, please click the “Earn WINGS Credit” button from within the presentation window. You can also view and earn WINGS credit on archived broadcasts of FAA Safety Briefing Live. Follow the link on the lower right corner of the page, or go to www.faasafetybriefing.com.

Amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118

The FAA has issued an amendment to Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118 https://bit.ly/31wjLGZ, which provides relief for certain persons and operations during the public health emergency concerning COVID-19.The amendment recognizes that even as stay-at-home advisories are lifted, airmen continue to experience difficulty complying with certain training, recency, checking, testing and duration requirements. The amendment extends some medical certificate relief that the original SFAR provided and expands medical relief to people whose certificates will expire in the coming months. It also expands relief to a new population of airmen who may be unable to satisfy training and qualification requirements due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Those who may be affected by this amendment should carefully review the eligibility, conditions, and duration of each section of relief to ensure compliance. The FAA has revised its FAQ page at https://bit.ly/38gIUqi (PDF) to help explain the amended regulatory relief.

Passing the Stress Test

Our new July/August issue of FAA Safety Briefing covers a topic near and dear to all airmen — human factors. Certain cognitive functions immediately come to mind in the aviation arena, like attention, detection, perception, memory, judgment/reasoning, and decision making. But for FAA Safety Briefing Editor Susan Parson, there is one universal human reaction that she characterizes as the ultimate human factor: stress. In her article, “Passing the Stress Test,” (https://medium.com/faa/passing-the-stress-test-ef69156eef61) Parson explores the duality of stress (there’s a good side to it!) and provides some helpful tips on how to properly identify and manage stress. Check out the entire July/Aug human factors-themed issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.

 

Have COVID-19 questions? Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus.

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FAA Safety Briefing 7-2-2020

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:11

Human factors play a big role in aviation safety, not only for those who pilot aircraft, but also for those who design, manufacture, and maintain them.

It’s almost axiomatic to say that human factors are somehow involved in every aviation incident or accident. That includes drone accidents. While officially known as “unmanned aircraft systems,” most drones still have pilots — and the remote pilot of a drone is as human as any other pilot. The very nature of human beings carries the inevitability of mistakes. Even though designers and engineers have worked very hard over the years to design machines that are immune to, or at least tolerant of, mistakes by those who fly and fix them, human beings have a remarkable way of finding new ways to make errors. We all know that those errors can be deadly in aviation.

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Safety and Self Reporting

FAA & FAASTeam News - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 09:48
 

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Safety and Self Reporting
Notice Number: NOTC0156

Safety and Self Reporting

The FAA is working with the GA community to monitor COVID-related ASRS reports to better understand the challenges facing the industry. We need your help in identifying safety challenges related to COVID-19 and encourage you to submit your concerns using your existing safety reporting program or confidentially to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) (https://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/).

The ASRS is one tool that is helping multiple successful safety initiatives, such as the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (https://www.gajsc.org/) and the General Aviation Issue Analysis Team, to identify safety trends within the National Airspace System. Please note that all ASRS reports are de-identified before being made available to the public or shared with the FAA.

Since 1976 ASRS has been an important facet in the aviation world.  The safety information gleaned from the voluntarily submitted safety reports (aka NASA reports) has been an invaluable tool for government and industry stakeholders in identifying and mitigating safety risk.

The COVID-19 public health emergency has resulted in recent changes throughout the aviation system. If you believe that the public health emergency or any aspect of the response had an effect on you or your operation or any other aspect of aviation safety, we encourage you to include such information in an ASRS report. 

For more on the ASRS program, please see the FAA Safety Briefing magazine article here:  https://medium.com/faa/break-a-rule-see-a-safety-issue-f1e310c7a870

Thank you for helping to keep the skies safe!

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FAAST Blast — Safety Wire Saves Lives

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:21

Improperly secured aircraft components can compromise powerplant and control system operation and lead to failures. Be sure your hardware locking mechanisms and safety wires are installed correctly, and check them often to confirm they are taut and ready for flight. For more information, and to watch our 57 Seconds to Safety video on the subject, go to https://medium.com/faa/safety-wire-8b922cb0e3b7. Visit https://bit.ly/GAFactSheets for a complete list of #FlySafe topics.

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