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March/april 2017; Faa Safety Briefing

FAA Safety Briefing, V. 56, No. 2, March/April 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 March/April 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, a foundational component of 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. The deadline to equip with ADS-B Out is January 1, 2020.

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8 ADS-B 101 What It Is, and What It Means to You by the FAA Surveillance and Broadcast Services Office

11 Getting it Right What You Need to Know About ADS-B Installation Errors by James Williams

14 Everyone Loves A Rebate The FAA’s General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program Explained by the FAA Surveillance and Broadcast Services Office

18 What’s In a Name? How to Avoid an ADS-B Call Sign Mismatch by Tom Hoffmann

22 Top 10 Things You Need to Know About ADS-B Quick Tips and Information for GA Aircraft by Jennifer Caron

28 Roll of Honor 2016’s Master Pilot and Master Mechanic Award Winners


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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