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WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board today issued four Safety Alerts to general aviation pilots and mechanics highlighting safety issues identified in several recent accident investigations.
Three of the safety alerts are geared towards pilots and address mountain flying skills and survival equipment considerations; transition training before flying an unfamiliar aircraft with different flight characteristics or avionics; and performing thorough and advanced preflight checks on aircraft that have just received flight control or trim system maintenance. The Safety Alert aimed at mechanics discusses flight control and trim system misrigging problems.
We are pleased to announce that ForeFlight Mobile version 6.8 is now available for download on the App Store! This update focuses on improving airport surface operations with more taxi chart coverage and more information on taxi charts for improved guidance. A new ownship setting makes compliance easy for customers operating under the guidance of FAA AC 120-76C. Version 6.8 also moves the app to a new minimum level of iOS support, paving the way to better product efficiency and more feature capability in the future.
Now that the warm season is approaching, pilots need to start planning for the secret killer, namely, density altitude. In fact, density altitude (DA) is perhaps just as hazardous as airframe icing.
It makes sense that carb ice can happen at high humidity – lots of moisture means lots of icing potential. But, according to the NTSB, it’s possible to pick up carb ice with relative humidity as low as 35% at glide power. Not a problem you want when turning base to final.
The X-31 flight test team was the “A” team — the best people, from every discipline — from every organization. But they lost an airplane. If it can happen to the best team, it can happen to any team.
The November/December 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on winter operations. Articles cover some of the exciting opportunities that the winter flying season offers as well as provide a review of several important cold weather safety strategies.
via FAA Safety Briefing.
ForeFlight Mobile version 6.4 is now available for download on the App Store.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has expanded the risk categories from four to five and clarified the risk previously labeled as “See Text”.
Pilots stating, “Traffic in the area, please advise” is not a recognized Self-Announce Position and/or Intention phrase and should not be used under any condition.