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FAAST Blast – InFO on ACS Revision, SAIBs Issued for Piper/AmSafe, Personal Minimums, The Wild (Not So Blue) Yonder
Notice Number: NOTC7054

FAAST Blast — Week of Feb 20, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update


FAA Issues Notice on Use of Electronic Nav Systems for Private Pilot Practical

The FAA issued an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin last week that describes an upcoming revision to the Private Pilot-Airplane Airman Certification Standards (ACS) that will allow pilots to use aircraft with installed or onboard electrical navigation systems during their private pilot practical test. The revision will clear up an inadvertent change from the Practical Test Standards. For more, see InFO 17003 here.


SAIBs Cover Piper Landing Gear Concern; Restraint System Assembly Issue

            The FAA this week issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-17-08) that pertains to certain Piper PA-23 models. The SAIB highlights a concern regarding a failure of the main landing gear drag link bolt, which can cause the main gear to collapse.

            The FAA also issued an SAIB (NM-17-07) to advise owners and operators, and original equipment manufacturers of Normal, Utility, Acrobatic and Commuter Category Aircraft, and Transport Category Airplanes of the potential for failure of the end release buckle on certain AmSafe, Inc., restraint system assemblies installed on the passenger seats. The FAA recommends accomplishing the procedures outlined in AmSafe Service Bulletin 504443-25-02 Issue 10, dated February 10, 2016, on airplanes having any affected part, at the earliest opportunity.

            Both SAIBs can be found here on the FAA’s Regulatory and Guidance Library.


#FlySafe Topic of the Month – Personal Minimums

            This month we’re focused on personal minimums and how to integrate these important safety measures into your flight planning. For details, see the FAA’s news release and FAA Safety Team flyer here.


The Wild (Not So Blue) Yonder

The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on risk management and follows the framework of the PAVE checklist: Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment, and External Pressures. Today we look at the “V” in PAVE to learn more about how to properly evaluate the flight operating environment before you launch into the wild blue yonder. The most obvious risk element is weather, a powerful and often fickle factor in the equation for assessing environmental risk for flight. Other environmental factors include terrain, obstacles, lighting, airspace, airports, traffic, and more. To learn more, see the article “The Wild (Not So Blue) Yonder” at https://adobe.ly/2hus9AX.

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