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FAA Safety Briefing, V. 56, No. 1. January/February 2017

FAA Safety Briefing, V. 56, No. 1. January/February 2017
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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 January/February 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aviation risk management and aeronautical decision making. Featured content follows the framework of the PAVE checklist, covering a pilot’s decision making process to mitigate risks in terms of the: Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment, and External Pressures.

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7 Sharing the Wealth ASAP Expansion Improves Airspace Safety for All by Bryan Burns

8 Risky Business The What, How, and Why of Risk Management by Susan Parson

12 Say Ahh ... A Pilot’s Guide to Self-Assessing Risk by Tom Hoffmann

16 Is My Aircraft Right for Flight? The Importance of Preflight Prep by Jennifer Caron

18 Bring the Heat How to Avoid Induction Icing by Dr. Dave Swartz

20 The Wild (Not So Blue) Yonder Mitigating Risk in the Flight Operating Environment by James Williams

23 Are We There Yet? How External Pressures Can Affect Your Flight 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

27 Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons – GA maintenance issues

29 Angle of Attack – GA safety strategies

30 Vertically Speaking – safety issues for rotorcraft pilots

31 Flight Forum – letters from the Safety Briefing mailbag

32 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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