October 2018; e-News “Read More”

Read more…(Knowledge Tests)

2019: PVT, AMG (Aviation Maintenance General)

2020: IRA, AMP (Aviation Maintenance Powerplant)

2021: COM, AMA (Aviation Maintenance Airframe)

2022: CFI, IAR (Inspector Authorization)

2023: ATP, RIG

2024: LSP, FEX,

2025: UAS

Phase 2, set for completion by June 2019, will set up a process for creating questions, validating those questions and adding them to the test banks. Also, Dr. Wilt said, appropriate ACS codes will be displayed on tests and the testing system will interface directly with IACRA.

Phase 3, scheduled to run from June 2019 through June 2026, will focus on improving the tests’ question banks. Phase 4, to be worked on from June 2022 through 2028, will allow tests to be generated “on the fly” as the test-taker proceeds through the exercise, and may include a process for including questions that are not the FAA’s traditional multiple-choice variety.

Read more…(NTSB Roundtable)

01:25 Seek Training Opportunities

02:10 Don’t Fear Mistakes While Training

02:36 Dust Off and Improve Your Flying Skills

03:53 Professionalism is the Cornerstone of Safety

05:08 Flying Skills: Areas to Improve

07:41 Focus Your Flight Review

09:28 Debrief Yourself After Each Flight

09:57 Using Simulators for Stall Awareness

12:01 Angle of Attack Indicators: A Valuable Tool

17:29 Using Technology to Improve Debriefs

18:34 Fostering Innovative Solutions

24:38 Improving Angle of Attack Awareness

27:41 Innovations for the Cockpit

32:18 UPRT Training is Highly Valuable

34:00 Challenge Yourself to Improve

35:33 Reducing AOA is Critical To Stall Recovery

39:06 The CFI’s #1 Job: Create Safe Pilots

39:49 Use Social Networks to Make An Impact

40:42 CFI’s Should Pursue UPRT

41:22 Share Education Through AOPA

41:42 Technology Should Aid Pilots, Not Be a Crutch

42:01 Allow New Technology on Older Airplanes 43:41

Read more…(Nut Tree)

The 301-acre airport, which serves a popular tourist area, has been operating since 1955. Traffic measures show 102,000 ‘aircraft operations’ each year. An operation is one takeoff or one landing.

The frequency reassignment for Nut Tree Airport is an example of the FCC and FAA’s flexibility in trying to relieve voice congestion, especially on the once-singular 122.8 Unicom frequency, said Kevin D Murphy, SAFE Communications. He said that the FAA’s general frequency plan encourages 123.05 for heliports, but its application at Nut Tree Airport is an example of the flexibility of the assignments.

The general frequency distribution plan for Unicom frequencies calls for 122.7 and 122.8 for any non-towered airport; 122.725 for private airports, 122.950 and 123.0 for towered airports and 123.050 and 123.075 at heliports.

Read more…(FAA)

“Like making patterns in a kaleidoscope, you can shape and continually re-shape your own unique aviation community in ways that support your evolving aviation experience and interests,” said editor Tom Hoffman, in introducing the lead article titled “Our Kaleidoscope Community, on shifting the “Shapes” to Suit Changing Needs.”

Also in this issue are articles on Life In The Fast Lane, Reflections of Our Aviation Community; The Space Between Strategy and Tactics; an article on the Civil Air Patrol and a summary of the provisions of the new Regulatory Relief rule, which gives aspiring students and flight schools greater flexibility.

Read More…(Diagnostic Test Flights)

”FAR 91.407(a) still requires that the mechanic approve the aircraft for return to service…,” Carver said. “Therefore, airman cannot fly an unairworthy aircraft with a mechanic to diagnose an issue or to inspect the completed maintenance prior to the mechanic’s sign-off.”

He added that violations arising from such a flight could lead to insurance coverage questions, in addition to FAR violations. The insurance company could deny coverage based on provisions requiring the aircraft be flown in an airworthy condition or excluding coverage when it is operated for the purpose of performing maintenance.

Always ensure that your mechanic has fixed all the known issues, inspected the plane, and returned it to service before you decide to take off on your next flight

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