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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-81-169
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 17, 1981, AIR U.S. 716, HP-137 (JETSTREAM), AND SKY'S WEST PARACHUTE CENTER'S CESSNA TU-206 COLLIDED IN MIDAIR AT 13,000 FEET M.S.L. NEAR THE FT. COLLINS/ LOVELAND AIRPORT, LOVELAND, COLORADO (SEE AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT NTSB-AAR-81-18). THE MIDAIR COLLISION ILLUSTRATES CERTAIN SAFETY BOARD CONCERNS RELATED TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROCEDURES AND EXISTING REGULATIONS WITH RESPECT TO PARACHUTE JUMP OPERATIONS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL HANDBOOK 7110.65B TO REQUIRE A CONTROLLER WHO RECEIVES A NOTIFICATION FROM A JUMP AIRCRAFT, REQUIRED BY 14 CFR 105.14, THAT THE JUMPERS WILL DESCEND INTO ANOTHER FACILITY'S AIRSPACE COORDINATE WITH THAT FACILITY SO THAT A COMPLETE EXCHANGE OF TRAFFIC CAN BE EFFECTED BETWEEN THE JUMP AIRCRAFT, THE JUMPERS, AND ALL POTENTIALLY CONFLICTING AIRCRAFT INVOLVED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Loveland, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81AA015
Accident Reports: Air U.S. Flight 716, HP-137, N11360, and Sky's West Cessna TU-206, N4862F, Midair Collision
Report #: AAR-81-18
Accident Date: 4/17/1981
Issue Date: 1/25/1982
Date Closed: 7/8/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/8/1982
Response: We note that you concur in principle with this recommendation but believe that the current provisions of paragraph 1490 of FAA Handbook 7110.65 are adequate to accomplish the intent of this recommendation. We believe the provisions of paragraph 1490 should be emphasized to controllers in conjunction with the similar emphasis you have proposed in response to other recommendations in our letter. We shall classify this recommendation as "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/27/1982
Response: FAA LTR: THE FAA CONCURS IN PRINCIPLE WITH THIS RECOMMEN DATION. HOWEVER, WE DO NOT AGREE THERE IS A NEED TO REVISE FAA HANDBOOK 7110.65 SINCE PARAGRAPH 1490 ALREADY REQUIRES CONTROLLERS TO "...COORDINATE ANY PERTINENT INFORMATION PRIOR TO AND AT THE END OF EACH PARACHUTE JUMP OR SERIES OF JUMPS, WHICH BEGINS OR ENDS IN YOUR AREA OF JURISDICTION, WITH OTHER AFFECTED ATC FACILITIES/SECTORS." WE BELIEVE THAT THIS COORDINATION REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVELY MANDATES THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION.