Special Training Needed for Pilots Using Rnav SIDs

 - November 21, 2006, 10:23 AM

Operators using the new Rnav SID procedures at Dallas/Fort Worth and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airports can expect a visit from their principal operations inspectors (POIs). The FAA said implementation has been a “general success,” with benefits such as greater efficiency and reduced communications. However, “improper pilot actions” have resulted in incorrect flight paths and, in some cases, “less than standard aircraft separation.” As a result, the agency recently sent a Flight Standards Service notice to its POIs instructing them to make its contents known to operators. The notice calls for operators to review their SOP wording and conduct “special emphasis training” in the following areas: proper interpretation of pre-departure clearance and printed routings; correct entry of runway and en route transitions into the FMS before takeoff; verification of assigned route and correct entry of en route transitions into the FMS during flight; use of navigation map displays; and manually selectable bank-limiting functions.