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Type: General Information
Notice Date: Friday, December 29, 2017
Notice Number: NOTC7539
FAAST Blast – SAFO Issued for Rockwell Collins FMS, SAIB Calls for V-Band Coupling Inspections, Virtual Plan for the Real World
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Monday, January 29, 2018

FAAST Blast — Week of Dec. 25, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

SAFO Issued for Rockwell Collins Pro Line FMS

On December 14, 2017, the FAA issued SAFO 17013 which informs the operators of Rockwell Collins Flight Management Systems (FMS) Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 FMS of the reinstatement of approximately 10,000 approach procedures and provides awareness to flight crews of the new Rockwell Collins Temperature Compensation Limitations. Operators should familiarize themselves with the information in this SAFO (, as well as OPSB 0166-17R4 (, which provides guidance for flight crews to operate Rockwell Collins systems or products.

SAIB Calls for V-Band Exhaust Coupling Inspections

A recent FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) highlights an airworthiness concern with v-band coupling failures on all turbocharged, reciprocating engine powered aircraft, including rotorcraft. Cracks originating out of a spot weld, on multi-segment, spot welded, v-band couplings have led to separation of the outer band and failure of the v-band coupling to retain the tailpipe or exhaust inlet pipe. SAIB CE-18-07 recommends affected owners perform a detailed inspection of the couplings and replace the part as needed. For more details, including inspection criteria and photos, go to

A Virtual Plan for the Real World

Simulators allow pilots to practice dealing with dangerous or difficult situations without exposure to the risk that would normally accompany them. Learn how you can mitigate risk through simulation by reading the article, “A Virtual Plan for the Real World,” in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Download your copy or read online You can view a mobile-friendly version of this article at

From all of us here at the FAA Safety Briefing team, we wish you a happy and safe 2018!

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