FAAST Blast — Week of Oct 19, 2020

FAAST Blast — New Cessna AD, Latest LAANC Expansion, The Missing Link to Improved Safety
Notice Number: NOTC1494

FAAST Blast — Week of Oct 19, 2020 – Oct 25, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

New Cessna AD Requires Inspection for Cracks at Strut Attach Fitting

The FAA has adopted an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for certain Textron Aviation Inc. Model 172, 182, 206, 207, and 210 airplanes. The AD, prompted by cracks found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead, requires repetitively inspecting the lower area of the forward cabin doorposts at the strut attach fitting for cracks and repairing any cracks. This AD, which affects 14,653 airplanes of U.S. registry, is effective Nov. 12, 2020. For more details, click here: https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/AOCADSearch/19913E178C43FB51862585FA0053DDF5?OpenDocument

Latest LAANC Expansion

The FAA recently made it easier for drone pilots to quickly and safely access controlled airspace by adding 133 air traffic facilities to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is an automated application and approval system for drone pilots requesting to fly below 400 feet in controlled airspace.

As the FAA continues to modernize the national airspace to accommodate more users, the agency made LAANC accessible for 726 airports and 537 facilities, covering 81 percent of eligible airspace. This expansion is based on feedback from the drone community. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry which directly supports the safe integration of drones into the nation’s airspace. The service is accessible to all pilots who operate under the FAA’s small drone rule (see www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf). For more information on LAANC, go to www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange.

The Missing Link To Improved Safety

When it comes to aviation safety, we know having good data is critical. But in this case, both quality and quantity matter. Small amounts of data usually amount to a limited set of solutions. That’s why the FAA and the general aviation (GA) community have been working hard towards implementing more accessible data sharing solutions, including a flight data monitoring program known as the National General Aviation Flight Information Database (NGAFID). To learn more about the NGAFID and how some recent improvements have enhanced the user experience, see the FAA Safety Briefing article “The Missing Link” here: https://medium.com/faa/the-missing-link-abdc1fda5de6. Check out the entire issue at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing.


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