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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Notice Number: NOTC6460
FAAST Blast – ACS Approach to Special Emphasis Items, GA Award Winners, A/FD Renamed, Sun ‘n Fun 2016, Stabilizing Your Approach
This notice expired on
Saturday, April 23, 2016

FAAST Blast — Week of March 21, 2016 – Mar 27, 2016
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Looking for LAHSO? Check Out the ACS Approach to Special Emphasis Items    

               One of the many improvements that the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) brings to training and testing is a better approach to the "special emphasis" items, like LAHSO (Land and Hold Short Operations). As you know, the introduction section in today's Practical Test Standards (PTS) for airman certificates and ratings includes a lengthy list of these topics. By incorporating each one as a knowledge or risk management item in the appropriate Area of Operation and Task, the ACS connects it to real-world operations and provides context that helps applicants, instructors, and evaluators understand why it is important. To see how it looks, please visit the Airman Testing web page ( and watch for additional FAAST Blast updates as the FAA prepares to implement the ACS for Private Pilot Airplane and Instrument Airplane Rating in June 2016.
GA Awards Winners Announced
            The votes are in and winners have been announced for this year’s National General Aviation Awards! The winners are (drum roll, please): Robert James Hepp, Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year; Adrian Allen Eichhorn, Aviation Technician of the Year; and Richard Lawrence Martindell, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. Please join us in congratulating the award winners and recognizing their outstanding contributions to GA.
            Each honoree will receive a special plaque from the FAA at EAA Airventure this July in Oshkosh, Wisc. Their names will also be added to a
large perpetual plaque located in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. For more information on the award winners, as well as more on the General Aviation Awards Program and how to nominate someone, go to

Airport / Facility Directory Renamed

            Beginning March 31, 2016, the familiar green Airport/Facility Directory will have a new name: Chart Supplement U.S. The Airport/Facility Directory title will still refer to the front section of the book where the airports, NAVAIDs, and weather devices are listed. The new Chart Supplement title will refer to the entire volume. To view or download the Chart Supplements, go to

Sun ’n Fun Reminder

            If you’re planning to fly to Sun ’n Fun (April 5-10), don’t forget to read the 2016 Sun ’n Fun Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) available at For a list of the FAA forums at the event, go to

Stabilizing Your Approach

            So, what makes a good landing? For starters, don’t judge a landing by its flare says author and FAA Safety Briefing contributor William Dubois. In his article, “Stupid Runway!” Dubois writes that “a landing that looks smooth, but is really an aerobatic performance of constant changes in roll, pitch, and power to stay on target and achieve a constant glide path is really just a plane crash waiting to happen.” Learn more about the importance of a stabilized approach in the March/April 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine available at


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