04 Sep 10 Big Band Hangar Dance at Vintage Flying Museum, October 2nd

This is the 20th Anniversary of the dance, and a
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lso a celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the B-17. The Alan Glasscock Orchestra will be featured and tickets can be purchased online. Come on out and support a unique and worthy non profit museum, tour one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in existence and meet the great people who operate the Museum.

FMI: Vintage Flying Museum

Fly Smart,
Kent



04 Sep 10 New Online Courses for Line Up And Wait and Taxi Procedures

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From faasafety.gov: Objectives in this online course are to review and consider:
  • Best Practices during taxi operations,
  • Air Traffic Control Procedures and Phraseology,
  • Pilot responsibilities,
  • Awareness of airport markings and Pilot responsibilities re: Precision Obstacle Free Zone,
  • Part 91 and Part 135 Single-Pilot Procedures during taxi operations,
  • Use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during taxi operations, and
  • Best Practices for avoidance of runway incursions.
We invite you to go to www.FAASafety.gov and enroll in this informative course. It is titled, "Line Up and Wait - LUAW" and is one of our featured courses shown on our Home page."

Editor: These changes to surface operations are expected to reduce the potential for surface collisions. Aircraft are less manueverable on the ground and collision avoidance systems are not as effective, and we are more dependent on vision and hearing to detect other aircraft and vehicles. Traffic is also concentrated around an airfield and many other factors such as night ops, reduced visibility, complex layout, simultaneous runway operations and intersection departures enter into the risk management equation. Continuing education and learning lessons will help to correlate and manage threats in this environment.
Best Practices? Have an airport diagram out. Use it! Highlight key frequencies for quick reference. Write notes on the diagram, such as whether the airport conducts LUAW ops, multiple runway crossing authorizations, LAHSO, has enhanced taxiway markings, intersecting runway operations, etc. This information helps build our aeronautical knowledge and increases situational awareness.

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Kent


01 Sep 10 Coming To An Airport Near You, 30 Sep: "Line Up And Wait" Will Replace "Position And Hold"


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From AeroNews Network: "Pilots authorized by air traffic controllers to taxi onto runways and await takeoff clearance will be instructed to “line up and wait” rather than “position and hold” beginning on September 30 under new terminology adopted by the FAA. The new terminology, which was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board, conforms to terminology used internationally under ICAO guidelines.
A safety analysis conducted by the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization Terminal Services determined that adopting the phrase “line up and wait” will eliminate confusion, particularly among pilots who also fly overseas, and further reduce the risk of runway incursions.
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Beginning September 30, controllers will state the aircraft’s call sign, state the departure runway and then instruct pilots to “line up and wait,” i.e., “United 451, Runway 33L, line up and wait.” The phrase, “traffic holding in position” will continue to be used to advise other aircraft that traffic has been authorized to line up and wait on an active runway." The FAA will continue to emphasize that pilots are not permitted to cross any runway encountered while taxiing without explicit instructions from controllers.
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Editor's Note: One thing to remember about this new phraseology is that several years back, taxi into position and hold (TIPH) clearances were greatly reduced by the FAA in order to reduce the potential for runway collisions. ATC facilities had to get a waiver at each airport that wanted to use the procedure, by demonstrating that they had sufficient risk management strategies in place to eliminate or reduce exposure to the risk. So while there will be lot of focus on the new vocabulary, we need to also refresh ourselves on the residual hazards associated with "line up and wait" (LUAW). Pilots, pedestrians and vehicle operators need to look and listen before entering the protected area of a runway, and controllers ensure the area is clear before issuing clearances to cross, takeoff or land. Night time, reduced visibility, simultaneous intersecting runway operations and intersection departures can add to the level of risk. Being familiar with the airport layout and complexity of operations is a good start for operators, so ask questions, assess the environment and act accordingly.

Fly Smart,
Kent