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FAAST Blast: New GA Survey Open, Expense Sharing AC Issued, Weather Technology Issue

Notice Number: NOTC0048

FAAST Blast — Week of Mar 09, 2020 – March 15, 2020
Biweekly FAA Safety Briefing News Update
2019 GA Survey Now Open

The 42nd Annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey is now open. This voluntary survey is distributed by mail to a representative sample of GA and on-demand part 135 aircraft owners and operators. Survey participants may complete the survey online or by mail. The survey estimates the size, primary use, and flight hours of the 2019 GA fleet. This information enables the FAA to track the success of our safety initiatives and to better serve the GA community by evaluating a pilot’s access to the equipment and services that they rely on to navigate and fly safely.

The survey is four pages long and takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete. Individual responses are kept confidential to the extent permitted by law. If you have questions, contact the GA Survey help line at 1-800-826-1797, or email:, or the FAA at


FAA Issues New AC on Sharing Aircraft Operating Expenses

The FAA recently published Advisory Circular (AC) 61-142 to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements for sharing flight expenses with passengers.

This AC discusses the expense-sharing exception contained in 14 CFR section 61.113(c), which permits a pilot to share the operating expenses of a flight with passengers provided the pilot pays at least his or her pro rata share of the operating expenses of that flight. Those operating expenses are limited to fuel, oil, airport expenditures, or rental fees. The pilot cannot conduct any commercial operation under part 119 or the less stringent operating rules of part 91 (e.g., aerial work operations, crop dusting, banner towing, ferry or training flights, or other commercial operations excluded from the certification requirements of part 119). AC 61-42 also provides examples of common purpose and holding out.

Download the new AC 61-142 at


New Issue of FAASB Covers Weather Technology

The March/April 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the variety of tools and technology aviators can use to avoid and/or safely mitigate what we’ve dubbed as UMC, or Unfriendly Meteorological Conditions. Feature articles cover some of the FAA’s weather research work and programs, including more effective ways to convey cockpit weather imagery. You can also read about how modern technology, in the form of carefully placed weather cameras, can bring the benefit of “Omnipresence” to everyone. See the article here: Check out the entire issue at


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