TAG Aviation has introduced a new measure to manage noise at the UK’s Farnborough Airport. Since January 1, jet aircraft that do not meet the ICAO Chapter/Stage IV standard have been banned from using the airport. This noise standard is ICAO’s most stringent and quietest classification for jet aircraft. To ensure compliance, TAG requires approved noise certificates before permission can be granted to land or take off at the airport. Approximately 300 movements last year would not meet the new standard, it said.
According to the European Cockpit Association (ECA), pilots in the region are pleased about the European Commission’s December 19 announcement of a new accident/incident occurrence reporting system.
The FAA’s new order VS8000.367A–which aims to establish an SMS at the agency’s AVS (aviation safety) branch–defines the requirements for safety management systems (SMS) and is considered by the agency to be a comprehensive top-down resource for managing its risk programs. “The FAA is implementing an SMS to integrate the management of safety risk into business planning, operations and decision making to enhance safety for the flying public as well as strengthen the agency’s leadership role in the field,” said the order.
One provision of the Congressional FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to develop a policy under which the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could apply to cabin crewmembers. The FAA’s aviation safety regulations always take precedence, but OSHA might be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s safety information protection task force (SIP TF) will hold a public listening session on 5 December 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. ICAO has invited industry stakeholders, aviation accident victims’ family groups, law enforcement, the judiciary and members of the public to present their views on topics currently under review.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released a new video to call attention to the hazards of runway incursions, which the Board recently identified as one of the country’s top nine transportation hazards. The TSB recorded more than 4,100 incursions between 2001 and 2009. Incident numbers increased 27 percent between 2010 and 2011 alone, from 351 to 446, respectively, since runway incursions were placed on the TSB’s watch list in 2010.
Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety
The General Accountability Office’s final report on the effectiveness of the FAA’s Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program said that while the program delivers ATC services at a lower cost than FAA-operated facilities, the entire program requires improved oversight.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) is pleased that air traffic controllers were dropped from the NTSB’s Top 10 Most Wanted safety list issued November 14. Two ATC-related issues, fatigue and pilot/controller professionalism were added to the Top 10 list in May 2011. Natca’s president Paul Rinaldi said the Board’s move to remove those two topics validates the efforts both the union and the FAA have made to address the problem areas. “Our sole focus is the safety of the system,” he said in a news release.