FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 20, 2018

FAAST Blast — Rotorcraft Safety Conference, Runway Safety Summit, Managing Instructional Risk
Notice Number: NOTC7985

FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 20, 2018 – Aug 26, 2018
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

2018 Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The FAA will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. The three-day, free event, featuring nearly 35 presentations and seminars, will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. The conference will take place October 23-25, 2018, at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas, a Fort Worth suburb. The conference will be an excellent opportunity for pilots, mechanics, and other stakeholders to review, discuss, and consider new ways to help improve rotorcraft safety. For more details, including registration information, go to www.faahelisafety.org.

FAA Safety Summit Addresses Wrong Surface Events

The FAA hosted a safety summit this week to address the issue of wrong surface events. From fiscal year 2016 to 2018, there were 596 actual or attempted wrong landing/approach events and 483 actual or attempted wrong surface departure events. GA operations accounted for 86 and 83-percent of these events respectively. The summit gathered top FAA officials and industry stakeholders to discuss wrong surface events as well as assess current and future solutions and mitigation strategies. “Reducing the risks of wrong surface events is one of the FAA’s leading safety priorities,” said FAA Air Traffic Organization COO Teri Bristol during opening remarks. Bristol also stated that the event will ensure the FAA and industry fully understand the factors that are contributing to this risk and will help promote a joint effort to eliminate wrong surface events.

Stay tuned for more on this initiative. You can also check out the article “Is That My Runway?” in the current issue of FAA Safety Briefing and watch a video on wrong surface events here: youtu.be/5II-s_j35cI.

Thinking for Two

Instructional flights are the second largest category of non-commercial fixed wing accidents. Since you, as the instructor, are the pilot in command, you have to do the thinking for both the trainee and yourself. Flight instruction inherently involves multitasking, so your attention is constantly shifting. If you are a flight instructor, then please read the article “Thinking for Two – Managing Instructional Risk” in the July/August 2018 issue here: adobe.ly/2MxXzBr. You can read the entire issue at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.


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