20 May 10 How To Host a World Class Seminar

I was asked to put together a presentation on how we pull together great seminars. The seminars work because we have good people speaking, a nice place and an informational program.
Here are the ppt slides for FAASTEam WIngs Seminar KBL.ppt
Fly Smart,
Kent


08 May 10 Pilots to Congress: Volcanic Ash Threat Requires More Research

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image credit: Air Line Pilots Association

image credit: Air Line Pilots Association
In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, ALPA called for comprehensive research and more data collection on aviation safety hazards posed by volcanic ash and gases. The Association also encouraged the airline industry to improve methods to detect ash, strengthen aircraft certification standards, and enhance pilot and air traffic controller training.
Capt. Linda Orlady (United), ALPA’s Executive Air Safety vice chair, noted in her testimony (oral testimony | written submission) before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, “The recent Icelandic eruption demonstrated a lack of standardization among the various forecasts available to flight crews and dispatchers. As operations resumed in Europe, we received reports from pilots at different airlines that they were given conflicting information about ash cloud locations in their dispatch release documents.”
Flying in volcanic ash and gases poses a significant, but little understood, threat to the integrity of an aircraft, its engines, and to the health of its occupants. Although no fatal airline accidents have been attributed to volcanic ash, Orlady underscored to the Subcommittee that damage to aircraft and potential dangers to the passengers and crew have been well documented.
FMI: Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
Editor: The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines. ALPA provides 3 core services to its members; Airline Safety and Security, Representation and Advocacy. Through the Association's efforts, global air safety and performance is continually improved. Within our ranks we are privileged to serve with Capt Linda Orlady, whose family has been making our skies saferwith innovative ideas for many years.

Fly Smart,
Kent, ALPA Member since 1999 :)


06 May 10 FAA Rolls Out Digital NOTAMS!

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Photo credit AvWeb

Photo credit AvWeb
From AvWeb:The Atlantic City (N.J.) International Airport is the first in the national airspace system to deliver digital Notams, the FAA said this week. The notices have long been posted in a difficult-to-read shorthand designed for delivery over teletype machines. The digital versions will be easier to read, more accurate, and will be disseminated quicker, according to the FAA. "Digital information management is key to meeting the air traffic system's safety and efficiency goals," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "This is yet another step the FAA is taking to modernize the national airspace system."
The new digital system also will make it easier for pilots to identify Notams that affect their particular flight. The next airports to bring the new system online will be Washington Dulles, Reagan National, Baltimore-Washington International, Richmond, Norfolk, Denver, O'Hare and Midway in Chicago, Memphis, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Fort Wayne, Ind.
FMI: AvWeb
This will help us fly smarter!
Kent


04 May 10 Sporty's Newest FAASTeam Member

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Sporty’s Pilot Shop was recently named an industry member of the FAA Safety Team. The membership is mainly recognition of the company’s variety of training courses, more than 30 of which are available for FAA Wings credit. The courses include everything from the company’s complete flight training courses to its individual courses on seaplane flying, multiengine flying, and more. According to the Sporty’s website, “Our mission is to improve the aviation safety record by conveying safety principles and practices through outreach and education.”

This information provided by AOPA
FMI: FAASTeam

Fly Smart,
Kent