Wed, Mar 02, 2005
No Sir, They Don't Like It
AOPA is objecting to a proposed
change in NTSB regulations that the association says would place an
unnecessary reporting burden on general aviation pilots.
The NTSB wants a mandatory report from pilots whenever there is
"a loss of information from the majority of an aircraft's
electronic primary displays."
"Too broad, too general," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of
regulatory and certification policy. "The NTSB failed to define
'majority' and 'electronic primary display.' That may lead to
pilots being forced to report electronic display malfunctions that
are inconsequential to the safe operation of the aircraft."
In comments to the NTSB, Gutierrez
cited the case of a pilot flying in VFR conditions who experiences
a failure of the aircraft's primary navigation display — the
GPS. Under the proposed rule, the pilot would have to report that.
Yet safety was never compromised; the pilot simply reverted to an
alternate means of navigation, consistent with the pilot's
For pilots flying aircraft with TCAS (traffic collision
avoidance system), the NTSB also wants a report every time the TCAS
issues a "resolution advisory" (a command to change course or
altitude to avoid another transponder-equipped aircraft) when
flying on an IFR flight plan. "The requirement is duplicative and
unnecessary because the FAA already records incidents involving
loss of separation," said Gutierrez.
"AOPA requests that the NTSB reevaluate and weigh its need for
information against the administrative burden placed on pilots from
these requirements," AOPA told the agency.
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