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8/5/2011
National Heliport Survey for All Helicopter Pilots
Notice Number: NOTC3130

National EMS Pilots Association National Heliport Survey for All Helicopter Pilots
Calling All Helicopter Pilots Make your opinion on heliports known and make it count!The National EMS Pilots Association is conducting a survey to gather opinion on heliport design and safety from those who are most affected by the design and management of heliport facilities – the nation’s helicopter pilots. We are seeking input from all pilots involved in any form of helicopter operations. The information gathered will be presented to the Federal Aviation Administration and to all stake holders in the helicopter industry to assist in the current efforts to rewrite the new FAA heliport advisory circular.You must act soon because time is of the essence! Take 15 minutes now or at your earliest opportunity and make a positive impact on your industry for years to come. Click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your browser. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HeliportSurvey

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8/4/2011
Helicopter Safety Team adds Facebook and Twitter
Notice Number: NOTC3128

International Helicopter Safety TeamSocial Media
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Launches a new Facebook page and a new Twitter account. “Like” us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will provide you and the global helicopter community with instant access to all IHST news, events, reports and video focused on enhancing the safety of helicopter operations. We encourage you to become active in our social community and provide your crucial input in helicopter safety and suggestions for reducing the helicopter accident rate. Just click on one or both of the links below!Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Helicopter-Safety-Team-IHST/...
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/IHST_helicopter

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8/4/2011
AOPA Safety Summit
Notice Number: NOTC3127

AOPA Safety SummitSeptember 21-24, 2011Hartford, Connecticut
The AOPA Aviation Summit is a three-day event, full of aviation-themed action for all ages and levels of aviation enthusiasm. No matter if you’re a student pilot, have had your pilot certificate for decades, or still have your feet firmly planted on the ground but have always kept an eye high in the sky, there is plenty to see and do – you can’t afford to miss it!
You are receiving this notice because this annual event in past years has attracted pilots from all over the country, and the management of Air Traffic wanted the widest possible dissemination of the arrival and departure procedures.
From Airportfest to educational forums and a 500-booth exhibit hall, AOPA Summit brings pilots everything that is relevant to their flying. AOPA Summit attracts industry leaders and policy makers and hosts discussions on critical issues that impact the General Aviation industry.
There will be several safety seminars that qualify for WINGS credit. More information is available at the AOPA website: http://www.aopa.org/summit/
For Important Local Air Traffic Information on Arrival and Departures from Hartford-Brainard Airport, KHFD, and Departure Information from Bradley International Airport, KBDL, please see the link below for an informative PDF document.
https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2011/Aug/AOPA_Summit_Info.pdf

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7/29/2011
Airport Safety Tip
Notice Number: NOTC3105

Airport Safety Tip
With the summer flying season in full swing and all of us making travel plans, I know that no one plans on being involved in a Runway Incursion!
As you taxi your aircraft, keep your eyes and ears open. Listen carefully to ATC instructions and read back all instructions. Heed all hold short instructions and use proper phraseology in all communications. Remember when approaching hold lines that if you have the two solid lines on your nose you must hold short, unless instructed otherwise by ATC. If the dashed lines are on your nose, then taxi through to clear the runway or taxiway behind you. Please visit the Office of Runway Safety’s website at http://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/ for more information on this topic.

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7/30/2011
FAAST Blast
Notice Number: NOTC3111

FAAST Blast — Week of July 25 – July 31, 2011 Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update FAA Administrator Addresses Air Venture Audience FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made a special visit to the grounds of EAA’s Air Venture Thursday to update attendees about the ongoing efforts to get an FAA bill passed in Congress and see the return of the 4,000 FAA employees that were furloughed as a result of the recently expired authorization. Addressing a standing-room-only crowd at EAA’s Pavilion 7, Babbitt stressed the urgency of the situation which, in addition to furloughs, has also halted critical research and construction projects around the country. “Congress needs to pass another clean extension to our authorization, so we can get our employees back to work and get these job-creating projects up and running again,” said Babbitt. “In the meantime, we are maintaining the safety of our aviation system—and we are completely supporting operational safety here at AirVenture, as we always do.” During his remarks, Babbitt also commented on the progress with general aviation safety initiatives and the growing benefits of NextGen. He also paid tribute to this year’s National GA Award Winners: Judy Ann Phelps, CFI of the Year; Vicki Lynn Sherman, FAASTeam Representative of the Year, Joe Morales, AMT of the Year; and Russ Callender, Avionics Technician of the Year. Seatbelt Requirements for GAIn response to a request from the NTSB, the FAA has published a notice of proposed clarification on how it interprets seat-belt and seating requirements for GA flights. The propose clarification states the use of a seat belt and/or seat by more than one occupant is appropriate only if: The seat belt is approved and rated for such use; the structural strength requirements for the seat are not exceeded; and the seat usage conforms with the limitations contained in the approved portion of the Airplane Flight Manual. The clarification also emphasizes that the proper restraint method for children under part 91 operations relies on the good judgment and knowledge of the pilot. Comments for this document are invited and must be received by August 22, 2011. Reference docket number FAA-2011-0628 at www.regulations.gov/. It Takes a ProQuick – who was Ira Biffle? Never heard of him? But who hasn’t heard of Charles Lindbergh, who was one of his flight students? Although few flight instructors become famous, what they do can have a lasting impression that lives on in those they teach. In his article, “It Takes a Pro to Make a Pro,” author Bryan Neville discusses what it takes to be a successful flight instructor, including the importance of embodying the concept of professionalism in all aspects of instruction. You can find the article on page 16 of the July/August 2011 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2011/media/JulAug2011.pdf
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