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Safety Recommendation A-71-019
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Synopsis: AS AN OUTGROWTH OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S CONTINUING INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT INVOLVING A SOUTHERN AIRWAYS DOUGLAS DC-9 AT GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI, ON FEBRUARY 17, 1971,WE NOTED A SITUATION RELATING TO AERONAUTICAL CHARTING WHICH WE BELIEVE COULD HAVE A DELETERIOUS EFFECT ON AVIATION SAFETY.
Recommendation: THAT A POLICY BE ESTABLISHED THAT NO INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE CHART BE PUBLISHED IN ADVANCE OF THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A COMMISSIONING FLIGHT CHECK OF THE FACILITY ON WHICH THE PROCEDURE IS BASED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Gulfport, MS, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MIA71AM071
Accident Reports: Southern Airways, Inc., Douglas DC-9-15, N92S
Report #: AAR-71-14
Accident Date: 2/17/1971
Issue Date: 3/31/1971
Date Closed: 12/14/1972
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/1/1972
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/20/1972
Response: Faa order 8260.26, dated 27 september 1972, provides for the establishment of effective dates for instrument approach procedures predicated on new or relocated facilities. This directive requires the scheduling of facility commissioning dates and airspace designations to coincide with the effective date of the instrument approach procedures. The new policy will not permit an approach chart to be released to the public until it is known that the supporting navaid(s) will perform satisfactorily and that all procedural data on the approach chart are accurate and have been confirmed by flight check. As the new policy is implemented, last minute procedural changes can be incorporated in the charted instrument approach procedures which will reduce our requirements for priority notam actions. We consider that the new order is fully responsive to your recommendation of 16 april 1971. A copy of order 8260.26 is enclosed for your convenience.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/1/1971
Response: As this time, we are in the process of preparing an order which will provide better correlation of the procedure effective dates with the associated facility commissioning dates. Adoption of the order will ensure that distribution of instrument approach charts will be withheld pending successful flight checks of the facilities. This action will establish the necessary control and should virtually eliminate the type of problem encountered at gulfport, mississippi. The order is now being coordinated. We will advise you as soon as all actions have been completed on this time.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/20/1971
Response: 4/20/71 - FAA CONCURRED WITH THE NEED FOR IMPROVED CONTROL OVER FACILITY COMMISSIONING AND THE PUBLICATION OF NEW FLIGHT PROCEDURES.THEY ARE EXPLORING SEVERAL WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CORRELATION OF THE PROCEDURE EFFECTIVE DATE WITH THE FACILITY COMMISSIONING DATE. THE BOARD WILL BE ADVISED. 11/1/71 LETTER FROM THE FAA THAT AN AGENCY ORDER IS BEING COORDINATED INTERNALLY PRIOR TO ISSUANCE, WHICH WILL ACCOMPLISH IN ITS ENTIRETY THE ACTIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD 11/20/72 LETTER TO SAY THAT FAA ISSUED ORDER 8260.26, DATED SEPTEMBER 27, 1972. THE ORDER ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES WHICH WILL PREVENT PUBLIC RELEASE OF AN IAP UNTIL IT IS KNOWN THAT THE SUPPORTING NAVAID(S) WILL PERFORM SATISFACTORILY, AND ALL PROCEDURES ARE ACCURATE AND HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY FLIGHT CHECK. IT REQUIRES THE SCHEDULING OF FACILITY COMMISSIONING DATES AND AIRSPACE DESIGNATIONS TO COINCIDE WITH THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE IAP.