NTSB: FAA’s Response ‘Unacceptable’

 - November 27, 2007, 6:55 AM

The NTSB on November 8 updated its “Most Wanted” list of 44 “critical” safety improvements and graded the FAA’s progress as “unacceptable” in all areas except that of fuel-air tank vapors. The Safety Board identified runway safety as one of the most important issues and wants the FAA to implement a safety system for ground movement that provides direct warning capability to flight crews; draft ATC procedures requiring an explicit clearance for each runway crossing; and require operators to calculate landing distances based on existing performance data, actual conditions and with a 15-percent safety margin. Other high-priority recommendations: fuel-air vapors in transport-category airplanes; aircraft icing; upgraded audio and flight data recorders; CRM training for Part 135 operators; and flight crew, aviation mechanic and air traffic controller fatigue.