MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
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.
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 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.
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
"Two WASP and the B-29" Twenty five years ago Marcia made an audio recording of one of the first two WASP to fly the B-29 for Col. Tibbetts. The recording was made at a Florida Aero Cub meeting in West Palm Beach in 1994. She has resurrected it and made it into a YOU Tube video for all of the EAA288 members to enjoy. The link to it is below. Thank you Marcia!
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Hardly a week passes when we don’t see another Giant Scale RC aircraft of some sort on its first flight. But last summer Otto Widlroither outdid them all with his dazzling 1/6 scale Concorde. At 33 feet long and 328 pounds, it required a real airport for the flight at Mühldorf am Inn in Bavaria. The video is remarkable for having onboard camera footage and impressive drone views of the landing and takeoff. Credit RCScaleAirplanes.
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.
AOPA Article - FAA ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON COST-SHARING
One of the lesser-known provisions of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act was that it directed FAA to distribute “advisory guidance that describes how a pilot may share flight expenses with passengers in a manner consistent with Federal law, including regulations.” FAA has now fulfilled that obligation with the release of Advisory Circular (AC) 61-142 which provides guidance on compliance with FAR 61.113(c).
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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There's much to see here. Press the FIND OUT MORE button, then look around and decide which Webinar(s) are of interest to you and sign up before the Webinar fills up. Attendance is limited.
October 10 @ The Spruce Creek Country Club, from 1-4 PM
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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
AN SFAR HAS BEEN APPROVED and, among other things, may extend GA Pilot Medical Certification beyond June 30. Read the SFAR here:
Please touch the Drug List Button below to go directly to the FAA Document covering the subject. It's very informative!!
The Airman Testing Standards Branch recently awarded a new airman knowledge testing contract called the Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS). The ACTS contract provides a comprehensive, best practices approach to enhance the overall quality of FAA Airman Knowledge Testing.
A stabilized approach is one in which the pilot establishes and maintains a constant angle glide path towards a predetermined point on the landing runway. In addition to helping you achieve buttery-smooth landings, maintaining a stabilized approach is also a great way to avoid loss of control during the landing phase of your flight.