Canadian Climb and Descend Via Phraseology

Canadian Climb and Descend Via PhraseologyWith a new year comes new challenges, but Father Time is poised to deliver flight crews operating in North America a belated holiday gift. New regulations, guidance, policies, and procedures are commonplace for pilots, so we will gladly welcome changes that simplify our lives.

In 2016, ICAO recommended that member states adopt standardized phraseology for departure (SID) and arrival (STAR) procedures in an effort to harmonize phraseology used by both air traffic control and pilots; however, these changes are not regulatory, and each member state must chose when, or even if, they plan to implement them.

In past years, there…

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Flying High . . . Almost

Flying High . . . Almost

Every now and then, the aviation gods drop a gem in your lap such as this—a lawyer attempting to drop the charges against his client. His client is a pilot who, fortunately, was stopped before (allegedly) flying intoxicated.

The facts at hand are this:

  • Blood alcohol content 0.343 (8 times the FAA legal limit)
  • Seated in the cockpit, wearing headphones, APU on
  • Appeared to be conducting a pre-flight
  • Had received a clearance

In your opinion, is that operating an aircraft?

Clearly the pilot should have been—and was—fired after the incident. As a safety-sensitive employee, you must not report for…

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Let The Buyer Beware

Let The Buyer Beware

ADS-B surveillance technology allows aircraft to use GPS to share accurate position data with ATC and other aircraft. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the standard generic term for satellite navigation systems with global coverage. GPS is specific to the United States' GNSS system. This allows continuous and automatic broadcasts of data rather than just responding to interrogations (like a transponder does). Pilots and controllers can monitor other aircraft more accurately and frequently than with radar. It's the first step, and a viable low cost conventional radar replacement, in the FAA's transition from radar-based to satellite-based air traffic control.


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Taking A Closer Look At Applying Temp Comp

Taking A Closer Look At Applying Temp Comp

Within the Notice to Airman Publication (NTAP) Part 4, Graphic Notices Section 1, General – Cold Temperature Restricted Airports, is a list of updated airports that are affected when cold temperatures influence the terrain clearance for instrument approach procedures.

Pilots are instructed to apply a cold temperature error correction (Temp Comp) when the reported airport temperature is at or below the listed temperature on the instrument chart. How this Temp Comp is applied is a choice that the flight crew must make before beginning the approach. Flight crews have two choices.

Option one is for the flight crew to apply the…

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Part 135 Operators SMS in Europe Requirement

Part 135 Operators SMS in Europe Requirement


The FAA is advising U.S. Part 135 operators that they soon will need a "State recognized" (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS) to fly throughout Europe under Europe's Third Country Operators (TCO) regulation.

Part 135 operators based outside of Europe will be required to obtain a TCO authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) by November 26, 2016 to operate in Europe. TCO authorization includes a requirement that the operator has a state-recognized SMS program, such as those recognized by the FAA.

The SMS requirements are based on ICAO standards under Annex 19 and are in line with EASA's risk-based…

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It's Not Snowing Yet, But . . .

It's Not Snowing Yet, But . . .

"N91AA braking action is reported as medium by a Gulfstream and the RCC is 3/3/3." Are you ready to hear that from ATC? On approach is not the time to look at the pilot next to you and ask “What does RCC of 3 mean?"

The FAA will begin using new standards beginning October 1, 2016 to help clarify the reporting of runway conditions at all federally funded and Part 139 airports in the U.S.

Airport Operators, Pilots, and Dispatchers should become familiar with these new standards that were recommended by the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment…

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