FAAST Blast — Week of Feb. 05, 2018

FAAST Blast – NPRM Issued for Textron Airplanes, Maintenance Placards, How to Talk Like a Pilot
Notice Number: NOTC7607

FAAST Blast — Week of Feb. 05, 2018 – Feb. 11, 2018
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

NPRM Issued for Textron Aviation Airplanes

The FAA last week proposed to issue a new airworthiness directive (AD) that would affect certain (Cessna) Textron Aviation 172/182/206/207/210 airplanes. A report of cracks found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead prompted this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This condition is determined to be the result of metal fatigue. If not addressed, it could lead to failure of the wing in operation, which could result in loss of control.

The AD would require repetitive inspection of this area for cracks and would require owners to make any necessary repairs in accordance with the applicable Cessna service kit. The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 14,653 airplanes of U.S. registry. For more details on the inspection and repair requirements of this NPRM, as well as instruction for submitting comments, go to https://go.usa.gov/xnsEA. The comment period closes on March 19, 2018.

Maintenance Placards

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has identified that attempting to fly in an aircraft currently undergoing maintenance, and not yet returned to service, is a causal factor in a number of fatal GA accidents. This month’s #FlySafe topic suggests adopting informal lock out/tag out procedures to ensure pilots are aware of un-airworthy aircraft conditions. See the fact sheet here: https://go.usa.gov/xnsPN.

How to Talk Like a Pilot

Pilots: How would you rate your aviation communication skills? Are you precise, yet concise? Courteous and classy? For important tips and techniques to improve your aviation lingo, have a look at the article, “How to Talk Like a Pilot” in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online at: 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB. You can view a mobile-friendly version of this article at https://adobe.ly/2p7KwQb.


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