FAAST Blast — Week of Feb 22, 2020

FAAST Blast — National GA Award Winners, Wrong Airport Landings Video, GA Activity Survey Opens, Flying Club Success
Notice Number: NOTC1709

FAAST Blast — Week of Feb 22, 2020 – Feb 28, 2021
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

2021 National GA Award Winners Announced

For more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program has recognized aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance/avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the aviation community. Recipients of the 2021 National General Aviation Awards are: Ronald Jay Timmermans of Orlando, Florida — Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Michael Colin Dunkley of Coshocton, Ohio — Aviation Technician of the Year; and Adam Timothy Magee of Swisher, Iowa — FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.

The FAA will present individual awards to each National Honoree in July during EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wis., and their names will be added to the large perpetual plaque located in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. For more information on the winners, as well as how to nominate an outstanding airman in your area, go to http://www.generalaviationawards.com/news.

New Video Helps Pilots Avoid Wrong Airport Landings

Even with today’s highly accurate and readily available technology, pilots are still misidentifying their airport of intended landing, often going so far as making an approach to or actually landing at an airport other than their planned destination. The problem occurs with pilots operating both VFR and IFR. A new video from the FAA’s From the Flight Deck series helps pilots avoid this costly and potentially catastrophic error. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrbzhBn_HnU&feature=youtu.be

FAA’s General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is Underway
            Did you receive an invitation to complete this year’s GA Activity Survey? This survey is the FAA’s primary source of information about the size and activity of the GA and on-demand part 135 fleet. If you received an invitation to take the survey, please take the time to complete it, even if you did not fly your aircraft in 2020. It’s completely confidential, takes just 10-15 minutes, and your responses can help the FAA improve GA infrastructure and safety. If you have any questions, please call 800-826-1797, or send an email to [email protected].

Bringing Avid Aviators Together

For many pilots, flying clubs are a great way to combine a love of flying, socializing, and supporting an aviation safety culture. But to be successful, a flying club relies on several key ingredients. In the current issue of FAA Safety Briefing, author Phil Dixon shares his experience with a well-run flying club and what helped make it successful and fun to be a part of. Check out the article “Bringing Avid Aviators Together — Tips for Joining or Developing a Well-Run Flying Club” here: https://medium.com/faa/bringing-avid-aviators-together-e771964bf88a.

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