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News and updates to FAA regulatory information, including formal publications, regulations and guidance material.

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  • News and Updates - FAA Air Traffic Report Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:19:50 EST

    Today's Air Traffic Report:

    Low clouds and fog are forecast for Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Afternoon thunderstorms could delay flights in Dallas-Fort Worth (DAL, DFW) and Houston (HOU, IAH).

    Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.

    For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

    The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

    Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

  • News and Updates - Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:41:17 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

    A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.

    What is a Smart Cockpit?
    Imagine taking advantage of the automation available now to make your flight as safe as possible. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has determined that pilots who use smart procedures, including automated checklists for normal and emergency operations, predictive aircraft performance, and performance monitoring, might help reduce their chances for an accident. Is that a good thing? YES!

    The smart cockpit takes advantage of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), electronic ignition and engine control, interconnected devices, and flight information stream flow. ADS-B is the first step:

    ADS-B
    The ADS-B equipage date is firm: All aircraft flying in designated controlled airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics by January 1, 2020. Only aircraft that fly within uncontrolled airspace and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt.

    Those who have already equipped know the advantages of ADS-B. It provides more precision and reliability than the current radar system. It also provides improved aircraft position data, which is critical in collision avoidance. ADS-B In has a data link for environmental information, which can also be used for air traffic control (ATC) communications , notices to airmen (NOTAM), and up-to-the-minute temporary flight restriction information.

    Time is running out. There are only 21 months left until the deadline. If you have questions, see the FAA Equip ADS-B website.

    Electronic Ignition and Engine Control
    If your car has a start button, you know what this is all about. Electronic Engine Control (EEC) systems are more reliable, more efficient, and less costly to purchase and maintain than analog systems. EECs evaluate input from engine and environmental sensors hundreds of times per minute, which keep your engine running at peak efficiency for your operational environment. Those same sensors will also give you a clear picture of your power plants health. If theres a problem, a light will let you know you need to schedule maintenance.

    Interconnected Devices
    Interconnected devices turn your cockpit into an information powerhouse. Air-to-ground data links can provide air traffic clearances and instructions as well as current weather and field condition reports and NOTAMs.

    Link your phone to access even more information safely and securely. Youll be able to see where youre going without fumble-fingering your route. Information is transferred directly from your flight plan to your aircraft.

    This is not technology of the future. Its here and ready to use, today!

    Flight Information Stream
    With a flight information stream, you can get complete information on your aircrafts health from a variety of internal and external sources that are available now, or will be soon. This information can be formed, updated, and presented in a graphical and text form.

    In the future, ATC communications and aircraft configuration will be integrated, and smart checklists for normal and emergency operations will appear as needed.

    With all that information, the aircraft will be able to predict performance in takeoff, cruise, approach, and landing operations. Imagine knowing how much runway youll need for every take-off and landing!! Smart!

    By taking advantage of the smart systems available, youll increase the safety and efficiency of your aircraft, and youll have a lot more time to do what you enjoy the most: flying!

    Message from Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell:
    The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts some of which are already reducing risk. I hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.

    More about Loss of Control
    Contributing factors may include:

    • Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
    • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
    • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
    • Failure to maintain airspeed
    • Failure to follow procedure
    • Pilot inexperience and proficiency
    • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

    Did you know?

    • From October 2016 through September 2017, 247 people died in 209 general aviation accidents.
    • Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
    • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
    • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

    Learn more:
    There are only 21 months left! FAAs Equip ADS-B website gives you the information you need to equip now.

    Still not convinced? Learn more about what ADS-B can do for you.

    This GA Safety Enhancement Fact Sheet will show you how you can improve your personal efficiency with a Smart Cockpit. Or, watch this video.

    Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. Find current FAA regulations on this website.

    TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars, and more on key general aviation safety topics.

    TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements.It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

    TheGAJSCis comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

  • News and Updates - FAA Statement on Issuing Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:38:45 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that requires operators to inspect fan blades on certain CFM56-7B engines within 20 days.

    The directive is based on a CFM International Service Bulletin issued today and on information gathered from the investigation of Tuesdays Southwest Airlines engine failure. The inspection requirement applies to CFM56-7B engines. Specifically, engineswith more than30,000total cyclesfrom new must complete inspections within 20 days. The EAD becomes effective upon publication. The engine manufacturer estimates todays corrective action affects352 engines in the U.S. and 681 engines worldwide.

  • News and Updates - FAA Statement on Issuing Airworthiness Directive (AD) Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:14:49 EST

    The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines. The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced.

  • News and Updates - FAA Response to 60 Minutes Story of April 15, 2018 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:22:27 EST



    FAAs response to the 60 Minutes story (PDF) of April 15, 2018 includes:

    • Signed letter from Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator, Aviation Safety
    • FAA Order 8000.373, FAA Compliance Philosophy
    • FAA Order 8000.72, FAA Integrated Oversight Philosophy
  • News and Updates - No Kidding: ADS-B Deadline of Jan. 1, 2020, is Firm Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:36:39 EST

    We have a sense of humor, too, but an April Fools joke that the Federal Aviation Administration is extending the ADS-B deadline is just that.

    As stated in the final rule published with industry input in May 2010, all aircraft flying in designated controlled airspace generally the same busy airspace where transponders are currently required must be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics by Jan. 1, 2020. Only aircraft that fly in uncontrolled airspace, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.

    Those who have already equipped understand that ADS-B is transforming the nations airspace by providing more precision and reliability than the current radar system, enhancing safety and increasing situational awareness.

    Time is running out. There are only 21 months left until the deadline. If you have any questions about equipage whether you need to or not, what equipment to get, etc. please see the FAAs Equip ADS-B website. For information about the transformational technology, visit the ADS-B website.

  • News and Updates - Could You Be a LAANC Service Supplier? Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:47:26 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a few good suppliers for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), that is.

    In October 2017, the FAA deployed LAANC (pronounced LANCE) at several air traffic facilities to evaluate how well the prototype system functioned for drone operators who want to fly in controlled airspace and for the facilities themselves.

    The FAA is now considering agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. The period for new entities to apply will run from April 16 to May 16, 2018. Interested parties can find information on the application process here. This is not a standard government acquisition; there is no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) related to this effort.

    We want to enable technology and remove barriers so thats why were simplifying the authorization process, said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. If youre in the drone business, this is a great opportunity for you.

    The agency is also planning a nationwide beta test that will roll out from April to September of this year, which will incrementally activate LAANC at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering almost 500 airports.

    LAANC uses airspace data includingUAS facility maps that show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may automatically authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with industry developed applications and obtain near real-time authorization from the FAA. LAANC is a foundation for developing theUnmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

    The FAA expects LAANC will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization and notification requests for Part 107 drone operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes.

  • News and Updates - Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:01:03 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

    A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.

    Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
    Every time you take flight, you need to be ready for the unexpected. Engine failures, inflight emergencies and other problems come up when you least expect them. However, if you train for these mishaps, your chances of survival increases.

    TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) recommends every pilot undergo emergency procedures training. This type of training puts pilots in realistic, complex situations.

    Multi-Engine Madness
    Lets look at an example from a multi-engine airplane: engine loss on takeoff. Your aircraft is climbing and the critical engine fails. With climb altitude and airspeed, youre close to minimum control speed (Vmc). Any reduction in speed or increase in angle of attack will likely put you into an un-commanded yaw and roll toward the inoperative engine.

    Losing an engine en-route or on approach is less critical because youll likely have more airspeed and more altitude to deal with. But, what if you have to go around? Single-engine go-arounds in light twins often dont go well. They should be avoided, if possible. Another thought: while engine failure on a twin represents a 50 percent loss of power, it can result in as much as an 80 percent loss of performance.

    Plan for these types of emergencies. Practice your response. Your ability to react will improve dramatically, and youll be glad you did!

    Grab an Instructor
    Flight simulation is another great tool for planning and preparing for an emergency. With a qualified instructor on board, you can experience an engine failure after takeoff, or practice your reaction to a primary or multi-function flight display failure. Your instructor can also help you practice with electrical failures, control-system failures and more.

    Flight Simulation Software
    Flight simulation software on your home computer, cell phone or tablet can also help you practice. This type of review will help you become familiar with the early indications of a failure and youll be experienced in overcoming your natural tendency toward denial with This cant be happening, and rationalization Oh, its probably just a gauge problem.

    Three Keys to Proper Emergency Planning
    Finally, remember to:

    1.Make a plan of action. For takeoffs, know the runway length and calculate your accelerate/stop distance. Know where youll go if you cant make it back to the departure airport. If you have a multi-engine airplane, know your best single-engine climb speed (Vyse), which will become your target airspeed if an engine fails.

    2. Review your plan before you fly. Make sure you and your fellow crewmembers are briefed on every takeoff, approach and landing. Review what youll do in the event of an emergency.

    3.Practice with a flight instructor. You can never practice too much. Prepare for every possibility so you can respond quickly.

    Message from Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell:
    The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts some of which are already reducing risk. I hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.

    More about Loss of Control
    Contributing factors may include:

    • Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
    • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
    • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
    • Failure to maintain airspeed
    • Failure to follow procedure
    • Pilot inexperience and proficiency
    • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

    Did you know?

    • From October 2016 through September 2017, 247 people died in 209 general aviation accidents.
    • Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
    • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
    • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

    Learn more:
    Check out the GA Safety Enhancement fact sheet on Emergency Procedures Training. Fact sheets on previous topics are available on the mainFAA Safety Briefing website.

    Learn more about Scenario Based Training by reviewing this slide presentation.

    You can never know too much about Defensive Flying. See the July/August 2013 issue of the FAA Safety Briefing for more.

    When the Best Made Plans Go Awryis the topic of this still-relevant article in the November/December 2010 edition of FAA Safety Briefing.

    Curious about the FARs? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. The current Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) can be found on this website.

    TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.

    TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. The program is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

    TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

  • News and Updates - FAA to Hold Meetings on CLT Environmental Study Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:22:20 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host public scoping meetings next month for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Charlotte Douglas International Airports (CLT) proposed fourth parallel runway and other projects. The meetings will help residents learn about the Airports proposed projects, and help define the purpose and scope of the study. Charlottes Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan (ACEP) recommended that the airport complete a 12,000-foot-long runway by 2023, along with other airfield and terminal improvements to accommodate future aviation demand

    The public scoping meetings will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Embassy Suites, 4800 S. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28217; and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the West Mecklenburg High School Cafeteria, 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214.

    The meetings will include an open house where residents can view displays covering environmental topics that the study will cover and a presentation on the Airports proposed projects.Attendees also may make private comments to a stenographer, complete and submit a comment card, or enter a comment on a computer terminal during the meetings. Residents also may mail a comment card or submit an email to [email protected] or via Regulations.gov. The comment period is open until May 7, 2018. However, we will continue to accept comments throughout the EIS process and we will respond to all comments in the Draft EIS.

    The FAA is conducting the EIS, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and scoping is a required part of the process. The CLT EIS will evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that may result from the Airports proposed projects. The projects include a 12,000-foot-long fourth parallel Runway 1/19 between existing Runway 18/36 Center and Runway 18 Right/36 Left, associated taxiways including a partial north End Around Taxiway, full south End Around Taxiway, parallel, high-speed exit and connector taxiways. Construction of the new runway along with terminal and ramp expansion projects would require the decommissioning of Runway 5/23 and relocation of West Boulevard.

    The EIS will consider a range of reasonable alternatives that could potentially meet the purpose and need for the proposed projects and it will evaluate a No Action Alternative. The FAA expects to complete the EIS in 2020.

    The FAAs most recent Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) projects that the number of flights at CLT will grow at an average rate of 1.85 percent annually from more than 545,000 operations in 2016 to 745,000 operations in 2033. In 2016, the Airport served more than 21.7 million passengers, which the FAA expects to grow to more than 31.5 million by 2033.

  • News and Updates - FAA Formalizes Doors-off and Open-door Flight Prohibitions Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:49:55 EST

    March 22Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published an emergency order regarding doors off and "open-door" operations.This order formalizes the FAAs prior communications on these operations.

    This order is issued to all operators and pilots of flights for compensation or hire with the doors open or removed in the United States or using aircraft registered in the United States for doors off flights.

    It prohibits the use of supplemental passenger restraint systems that cannot be released quickly in an emergency in doors off flight operations. This order also prohibits passenger-carrying doors off flight operations unless the passengers are at all times properly secured using FAA approved restraints.

    The order is effective March 22, 2018 and available for inspection on the Federal Register.

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