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Monday, March 13, 2017

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

FAAST Blast – SAFO on ADS-B Out Testing, GA Activity Survey, Maneuvering Flight, Ins and Outs of ADS-B
Notice Number: NOTC7077

FAAST Blast — Week of Mar 06, 2017 – Mar 12, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update 
FAA SAFO Covers Proper Procedures for ADS-B Out Equipment Testing
            The FAA recently issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which informs personnel involved with ground testing of aircraft ATC transponders and ADS-B Out equipment of the importance of adhering to proper test procedures and the hazards associated with improper testing. The FAA has received reports of transponder and ADS-B Out system ground test events in which information, including simulated altitude, was transmitted from the test aircraft and received by aircraft inflight. The FAA recommends that anyone performing these tests evaluate the adequacy of their procedures and adhere to proper test procedures to prevent uninhibited system transmission that may affect ATC operations or airborne aircraft.
            For more information on this SAFO, click here.

GA Activity Survey
The 39th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2016 has officially launched. As always, your participation is important. The GA Survey is the FAA’s primary source of information about the size and activity of the GA and on-demand part 135 fleet. It includes a wide range of aircraft, aircraft operations, and types of ownership. If you receive a survey, please complete it, even if you did not fly in 2016. Information gathered will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-826-1797 or email

 #FlySafe Topic of the Month – Maneuvering Flight
               This month, we’re focused on how you can maintain safety during the maneuvering phase of flight, which is during take-off, landing, and while you are maneuvering in the traffic pattern. For details, see the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) flyer here. The flyer also mentions a FAASTeam “Let’s Take a Minute for Safety” video on moose stalls:

The Ins and Outs of ADS-B
The March/April 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, a foundational component of the FAA's NextGen system for improving the safety and efficiency of the NAS. Articles cover the myriad safety and technology benefits ADS-B offers, as well as provide important details on the purchase, installation, and operation of ADS-B equipment. For a basic overview of ADS-B, see the article “ADS-B 101: What It Is, and What It Means to You” at
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