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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Notice Number: NOTC7493
FAAST Blast – Proposed Piper/Textron ADs, Aero. Chart Users Guide Update, New NTSB Safety Alert, Set a Course for “Sim City”
This notice expired on
Sunday, December 17, 2017

FAAST Blast — Week of Nov 13, 2017 – Nov 19, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update


Proposed ADs for Piper/Textron Aviation

The FAA last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that addresses reports of main wing spar corrosion found in certain Piper PA-28 and PA-32 Cherokee series airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing an inspection access panel in the lower wing skin near the left and the right main wing spars if not already there, inspecting the left and the right main wing spars for corrosion, and taking all necessary corrective actions. The FAA estimates the AD would affect 11,476 airplanes of U.S. Registry. For more details and for instructions on how to submit comments before the December 22 deadline, go to

            The FAA also revised an NPRM originally designed for Textron Aviation A36TC and B36TC Bonanza models to include all Textron Aviation Models S35, V35, V35A, and V35B airplanes that have the optional turbocharger engine installed. The proposed AD aims to prevent

failure of the exhaust tailpipe v-band coupling (clamp) that may lead to detachment of the exhaust tailpipe from the turbocharger and allow high-temperature exhaust gases to enter the engine compartment. The comment period for the NPRM has been reopened until December 26, 2017. For more, go to


Aeronautical Chart Users Guide Revamped

Last month, the FAA’s Aeronautical Information Services (formerly, “AeroNav Products”) released a revamped Chart Users Guide (CUG). The CUG website offers improved navigation, updated information and expanded content, ranging from a more robust IFR Enroute & Terminal Terms section, to the addition of a “References & Abbreviations” and “What’s New” sections. The CUG is an unparalleled training and study aid for student pilots, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators, flight instructors, and anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with FAA charts and publications. It serves as a reference for both novice and experienced pilots alike, decoding the legends and information found on VFR charts, Helicopter Route charts, Flyway Planning charts, Terminal Procedure Publications and IFR Enroute charts. 

Download the new CUG at:

Runway Length Matters

            See the NTSB’s Safety Alert (SA-071) on Understanding the Potential Hazards on Intersection Takeoffs at


Chart A Course for “Sim City”

Explore the exciting world of flight simulation technology and its evolving impact on aviation safety in our new issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online For a good primer on how flight simulators have evolved, check out author William Dubois’ article, “Link Trainer, to Desktop, to Redbird.” You can view a mobile-friendly version of this article at


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