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FAA.gov News and Updates

Latest FAA.gov News and Updates

January 18- The FAA has issued additional flight restrictions in and around Washington, DC on January 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Posted: January 19, 2017, 5:34 pm

The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impacts to 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.

Today's Air Traffic Report:

Traffic is expected to increase today at Washington-area airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) in advance of tomorrows presidential inauguration. Thunderstorms could slow flights in Houston (HOU, IAH) and are forecast to stretch into Alabama and northern Georgia. On the West Coast, low clouds and rain may cause delays in Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

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.

Posted: January 19, 2017, 1:50 pm

January 18- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and #FlySafe, the general aviation (GA) groups national safety campaign, aims to educate the GA community on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

What is Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM)?
When you climb into the cockpit, the FAA expects you to have full knowledge of your personal minimums and physical and mental readiness. You need to be on top of your game. Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM) is the art of managing all onboard and outside resources to ensure a safe and successful flight.

The Five P Approach to SRM
A good approach uses the regular evaluation of Plan, Plane, Pilot, Passengers and Programming.

Plan: Plan your flight using the basic elements of cross-country planning including weather, route, and fuel. Make sure you consider any events that could affect the flight. Review and update your plan at regular intervals during the flight and keep in mind that the plan could change at any time.

Plane: The plane includes the airframe, systems, and equipment, including avionics. You should be comfortable using all installed equipment, and be familiar with your aircrafts performance characteristics and limitations. As your flight continues, keep an eye on your systems and instruments so you can detect anything out of the ordinary as early as possible.

Pilot: YOU need to pass the IM SAFE checklist. This handy list will help you determine if you are truly fit for flight:


  • Illness: Do I have any symptoms?
  • Medication: Have I been taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs?
  • Stress: Am I under pressure from work, or am I worried about money, health or family?
  • Alcohol: Have I been drinking within eight hours?
  • Fatigue: Am I rested?
  • Emotion: Am I emotionally upset? Some pilots may wish to include eating as well are you properly nourished?

In addition to some of the physical and mental hurdles an airman faces, pilots also need to consider the legal and experiential aspects associated with being fit for flight.

It boils down to three basic questions you should ask yourself before any flight: Am I healthy? Am I legal? And, am I proficient?

Passengers: Your passengers can help you but they can also distract you. Their needs, including a desire to reach the destination quickly, can create potentially dangerous distractions.

If your passenger is a pilot, its important to establish who is doing what.

Programming: Know your equipment. Todays electronic displays, moving map navigators, and autopilots can reduce your workload and increase your situational awareness. But, the task of operating the equipment can create serious distractions. Know your equipment before take-off and plan in advance when youll be programming for approaches, route changes, and airport information.

What is Loss of Control?
A Loss of Control (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

Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:
The FAA and industry are working together to prevent 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 LOC 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.

Did you know?
In 2015, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents.

  • Loss of Control is 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:
Youll find helpful information in the FAA Advisory Circular 120-51E, Crew Resource Management Training.

This FAA Safety Briefing Safety Enchancement Topic fact sheet has more information on SRM.

The January/February 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aviation risk management and aeronautical decision making. Featured content follows the framework of the PAVE checklist, covering a pilots decision making process to mitigate risks in terms of the: Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment, and External Pressures. You may find the following articles particularly helpful in reviewing principles that support a sound approach to SRM:

Chapter 6 of the FAA Risk Management Handbook (FAA 8083-2) covers Single-Pilot Resource Management

Learn more about flying in all types of weather through Whither and Whether of Flying in Weather in the July/August 2010 edition of FAA Safety Briefing.

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.

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 accidents in GA.

An FAAfact sheetoutlines GA safety improvements and initiatives.

The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers across different parts of the FAA, several government agencies, and stakeholder groups. The other federal agencies are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which participates as an observer. 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also participates as an observer.

Posted: January 18, 2017, 8:21 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold webinars and public workshops between January 18 and February . 8 on upcoming airspace improvements that will occur throughout Southern California.

The improvements are part of the Southern California Metroplex project, which will replace dozens of existing conventional air routes with new satellite-based routes. The FAA undertook the project to improve airspace safety and efficiency. The agency decided to move forward with the project in August 2016.

The FAA is implementing the project in phases between November 2016 and April 2017. Please note that the upcoming webinars and briefings will address only the improvements that are occurring in March and April 2017. We held webinars and public workshops last fall for the procedures that we implemented in November 2016. The fall 2016 webinars, as well as PowerPoint presentations, can be viewed here:http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/socal_metroplex/socal_media_library.html

All of the upcoming workshops, except for the January 23 workshop in Culver City, will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Culver City workshop will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to a time conflict with the regular City Council meeting.

The workshops will be open-house format, where people can attend anytime during the posted times to learn about the changes. FAA representatives will provide information on the project and be available to answer questions.

Free parking, as well as street parking, will be available at all locations. Spanish interpreters also will be present.


Access links and dial-in information for all the webinars is available here: https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/communityengagement/socal/

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Burbank, Van Nuys, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Pt. Mugu

Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Airports involved: John Wayne, Long Beach, Fullerton, Torrance, Los Alamitos

Thursday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Airports involved: San Diego International, McClellan-Palomar, Brown, Navy North Island, Montgomery, Gillespie, Ontario, Palm Springs


Monday, Jan. 23: Veterans Memorial Building, Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Langley Senior Center, 400 W. Emerson Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

Wednesday, Jan. 25:Palisades Charter High School, Mercer Hall, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

Thursday, Jan. 26:Toyota Meeting Hall, Torrance Cultural Art Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Long Beach, Torrance, Fullerton, Los Alamitos

Monday, Jan. 30:Burbank Community Services Building, 150 North 3rd Street, Burbank, CA 91502
Airports involved: Burbank, Van Nuys

Tuesday, Jan. 31:City of La Habra Community Center Grand Ballroom, 101 West La Habra Boulevard, La Habra, CA 90631
Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

Wednesday, Feb. 1:Oasis Senior Center, Evelyn Hart Event Center, 801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Airports involved: John Wayne, Long Beach

Thursday, Feb. 2:Solana Vista Elementary School, 780 Santa Victoria, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Airports involved: San Diego International, McClellan-Palomar, Brown, Navy North Island, Montgomery, Gillespie

Tuesday, Feb. 7:Ontario Airport, Ontario International Airport Administrative Building, 1923 East Avion Street, Ontario, CA 91761
Airports involved: Ontario, Palm Springs

Wednesday, Feb. 8:Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
Airports involved: Long Beach, Los Angeles International

To learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/socal_metroplex/socal_introduction.html

Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:26 pm





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