Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, based in Wichita, Kansas, manufactures this King Air 350.

More Aviation Incidents to Require NTSB Reporting

A final rule taking effect March 8 will require reports when an aircraft lands or departs on an incorrect runway, when damage of a helicopter’s tail or main rotor blade necessitates major repair or replacement, and when all or part of a propeller blade separates from an aircraft, except when ground contact is the sole cause.

Beginning March 8, several types of aviation incidents will require a report to the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB published a final rule on Thursday amending its reporting requirements, making some changes in the initial language in response to six comments received.

The rule will require reports when an aircraft lands or departs on a taxiway or incorrect runway, when an aircraft experiences a runway incursion that requires the operator or the crew of another aircraft or vehicle to take immediate corrective action to avoid a collision, when damage to a helicopter's tail or main rotor blade necessitates major repair or replacement of that blade, and when all or part of a propeller blade separates from an aircraft, except when ground contact is the sole cause.

The rule also requires reporting any "complete loss of information, excluding flickering, from more than 50 percent of an aircraft's cockpit displays known as: (A) Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) displays; (B) Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) displays; (C) Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) displays; or (D) Other displays of this type, which generally include a primary flight display (PFD), primary navigation display (PND), and other integrated displays."

The agency noted a professional pilots' union felt propeller damage caused solely by ground contact should not be excluded because "liberated propeller blades or blade segments pose a significant hazard to the crew, passengers, and bystanders." While NTSB said it agrees such incidents are hazardous, it said propeller blades "are designed and certified to operate within the atmosphere and, as such, the expectation is that they remain intact and in place during normal operation. Propeller blades are not designed or expected to continue to remain intact and in place following contact with the ground. The NTSB continues to believe that the language of the reporting requirement will achieve the NTSB's objective of receiving notification of any release of all or a portion of a propeller blade from an aircraft, inconsistent with its design parameters and certification, thus excluding releases caused solely by ground contact. Therefore, the NTSB has not amended this addition."

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.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    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.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus