The May/June 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, New Technologies for Pilots, Planes, and ’Ports, is now available online. This issue features articles on the role technology plays in general aviation safety and what the FAA is doing to prepare for the future and make technology more useful. It also discusses some of the pitfalls of technology — including the ability to distract and disrupt decision-making skills.
In addition to technology-related Safety Enhancements in the GAJSC’s Loss of Control Work Group reports, look for new technology-related recommendations in the soon-to-be released System Component Failure — Powerplant report.
Previous issues of FAA Safety Briefing and GA Safety Enhancement (SE) Topic Fact Sheets are available online here.
The GAJSC met on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Washington DC. The committee discussed ongoing work and received updates including briefings on NTSB’s work on PIREPs, FAA’s work regarding airport cameras, research into angle of attack indicators (AOAs), NATA’s misfueling program, and FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). The GAJSC also approved a revised Charter for the organization, available here. The GAJSC will meet again in Washington, DC in June.
On March 31, 2016, government and industry leaders participating in a GA Safety Summit at FAA headquarters. After the summit, FAA Deputy Administrator Whitaker released the following statement, “FAA and GA Community Are Making the Skies Safer”:
The 38th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey for reporting on CY 2015 is underway! The GA Survey is an important source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. This information is used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents. It also helps to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety.
Persons invited to participate in this year’s survey will receive a postcard invitation. Invitees can complete the survey online or use the paper copy of the survey that will be mailed to them along with a postage-prepaid return envelop. Invitees are asked to complete the survey even if they did not fly in 2015, sold their aircraft, or their aircraft was damaged.
Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, conducts the survey on behalf of the FAA. Survey information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal individual participants. Persons can contact Tetra Tech with questions at 1-800-826-1797 or email@example.com.
Previous years’ survey results can be found at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/general_aviation/.