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Our Single Pilot Resource Mgmt courses are live on the SPRM page . Unfortunately the FAA changed their compatibility requirements for videos so our courses cannot be uploaded for Wings credit even though in our courses it says you can.... sorry about that. It has been a 3 year fight to get these transferred from Activities to Courses on the Wings page and we were close until their computer wizzards changed everything and our embedded videos in our courses cannot be uploaded onto their servers. Our SPRM course are still great for continuing education and they are fun to watch... no pressure - no tests!

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Weekly aviation tidbits:

E-cigarettes hazmat? The FAA issued a new recommendation this week asking airlines to ban e-cigarettes in carry-on luggage. The Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) comes after several reported incidents in which the devices overheated and caught fire, according to the FAA. On January 4, 2015, a bag caught fire in the luggage area at Los Angeles International Airport and emergency responders attributed it to an overheated e-cigarette left in the bag. Last year, an e-cigarette caused a fire in the cargo hold of a passenger flight at Boston's Logan Airport. That flight had to be evacuated. "These incidents and several others occurring outside of air transportation have shown that e-cigarettes can overheat and cause fires when the heating element is accidentally activated or left on," according to the FAA.

airasia" A Dual Computer Failure And Poor Pilot Response May Have Brought Down AirAsia Jet Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed.An outage of the twin Flight Augmentation Computers (FAC) could not have directly caused the Dec. 28 crash, experts say, but without them the pilots would have had to rely on manual flying skills that are often stretched during a sudden airborne emergency. The pair of computers comprising the A320/s FAC system is mainly responsible for controlling rudder movements and helping to keep the airplane stable, as well detecting windshear, or sudden changes in wind speed or direction.
A failure of both FAC computers - one primary, the other back-up - is one of those rare circumstances that can cause the usual stall protection to trip. "The consequence of losing the two FACs is that the pilot has to fly manually like a conventional aircraft, which by definition has no flight envelope protection." In October, airlines were given four years to upgrade FACs on A320 jets at the next repair after a design review. An emergency European safety directive in December instructed crew how to disable computerized flight protections themselves but only in extremely rare circumstances. Some pilot unions, including those at Air France after an A330 jet crashed in the Atlantic in 2009, have argued in the past that Airbus systems are so complex that pilots can be overwhelmed when things go wrong. The jetmaker denies this.

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