Revised rules for flight, duty and rest times for Part 121 flight crews are still several months away, according to the FAA. The agency received more than 1,000 comments on a proposal issued in September to modify the regulations governing how long pilots are on and off the job.
U.S. and European civil aviation authorities have issued new airworthiness directives (ADs) for the inspection and possible repair or replacement of the Sikorsky S-92A’s main gearbox. The updated ADs build on 2009 directives and mandate action on a new gearbox design that was supposed to solve the problem, at least temporarily.
Jeppesen added fatigue risk management (FRM) functionality to its Crew Management System suite, furthering its work to prevent and mitigate fatigue risk in crew planning and operation. According to the company, the FRM solution takes into consideration crewmembers’ predicted levels of fatigue when generating and maintaining crew schedules.
Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA type certificate for its new advanced-composite ASC-II four-blade propeller. It is the company’s first
ASC-II propeller developed for turboprop aircraft.
Hartzell developed its first composite blade in 1978 principally out of aramid fiber. According to the company, it was the first composite propeller ever certified by the FAA.
With the comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on flight-, duty- and rest-time requirements for Part 121 flight crews closing on November 15, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern that the FAA plans eventually to expand the regulations to encompass Part 135 on-demand operations.
A new pilot flight- and duty-time rule proposed by the U.S. FAA has elicited a predictably negative reaction from the airline lobby, but even elements within the pilot community have voiced opposition to a number of the plan’s most fundamental provisions.
Under new final rules issued by the FAA, all transport-category (Part 25) aircraft certified henceforth will have to meet requirements “to prevent catastrophic failure due to widespread fatigue damage throughout the operational life.” The rule also applies to existing Part 25 aircraft operated under Part 121 and 129 regulations with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds.
Insurance underwriter USAIG (Booth No. 3116) is here at the NBAA show demonstrating the Alertness Solutions Z-Coach Web-based fatigue management program for pilots. This has been developed by specialists including NASA scientists to provide education and tools to help air crew ensure that they get the best possible sleep and stay alert for flying.
The FAA last month proposed new pilot duty-time limitations and rest requirements for Part 121 carriers that stand to alter scheduling practices and hiring needs profoundly across the U.S. airline industry.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is “deeply concerned” that language the FAA uses in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 121 airline hour-of-service (fatigue) regulations mischaracterizes Part 135 operations.