FAAST Blast — Week of Sep 18, 2017 – Sep 24, 2017

Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update 

AD Issued for Ameri-King ELTs

The FAA this week published an Airworthiness Directive (AD 2017-16-01) to detect and correct certain non-functioning Ameri-King Corporation model AK 450 and 451 emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). The AD, which affects 14,500 ELTs installed on various aircraft of U.S. registry, was prompted by multiple failure reports. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the ELT for discrepancies; repetitive checks, tests, and verifications, as applicable, to ensure the ELT is functioning; and corrective actions if necessary. For more details, you can view the full AD at https://go.usa.gov/xRzMw.

Returning to Flight

Has it been sometime since you last kicked the tires and lit the fires? Then have a look at our #FlySafe topic of the month flyer for September (http://bit.ly/2iYCiaa) which focuses on returning to flight after a period of inactivity. It will help you formulate a game plan you can use to safely get back to enjoying the freedom only flying can offer.

AirVenture Forum Videos Now Online

If you missed AirVenture this year, you can still check out all the FAA safety forums on YouTube. See presentations on BasicMed and ACS, for example, on the FAA’s AirVenture safety forum playlist at: http://bit.ly/2wvnlme.

NTSB Issues Safety Alerts for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The National Transportation Safety Board issued two safety alerts Wednesday to increase awareness among aircraft mechanics and pilots of the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Safety Alerts SA-070 (https://t.co/bDUfMeV9Zc) and SA-069 (https://t.co/6jlj5wz2V1) warn mechanics and pilots that the risk of CO poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas into the cockpit – with sometimes fatal results. The NTSB also produced companion videos for the alerts, available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/qZuJbuSZG-w and https://youtu.be/i2q7TISBFbc

Flight Instructor Refresher

The September/October 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing (https://go.usa.gov/xRug8) explores the critical role flight instructors play in keeping the National Airspace System safe. Feature articles focus on flight instructor requirements and best practices, as well as the many tools and educational resources that can help sharpen your teaching skills. For a good overview of tools and tips, check out the article “Flight Instructor Resources: Your Guide to Lifelong Learning.” To read this article on a mobile device, go to https://adobe.ly/2wFrZxS.


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