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Latest FAA.gov News and Updates
Today's Air Traffic Report:
Thunderstorms, wind and cloud cover could delay flights into Chicago (MDW, ORD) today. Morning fog could slow arrivals in Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), New York (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). Delays are possible this morning in Los Angeles (LAX)as equipment upgrades are completed.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released an updatedlistof pilot, air traffic controller, law enforcement and citizen reports of potential encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) more popularly called drones". The latest data cover February through September 2016.
Reports of possible drone sightings to FAA air traffic facilities continued to increase during FY 2016. There were 1,274 such reports from February through September last year, compared with 874 for the same period in 2015.
Although the data contain several reports of pilots claiming drone strikes on their aircraft, to date the FAA has not verified any collision between a civil aircraft and a civil drone. Every investigation has found the reported collisions were either birds, impact with other items such as wires and posts, or structural failure not related to colliding with an unmanned aircraft.
Safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system is one of the FAA's top priorities, and the agency wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.
The FAA wants operators to know where it's legal to fly their drones. For current information on where unmanned aircraft can be flown safely, the FAA offers the B4UFLY app which is available for iOS and Android smartphones. The app is free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.
View additional information, including the latest and previous reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.
Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:
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. Each month on FAA.gov, were providing pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions some of which are already reducing risk. We 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.
Safety Enhancements: Preventing Loss of Control
This month were focused on personal minimums and how to integrate these important safety measures into your flight planning.
Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is a critical element in flight safety. It covers every task you perform, from preflight to securing your aircraft after flight. It helps you and your passengers reach your destination safely.
Personal minimums are the pilot's set of procedures, rules, criteria, and guidelines that help the pilot, decide whether, and under what conditions, to operate (or continue operating) in the National Airspace System. Simply put, they are the minimum conditions you need for safe flight. Theyre personal because they pertain to YOU!
Take the time to develop your personal minimums and please consider:
- Have you developed or recently reviewed your personal minimums? If not, you should consider doing so before your next flight.A Certificated Flight Instructor can provide guidance and help you perform a more accurate self-assessment of your flying.
- Once youve developed your personal minimums, write them down and keep them in a place where you can easily refer to them.
- Refer to personal minimums often! It may save your life!
Before Flight: What Should I Consider?
Combined with ADM, personal minimums help you evaluate your risks before you begin your flight. Consider using the PAVE acronym to further develop your risk mitigation strategies: Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment, and External Pressures.
Here are just a few of the PAVE questions you should ask yourself:
- Am I feeling well and rested today?
- Is my stress level such that I can devote all my attention and energy to completing this flight safely?
- Are my piloting skills equal to the flight I am thinking of taking?
- Am I current and proficient in the aircraft Ill be flying today?
- Have I had transition training in this aircraft?
- Is the aircraft Ill be flying capable and equipped to complete this trip?
- Does the maintenance history indicate the aircraft is airworthy?
- Does my preflight inspection find no problems with the aircraft?
- Is there enough fuel onboard?
- Can both the aircraft and I fly in the expected weather conditions?
- Are alternative airports available?
- Does this flight have to be completed today?
- Are peers or passengers pressuring me to fly?
- Do I have commitments after the flight that I think I must meet?
- Do I feel pressured or rushed to get to my destination?
What about the Weather?
When we look at the environmental aspect of the risk equation, weather is naturally a big factor. Its easy to detect the weather in your immediate area but what if you are taking a longer-than-local flight?
Fortunately, theres a lot of weather information available near cities and towns that have airports. However, if the area is remote like some places in Alaska weather information is much harder to come by. To help fill that gap, the FAA developed a weather camera program in Alaska that provides real-time weather information that you can access on your computer or smartphone. Go to avcams.faa.gov, and click on any of the dots for real-time photographs and information.
The Alaska weather camera program is being updated to include a website redesign and mobile apps for IOS and Android platforms. Plans are also underway to expand the program to the rest of the nation later this year, so stay tuned. As weather cams do become available, work them into your preflight planning and personal minimum checklists.
What is Loss of Control?
A LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.
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?
In 2015, 384 people died in 238 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.
An FAA Fact Sheet outlines GA personal minimums and acquaints you with the FAAs weather camera system.
Check out the FAA Aviation Weather Cameras web page for real-time weather information in several US and Canadian locations.
This Personal Minimums Checklist is a handy tool to download and keep close.
What about wind? Learn more about personal minimums for windy conditions in this FAA Safety Briefing.
AOPA offers this personal minimums checklist.
TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.
Check out GA Safety Enhancements fact sheets on the mainFAA Safety Briefingwebsite, including Flight Risk Assessment Tools.
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.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced today that registration is underway for the 2017 UAS Symposium scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, from March 27 to 29.
The FAA and AUVSI are co-sponsoring this years event, which will bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss topics of high interest to the fast-growing unmanned aircraft (UAS) community. It will focus on industry partnerships as well as how to overcome technical challenges to safe UAS operations.
Last years first UAS Symposium in Daytona Beach, FL, drew hundreds of interested participants and gave the FAA wide-ranging viewpoints that are helping inform the agencys long-term planning for UAS integration. The three-day 2017 event promises to be an equally valuable session for all the participants and their organizations.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address on March 27. Presentations and workshops are planned on issues such as the current and future regulatory environment, progress toward integrating UAS, unmanned aircraft research initiatives, counter-UAS evaluations and international UAS collaboration.
For more information about this years symposium or to register, go to: http://www.auvsi.org/faa2017/home