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FAA Safety Briefing, V. 55, No. 6, November/December 2016

FAA Safety Briefing, V. 55, No. 6, November/December 2016
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Published six times a year, FAA Safety Briefing, formerly FAA Aviation News, promotes aviation safety by discussing current technical, regulatory, and procedural aspects affecting the safe operation and maintenance of aircraft. Although based on current FAA policy and rule interpretations, all material is advisory or informational in nature and should not be construed to have regulatory effect. Certain details of accidents described herein may have been altered to protect the privacy of those involved.

The November/December 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on many of the questions the FAA commonly receives from the public, as well as how to interact more effectively with the agency. Areas of discussion include aviation rulemaking, airman rules and regulations, and pilot resources.

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8 What is the Federal Register? And Why is it Important? by Jennifer Caron

10 Out For Comments Why Does it Take So Long to Process a Rule? by Jennifer Caron

12 What if the Rule Doesn’t Fit? A Primer on Deviations, Exemptions, Waivers, and Authorizations by Paul Greer

14 Who’s in Charge? Logging Pilot in Command Time by James Williams

18 Breaking Bad What To Do When You See Someone Doing Something Wrong by Sabrina Woods

22 Safety in Numbers Understanding the Parameters for Small UAS Operations by Tom Hoffmann

27 Why Can’t I Uber with My Airplane? The Legalities of Ridesharing in the Skies by Paul Cianciolo


1 Jumpseat – an executive policy perspective

2 ATIS – GA news and current events

5 Aeromedical Advisory – a checkup on all things aeromedical

6 Ask Medical Certification – Q&A on medical certification issues

26 Checklist – FAA resources and safety reminders

31 Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons – GA maintenance issues

33 Angle of Attack – GA safety strategies

34 Vertically Speaking – safety issues for rotorcraft pilots

35 Flight Forum – letters from the Safety Briefing mailbag

36 Postflight – an editor’s perspective

Inside back cover FAA Faces – FAA employee profile


FAA personnel, aircraft operators, those responsible for the maintenance of aircraft, and pilots may be interested in this Safety Briefing.

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