NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.
Press Release Summary:
November 16, 2012 - According to NTSB, the FAA should require aircraft owners, during each triennial re-registration with FAA's aircraft registry, to identify presence and type of safety devices (ejection seats, ballistic recovery systems, or inflatable restraints) that contain explosive components on aircraft. FAA should make information about these safety devices readily available to first responders and accident investigators by displaying it on FAA online aircraft registry.
Original Press Release
The National Transportation Safety Board Makes the Following Recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration
Press release date: November 1, 2012
Require aircraft owners, during each triennial re- registration with the Federal Aviation Administration's aircraft registry, to identify the presence and type of safety devices (such as ejection seats, ballistic recovery systems, or inflatable restraints) that contain explosive components on the aircraft. (A-12-64)
Make the information about the presence and type of safety devices that contain explosive components on aircraft that was collected in response to Safety Recommendation A-12-64 readily available to first responders and accident investigators by displaying it on the Federal Aviation Administration's online aircraft registry. (A-12-65) Require aircraft owners who have installed a safety device that contains an explosive component under a supplemental type certificate since the most recent triennial re- registration to submit a new Federal Aviation Administration Form 8050-1A, providing updated information regarding the newly installed device. (A-12-66)
Issue and distribute a publicly available safety bulletin to all 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 139-certificated airports and to representative organizations of off-airport first responders, such as the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association, to (1) inform first responders of the risks posed by the potential presence of all safety devices that contain explosive components (including ejection seats) on an aircraft during accident investigation and recovery and (2) offer instructions about how to quickly obtain information from the Federal Aviation Administration's online aircraft registry regarding the presence of these safety devices that contain explosive components on an aircraft. (A-12-67)
The complete recommendation letter is available on the Web at the URL indicated above.
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