Of course, what conversation of FAASTeam outreach would be complete without mentioning yours truly, the FAA Safety Briefing magazine staff? In addition to producing the bi-monthly GA safety publication you’re currently reading, the FAA Safety Briefing staff also supports various projects and communication campaigns, authors regular FAAST Blast email messages, and is the driving force behind much of the FAA’s GA-focused social media content mentioned earlier. The magazine team also introduced a new FAA Safety Briefing Live! presentation that launched last March. The one-hour live broadcast reviews and discusses content from each new issue together with special guests from the FAA and the GA community. These WINGS-credit-eligible events are archived for anyone to watch. Here’s the link to our July/August issue broadcast: www.faasafetybriefing.com/July-August.html.
Pardon the cliché here, but wait, there’s more!
The FAASTeam is also actively involved with flight instructors, a true cornerstone of the pilot community. In addition to hosting quarterly flight instructor forums across the country where instructors are able to discuss flight training challenges and best practices, the FAASTeam is leading a new Flight Instructor Performance Assessment initiative that aims to yield better instructional performance and safer pilots. The FAASTeam is also essential to the FAA’s remedial training program, reviewing and developing curricula and remedial training agreements, and monitoring trainee progress.
As an integral member of the GA community, the FAASTeam maintains relationships with many federal and state aviation entities (e.g., NTSB, DHS), and partners with several private sector organizations who have a stake in aviation safety (e.g., AOPA, EAA). The FAASTeam also works with several different offices within the FAA to conduct targeted outreach. In recent years, they have worked very closely with the Office of Runway Safety, NextGen, the UAS Integration Office, and the rotorcraft community. The FAASTeam even provides a training course for first responders on the unique challenges of handling aircraft accidents.
”We support the GA community in more ways than people might realize,” says National FAASTeam Outreach Products Manager John Steuernagle, who, in addition to developing content for many of the nationwide FAASTeam seminars, courses, and videos, also oversees the team’s brochures, posters, and handout materials. Steuernagle was also instrumental in developing a flight risk assessment tool (FRAT) that helps pilots identify hazards before flight. The FAASTeam FRAT is available in a spreadsheet form on the FAASafety.gov library, or as an app in Apple’s App Store. The FAASTeam FRAT is currently the only FRAT available for Apple Watch.
The FAAST Family
For nearly 50 years, the FAASTeam, including its previous formats, has been building a multi-faceted safety community that is highly regarded worldwide. Its safety promotion accomplishments are extremely impressive as is its ability to bring together airmen, educators, and safety service providers all for the purpose of promoting an aviation safety culture. The only thing missing perhaps is you!
If you’re not already part of the FAASTeam family, consider it. Whether you’re a service provider, a volunteer FAASTeam Rep, a WINGS member, or just a consumer of content, your participation can and does make a difference. Contact your local FAASTeam program manager (FPM) or Rep today for more information.
Oh, and you might want to consider dusting off that library card too. As Dr. Seuss famously stated: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Tom Hoffmann is the managing editor of FAA Safety Briefing. He is a commercial pilot and holds an A&P certificate.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2018 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine.