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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-94-086
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 26, 1993, ABOUT 1552, N82, A BEECH SUPER KING AIR 300/F (BE-300/F, OWNED BY THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) AND OPERATED BY THE ATLANTIC CITY (ACY), NEW JERSEY, FLIGHT INSPECTION AREA OFFICE (FIAO), WAS DESTROYED WHEN IT CRASHED INTO MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN NEAR FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA. THE THREE FLIGHT CREWMEMERS ABOARD RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ESTABLISH INSPECTION PROCEDURES OF SUFFICIENT DEPTH AND SCOPE THAT WILL REVEAL NONCOMPLIANCE WITH DIRECTIVES AND THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT SAFETY. THE PROCEDURES SHOULD INCLUDE CMO-APPROVED PILOT FLIGHT CHECK STANDARDS FOR THE FAA FLYING PROGRAM, OVERSEEN FROM THE AVN DIRECTOR'S LEVEL. SUCH A SYSTEM SHOULD INCLUDE A CENTRAL PILOT RECORD REPOSITORY AND A CENTRAL CHECK AIRMEN POOL. PROVIDE METHODOLOGY AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO RETRAIN, REASSIGN OR DISMISS PILOTS WHO CANNOT MEET THE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: FRONT ROYAL, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94GA010
Accident Reports: Controlled Flight into Terain Federal Aviation Administration Beech Super King Air 300/F, N82
Report #: AAR-94-03
Accident Date: 10/26/1993
Issue Date: 4/21/1994
Date Closed: 1/23/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/23/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED ON 5/1/94, & A SECOND CADRE OF CHECK AIRMEN IS BEING RECRUITED. ALL CHECK AIRMEN SELECTED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CENTRALLY LOCATED AT THE MIKE MONRONEY AERONAUTICAL CENTER IS OKLAHOMA CITY. APPLICANTS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A 14 CFR PART 135 CHECK AIRMAN EVALUATION & MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CMO AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS POSITION. THE MANUAL RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM THAT WAS IMPLEMENTED IN SEPTEMBER 1994 HAS BEEN AUGMENTED BY AN ELECTRONIC CENTRAL RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM. THE ELECTRONIC RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM WAS APPROVED BY THE CMO DURING A 3-MONTH PROVING & VALIDATION TEST. THIS SYSTEM IS CENTRALLY ADMINISTERED & PROVIDES ADEQUATE INFO CONCERNING CREWMEMBER CURRENCY. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-94-86 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/10/1995
Response: THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGAM WAS ESTABLISHED ON 5/1/94, & A SECOND CADRE OF CHECK AIRMEN IS BEING RECRUITED ALL CHECK AIRMEN SELECTED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CENTRALLY LOCATED AT THE MIKE MONRONEY AERONAUTICAL CENTER IN OKLAHOMA CITY. APPLICANTS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A 14 CFR PART 135 CHECK AIRMAN EVALUATION & MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CMO AS A CONDITION OF EMPLYMENT FOR THIS POSITION. THE MANUAL RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM WHICH WAS IMPLEMENTED IN SEPTEMBER 1994 HAS BEEN AUGMENTED BY AN ELECTRONIC CENTRAL RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM. THE ELECTRONIC RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM WAS APPROVED BY THE CMO DURING A 3-MONTH PROVING & VALIDATION TEST. THIS SYSTEM IS CENTRALLY ADMINISTERED & PROVIDES ADEQUATE INFO CONCERNING CREWMEMBER CURRENCY. I BELIEVE THAT THE FAA HAS ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE COMPLETELY, & I PLAN NO FURTHER ACTION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 9/19/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA HAS UNDERTAKEN "INITIATION OF CMO-APPROVED STANDARDS FOR THE FAA FLYING PROGRAM." THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-94-86 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE," PENDING FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/23/1995
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA'S AIRCRAFT OVERSIGHT EXECUTIVE MANAGES A CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM THAT DEFINES DUTIES & & RESPONSIBILITIES & ADDRESSES REMOVING CREWMEMBERS FROM CREWS FOR SUBSTANDARD PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, THE BOARD WOULD LIKE ASSURANCE THAT THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGAM HAS BEEN PHASED IN WITH CMO-APPROVED & QUALIFIED FLIGHT STANDARDS INSPECTORS AT ALL FAA FLYING PROGRAMS, INCLUDING ALL PUBLIC USE & LEASED AIRCRAFT AT THE TECHNICAL CENTER, WITHIN THE REGIONS, & AT HANGAR 6. THE BOARD ALSO REQUESTS THE STATUS OF A FLIGHTCREW RECORDS-KEEPING SYSTEM & ANY INFO RELATED TO THE RETRAINING, REASSIGNMENT, OR DISMISSAL OF PILOTS WHO DO NOT MEET PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THEREFORE, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES A-94-86 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/15/1995
Response: THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED ON 5/1/94, & A SECOND CADRE OF CHECK AIRMEN IS BEING RECRUITED. ALL CHECK AIRMEN IS BEING RECRUITED. ALL CHECK AIRMEN SELECTED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CENTRALLY LOCATED AT THE MIKE MONRONEY AERONAUTICAL CENTER IN OKLAHOMA CITY. APPLICANTS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A 14 CFR PART 135 CHECK AIRMAN EVALUATION & MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CERTIFICATE MANAGEMENT OFFICE AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS POSITION. THE INTERNAL TECHNICAL AUDIT PROGRAM IS BEING EFFICIENTLY MANAGED. ADDITIONALLY, FAA IS PROGRESSING TOWARD CERTIFICATION OF THE FLIGHT INSPECTION PROGRAM UNDER 14 CFR PART 135. ALL FLIGHT INSPECTION FILED OFFICE OPERATING THE BEECHCRAFT BE-300 SERIES AIRCRAFT HAVE RECEIVED MAINTENANCE FACILITY INSPECTIONS BY THE CERTIFICATE MANAGEMENT OFFICE. THE OKLAHOMA CITY BASE OPERATIONS INSPECTION WAS COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY, WITH ALL AREAS SATISFYING THE REQUIREMENTS OF 14 CFR PART 135. TO MEET 14 CFR PART 135 CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, A CENTRALIZED ELECTRONIC RECORDKEEPING SYSTEM IS BEING DEVELOPED. THE SOFTWARE FOR THIS SYSTEM IS NEARING COMPLETION & WILL BE DEMONSTRATED DURING PROVING & VALIDATION TESTS WHICH ARE SCHEDULED BETWEEN FEBRUARY & MAY 1995. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD APPRISED OF THE FAA'S PROGRESS ON THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/20/1994
Response: A CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED ON 5/1/94. FORMAL TRAINING FOR THOSE FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS SERVING IN THIS CAPACITY BEGAN ON 5/24/94. THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM CONTAINS A DETAILED CURRICULUM THAT DEFINES & DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN FAA CHECK AIRMAN. THE PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES PROCEDURES TO REMOVE FROM SERVICE THOSE FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS WHOSE PERFORMANCE IS DETERMINED TO BE SUBSTANDARD. THE CHECK AIRMAN PROGRAM IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FAA AIRCRAFT OVERSIGHT EXECUTIVE.