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Safety Recommendation A-00-095
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Synopsis: .In this letter, the national transportation safety board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) take action to address the following safety issues: air carrier pilot training in landing techniques and bounced landing recovery, training tools and policies that promote proactive decision-making to go around if an approach is unstabilized, the use of on board computers to determine the required runway length for landing, md-11 handling characteristics and structural integrity requirements, and hard landing inspection requirements. The safety board identified these issues in its investigation of the 1997 accident involving Federal Express flight 14 in Newark, NJ. This letter summarizes the Board's rationale for issuing these recommendations
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Require principal operations inspectors assigned to Part 121 carriers that use auxiliary performance computers to review and ensure the adequacy of training and procedures regarding the use of this equipment and the interpretation of the data generated, including landing distance data.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Newark, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MA055
Accident Reports: Crash During Landing Federal Express, Inc., McDonnell Douglas MD-11, N611FE
Report #: AAR-00-02
Accident Date: 7/31/1997
Issue Date: 8/25/2000
Date Closed: 12/4/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Flightcrew, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/4/2002
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that the FSAT has been issued and believes that its implementation will help ensure the proper use of auxiliary performance computers. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation A-00-95 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/29/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 09/04/2002 3:25:00 PM MC# 2020799 On August 6, 2002, the FAA issued Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Air Transportation (FSAT) 02-03, Weight and Balance Control Methods: Auxiliary Performance Computer, to 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier certificate holders and to FAA inspectors overseeing those certificate holders. The bulletin directs both parties to review and ensure the adequacy of training and procedures regarding the use of auxiliary performance computers if used by the certificate holder in its method of controlling weight and balance. In particular, the parties are directed to reexamine training and procedures regarding interpretation of the data generated by an auxiliary performance computer, including landing distance data. Inspectors are directed to amend, suspend, or withdraw the authorization in OpSpecs E096 pending effective changes, where necessary, in training and procedures by the certificate holder. I have enclosed a copy of the bulletin for the Board's information. I consider the FAA's action to be completed in response to this safety recommendation

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/15/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 06/10/2002 9:25:16 AM MC# 2020574 The FAA will issue a bulletin to 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier certificate holders and to FAA inspectors overseeing those certificate holders. The bulletin will direct both parties to review and ensure the adequacy of training and procedure regarding the use of auxiliary performance computers if used by the certificate holder in its method of controlling weight and balance. In particular, the parties will be directed to reexamine training and procedures regarding interpretation of the data generated by an auxiliary performance computer, including landing distance data. Inspectors will be directed to amend, suspend, or withdraw the authorization in OpSpecs E096 pending effective changes, where necessary, in training and procedures by the certificate holder. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued in July 2002. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/13/2001
Response: Pending issuance of the bulletin, Safety Recommendations A-00-95 and -99 are classified "Open-Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/15/2000 3:27:59 PM MC# 2001695 The FAA agrees with the intent of these safety recommendations and will issue a flight standards information bulletin. The bulletin will direct principal operations inspectors (POI) assigned to 14 CFR Part 121 carriers that use auxiliary performance computers to review and ensure that training and procedures regarding the use of this equipment and the interpretation of the data generated, including landing distance data, are provided. In addition, the bulletin will direct POI's to ensure that DC-10 and MD-11 operators provide their pilots with information and training regarding the ground spoiler knockdown feature and its effects on landing characteristics and performance. It is anticipated that the bulletin will be issued by March 2001. I will provide the Board with a copy of the bulletin as soon as it is issued.