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The next First Tuesday Webinar Series for Homebuilders is
April 6 at 7PM
WHITTMAN TAILWIND AND BUTTERCUP
Presented by Earl Luce
Steve Wittman’s homebuilt designs were pivotal to the birth of the homebuilt movement and are still viable option for today’s scratch builder on a budget. In this webinar, Earl Luce, who reverse engineered the Buttercup and helped update the Tailwind plans, will discuss the building and flight characteristics of each design.
FAA Safety Team--Safer Skies Through Education
Notice Number: NOTC1747
All pilots should be thoroughly familiar with the operation of their aircraft’s ELT, whether it’s the analog 121.5 and 243 MHz models, or the newer 406 MHz digital ELTs. This familiarization should include knowing how and when to manually activate an ELT during an inflight emergency. We asked Larry Bothe, Master & Gold Seal FAA Certified Flight Instructor and seminar presenter at EAA’s Air Venture, to share some insight on this important subject:
I think of early ELT activation the same way I think of (and teach) the early declaration of an emergency. If the engine quits, or some other emergency occurs requiring an immediate off-field landing, declare an emergency and activate your ELT right away. As soon as the immediate flying tasks (pitch for best glide, set the trim, pick a place to land, and turn the airplane to go there) are done, you need to squawk 7700, declare an emergency, and activate your ELT. Don't wait until you have gone through your other checklist items and then call at the end. By that time, you may well be too low to call (line-of-sight), and down in the ground clutter, out of sight of radar. The idea is, that since in reality you probably won't make a perfect textbook emergency landing, you need to get help on the way to take you to the hospital and tend to your injuries. If you don't summon help while you can, you may survive the crash, only to die of exposure in the wreckage because nobody knows you are there.
That’s why I recommend manually activating an ELT while still in flight. If you rely on the crash to set it off, and you are injured, how will you know if it activated or not? You want to be found, RIGHT AWAY! If you have remote activation capability, turn the darn thing on when you are squawking 7700 and declaring the emergency. Let people know you are in trouble. Make yourself easy to find and be rescued, for sure. All the modern 406 ELTs have panel mounted remote switches.
Just push the button.
What if you manage to "fix" the emergency (belatedly figured out that the fuel selector was in the wrong position, and the engine really will run), or end up landing without damage or injury? You have already summoned all these people via radio and ELT. Simple. If still in the air, use that same radio you used to declare the emergency to call it off. I did that once with Memphis Center, and they were happy it worked out OK. I didn't hear a word from the FAA later. If you are on the ground, cancel the false alert by calling the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1-800-851-3051.
The whole idea here is to get help coming so you and your passengers can be rescued, really fast. One of the ways to do that is to manually activate your ELT early. It's also important to register your 406 MHz ELT with NOAA so they know who the device belongs to and who to call if it’s activated. Here is the website for more information and to register: https://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/beacon.html
For more information on ELTs see:
The Airman’s Information Manual (AIM)
Why should I buy a 406 MHz ELT? (FAA Safety Briefing magazine November/December 2010 p. 23)
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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 by clicking on the button below.
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 2020 & 2019. 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 FAA is expanding weather-camera services to Hawaii to enhance aviation safety and pilot decision-making. The cameras, which already are installed in Alaska and Colorado, improve safety by providing pilots with near-real time video of weather conditions at their destinations and along their intended flight routes.
The Hawaii project will install 23 camera facilities throughout the islands. The FAA has completed engineering surveys and site selections on Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai, and will begin surveys on Oahu and the Big Island in March 2021. Each facility can accommodate up to four cameras.
The FAA plans to begin camera installations on Kauai in March and will move to the other islands as the agency develops engineering plans, obtains leases and permits, and procures the equipment. The agency expects images from the Kauai cameras will be on its weather-camera website in mid-2021.
The FAA established working groups of aircraft operators and FAA experts on each island to identify prime locations for camera installations and to ensure robust communication between pilots and the agency about the project’s progress. The FAA is basing site locations on flight routes and areas where weather conditions commonly affect and interrupt flight operations.
Weather cameras in Alaska have been successful for 20 years. Last year, the FAA helped the Colorado Department of Transportation implement a weather camera program to improve pilot awareness of weather conditions above the Rocky Mountains.
AND SPEAKING OF WEATHER
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. https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2019/media/SE_Topic_19-08.pdf
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.
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.
THIS IS ONE WEBINAR YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE MISSED
BUT IF YOU DID, GO TO THE LINK BELOW
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE A 180 BACK ON TAKEOFF? AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ENGINE FAILURE OPTIONS.
FACT: This presentation was the most viewed EAA Webinar ever!!
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
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