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FAAST Blast — Week of Dec. 11, 2017 – Dec. 17, 2017

New SAFO Addresses Collison Risk During Runway Crossing
This week the FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 17012) which serves to warn pilots of high-risk category A or B runway incursions and potential collisions in the first two-thirds of an active runway. This was based on data collected from Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) from FY14-FY16. Among the SAFO’s recommended pilot actions are to: actively listen to ATC; remain clear of the runway hold lines unless you are certain you have received a clearance to cross the runway, line up and wait, or takeoff; and ensure there is no aircraft that could overfly your aircraft and that the runway is completely clear before entering it for takeoff.

Pilots and vehicle operators should familiarize themselves with this SAFO (found here, as well as review and comply with Best Practices for Airfield Safety – Pilots at, and FAA Runway Safety Best Practices Guide to Operations and Communications at

SAIB Addresses Rudder Control System Issue with Air Tractor
A new FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) highlights an airworthiness concern with certain Air Tractor airplanes. SAIB CE-18-06 recommends affected owners replace the bolts and nuts through the vertical fin rear spar. Read more at

The Facts on FADEC
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) identifies electronic engine control (EEC), which ranges from electronic ignition through full authority digital engine control (FADEC), as a safety enhancement to GA aircraft. These systems can decrease pilot workload and provide engine monitoring capability that can alert operators of certain mechanical problems. Download our fact sheet at to learn more.

Do You Suffer from Push-To-Talk Phobia?
Do you get nervous or intimidated when talking on the radio to air traffic control? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Overcome this obstacle by reading the article, “Do You Suffer from Push-To-Talk Phobia? - Improve Your Aviation Communication with Virtual Reality,” in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online at: You can view a mobile-friendly version of this article at