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FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Bulletin Issued on Noise-Cancelling Headset Use

On November 20, 2015, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-16-08) that advises GA pilots and operators of concerns with the use of noise cancelling headsets. In many cases, pilots are using the noise cancelling headsets as supplementary equipment during operations. When wearing these headsets, the pilot may be unaware of environmental sounds and audible warning annunciations in the cockpit that do not come through the intercom system.

California Airports

Cloverdale airport’s future before City Council

December 5, 2015

The fate of the Cloverdale Airport is up in the air as city officials grapple with whether to grant a developer’s demand to close it in order to accommodate a proposed $200 million resort next door.

Closing an airfield involves a lengthy federal application process with an uncertain outcome, but developers of the 254-acre Alexander Valley Resort say they are willing to foot the bill, as well as pay for more than $7 million in improvements to repurpose the airport into a sports park.

Aviation Interest

FAAST Blast — Week of Nov 30 – Dec 06, 2015

Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update

Final Rule Issued to Remove Certain Instrument Approach Procedures

On November 10, 2015, the FAA issued a final rule that removes certain redundant or underutilized ground-based nondirectional radio beacon (NDB) and VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs). Removing these NDB and VOR SIAPs (334 in total) is an integral part of right-sizing the quantity and type of procedures in the NAS, especially as a growing number of area navigation (RNAV) instrument approach procedures are made available. The complexity and cost of maintaining the existing ground based navigational infrastructure while expanding RNAV capability is not sustainable. To view the rule and the list of affected SIAPs and their removal dates, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-10/pdf/2015-28478.pdf.