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Briefing November 2016 Issue

IFR Briefing: November 2016

Air traffic controllers need better training to effectively assist aircraft in distress, the NTSB said in a safety-recommendation report released in September. In September, the FAA began offering a $500 rebate to aircraft owners who upgrade to ADS-B-capable avionics. New FAA rules that became effective in August make it easier for operators to secure a commercial drone certificate, and it’s expected their numbers will quickly outpace manned-aircraft pilots. NTSB staffers who investigated the ditching of USAir 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 say the Hollywood movie about the event, “Sully,” portrays them in an inaccurate and unfair light.

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