FAA/CAA

FAAST Blast: Week of Nov 13, 2017 Proposed ADs for Piper/Textron Aviation

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:35

Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Proposed ADs for Piper/Textron Aviation

The FAA last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that addresses reports of main wing spar corrosion found in certain Piper PA-28 and PA-32 Cherokee series airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing an inspection access panel in the lower wing skin near the left and the right main wing spars if not already there, inspecting the left and the right main wing spars for corrosion, and taking all necessary corrective actions. The FAA estimates the AD would affect 11,476 airplanes of U.S. Registry. For more details and for instructions on how to submit comments before the December 22 deadline, go to

www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-07/pdf/2017-24083.pdf.

            The FAA also revised an NPRM originally designed for Textron Aviation A36TC and B36TC Bonanza models to include all Textron Aviation Models S35, V35, V35A, and V35B airplanes that have the optional turbocharger engine installed. The proposed AD aims to prevent

failure of the exhaust tailpipe v-band coupling (clamp) that may lead to detachment of the exhaust tailpipe from the turbocharger and allow high-temperature exhaust gases to enter the engine compartment. The comment period for the NPRM has been reopened until December 26, 2017. For more, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-08/pdf/2017-24065.pdf.

 

Aeronautical Chart Users Guide Revamped

Last month, the FAA’s Aeronautical Information Services (formerly, “AeroNav Products”) released a revamped Chart Users Guide (CUG). The CUG website offers improved navigation, updated information and expanded content, ranging from a more robust IFR Enroute & Terminal Terms section, to the addition of a “References & Abbreviations” and “What’s New” sections. The CUG is an unparalleled training and study aid for student pilots, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators, flight instructors, and anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with FAA charts and publications. It serves as a reference for both novice and experienced pilots alike, decoding the legends and information found on VFR charts, Helicopter Route charts, Flyway Planning charts, Terminal Procedure Publications and IFR Enroute charts. 

Download the new CUG at: faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/aero_guide

Runway Length Matters

            See the NTSB’s Safety Alert (SA-071) on Understanding the Potential Hazards on Intersection Takeoffs at www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA-071.pdf.

 

Chart A Course for “Sim City”

Explore the exciting world of flight simulation technology and its evolving impact on aviation safety in our new issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online at: 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB. For a good primer on how flight simulators have evolved, check out author William Dubois’ article, “Link Trainer, to Desktop, to Redbird.” You can view a mobile-friendly version of this article at http://adobe.ly/2xLo5jO.

 

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Engine Maintenance and Performance Monitoring

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:06

Did you know that most general aviation fatal accidents are caused by in-flight loss of control? Many of these loss of control accidents are due to engine failure-related factors. Between 2001-2010, 35 of 70 randomly selected accidents had engine maintenance errors identified as a contributing factor. Proper engine maintenance, post maintenance, advanced pre-flight, and performance monitoring can go a long way to eliminating this type of mishap.

FAA Sound Maintenance Practices PDF

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Flight Standards Service Terminology

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:09

Hi, folks -

We’ve received quite a few questions about the nomenclature everyone should be using to talk about our new structure. I addressed some of these issues in the October Monthly Message, but below is an expanded guide to Flight Standards Service terminology.

Thanks for the great work -

Best,
John Duncan

 

Proposed Summary of Intent:

Words are the tools we use to think, and how we think drives how we act. Using the right nomenclature for our new functional structure and its constituent parts reinforces and supports the critical cultural changes we continue to make in order to function as an interdependent team.

Flight Standards Service

  • The nomenclature for the overarching organization is “Flight Standards Service.”
    • The acceptable short forms are “Flight Standards” or “the Service.”
    • The acceptable abbreviation is “FS.”

 

Flight Standards Functional Offices

  • Use the name of the functional office(s) in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
    • Acceptable short forms include Standards, General Aviation, Air Carrier, and Business.
    • Acceptable abbreviations include SS, GA, AC, and FB.

 

Constituent Organizations (e.g., Divisions, Frontline Offices)

  • Use the name of the division(s) and/or office(s) in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
  • Frontline offices (e.g., Flight Standards District Offices, Certificate Management Offices, Aircraft Evaluation Groups, and International Field Offices) retain their legacy names.
    • Legacy abbreviations (e.g., “FSDO,” CMO,” “AEG,” “IFO”) are acceptable.
  • Aircraft Evaluation Groups have been renamed based on their area of specialty. Short forms are:
    • Small Aircraft AEG
    • Propulsion and APU AEG
    • Transport Aircraft Seattle AEG
    • Transport Aircraft Long Beach AEG
    • Rotorcraft & Powered Lift AEG

 

Universal Norms for Nomenclature

  • Use the actual name of the organization in policy, correspondence, training, and any other formal documents, as well as in verbal communication.
    • As necessary, use "the appropriate Flight Standards Office." This practice is not intended to create generic offices; rather, it is to prevent having to make another rule change if we were to develop another kind of office.  
  • Limit use of organizational routing codes to coordination grids. Internal routing codes should never be used in written or verbal external communications, including e-mail.
  • Location-reference terms such as “headquarters,” “field,” and “remotely sited inspector” are inaccurate. As appropriate, use “standards” or, for the Air Carrier and/or GA functional offices, “safety assurance.” Regardless of physical proximity to their assigned units, all inspectors are “Aviation Safety Inspectors” or ASIs.

 

 

 

Legacy

New

Term

Flight Standards Service

Flight Standards Service

Short Form

AFS

Flight Standards

The Service

Abbreviation

AFS

FS

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

NA

Safety Standards

Air Carrier Safety Assurance

General Aviation Safety Assurance

Foundational Business

Short Form

NA

Standards, Air Carrier, General Aviation, Business

Abbreviation

NA

SS, AC, GA, FB

 

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

e.g., AFS-200

Air Transportation

Short Form

e.g., AFS-200

NA

Abbreviation

e.g., AFS-200

NA

 

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Term

Flight Standards District Office

 

Certificate Management Office

 

Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

International Field Office

No change

Short Form

FSDO, CMO, AEG, IFO

No change

Abbreviation

FSDO, CMO, AEG, IFO

No change

 

 

Legacy

New (Functional Offices)

Headquarters

NA

Policy Divisions

Safety Standards

Field

Safety Assurance

(AC and/or GA)

Remotely-Sited Inspector (RSI)

Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI)

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FAAST Blast — Week of Oct 16, 2017

FAA & FAASTeam News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:38

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

FAAST Blast – SAIBs Address Helicopter Safety, Pilot and Flight/Ground Instructor AC Revised, Flight Instructor Renewal Methods
Notice Number: NOTC7438

FAAST Blast — Week of Oct 16, 2017 – Oct 22, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

New SAIBs Address Helicopter Safety Issues

On October 13, the FAA issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-17-31 that urges operators to be aware of the crash resistant fuel system (CRFS) capabilities of helicopters they operate. Operating a CRFS compliant helicopter may reduce the risk of post-crash fires and improve occupant survivability in an accident. CRFS standards help accomplish this by minimizing crash-induced fuel leaks and their contact with potential fuel ignition sources both during and after the crash, and increasing the time occupants have available to egress before a post-crash fire could become critical. To read the SAIB, go to go.usa.gov/xnr3y

The FAA issued an additional SAIB for helicopter operators and maintenance technicians that addresses a concern with the use of engine inlet barrier filters. SAIB SW-17-30 was prompted by reports of helicopters with inlet barrier filters experiencing abnormal engine operation when exposed to persistent or high precipitation rates.

For more details and recommended actions that can help prevent engine issues when using inlet barriers, go to go.usa.gov/xnr3Q.

 

AC for Pilot and Flight/Ground Instructors Updated

Advisory Circular (AC) 61-65G, Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors, provides guidance for pilot applicants, pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and evaluators on the certification standards, knowledge test procedures, and other requirements in 14 CFR part 61.

A recent revision to the AC provides guidance for those persons seeking to conduct enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) operations as well as guidance for airmen seeking an endorsement for helicopter touchdown autorotations. Download AC 61-65G at 1.usa.gov/2vQgQKz.

 

How Do You Renew?

Flight instructors: What’s your renewal method of choice? Unlike a private pilot certificate, a flight instructor certificate is valid for only 24 calendar months after an initial certification ride or renewal. For a refresher on the several different ways you can renew your certification, check out the article, “Renewing Your Lease: Options for Flight Instructor Certification Renewal” in the Sep/Oct 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing at faa.gov/news/safety_briefing. To read this article on a mobile device, go to adobe.ly/2xjBJL6.

 

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Aviation MX Human Factors Sept 2017

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:15

The September 2017 issue of Aviation MX Human Factors is now available here

Inside this issue

     COMPARING AIRCRAFT MX FOR PATIENT SAFETY DURING MAJOR REPAIR & REPLACEMENT
by Dr. Bill Johnson & Marc Szepan

     MAINTENANCE HUMAN FACTORS RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

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FAA Realigns Flight Standards

FAA & FAASTeam News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:46

On August 20, Flight Standards transitioned its management structure from the traditional geography-based regional structure to a functional structure. The new functional structure aligns our leadership in four areas: Air Carrier Safety Assurance, General Aviation Safety Assurance, Safety Standards, and Foundational Business.

This structural realignment should be completely transparent to you. We have “erased” the geographic boundaries and aligned our reporting and management practices according to function, but you will not see any structural change to the local FAA offices who serve you today.

What you should see, though, is continuing improvement in how those offices operate. As I have said many times to our employees, our structural changes are important, and they are the most visible part of our Future of Flight Standards transition. But structural change won’t do much for us without the essential cultural changes at both the individual and organizational levels. For several years now, we have been stressing the importance of interdependence, critical thinking, and consistency in our workforce, and these behavioral attributes and competencies are now embedded in each Flight Standards Service employee’s work requirements. At the organizational level, the ongoing culture change includes training managers in the competencies of change management, and the "coach approach" to leadership, which is about helping employees by expanding awareness and sharing experience.

With our less-tangible but absolutely critical culture changes well underway, we were finally in a position to benefit from the structural realignment. The organizational intent of the shift to functional organization is to increase efficiency, eliminate multiple interfaces, and integrate surveillance activities, and to improve our performance in several areas:

Accountability to Flying Public, Stakeholders

  • Meet the needs of a constantly and rapidly changing industry
  • Fix/prevent issues with consistency and standardization in regulatory interpretation

Budget Constraints

  • Balance allocation of resources
  • Increase efficient use of personnel and travel funds
  • Reduce redundancy in regions

Change Readiness to Meet Constant Stream of New Challenges

  • Operational agility, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Consistent service and performance

Decision-Making – e.g., Risk-Based Decision-Making Strategic Initiative

  • Culture and structure that facilitate effective implementation of risk-based decision-making, including Compliance Philosophy

You can probably see how our cultural and structural changes are mutually reinforcing, and how both aspects of the transition contribute to a Flight Standards Service with greater accountability, better use of resources, and change readiness. So the change we do want you to notice is what we have already been hearing from some of our industry stakeholders. From my vantage point, the conversation with industry has changed for the better. Our stakeholders are noticing that we are responding in a different way, with a greater amount of service, and with better care and quality. I hope and expect that your experiences with Flight Standards will be similar.

I also hope and expect that you will also see us continue to improve. You’ve probably heard it said that “the future is now.” What that means to me – and for the FAA Flight Standards Service as a healthy organization – is that the future is the result of what we do right now. So I want to see us get better still at practicing our new cultural norms, and creating a Flight Standards Service that is truly agile, efficient, and consistent in our service to you. We owe you that, we are ready to deliver.

John Duncan is the Executive Director of the FAA Flight Standards Service.

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FAAST Blast — Week of Sep 18, 2017 – Sep 24, 2017

FAA & FAASTeam News - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:08

Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update 

AD Issued for Ameri-King ELTs

The FAA this week published an Airworthiness Directive (AD 2017-16-01) to detect and correct certain non-functioning Ameri-King Corporation model AK 450 and 451 emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). The AD, which affects 14,500 ELTs installed on various aircraft of U.S. registry, was prompted by multiple failure reports. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the ELT for discrepancies; repetitive checks, tests, and verifications, as applicable, to ensure the ELT is functioning; and corrective actions if necessary. For more details, you can view the full AD at https://go.usa.gov/xRzMw.

Returning to Flight

Has it been sometime since you last kicked the tires and lit the fires? Then have a look at our #FlySafe topic of the month flyer for September (http://bit.ly/2iYCiaa) which focuses on returning to flight after a period of inactivity. It will help you formulate a game plan you can use to safely get back to enjoying the freedom only flying can offer.

AirVenture Forum Videos Now Online

If you missed AirVenture this year, you can still check out all the FAA safety forums on YouTube. See presentations on BasicMed and ACS, for example, on the FAA’s AirVenture safety forum playlist at: http://bit.ly/2wvnlme.

NTSB Issues Safety Alerts for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The National Transportation Safety Board issued two safety alerts Wednesday to increase awareness among aircraft mechanics and pilots of the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Safety Alerts SA-070 (https://t.co/bDUfMeV9Zc) and SA-069 (https://t.co/6jlj5wz2V1) warn mechanics and pilots that the risk of CO poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas into the cockpit – with sometimes fatal results. The NTSB also produced companion videos for the alerts, available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/qZuJbuSZG-w and https://youtu.be/i2q7TISBFbc

Flight Instructor Refresher

The September/October 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing (https://go.usa.gov/xRug8) explores the critical role flight instructors play in keeping the National Airspace System safe. Feature articles focus on flight instructor requirements and best practices, as well as the many tools and educational resources that can help sharpen your teaching skills. For a good overview of tools and tips, check out the article “Flight Instructor Resources: Your Guide to Lifelong Learning.” To read this article on a mobile device, go to https://adobe.ly/2wFrZxS.

 

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FAA announces the selection of the Division Managers

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:25

The FSLB are thrilled to announce a major milestone in the evolution of Flight Standards: the selection of the Division Managers. 

 As you know, the organizational intent of our restructuring is to facilitate and accelerate the evolution of Flight Standards as an agile, efficient, and consistent organization. Leadership is one of the keys to successful change, so we invested a great deal of time and effort in making these selections. Just to recap, we used a three-level interview process to help us identify leaders who have the right mindset, which includes awareness of, and commitment to, our new direction. The interviews were also intended to help us determine where these leaders best fit in the new organization. To be sure, the interview and selection process was extremely rigorous. The process demonstrated that we have many potential leaders within the Flight Standards service. 

 
With that background in mind, we are proud to announce that we have selected the following leaders to serve in the Division Manager positions in the new Flight Standards Service structure:

 Air Carrier Safety Assurance

            George Wadsworth, Air Carrier A

            Beth Babb, Air Carrier B

            Alan Stephens, Air Carrier C

            Dennis Hill, Air Carrier D 

            Max Tidwell, Air Carrier E

            Thomas Stachiw, Air Carrier F

 

 General Aviation Safety Assurance

            Thomas Malone, General Aviation A 135

            Roberto Gonzalez, General Aviation B 135

            Clint Wease, General Aviation C 135

            Angelina Mack, General Aviation D 135

            Wayne Fry, General Aviation E 135

            Mark Kramer, General Aviation F

            Hardie DeGuzman, General Aviation G

            Mike Bossert, General Aviation H

  

Safety Standards

Jeffery Phipps, Aircraft Evaluation

Jodi Baker, Air Transportation

Jackie Black, Aircraft Maintenance

Bradley Palmer, General Aviation & Com.

Elizabeth Kearns, Safety Analysis & Promo.

Robert Ruiz, International

Mark Steinbicker, Flight Technologies

Van Kerns, Regulatory Support

 

 Foundational Business

            Mark Hopkins, Business Standards

            Augusto Casado, Resource Management A

            Vincent Chirasello, Resource Management B

            Kawehi Lum, Safety Risk Management

            Bobby Hedlund, Workforce Development

            Debra Entricken, Civil Aviation Registry

 

 As you are aware, Kawehi and Jodi are acting Deputy Directors and Auggie Casado is on military leave.  We have asked the following individuals to be acting Division Managers:

 

Steve Moates: Air Transportation

Andrew Estrada: Resource Management A

Justin Bouchard: Safety Risk Management

 

Again, we chose these leaders for their mindset, their awareness of our new direction, and their commitment to leading this crucial change. Please join us in congratulating them and help us in supporting them as we continue the evolution of Flight Standards. 

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Flight Standards Service Realignment to Strengthen Relationships

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:01

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally on the threshold of the initial Future of Flight Standards realignment. The Directors and Deputy Directors have been deeply involved in planning for that realignment,” said Executive Director John Duncan.

In anticipation of the realignment, Duncan invited new Directors Rick Domingo, Larry Fields, Bruce DeCleene and Tim Miller to join him in discussing some of the changes in the organization.

“For many of you, these leaders are familiar names and faces. I assure you, they come to us with a new mindset. We’ve developed that mindset through the cultural changes that have occurred in Flight Standards. I can’t overstress that the culture change is what’s important. The structural change facilitates that culture change,” said Duncan.

“A big part of that change is strengthening our team relationships. We need to learn how to think and act like a solid team across the Flight Standards Service,” said Larry Fields, the new Director of General Aviation Safety Assurance.       

“Actually, that’s where the new mindset plays a very important role. Through the issues of realign­ment, and the questions, it gives us plenty of opportunity to practice mutual learning behaviors,” said Tim Miller, newly appointed Director of Air Carrier Safety Assurance.

The intent of the shift remains the same—a healthy Flight Standards organization that is agile, efficient and delivers a consistent product to the public.

“We’re working interdependently, as a team. We’re applying critical thinking to those chal­lenges and issues to help the service be more agile and efficient,” said Bruce DeCleene, the new Director of Foundational Business.

While there are a lot of moving parts, there’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes. Duncan emphasizes that the team should expect anomalies in procedures and processes as well as some possible confusion.

However, Duncan said, “Here’s where I get to be Gene Krantz in Apollo 13: Failure is not an option. If you don’t have the answer to a stakeholder’s question, our new culture is to work the problem aggressively, enthusias­tically, and interdependently — and then respond in a timely way.”

“And let me say this up front, we are all still learning how to think and act in different ways,” added Rick Domingo, the new Director of Safety Standards.

Overall, there has been a good deal of progress made in this transition and the team is very excited about approaching this milestone in the realignment plan.

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It's not too late to reserve your ADS-B Rebate! NavWorx avionics now eligible!

FAA & FAASTeam News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:41

Notice Number: NOTC7328

Attention pilots and aircraft owners:  The ADS-B Rebate Program will now allow aircraft owners with NavWorx ADS600-B avionics, part numbers 200-0012/0013, to apply for a rebate.

To be eligible, rebate applicants who purchased and installed these NavWorx units after September 19, 2016 must comply with section (e)(1)(iv) of the recent Airworthiness Directive (AD 2017-11-11), or use an FAA-approved Alternative Method of Compliance. 

The FAA is offering a $500 rebate for new ADS-B installations in fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft.  The last day to make a rebate reservation is September 18, 2017, if reservations are still available. Once the reservation is established, you will still have up to 150 days to complete the remaining steps in the process.

Are you eligible for a rebate? Please visit faa.gov/go/rebate/ for details.

Questions?  For questions about the ADS-B rebate program, please contact ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov

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FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 07, 2017

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:04
 

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

SUBJECT LINE: FAAST Blast – Flight Standards Reorg, ADS-B Rebate, Avoiding Pilot Deviations, Human Errors Happen
Notice Number: NOTC7313

FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 07, 2017 – Aug 13, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Flight Standards Service Reorganization

The FAA has published an Information for Operators bulletin (InFO 17010) to inform industry about the Future of Flights Standards (FFS) Initiative. FFS is a service-wide cultural and structural realignment intended to ensure that Flight Standards provides agile, efficient, and consistent service to the aviation community. The forthcoming structural realignment will support the ongoing culture change by eliminating redundancies and shifting from the traditional geography-based structure to a function-based organization. The new structure will enable Flight Standards to provide faster response times, single points of accountability in each functional organization, greater agility, and consistency.

For more details, click here. Be sure to also check future issues of FAA Safety Briefing for more information.

Act Now for ADS-B Rebates

The FAA’s $500 rebate for completed ADS-B installations in fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft is ending soon. The last day to apply for a rebate is September 18, 2017. Act now to see if you are eligible. Visit www.faa.gov/go/rebate/.

Tips for Avoiding Pilot Deviations

Runway safety is a top priority for all pilots. Download our FlySafe fact sheet today at https://1.usa.gov/2fquNra for important tips on how to avoid pilot deviations. Check out the video, “Pilot Deviation Safety” on YouTube at https://t.co/taIcGe326n. Produced by the FAASTeam, this video discusses aerial and ground pilot deviations and how to prevent them. It’s part of the FAASTeam’s GA safety video series called "Let's Take a Minute for Safety." Take a minute to watch these short videos to learn more about loss of control safety.

Errare Humanum Est

            As a pilot, have you ever skipped a weather briefing? Rushed a preflight? Skipped a checklist? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to read this: “Errare Humanum Est – To Err is Human” in the July/Aug issue of FAA Safety Briefing (https://adobe.ly/2toAmM5). You can download the entire issue here at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2017/media/JulAug2017.pdf.

 

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Future of FAA Flight Standards Progress

FAA & FAASTeam News - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 10:31

Hi, folks -

 

We are now just over two weeks away from the Future of Flight Standards realignment, so it is a very exciting and busy time. Our new leadership team is working hard to make the process as smooth as possible and, most importantly, to minimize any risk to our Continued Operational Safety mission.

 

Here’s a quick summary of what’s happening:

 

  • Interviews for the vacant Division Manager positions are underway and will be completed later this week. Along with the Directors and Deputy Directors, John B, Mike Z and I will make selections by August 18. The normal HR processes may take a few days, but we do expect to have most if not all of the Division Managers in place shortly after our August 20 transition date.

 

  • The Directors are holding virtual meetings this week with employees in the four new functional areas. Please remember, though, that our organizational intent is to not create four new silos. Interdependence and horizontal communication are essential. Regardless of your assigned functional area, your work with the other three needs to be as open and seamless as possible.

 

If you are moving to a new organization, you can expect to receive a communication in the next few days. This message will address where you will be in the organization and to whom you will report. As we’ve stated before, no one will move, lose pay, or change job duties.

 

  • We plan to establish a Rapid Response Team that will enable you to ask questions, raise problems or concerns, or direct external customers as we near the transition. We will provide details later.

 

A great number of people have worked hard to make this transition as smooth and as organized as possible. No matter how hard we try, though, change on this magnitude is challenging and there will be bumps in the road. If you encounter one of those bumps, please treat it as an opportunity to use horizontal communication and interdependence to get past it.  Elevate issues to your supervisor as needed. Together, we will make it all work.

 

Thanks for all the great work and support. I hope you are as excited as I am in the final approach to this major milestone in our ongoing Future of Flight Standards journey.

 

Best,

John Duncan

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