What Do We Really Know About the NTSB?

What Do We Really Know About the NTSB?

On March 31, 2017, President Donald Trump reappointed Robert Sumwalt to a two-year term as vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and announced his intention to renominate Sumwalt to another five-year term on the board. Vice Chairman Sumwalt is a pilot's pilot serving on the board, not shy about calling people or organizations out when their actions affect the safety of our industry.

As professional pilots, we're generally quite familiar with the NTSB. How could we not be? We learn very early in our training the requirements for filing reports, which form to use, how much time…

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The Most Important Sign At The Airport

The Most Important Sign At The Airport

The FAA recently released an updated version of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK) and there have been some changes that are worth noting.

What was formerly an entire 24-page PHAK Appendix devoted to Runway Incursion Avoidance in the last issue has been compressed to 6 pages in Chapter 14, Airport Operationsin the latest PHAK. The reduced number of pages should not be misconstrued as diminished importance. Runway Incursion is still a big deal. Keep in mind that the deadliest aviation accident, to date, was a Runway Incursion at Tenerife, when two 747s collided on a foggy runway. That…

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When Was The Last Time You Gave Your Passport A Checkup?

When Was The Last Time You Gave Your Passport A Checkup?

You have been examined and issued a medical by the AME, the mechanics have completed the aircraft inspections, your international paperwork has been checked and double checked, and your preflight checks are all done. Are you ready for your international flight?

You may be, but is your passport?

The condition of our passport is something we may take for granted. After all, the worth of a well-traveled crewmember is measured by the dog ears on their passport, right? Maybe so in our small circle, but you may find that some customs officials abroad have differing opinions on this matter. Just…

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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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