FAAST Blast — Week of May 14, 2018


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FAAST Blast — FAA Safety Briefing Live, Best Glide Speed, AMT ACS Draft Now Available, Fresh Approach to Improving Runway Safety
Notice Number: NOTC7782

FAAST Blast — Week of May 14, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Watch FAA Safety Briefing Live
Did you miss the FAA Safety Briefing Live broadcast last week? No worries. Just go to http://www.faasafetybriefing.com/May-June.html to view an archived version of the broadcast. This edition introduces the May/June 2018 “Partnering with PEGASAS” issue, highlighting the FAA’s General Aviation Center of Excellence. You can also earn WINGS credit by completing a quiz after viewing the presentation. Just click the “Earn WINGS Credit” button in the presentation window.

Best Glide Speed and Distance
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has determined that a significant number of general aviation fatalities could be avoided if pilots were better informed and trained in determining and flying their aircraft at the best glide speed while maneuvering to complete a forced landing. Learn more about best glide speed by downloading our #FlySafe fact sheet here: http://bit.ly/2rfMV9p.

AMT Airman Certification Standards Draft Document Now Available
The FAA is in the process of replacing the Aviation Mechanic General, Airframe, and Powerplant Practical Test Standards (PTS) with a single, more comprehensive, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Airman Certification Standards (ACS) document. The ACS will help provide a single set of standards for the AMT knowledge, oral, and practical tests and help applicants understand what they will need to know, consider, and do to earn an AMT certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. A draft of the new AMT ACS is available at www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/amt_acs.pdf. Please provide comments to [email protected] by May 31, 2018. The final version of the AMT ACS is expected to be effective June 2020.

Taking a Fresh Approach to Improving Runway Surfaces and Safety

The FAA and PEGASAS, the FAA’s General Aviation Center of Excellence, are exploring innovative and economical ways to improve our runway surfaces and safety. This partnership has researched ways to re-purpose safety features from other industries for use in aviation. Take for example rumble strips — we use them on our roadways, why not at our airports? To find out more about these fresh approaches to runway surface improvements and safety, check out the article, “Remote Sensors? Rumble Strips? Heated Pavements? Oh My!” in the March/April 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB. You can also read a mobile-friendly version at https://adobe.ly/2w8uYPE.


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