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Is your airplane invisible?The FAA is preparing to implement changes to its Traffic Information Services-Broadcast (TIS-B), which provides traffic information to aircraft using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and In. Currently, aircraft emitting ADS-B Out signals that do not comply with the performance requirement of any FAA standards are invisible to aircraft receiving TIS-B information through a certified ADS-B In system. That's because certified ADS-B In systems filter from the display targets that don't meet certain quality parameters in the ADS-B message. As a result, aircraft that may have improperly installed ADS-B Out systems or those with non-certified ADS-B Out systems are invisible to aircraft with properly functioning certified ADS-B In systems.The changes first announced in early 2015, which are scheduled to take effect in Southern California beginning in mid-January with nationwide implementation completed by late February, are designed to ensure that aircraft carrying certified ADS-B In equipment can see additional traffic. The changes also eliminate any incentive for operators to equip with ADS-B Out systems that are not compatible with certified ADS-B In systems. By making these changes, the FAA is closing a gap that has made some traffic invisible, said Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and air traffic. While this is an important step that can help improve traffic awareness, pilots need to remember that they still have a responsibility to be vigilant, look outside, and maintain separation from other aircraft..

New student pilot cert. rules Under a new rule released today by the FAA, student pilots will no longer get their student pilot certificate from an aviation medical examiner. Instead, they can apply in person at a FSDO, through a designated pilot examiner, with a Part 141 flight school or a CFI. The TSA will vet the application, and then a plastic certificate will be sent to the student by the Civil Aviation Registry. Earlier proposals to charge a $22 fee and require a photo have been withdrawn. Student pilots still will have to visit an AME to acquire a separate medical certificate. The new rule takes effect April 1. Student pilots who already have a paper certificate can continue to use it until it expires, according to the rule. Plastic replacements can be requested, but there will be a $2 fee. How long it will take for the TSA to complete its vetting process is not clear. The FAA says it will "take steps to expedite student pilot applications ... so they may exercise the privileges of the certificate as soon as feasible." The FAA estimates that the turnaround time "can be reduced to an average of 3 weeks or less, provided that initial security vetting by TSA indicates that the applicant is eligible for the certificate." .

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