FAAST Blast — Week of Mar 5, 2018

FAAST Blast — LAANC Program Expanded, New Safety Briefing Live Broadcast Coming Soon, GA Survey, Flying Companions Issue
Notice Number: NOTC7656

FAAST Blast — Week of Mar 5, 2018 – Mar 11, 2018
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program
The FAA is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.

Under the FAA’s Part 107 small drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. To facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) at several air traffic facilities last November to evaluate the feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing. Based on the prototype’s success, the agency will now conduct a nationwide beta test beginning April 30 that will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The final deployment will begin on September 13. For more information, read the FAA news release here: www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=89845.

Announcing New FAA Safety Briefing Live Broadcast

Mark your calendars now for FAA Safety Briefing Live, which is coming your way starting at 1900 CT on Monday, March 12, 2018. The inaugural, streaming broadcast will introduce the March/April 2018 “GA Flying Companions” issue, and include interviews with several special guests. It will also be eligible for WINGS credit. For more details on how to access this presentation, go to www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=81571.

The GA and Part 135 Survey Has Been Cleared for Takeoff

Did you receive an email or postcard invitation asking you to complete the survey for your aircraft? The survey takes only 10-15 minutes and helps the FAA improve general aviation infrastructure and safety. Please complete the survey today online at www.aviationsurvey.org or contact us at 1-800-826-1797 or infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.

Flying Companions

The March/April 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on Flying Companions. Building on our previous companion-based edition in 2014, this issue is specifically designed for the friends and loved ones who join us in the air or might have an interest in doing so. Feature articles help regular or prospective passengers gain a better understanding of the world of general aviation and offer the tips, techniques, and resources needed to take a more active role during flight. Download your copy or read online at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.


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