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January 14, 2010
AOPA ePublishing Staff
The NTSB has issued a final rule that adds six reporting requirements to NTSB 830.5 (a). The reporting requirements, which will go into effect March 8, specifically address aircraft with turbine engines and glass cockpits, and also include air carriers and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
Aircraft operators must report the following incidents:
AOPA had commented on the proposed reporting requirements in 2008. In its comments, the association explained that the FAA already requires the reporting of ACAS resolutions; however, in its final rule, the NTSB said “the NTSB does not believe that the FAA’s processes for assessing and reporting incidents, particularly those involving losses of separation, are sufficiently reliable.”
The NTSB also considered other comments and modified its final rule to make it clear that separation of the propeller blade or portion of the blade need only be reported if it happens without ground contact. Based on comments submitted by AOPA, the board clarified its reporting requirement for glass cockpits to better reflect its intent to “capture ‘display blanking’ events in which many of the newer ‘glass cockpit’ type displays have gone blank.”
For a copy of revised NTSB 830.5 in advance of March 8, download the final rule.
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