SAFO

February 17, 2014 - 1:45pm

The FAA released a safety alert for operators (Safo) last week for the Cessna Citation 500 reminding pilots to observe the Citation’s operating limitations by ensuring aileron trim is properly set before takeoff. The Safo also highlights the need to avoid excessive use of trim in flight. A Citation 500 operated under Part 135 rules crashed in 2007 shortly after takeoff, killing the two pilots and four passengers.

November 18, 2013 - 3:17pm

The FAA has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO)–13010–to outline current guidance and best practices for Part 133 external load operators using non-human external cargo (NHEC).

May 27, 2013 - 1:45pm

The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 13005 to ensure that cargo carriers transporting heavy vehicles review all loading and securing procedures necessary for safe operations. The alert appears to be in response to the Boeing 747 takeoff accident at Bagram air base in Afghanistan on April 29.

January 14, 2013 - 1:40pm

In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminds pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations.

“A recent analysis of flight operations data (including normal flight operations, incidents and accidents) identified an increase in manual handling errors,” said the SAFO, issued on January 4.

January 30, 2011 - 10:00am

The FAA issued a Safety Alert For Operators (Safo) emphasizing the importance of proper tire maintenance. It discusses the potential consequences of improper tire pressure on aircraft while taxiing, taking off and landing.

May 10, 2010 - 5:51am

The FAA issued a safety alert for operators (Safo 01001) warning operators of aircraft with unpowered elevator controls that control forces may increase after application of Type II or IV anti-icing fluids. The Safo is the result of reports to the FAA of rejected takeoffs due to above-normal control pressure needed to achieve rotation. These rejected takeoffs were initiated at speeds above Vr or V1, according to the FAA.

July 2, 2009 - 11:42am

The FAA yesterday issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) regarding procedures for fighting fires caused by lithium batteries in portable electronic devices.

June 17, 2009 - 11:32am

After issuing a proposed Airworthiness Directive that will require operators of Learjet 60s to revise flight and maintenance manual tire inflation information, the FAA has published a Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFO 09012) that addresses tire inflation on all aircraft.

June 11, 2009 - 12:13pm

The FAA recently issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 09011) to provide guidance for Part 121 and 135 operators about the importance of using a constant angle of descent when conducting nonprecision instrument approaches. It issued the alert because a Part 121 operator conducting a nonprecision approach at night in IMC failed to control the descent rate and subsequently crashed short of the runway.

September 2, 2008 - 12:18pm

In a letter sent on Wednesday to FAA Flight Standards Service director James Ballough, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) conveyed its concerns about the progress of the Part 91K/125/135 takeoff and landing performance assessment aviation rulemaking committee (ARC).

 
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