FAAST Newsletter – Apr. 14, 2009

For more information, go to: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=20772 FAA Forecast Highlights General Aviation/Light-Sport Activity
According to the 2009–2025 FAA Aerospace Forecast, general aviation (GA) activity saw a sharp decline in 2008.  Operations at combined FAA and contract towers declined 5.6 percent in 2008, the steepest decline since 2003.  On the flip side, the active GA fleet size is estimated to have increased by 1 percent in 2008, with future years expected to hold about the same rate of growth.  While the overall forecast remains bleak for most of GA, one bright spot is the burgeoning light-sport industry, which, according to the 2009–2025 Forecast, is predicted to grow more than 12 percent in the next two years. 

To view the forecast tables, as well as more information on the 2009–2025 Forecast, see: http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation/aerospace_forecasts/2009-2025/

Get “Plugged In” for Safety Videos On-the-Go
The safety-related “Videos On Demand” produced and broadcast from the FAA Production Studios at the FAASTeam National Resource Center in Lakeland, FL, are now available for viewing directly on iPhones and iPod Touch devices.  Video topics include icing for general aviation pilots, safe weather practices, and “Plane Time,” the Production Studios’ talk-show style aviation seminar.  Icons have been added to the FAA Production Studio’s Web site on the “Videos On Demand” page to indicate iPhone and iPod Touch compatible videos.  The icons link to files that can be viewed directly on these devices without additional software. These initial files do require high-speed internet access for viewing. Future plans call for the videos to be made available through iTunes, where they can be stored locally on an iPod device and downloaded without high-speed internet.

To see the latest videos, go to http://www.faasafety.gov/ and click on “Videos On Demand” in the top right corner. You can also access the videos at http://www.faaproductionstudios.com/.

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