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,
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
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.
“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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