Thu, Mar 03, 2005
proposal from the FAA to mandate fleet-wide replacement of cockpit
voice recorders (CVR) was met with concern from the National Air
Transportation Association (NATA).
“We’ll certainly be taking a very close look at the
FAA’s economic and small business impact analyses as well as
the appropriateness of the 4-year compliance timeframe,” said
NATA president James K. Coyne.
Areas of specific concern to NATA are the accuracy of the
FAA’s cost estimates for equipment, labor and
“Unfortunately, the FAA has a poor track record when it
comes to accurately determining the cost of compliance for small
businesses,” Coyne explained.
“But, we are pleased that the FAA has not sought to expand
the CVR requirements to additional aircraft.”
The FAA Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking would impact on-demand air carriers represented
by NATA by mandating installation of an upgraded CVR that meets
enhanced standards. The retrofitted CVRs must retain the last 2
hours of activity and utilize a solid-state recording mechanism.
The retrofit requirement would apply only to those aircraft
required to have a CVR under existing Part 135 regulations. Today,
a CVR is required on multi-engine, turbine-powered airplanes and
helicopters having a passenger-seating configuration of six or more
and that are required to have two pilots.
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