FAAST Blast — Week of May 15, 2017

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FAAST Blast – ACS Updates, SAIBs for Cessna Elevator and CMI engines, Vmc Training, You and UAS
Notice Number: NOTC7170

FAAST Blast — Week of May 15, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

ACS Updates

Updates to the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for the Private Pilot Airplane certificate and the Instrument-Airplane rating are coming in June 2017, along with the first ACS for the Commercial Pilot Airplane certificate. The FAA intends to publish these documents on the Airman Testing web page (https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/) later this month. We will also offer a series of webinars to explain the revisions in the near future. Stay tuned for more details. 

SAIBs Issued for C-150/152 Elevator; Continental 550/520 Series Engines

On May 11, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that highlights the potential for loose elevator attach bolts on certain Cessna 150/152 models. The SAIB was issued based on a service difficulty report of an elevator hinge bolt backing out on a C-150. The FAA recommends performing the inspections detailed in the Cessna supplemental inspection document (SID) 55-10-01. Both the SAIB and the SID(s) can be found here.

The FAA also issued an SAIB on May 10 which outlines available service instructions for identifying causes of engine kickback and recommended engine inspections following a kickback event on certain Continental Motors, Inc., 550 and 520 series reciprocating engines. See the full bulletin here.

FlySafe Topic of the Month – Vmc Training and AOA

Learn more about how Vmc training and Angle of Attack can help prevent loss of control accidents in the event of a power loss in this month’s #FlySafe topic. For details, see the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) flyer here.

You and UAS

Did you know that any operation that changes the purpose of your drone flight from fun/hobby to “a job” could put you under part 107, even if there is no direct compensation? Get the facts by reading, “When Do I Need a Certificate: A Look at Hobbyist vs. Commercial Requirements for Small UAS” in the May/June 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at: https://adobe.ly/2pTwaCN.


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