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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC1689
FAAST Blast — Workforce Grants, Piper AD, Improving ADM, I’ve Got the Flight Controls
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FAAST Blast — Week of Feb 08, 2020 – Feb 14, 2021
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

FAA Accepting Applications for Aviation Workforce Development Grants

The FAA is seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs aimed at developing and inspiring a more inclusive pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to join the next generation of aviation professionals. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to become pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators. The Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants will help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of aviation maintenance technicians.

Applicants from academia and the aviation community can submit applications to through March 22, 2021. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit to review frequently asked questions, eligibility requirements, and guidelines.

Piper AD Addresses Wing Spar Fatigue Cracks

In January, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for certain Piper PA-28/-32 models prompted by a report of a wing separation caused by fatigue cracking ( The AD requires calculating the inspection requirements, inspecting the lower main wing spar bolt holes for cracks, and replacing any cracked main wing spar. It is effective Feb. 16, 2021. This AD follows closely to another Piper wing spar AD issued in November 2020. See the FAASTeam Notice here for more details on both ADs and to see if your airplane is affected:

Improve Your Aeronautical Decision Making

Many GA accidents stem from inadequate aeronautical decision making (ADM) skills. #FlySafe and learn more about ADM and how to apply its principles into your flying here: You can also check out the “57 Seconds to Safer Flying” video on ADM here:

I’ve Got the Flight Controls ... Or Do You?

Have your flying skills accumulated some rust over the past few months? If so, you’ll want to develop a plan for getting back in the air — including a few things that might not have been on your radar. In the FAA Safety Briefing article, “I’ve Got the Flight Controls ... Or Do You? A Game Plan for Getting Back in the Sky,” we provide tips on assessing a proper fitness level for both plane and pilot (you!). The article also covers some “living room learning” you can do to keep your skills sharp. Check out the article here:

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