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Avoiding Monstrous Maintenance MistakesMay 20–The May/June 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is all about Airworthiness Certification and Standards. In this issue we look at the hidden dangers of layering supplemental type certificates (STC), who to go to when your plane has an issue, and how to take care of an aging aircraft. In addition, you can learn more about the airworthiness directive (AD) process and how to apply for an STC. 

Among the feature articles in this issue include:

  • "Growing Old Gracefully" – How to care for “Senior” Airplanes (p. 8)
  • "Beware the Frankenplane!” – explores the hidden dangers of layering STCs (p. 12)
  • and "The ‘Doctor’ is In" – examines who should fix your airplane (p. 18)

Other features include "All About ADs" – provides information about the Airworthiness Directive process (p. 22) , how STCs are handling the growing changes in aviation design (p. 16), and “AOA: More than Just a Display,” focuses on how Angle of Attack (AOA) indicators  can provide critical flight safety information that can help you avoid stalls (p. 25).

The issue’s Jumpseat department (p. 1) examines the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic awards program, while Vertically Speaking (p. 29) discusses the new Land and Live campaign that FAA is a part of.  

FAA Safety Briefing is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community.  The magazine's objective is to improve safety by:

  • making the community aware of FAA resources
  • helping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, and
  • encouraging continued training

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