FAAST Blast — SFAR 118 Amendment, Advanced Preflight After Maintenance, Big Data Helps Improve Runway Safety
Notice Number: NOTC1425
FAAST Blast — Week of Oct 05, 2020 – Oct 11, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
FAA Issues Second Amendment to SFAR 118
The FAA issued a final rule on September 30, 2020, that further amends Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. Aviation activity continues to increase, and the industry is beginning to address the backlog of required training, checking, and testing requirements. However, many of the challenges that existed when the FAA first issued the SFAR in April remain today as the public health emergency continues. SFAR 118-2 is effective on October 1, 2020, and is available for public display in the Federal Register here: https://bit.ly/30Gs4i3.
The chart contained within this final rule provides a summary of each affected regulation; the original SFAR relief provided on April 29, 2020; the amended SFAR relief from June 25, 2020; and the second amended relief provided in this SFAR update. Those who may be affected by this amendment should carefully review the eligibility, conditions, and duration of each section of relief to ensure compliance. The FAA has revised the FAQs to help explain the amended regulatory relief: www.faa.gov/coronavirus/regulatory_updates/media/SFAR-COVID-FAQs.pdf. For additional news and information, go to www.faa.gov/coronavirus.
Preflight After Maintenance
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have determined that a significant number of general aviation fatalities could be avoided if pilots were to conduct more thorough preflight inspections of aircraft that have just been returned to service. In-flight emergencies have been the direct result of maintenance personnel who have serviced or installed systems incorrectly. In many cases, although the maintenance personnel made the initial mistake, the pilot could have prevented the accident by performing a thorough or advanced preflight check. Read more on the FAA's blog at https://medium.com/faa/advanced-preflight-after-maintenance-196e847b9f07 or download the PDF fact sheet here: www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2019/media/SE_Topic_19-09.pdf.
Big Data Helps Improve Runway Safety
The FAA’s Runway Safety Group has taken Big Data and safety risk management for the runway surface to the next level with their new Surface Safety Metric (SSM) monitoring tool. What’s revolutionary about this new resource is that it uses all available data on runway excursions, incursions, and other surface incidents to see, measure, and fix risks. The SSM can easily identify single “high risk” events such as injuries or fatalities on runways so that the Runway Safety Group can take action to prevent future accidents or incidents. For more on this new development, see the FAA Safety Briefing article “Big Data, Little Team” here: http://bit.ly/SurfaceData. Check out the entire issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.
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