Aviation News: A collection of news tidbits and regulation updates

Aviation News A collection of news tidbits and regulation updates By Fred Workley Fred Workley Proposed review of regs on hold The FAA has put on hold its proposed review of Parts 91, 119, 125, and 135 because of budget concerns. The...


The final policy provides guidance with respect to the recommended content of a Human Factors Certification Plan. A Human Factors Certification Plan is not a required document, but may be included as part of a transport category airplane certification project if an applicant so chooses. These recommendations can be used as a means by which the applicant and the FAA can establish an early and formal written agreement on the methods of compliance for regulations that relate to human factors and that are applicable to the certification project. The final policy as well as the disposition of public comments received are available on the Internet at the following address: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.faa.gov/certification/aircraft/anminfo/finalpaper.cfm. You can also obtain a copy of the policy by contacting the person listed.

Emergency evacuation systems
Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness HBAW 02-04C (Amended) titled "Air Carrier Emergency Evacuation Systems (EES) Maintenance Program Requirements" with an effective date of Oct. 1, 2002 was amended on Feb. 14, 2003. This handbook bulletin provides information and guidance to the Flight Standards Airworthiness Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) who have certificate management responsibility for certificate holders under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 121. It outlines existing regulatory requirements and FAA national policy regarding the particular maintenance requirements of EES.

The requirements for EES maintenance are found in 14 CFR Part 121, subpart L. However, the particular regulation that addresses emergency equipment is section 121.309(b)(1) which states, in part, that "each item of emergency and flotation equipment listed in this section and in sections 121.310, 121.339, and 121.340 must be inspected regularly in accordance with inspection periods established in the OpSpecs to ensure its condition for continued serviceability and immediate readiness to perform its intended emergency purposes."

Agencies urged to upgrade ELTs
The NTSB published Safety Recommendations for government agency aircraft after the fatal crash in 1997 of a Scenic Airlines, Cessna 208B. DOI had chartered the Cessna under Part 135. In its recommendations, NTSB has asked federal agencies to initiate the following recommendations: Equip all government-owned aircraft with electronic locator transmitters (ELT) that meet TSO C126 or equivalent. Agencies should replace older ELTs as soon as possible, upgrading any older ELTs at the time their yearly inspections with passenger-carrying aircraft taking precedence over nonpassenger carrying aircraft. They also recommend that until the FAA changes the regulations, government agencies should require their hired operators to comply with 14 CFR Part 91.207. NTSB also recommends the installation of FAA approved crash-protected video data recording (VDR) systems on all government turbine-powered aircraft that are not currently required to be so equipped.

Policy for strengthened cockpit doors
The FAA announced the availability of final policy concerning certification of strengthened flight deck doors on Transport Category Airplanes. (Policy Statement No. ANM-01-115-11). You can obtain a copy of the policy statement by contacting Jeff Gardlin, Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Airplane Directorate, Transport Standards Staff, Airframe/Cabin Safety Branch, ANM-115, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056; (425) 227-2136; fax (425) 227-1320; e-mail: jeff.gardlin@faa.gov.

Pilots required to have government ID
According to a new rule effective Oct. 28, 2002, a U.S. pilot must now carry a government-issued photo ID while flying. This includes a valid driver's license, federal or state ID card, U.S. military ID card, or other credentials acceptable to the FAA. Pilots must present identification when asked to representatives of the FAA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), or any law-enforcement agency.

Fred Workley is the president of Workley Aircraft and Maintenance Inc. in Alexandria, VA, Benton City, WA, and Indianapolis, IN. He holds an A&P certificate with an Inspection Authorization, general radio telephone license, a technician plus license, ATP, FE, CFI-I, and advance and instrument ground instructor licenses.

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