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Type: General Information
Notice Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Notice Number: NOTC3649
FAAST Blast —2024 FAA Drone and AAM Symposium, Intro to Human Factors and Safety Culture, Broken Glass Procedures
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Mark Your Calendar: 2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Symposium July 30 – Aug 1

This year's FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Symposium will focus on how the FAA continues to safely integrate these aircraft while creating a framework to accelerate advanced operations. The event, which runs from July 30 – Aug 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland, will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, international aviation experts, industry leaders, and academia. 

The presenters and panelists will discuss the latest information and advancements related to the diverse uses of drones and the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility aircraft, like air taxis, into the National Airspace System.

This year’s theme is Connected Skies / Connected Communities. Sessions and workshops will focus on how the FAA continues to safely integrate drones while creating a regulatory and operational framework to accelerate advanced operations such as beyond visual line of sight and UAS Traffic Management (UTM). AAM sessions and workshops will focus on how air taxis and electric vertical take-off, and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will change aviation as we know it. 

FAA panelists and speakers will highlight the agency’s ongoing work to enable safe, efficient, and secure operations that meet the high safety standards the public expects and deserves.

To register and get updates on event programming, visit

Pilot Human Factors Course

Human error is both universal and inevitable. Everyone will make a mistake sooner or later and many accidents are directly linked to human error, but what can you do to minimize the risk? The study of human factors applies knowledge of the human body and mind to better understand our capabilities and limitations. With this knowledge we can design training, hardware, and software that leverages our strengths and compensates for our weaknesses.

Based on the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Safety Behaviors - Human Factors for Pilots, nine new Human Factors courses are available on the FAASTeam’s website at The course modules focus on safety culture, human performance, communication, teamwork, situational awareness, decision making, threat and error management, human information processing, and design and automation and are eligible for credit in the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.

For more on human factors, see our recent FlySafe topic of the month here

Broken Glass Procedures

In the modern flight deck, “broken glass” is a first-rate emergency that can spiral out of control with mind-numbing speed. Modern glass avionics are the gold standard of reliability – much more reliable, on average, than their analog pneumatic and electric-gyro predecessors. That said, anything that humankind makes can break, and the next steps for pilots flying glass are different from those flying steam. Read about these operational differences, and how to be prepared for this type of emergency in “Broken Glass Procedures” at in the May/June 2024 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. See the entire IFR flying issue at


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