Thunderstorms could delay flights in Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (MDW, ORD), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis- St. Paul (MSP), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL). Low clouds are expected this morning in San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).
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The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays,ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.
Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.
WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $533,320 civil penalty against Steele Aviation of Beverly Hills, Calif., for allegedly conducting unauthorized charter flights using pilots who lacked required training.
This is the third civil penalty the FAA has proposed against Steele Aviation since 2017. In separate actions, the agency also suspended and later revoked the pilot certificates of Nicolas Steele, the president of Steele Aviation, and a pilot he employed.
In the most recent case, the FAA alleges Steele Aviation conducted at least 10 unauthorized for-hire flights between Jan. 28, 2019 and Feb. 14, 2019 using a Hawker HS-125-800 jet. Steele Aviation flew the same paying passenger to and from Burbank, Calif.; Boeing Field, Wash.; Teterboro, N.J.; Gary Chicago International Airport, Ill.; and Victoria, British Columbia.
The flights were unauthorized because Steele Aviation did not have an air carrier certificate; used pilots who had not passed required annual knowledge checks, annual flight-competency checks and undergone recurrent training; used an aircraft that was not on the operating specifications of any air carrier certificate; and did not have economic operating authority from the Department of Transportation, the FAA alleges.
Steele Aviation knew these flights were unauthorized because the FAA had taken enforcement action against the company twice previously for similar alleged violations, the FAA alleges.
The flights were careless or reckless and endangered lives and property, the FAA alleges.
The FAA has proposed two previous civil penalties against Steele Aviation for allegedly conducting unauthorized charter flights.
In December 2017, the FAA proposed a $167,500 civil penalty against the company for 37 allegedly unauthorized flights, and in October 2018, the FAA proposed a $624,000 civil penalty against the company for 16 allegedly unauthorized flights. Both cases are still pending.
In June 2017, the FAA suspended Nicolas Steeles commercial pilot certificate for 120 days for acting as the second in command on a round-trip flight carrying a passenger for compensation without holding an air carrier certificate. At the same time, the FAA suspended the airline transport pilot certificate of Christian Monthy for acting as pilot in command on those same flights.
In April 2019, the FAA issued an emergency order revoking all certificates held by Nicolas Steele and Christian Monthy for piloting the 10 alleged unauthorized flights that are the subject of the most recent proposed civil penalty. Both men have appealed the revocations.
Steele Aviation has 30 days after receiving the FAAs enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
The Federal Aviation Administration is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Barry as it continues to move toward land. We are preparing facilities and equipment to withstand storm damage along the projected storm path so we can quickly resume disaster relief operations after it passes. The following guidance applies to travelers, drone users, and general aviation pilots in the affected area:
During severe weather, airlines are likely to cancel flights in the direct path of the storm and surrounding areas. Flights that are not canceled may be delayed. Once a storm makes landfall, airports may be listed as open, but flooding on local roadways might limit safe access to airports for passengers, as well as airline and airport employees. As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding could take longer than usual.
As always, check with your airline about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport. Major carriers provide flight status updates on their websites:
Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline, not the FAA. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visitingFly.FAA.gov, which is updated regularly. You can also checkcurrent travel advisoriesprovided by most U.S. airlines.
The FAA has published a NOTAM related to Tropical Storm Barry for the Coastal Regions of Mississippi and Louisiana.
The NOTAM is valid from Noon CT on July 12 and remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. CT on July 14. A full copy of the NOTAM is available through the FAAs NOTAM search tool, Number: 9/0238
Drone Pilots must be aware of the following:
Avoid flying in the area unless conducting an active disaster response or recovery mission.
The FAA might issue a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in the affected area. Be sure to check for active TFRs if you plan to fly.
Remember that you cannot fly inside a TFR without FAA approval.
Be aware that significant penalties that may exceed $20,000 if drone operators interfere with emergency response operations. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if aTemporary Flight Restriction(TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.
IF YOU ARE NOT CERTIFICATED AS A REMOTE PILOT OR DO NOT ALREADY HOLD A COA, YOU CANNOT FLY.
General Aviation Pilots
Standard check lists are even more important in and around severe weather. Be aware of weather conditions throughout the entire route of your planned flight. A pilots failure to recognize deteriorating weather conditions continues to cause or contribute to accidents.
WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration has served an emergency order revoking the repair station certificate of Porterfield Propellers of Abernathy, Texas.
The company, which was authorized to test and inspect propellers, intentionally falsified records and conducted improper inspections, the FAA alleges.
On Oct. 16, 2017, Porterfield Propellers knowingly falsified records to indicate it had used required equipment while inspecting two propellers for a Piper Aztec. The records indicated the company performed a magnetic particle inspection of the propeller blade clamps, but no such inspections were done, the FAA alleges.
In May 2018, the company serviced five propeller blades with equipment that had not undergone required overhauls, the FAA alleges. Additionally, the company had not validated the equipment by conducting required evaluations of parts on which it had been used, the FAA alleges.
Under the FAAs emergency order, Porterfield must immediately surrender its certificate. The company can request an FAA review of the emergency determination within two days after receiving the order. The company also has 10 days after receiving the order to file an appeal with the National Transportation Safety Boards Office of Administrative Law Judges.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about how to avoid loss of control (LOC) accidents.
A LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.
LOC is the number one root cause of fatalities in GA accidents. More than 2 percent of GA fatalities occur during the maneuvering phase of flight. Of those accidents, half involve stall/spin scenarios.
Stay safe! This series will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight.
You may think of stabilized approaches in terms of instrument flying in large airplanes, but theyre equally important to pilots who fly smaller GA airplanes using visual flight rules (VFR). Consider the following to maintain a stable approach:
Maintain a constant speed and a constant descent rate that will safely put you in the best position to land with the least amount of work to do when you get there.
Memorize your speeds and configuration data so you wont have to check the Pilots Operating Handbook in the midst of a busy landing.
If youre not stable at 500 feet, or 1,000 feet when flying using instrument flight rules (IFR) go around. Go-arounds are your best defense against landing accidents.
What is a De-Stabilized Approach?
Excessive speed, excessive altitude, and the necessity for maneuvering can all contribute to a de-stabilized approach.
A stabilized approach is unlikely if you enter the pattern 150 knots or just above stall speed, or 1,000 feet above the pattern altitude. But, what if traffic congestion is forcing you to move faster or higher than your comfort zone?
If following traffic or complying with air traffic control (ATC) instructions will destabilize your flight, its time to exercise your pilot-in-command responsibility. Say the word unable and then establish a new plan.
For mission-oriented pilots, its hard to say unable. But, theres no shame in missing an approach or going around and living to make another flight. If you cant make the approach, just say so.
So when do I go around?
If youre at or below 500 feet in VFR conditions and the approach isnt stable, its time to go around.
If the runway is out of service, or theres traffic on it, its time to go around.
Whatever the situation, the earlier you make the decision to go around, the easier it will be.
Once youve decided to go around, stick to that decision. Changing your mind after youve started the maneuver is bound to be de-stabilizing, and youre too close to the ground for that.
Handling a Missed Approach
When executing a missed approach or going around, youre already close to the ground, so your first priority is to maintain aircraft control:
Arrest your descent, apply power to maintain altitude or climb as appropriate, and configure the airplane for climb or level flight.
With the aircraft under control, its time to navigate. For VFR, continue to the runway threshold while climbing to pattern altitude, then maneuver to remain in or reenter the pattern and follow ATC instructions as appropriate. For instrument flight rules (IFR), continue to the missed approach point and then either fly the missed approach procedure or follow ATC instructions.
Communicate your intentions, either through a call to ATC, or a call on the common traffic advisory frequency.
Be sure to plan for a go-around on every approach. Know when youll make the decision and execute the go-around at that point.
Dont second guess yourself. This is the time to stand by your decision.
An important part of maintaining a stabilized approach on landing is learning to manage distractions especially while maneuvering close to the ground. Consider these tips to help keep you distraction-free:
Maintain a sterile cockpit while in departure, approach, and landing flight segments and while maneuvering.
Make sure your aircraft is stable before copying ATC instructions, changing charts, reviewing approach, and other tasks.
Keep your passenger busy by asking him or her to help you scan for traffic.
Finally, fly regularly with a flight instructor who will challenge you to review what you know, explore new horizons, and to always do your best.
Be sure to document your achievement in the Wings Proficiency Program. Its a great way to stay on top of your game and keep your flight review current.
More about Loss of Control
Contributing factors may include:
Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
Intentional failure to comply with regulations
Failure to maintain airspeed
Failure to follow procedure
Pilot inexperience and proficiency
Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol
Did you know?
From October 2017 through September 2018, 387 people died in 226 general aviation accidents
Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.