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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:
Gusty winds may slow flights at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) today, while seasonal air traffic at nearby Teterboro Airport (TEB) could spur delays there. On the West Coast, delays from wind and clouds are possible in San Francisco (SFO).
November 25- If youre one of the lucky people who gets a drone as a holiday present, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to know how to fly it safely. The agency has released a new video reminding everyone of the rules and regulations that safe drone pilots must follow.
As the video shows, before you fly your drone outdoors, the first thing to do is register it at www.faa.gov/uas. If youre going to operate according to the model aircraft rules, youll receive one identification number to apply to all your drones. Non-modelers must register each of their drones individually.
The video also stresses that whether you fly your drone for recreation or business, safety is everybodys responsibility. And that means following the rules:
- Dont fly over people and respect the privacy of anyone on the ground.
- Dont fly near other aircraft or in restricted airspace, such as No Drone Zones.
The video also tells you how to get the FAAs B4UFLY smartphone app that provides the latest information about airspace restrictions wherever you intend to fly your drone.
The bottom line: Safe flying is what smart drone pilots do.
The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.
What is a Stabilized Approach?
A stabilized approach is one in which the pilot establishes and maintains a constant angle glidepath toward a predetermined point on the landing runway.
However, the pilot must also:
- Maintain a specified descent rate.
- Maintain a specified airspeed.
- Complete all briefings and checklists.
- Configure the aircraft for landing (gear, flaps, etc.)
- Maintain the correct altitude levels (such as 500 feet for a Visual Meteorological Conditions approach or 1,000 feet for an Instrument Meteorological Conditions approach).
- Ensure only small changes in heading/pitch are necessary to maintain the correct flight path.
Go-Around for Safety
If a pilot does not meet these conditions, the approach becomes unstabilized and the pilot should consider a go-around to make a second attempt to land safely.
If you choose to continue with an unstabilized approach, you risk landing too high, too fast, or out of alignment with the runway centerline, and may be unprepared for landing. These situations can result in damage to the aircraft, or worse, to you and your passengers!
How you see the runway on your approach is an important factor in maintaining your safety. Pay attention to the shape of the runway. We all know that a runway is an elongated rectangle. However, from the air, the runway can appear to be a trapezoid, with the far end looking narrower than the approach end.
If your approach is too shallow, the runway will appear to shorten and become wider. If it is too steep, the runway will appear to become longer and narrower. These are signs that you may want to consider a go-around.
Are Stabilized Approaches Always Safer?
If youve incorporated the checklists and are prepared for a safe landing, the answer is yes. Its a good idea to execute a go-around if your checklists are not completed. Your safety depends on your ability to focus on safely touching down.
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 Loss of Control 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.
Did you know?
Last year, 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 with this Safety Enhancement flyer on Stabilized Approach and Landing.
What should the runway look like? This guide from FAASafety.gov will help.
Learn more in Chapter 4 of the FAAs Instrument Procedures Handbook
TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.
Check out the 2016 GA Safety Enhancements (SEs) 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 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, 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 also participates as an observer.
November 16- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports.
This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. This work is part of the FAAs Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure.
The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period.
The State of Nevada and State of North Dakota UAS Test Sites conducted flight operations for the Denver evaluations. Industry partners involved in the Denver flights included CACI International, Liteye Systems and Sensofusion.
The FAA plans to capture the data and findings from the evaluations and draft recommendations for standards. These standards will guide the selection of drone-detection systems for airports nationwide.
Other evaluation sites include Atlantic City International Airport, JFK International Airport, Eglin Air Force Base, Helsinki Airport, and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.
In addition to DHS, the FAAs federal research partners include the Department of Defense, FBI, Federal Communications Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, US Secret Service and US Capitol Police.
The House Report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2016 federal appropriations law and the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 both directed the FAA to continue research into detecting unmanned aircraft in airport environments.
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