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September 1, 2002
Excerpts from the FAA notice distributed to all flight standards district offices (FSDO) on January 9, 2002. This notice was sent to all FAA inspectors for them using in assisting flight schools and FBOs.
BUSINESS CONSIDERATIONS. In view of the accident which occurred on January 5, 2002 involving a 15-year old student pilot taking an aircraft without authorization, an action which resulted in a fatality to the student pilot, flight schools and fixed base operators should consider implementing any of the following suggestions appropriate to the size and scope of their flight operations. Note that some suggestions supersede or are more extensive than others and operators should adapt those that best fit their businesses. Another distinction to be made is whether these enhancements should apply to student pilots once they have soloed and the suggestions are geared toward the pre-solo student pilot, some applying only to under-age student pilots. Flight schools and fixed base operators should evaluate their operations from a security standpoint and institute policies and procedures commensurate with their specific business. Before attempting to implement any of these suggestions, consider designating an employee as a security coordinator to be responsible for maintaining, upgrading and updating any security policies and procedures.
January 9, 2002
Pilot Training and Certification,
Advocacy and Legislation,
Contemplating IFR flight scenarios for airports like Delta, Utah, is excellent review for any instrument pilot. That's because briefing for a flight into and out of Delta covers bases unlikely to be encountered on your next two-hour tour of your home field approaches.
Cessna reports "strong deliveries" of the new TTx since being awarded an FAA type certificate in June, and Brazil has followed suit.
What’s your heading?” Rare is the student pilot who hasn’t let distraction, or turbulence, spoil a slick stint of steady flying. Then you vow to do a better job next time of keeping track of the messages your instruments are displaying.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.