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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Notice Number: NOTC2599
FAAST Blast — New IFR Self Briefing Course, Next FAASB Live - Sep 27, Up Close with Gentle Giants
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Sunday, October 9, 2022

FAAST Blast — Week of Sep 05, 2022 – Sep 11, 2022
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

New Course Launched for Conducting IFR Self-Briefings

This week launched a new online course (ALC-889: Conducting Preflight Self-Briefings for IFR Pilots) to provide Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) student and IFR pilots, guidance on how to conduct a safe and regulatory compliant preflight self-briefing using automated weather resources. The new course, developed by Flight Service, will help ensure pilots understand aviation weather basics and how to apply meteorological and aeronautical information in a systematic manner to plan a safe flight. It includes scenarios, real-life examples, videos, reference materials, and practice exercises for pilots to conduct on their own or with a CFII.

To receive appropriate WINGS course credit for this course, be sure you have an account on Once you log in, you can enroll and complete the course:

Next FAA Safety Briefing Live – Sep 27

The next FAA Safety Briefing Live is coming your way at 1900 CT on Tuesday, Sep. 27. The live-streaming broadcast will introduce the September/October 2022 issue, which focuses on the FAA’s Flight Program Operations team and the critical role they play in assuring safety in the National Airspace System. The live session will cover this team’s various missions and how to operate safely when you hear the “Flight Check” call sign on the radio. We’ll also look at the various partnerships Flight Program Operations has with other agencies, provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the fleet, and make a pitch for potential career opportunities with this dynamic group of aviation professionals.

To access this presentation, go to Registration is not required. To earn WINGS credit for viewing the presentation, please click the “Earn WINGS Credit” button from within the presentation window. You can also view and earn WINGS credit on archived broadcasts of FAA Safety Briefing Live. Follow the link on the lower right corner of the page, or go to

Up Close with the Gentle Giants

Every year, hundreds of balloon events occur across the United States, ranging in size from less than a dozen balloons to more than 650 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon event in the world. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes to keep pilots, crews, and spectators safe at balloon events. Commercial hot air balloon pilot and FAASTeam Representative Adam Magee provides an inside look at some of these precautions and what it takes to launch a safe balloon event in his article “Up Close with the Gentle Giants” at


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