FAAST Blast — Week of May 16-22, 2011

Cessna Seat Rail AD; AMT Day; NOTAM Modernization; Runway Status Lights Website

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

Notice Number: NOTC2989


FAAST Blast — Week of May 16-22, 2011
FAA Safety Briefing News Update 

FAA Issues Revised AD for Cessna Seat Rails  
    Amending an earlier Airworthiness Directive (AD) on seat rail slippage issues for select Cessna series airplanes, AD 2011-10-09 clarifies and adds new steps to the existing inspection procedures. The additional steps involve inspections of the tang thickness and length on the seat roller housing. The AD also includes improved graphics for inspecting seat track hole wear and for inspecting proper seat lock pin engagement depth. The steps are itemized, in sequence, to provide clearer guidance for anyone performing the inspections. The AD becomes effective June 17, 2011, and can be viewed here: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAD.nsf/Frameset?OpenPage
Happy AMT Day! 
    May 24 marks the birthday of Charles Edward Taylor, the aviation legend whose groundbreaking work with the Wright brothers earned him the title of “father of aircraft maintenance.” In recognition of Taylor’s contributions, and those of the thousands of maintenance professionals who would follow in his footsteps, May 24 is also now regarded as National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day. 
   A great way to honor Taylor is by checking out the excellent training offered with the AMT Awards Program on www.FAASafety.gov. Also be sure to check out a free webinar hosted by the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the FAA on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The one-hour webinar is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. EDT and will cover changes to the AMT Awards Program and the Fatigue Countermeasures course. For more information and to register for the event, go to: http://www.pama.org/.
NOTAM Modernization Moves Ahead 
   For many pilots, the mere mention of Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMS, is enough to invoke head-scratching bewilderment and frustration. The good news is that the FAA is taking a serious approach toward changing that perception by creating a more modern and easy-to-use system. As part of that initiative, efforts are under way to develop a data-based and digitized NOTAM system that will allow end users to sort, filter, alert, transpose, and fuse information. 
   To learn more about the progress of NOTAM modernization, check out the article “Change is in the Air” on page 20 of the May/June 2011 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. The issue is available online at http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.
New Runway Status Lights Web site
To learn more about the FAA’s Runway Status Lights (RWSL) program, see the Office of Runway Safety’s new Web site at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/technology/rwsl/.

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