instrument displays in a jetliners cockpit

FAA Updating Flight Crew Alerting Standards

The new proposed rule would encompass all alerting functions, not just visual displays, and would limit the use of red, amber, and yellow in the flight deck to reduce potential human errors caused when those colors are used in non-alerting ways.

Acting to revise 14 CFR 25.1322 for the first time since it took effect in February 1977, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a rule to modernize its existing regulations for flight crew alerts in the cockpit. The revised section would encompass all alerting functions, not just visual displays, and would limit the use of red, amber, and yellow in the flight deck to reduce potential human errors caused when those colors are used in non-alerting ways.

FAA and the industry agree the current Section 25.1322 is outdated and does not match state-of-the-art flight deck display technology, which includes electronic displays that integrate warning, caution, and advisory text messages. For example, the current section does not contain requirements for minimizing nuisance alerts and prescribes only the color "amber" for caution lights, although yellow has also been accepted as an aviation industry standard for caution alerts.

Proposed Section 25.1322(f) would allow the use of red, amber, and yellow for non-alerting functions only if the applicant shows that use is limited and would not adversely affect flight crew alerting. The changes would set up a hierarchy of alerts -- advisory, caution, warning -- and would require alerts to be readily and easily detectable and intelligible by the flight crew in all foreseeable operating conditions, including where multiple alerts are provided.

FAA will accept comments until Sept. 8. Send them, identified by Docket Number FAA 2008-1292, to www.regulations.gov.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue