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New Animation for Runway Simulator, New Rule for AMT Schools, Know Your ADS-B

The Runway Safety Pilot Simulator online at has a new animation. “Non-Towered Operations: Communications” is the first in a three-part series focusing on surface operations in the non-towered environment. This first part covers basic radio communications. Future parts will dive deeper into VFR operations and cover mixed VFR and IFR operations at non-towered airports.

More than half of GA operations are conducted at non-towered airports, which includes when an airport's control tower is closed, and air traffic services are not provided. As the pilot-in-command, you must know and understand operations at these airports. For more information, see AC 90-66, Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations, which was added to the site’s resources tab.

FAA Modernizes AMT School Curriculum Requirements

A new rule from the FAA will improve and modernize the training requirements for aviation maintenance technician schools (AMTS). The new rule will enable schools to teach aviation technicians with a curriculum that incorporates new innovations and technologies.

In the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act of 2020, Congress directed the FAA to adopt new requirements for issuing AMTS certificates and the associated ratings. This rule adopts those requirements and revises the general operating rules for the holders of AMTS certificates and ratings. The final rule takes effect Sep 21, 2022. Comments must be received by June 23, 2022.

Get To Know Your ADS-B

Just because the first word in Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is “automatic” doesn’t mean you can forget about it once you’ve equipped. You need to know and understand a lot about this technology to ensure you have optimized its performance in your aircraft. We’ve highlighted several important facts that every pilot should know, like transmitting requirements and failure indications, in the article “How to Maximize the Benefits of Your ADS-B” here: and on the FAA website here: Check out our entire May/June weather-themed issue here:

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