NTSB Wants Power-loss Training for Part 135, 91K
The splashdown of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, engendered a number of recommendations from the NTSB, aimed mostly at Part 121 operators and, by default, also at Part 91K fractional and 135 charter operators. Primarily, the NTSB said the FAA should require manufacturers of twin-engine, turbine-powered aircraft to develop a checklist and procedure for a dual engine failure at low altitude, and require operators under Part 121, 135 and 91K to implement the checklist and procedures. The Safety Board also recommended that operators include a dual engine failure at low altitude in initial and recurrent ground and simulator training designed to improve pilots’ skills in critical thinking, task shedding, decision making and workload management. According to the NTSB, operators should provide training and guidance to pilots to inform them about the visual illusions that can accompany landing on water and include approach and touchdown techniques to use during a ditching, with and without engine power. The Safety Board also urged the FAA to work with the aviation industry to determine whether recommended practices and procedures need to be developed for pilots regarding forced landings without power both on water and land.