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FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 06, 2018 – Aug 12

FAAST Blast — Week of Aug 06, 2018 – Aug 12, 2018Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
Telephone Information Briefing Service Sunset
Flight Service will eliminate the Telephone Information Briefing Service (TIBS) in the contiguous United States, effective September 13, 2018. Created in the early 1980s, TIBS is a continuous telephone recording of meteorological and aeronautical information that pilots can access, but which does not satisfy the requirement to become familiar with all available information prior to a flight (see Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 91.103).
Today there are multiple sources available to pilots that provide weather and aeronautical information, often presented in an easier to understand graphical format. Pilots no longer need to call Flight Service to adhere to 14 CFR 91.103 and maintain awareness of weather and aeronautical information. See 1800wxbrief.com to learn more about automated flight services.
Getting it Right in Maneuvering FlightMore than 25 percent of general aviation fatal accidents occur during the maneuvering phase of flight — turning, climbing, or descending close to the ground. The vast majority of these accidents involve buzzing attempts and stall/spin scenarios (half of which are while in the traffic pattern). Learn how to get it right in maneuvering flight by checking out our #FlySafe fact sheet here: bit.ly/2M8If1H. You can also view an accompanying video here: youtu.be/hd3J2sUvmwI.
InFO Raises Awareness of ELT False Alerts
Last month the FAA issued a new Information for Operators (InFO) notice that raises awareness about emergency locator transmitter (ELT) false alerts and provides recommendations on how to prevent them. According to the InFO, ELTs generated 8,786 false alerts in the United States in 2017. The majority of false alerts attributed to 406 MHz ELTs occur during testing and maintenance. This highlights the need to conduct tests according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The FAA also recommends registering your ELT at beaconregistration.noaa.gov. If an ELT isaccidently activated, cancel the false alert by calling the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1-800-851-3051 or the nearest FAA Air Traffic facility and provide the beacon’s hex ID. For more details, read InFO 18007 at go.usa.gov/xU7GN.
Avoiding a Fuel-ish Situation
There are two kinds of pilots out there: those that have had a fuel exhaustion scare, and those that will. In an attempt to add a third option to that list, editor James Williams explores how everyday occurrences can turn a perfectly good flight plan into a potentially dangerous one in the latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Williams also examines some strategies and procedures that can help prevent that fate entirely or recognize its first signs while there is still time to avoid it. For more, check out the article “Not an Easy Day to Forget” in the July August 2018 issue here adobe.ly/2Kh1PJ3. You can read the entire issue at 1.usa.gov/FAA_ASB.