FAA Requests Comments on Glider Transponder Requirements

The FAA is requesting comments on the removal of the current exception for gliders from the transponder requirement for aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). This is part of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that is being conducted in response to recommendations from members of Congress and the NTSB. For more information on the ANPRM or how to comment see: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-16/pdf/2015-14818.pdf

FAA Posts Second Video in New Safety Information Video Series

June 30- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted the second video designed to further enhance airport safety. Entitled The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update, the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports.  


The video also discusses the FAAs collaborative partnerships with other federal agencies and organizations to reduce wildlife strikes, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institutions Feather Identification Lab, and Bird Strike Committee-USA. To view the video, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/.


The FAA launched the safety information video series last year to provide the airport community with information to help them continue to operate the nations airports safely and efficiently.  Please visit faa.gov/airports and sign up to receive an e-mail alert when FAA releases a new safety video and the topic.

New FAA Safety Team Representative Appointed

The Charleston, SC, area recently received its newest representative of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Team, known as the FAASTeam. Charles “Randy” Myers was recently appointed as a FAASTeam Representative. Randy retired from the U.S. Marines in 2004 after 26.5 years of active service. Career highlights included flying combat missions during Desert Storm from the USS Nassau, two tours as a tactical jet flight instructor, and squadron command of VMAT-203, the AV-8B Harrier training squadron. Randy accumulated over 3500 hours of tactical jet time and amassed over 300 sea-based landings during his Marine Corps flying career. Today, Randy enjoys flying his Mooney M-20C and teaching Crew Resource Management to Marine and Air Force pilots and crew members. In addition to assuming his new FAASTeam responsibilities, Randy is a board member of the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council. The Safety Council’s mission of promoting aviation safety throughout the state aligns with that of the FAASTeam. The FAASTeam’s mission is to improve the Nation’s aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community. FAASTeam Representatives are aviation safety volunteers who wish to work closely with FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) to actively promote safety. These volunteers receive training and are supported by the FPM with equipment and materials. According to Valerie Palazzolo, FAA Safety Team Manager, the FAASTeam serves as an educational outreach arm of the FAA and is committed to serving the General Aviation community and making our skies even safer.

It’s Safe to Land in South Carolina!

Foreign Object Debris (FOD) costs our industry millions of dollars in damage each year and we view it as an ongoing threat. A clean hangar, ramp and runway today does not guarantee they will be clean next month. And the burden of FOD damage prevention does not fall on any one entity. The smart, proactive solution requires buy-in and action from all stakeholders: airport tenants, governmental entities, pilots, mechanics and others. The SC Aviation Safety Council is pleased to report significant progress and support for our FOD Initiative as key industry players are aligning themselves for action at South Carolina’s 60 airports. This safety initiative is designed to reinforce the state’s emerging role as a world leader in aviation and aerospace by letting industry know “it’s safe to land in South Carolina!”