Aviation Today :: FAA Issues Final Rule on Aircraft Icing Standards

[Avionics Today 11-05-2014] The FAA has issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain — conditions that constitute the icing environment known as Supercooled Large Drops (SLD). The standard also…

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Bombardier Safety Standdown 2013: Creating a Safety Culture

Aviation “safety’s in a rut,” Dr. Tony Kern told attendees at the Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita this fall. The key to getting out of that rut, he said, is to make pilots realize they can’t rest on today’s safety record. Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance, a Colorado-based human-performance consulting company, and the author of…

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Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems

The FAA have now published the Final Report of the Flight Deck Automation Working Group delivered to them on 8 September 2013. It is an extremely thorough evidence-based assessment of the problems which have accompanied the rapid advance in the level of automation. It is also the first comprehensive review of the subject since a 1996 FAA…

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New Obstructive Sleep Apnea Policy (FAA)

AOPA sent a letter yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, insisting that the agency withdraw its new policy on obstructive sleep apnea or, alternatively, go through the formal rulemaking process. The proposed policy would initially affect pilots who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, but could later be expanded to include pilots with lower BMIs. Pilots who meet the…

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Stall recovery, simulator fidelity improvements in new FAA training rule

FAA on Tuesday issued a final rule that will give airlines and training providers five years to upgrade flight simulators and begin more comprehensive training of pilots for stall and upset incidents as well as for crosswind and gust events. The training update, as well as two other recent FAA rules, comes as a direct consequence…

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