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Tuesday, November 3 at 8PM EDT, Greg Hughes of Van's Aircraft will discuss their latest design, the RV-14. Van's recently released a powerplant upgrade to the Lycoming IO-390-EXP119. Greg will discuss the process of developing the new installation package to provide the best possible performance out of the new engine option.
PANDEMIC RELIEF SCALED BACK IN LATEST SFAR AMENDMENT
The FAA has revised the special federal aviation regulation that has governed training and testing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic, extending by two months the validity of medical certificates and knowledge tests that were to expire between October 2020 and January 2021 and adding two months to flight review deadlines that would have passed during that period.
Read the SFAR here:
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.
The FAA Weather Camera Program collaborated with the Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT) to complete the installation of 13 cameras in July. The state of Colorado hosts the first official weather camera systems in the lower 48 states and lays the path for other state DOTs to implement the service for their aviation communities.
Due to COVID-19 travel concerns, the team conducted virtual pre-engineering surveys and received technical details in photos of each site that were used to develop the installation plans. The FAA plans to use this same model for other state DOTs who wish to establish camera services in their states.
The camera images, which are publicly available, were launched this week with tutorials on how to use the information presented on the website.
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee has issued a Safety Enhancement Topic that is particularly pertinent this time year. It's short and to the point, and well worth a few minutes of your time.
*** Use of Weather Information ***
Today’s pilots enjoy an abundance of weather information sources, but having weather information available is only part of the weather decision-making equation. Knowing how to acquire, interpret, and make operational decisions based on weather information is essential to safe flying. This fact sheet acquaints general aviation pilots with available weather information sources and offers guidance on making well-informed weather decisions. This is a short and well written article loaded with interesting information.
The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) telling those who have Sandia SAI-340A attitude indicators that they cannot fly them under IFR or night VFR conditions and that the instrument must not be coupled to an autopilot. The device is also sold as a BendixKing KI-300. The agency is aware of 54 units that have malfunctioned and displayed incorrect attitude information or sent that erroneous data to the autopilot. In some aircraft, the instrument might be the only source of attitude information in the cockpit while in those with other AI displays the Sandia device might give conflicting information and the pilot wouldn’t know which instrument to believe.
AD 2020-16-08 Prompted By An Automatic Reset Occurring When The Display Internal Monitor Detects A Potential Fault
This AD imposes operating restrictions on these display systems by revising the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM). This AD was prompted by an automatic reset occurring when the display internal monitor detects a potential fault, causing intermittent loss of airspeed, attitude, and altitude information during flight.
The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
The FAA published an airworthiness directive July 31 that limits aircraft equipped with Aspen Avionics Evolution Flight Display EFD1000 systems to day VFR flight unless and until a software patch is installed to resolve a problem that has caused the primary, multifunction, and emergency backup displays of an EFD1000 system to shut down in flight.
The direct-to-final rule takes effect August 17, and requires changes to the airplane flight manual unless the software has been updated in accordance with Aspen Service Bulletin SB2020-01 issued April 1.
FAA will host a Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference! Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27 through Oct 29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate.
Leaders from the FAA's Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the entire helicopter community. The first day will include presentations about coping with the aftermath of a helicopter accident, the consequences of failing to follow procedures, the impact of drones, and the benefits of safety management systems.
The next two days will focus on maintenance and operations. On Oct. 28, mechanics will receive programming designed by experts from Schweizer, Bell, Airbus, and Robinson helicopter companies.
On Oct. 29, programming for pilots will include topics regarding human factors, helicopter safety ratings, accident prevention and investigations.
The conference is directed at rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, operators, small company owners, government regulators and industry executives from the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and many other locations. The event will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits.
Thanks to Aero News Network for this information
Designed for ground instructors, flight instructors, and aviation maintenance instructors, the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook was developed by the Flight Standards Service, Airman Testing Standards Branch, in cooperation with aviation educators and industry to help beginning instructors understand and apply the fundamentals of instruction. This handbook provides aviation instructors with up-to-date information on learning and teaching, and how to relate this information to the task of teaching aeronautical knowledge and skills to learners. Experienced aviation instructors will also find the updated information useful for improving their effectiveness in training activities.
This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8083-9A, Aviation Instructor’s Handbook, dated 2008.
The FAA has recently issued a general notice with regard to Surface Safety. Several recent Runway Incursions have been attributed to communications. The most important concept in pilot-controller communications is understanding. Pilots must acknowledge each radio communication with Air Traffic Control (ATC) by using the appropriate aircraft call sign and confirming all hold short instructions.
You may be able to extend your flight review grace period for up to three months by earning three WINGS credits.WINGS is the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Program. Press the button below to find out more.
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CORONA VIRUS AND AVIATION
Have COVID-19 questions? Check out the FAA’s Coronavirus Information page for regulatory updates as well as helpful guidance/resources at https://www.faa.gov/coronavirus
MORE COVID-19 CANCELATIONS:
The 2020 National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition scheduled for October in Orlando is canceled
The 2020 Reno Air Races are canceled: https://airrace.org
The 2020 Triple Tree Fly-in is canceled: https://tta.aero/aviation-events/triple-tree-fly-in/
The 2020 Albuquerque Ballon Fest is canceled: https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/event/albuquerque-international-balloon-fiesta®-2020-(postponed)/39749/
The 2020 Reno Air Races have been cancelled
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