FAA/Aviation Industry Agenda for
OpSpec Working Group (OSWG) 2009-02

May 6, 2009

Wednesday, May 6:  8:30 AM-4:30 PM

 

Hosted by ATA and FAA, Washington, DC

 

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009—1:00 Pm – 4:30 Pm Industry Premeeting

ATA Headquarters, Washington, DC

 

 

Meeting Schedule:

May 6, 2009                         OSWG 2009-02

FAA, Washington D.C., AMTI

July 21-22 2009                   OSWG 2009-03

Alaska Airlines, Seattle, WA

October 20-21, 2009           OSWG 2009-04

Washington , D.C.

January 19 -20, 2010          OSWG 2010-01

AmeriJet, Miami, FL

April 20 – 21, 2010              OSWG 2010-02

 

 

Chairpersons:       Steve Kuhar, FEDEX, Industry Chair

                              Steve Bush, Horizon Air, Industry Vice Chair

                              Bob Davis, AFS-260, FAA Chair

 

Table of Contents

Item                                                            Pg.               Item                                                                 Pg.

1.  Convene                                                        2

14.  Introduction of International OSWG                9

2.  Status of Assigned Action Items                     2

15.  WebOPSS Update                                       9

3.  C052                                                            3

16.  Digital Signatures                                        9

4.  B032/B034/B035/C063                                   3

17.  ICAO Noise Certificate                                 9

5.  B036/B054                                                    4

18.  ICAO AOC                                                  9

6.  C300                                                            4

19.  A332                                                          9

7.  A353                                                            5

20  C384                                                           10

8.  C078                                                            5

21.  C048                                                          10

9.  B044                                                            6

22.  D570                                                          11

10.  B343                                                           7

23.  D070                                                          11

11.  B342/344                                                    7

24.  D091/D491                                                  12

12.  A008                                                           8

25.  C059/C359                                                  12

13.  Stakeholder Survey                                      8

26.  C074                                                          13

 

27.  C050                                                          13

 


 

1.  Convene .

Roll call—

 

a.  Roster and Roll Call/Introductions:  Please initial to the left of your name when the roster comes to you and provide any corrections to the information.  A copy of this meeting’s Roster will be sent in a separate electronic file to all those on the OSWG email list. 

 

b.  General Information in Regard to Agenda Items:

(1) Proposed changes to a template or to the guidance that would constitute "policy changes" to an authorizing document will generally need to be presented to the OSWG and AFS-260 in “Change” format which includes appendices containing the appropriate revision to the guidance for the OpSpec/MSpec/LOA in 8900 and a sample of the proposed Template revision and/or guidance.

 

(2) If you have a proposal, the template for agenda items is available on the http://www.opspecs.com website.  For the draft template we suggest you use a recently published Change to 8900 that contains at least the 2 appendices and modify it for your proposal.

 

c.  Opening remarks .  Part 129 International OSWG members will be joining us this afternoon. Therefore, we have moved the discussion of the digital signatures, the WebOPSS briefing, the discussion of the ICAO formatted AOC, and the discussion of the noise certificate to after lunch when AFS-50 and the International OSWG members are here.

 

2.  Status of Assigned Action Items.

Chairpersons discussion.

 

Additional Agenda Items:

 

2a.  NEW AGENDA ITEM:  July OSWG 2009-03 in Seattle, WA, sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

 

Details to follow.

 

2b.   AGC Legal Interpretation of “authorized minimums” in 121.613:  Legal interpretation is final.  See attached “Hart Interpretation.” 

 

2c.   MMEL Policy Letter #98:   Navigation Databases.  Bob Davis to Brief.

 

This has been discussed at the MMEL IG.  Revision to 98 is in work and comments are welcome.  Draft will be available on OpsSpec.com.

 

10 days is OK if you have a dispatch/flight following organization to support the flight crew in checking RNAV route to limit their exposure to errors.  If you do not have this support, then it would be 3 days.

 

2d .  A061 – Currently only requires Class 3 be listed.  However, once the trial phase is completed for a Class 2 unit, it must also be listed in the Ops Spec.  Where would this be listed?  This needs to be added to the agenda for rewrite. 

 

Steve Morrison, AFS-400, is planning to update the template to include Class 1 and Class 2.

 

2e.   B050 areas of the world.

 

2f.   Process for placing aircraft onto OpSpec D085.

 

2g.   From AA: OpSpec A013, Operations Without Certain Emergency Equipment:   Minimum altitude restriction of FL250 for limited overwater equipped aircraft probably dates to older aircraft.  Can we re-analyze for modern aircraft capabilities?

 

 

3.  C052, Basic Instrument Approach Procedure Authorizations – All Airports

History: 2008-03

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead :  Lou Lucero, AFS-470

 

Industry Lead:  Stanley Finch

 

OPSPEC C052 AND RELATED REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE.

 

An issue has recently come up in the Southwest region involving air carriers who have been issued OpSpec paragraph C052. Specifically, what are the regulatory and policy requirements with regard to recurrent training and checking requirements for pilots using standalone GPS units to conduct GPS and/or RNAV (GPS and GNSS) approaches?

 

ACTION/Outcome:  AFS-470 is continuing to rewrite the Inspector guidance for OpSpec C052.  The old Job Aid and Inspector guidance will be combined.  We are not recommending a new Job Aid for this specific OpSpec.

The OpSpec will also change to include the requirement for GPS approaches during recurrent training, and clarification of RNP APCH (AR).

 

 

4.  B032/B034/B035/C063, IFR Class I Terminal and En Route Navigation Using Area Navigation Systems

History: 2007-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead: Lou Lucero, AFS-470, Terry Pearsall, AFS-300

Industry Lead(s): Rich Yuknatvich, American & Jim Winkelman, Alaska

 

Background:   B034 is populated with terms of BRNAV or PRNAV, which only apply to Europe.  Recent flight plan filing changes (e.g., Japan) require the annotation of RNAV 1, 2, 5 etc for departure, arrival and en route. It seems this may be the time to consider other terms such that the paragraph will give a broader authorization.  Additionally, paragraphs B034, B035, B036, and C063 seem to overlap in some areas while leaving gaping holes in others.

 

DISCUSSION:  AFS-470 was in the process of combining OpSpec B034, B035, and C063 to make a new B034 – IFR Class I Navigation Using Area Navigation (RNAV) Systems.  An intermediate step was necessary to update B034 with the addition of RNAV 5.  This is in coordination now and we will continue with the combining of the three OpSpecs when the new B034 is published.

 

The FAA wants to combine all RNP into two groups:  B34/B35/C63 all with class I, and Class II B36/B54.  This would group into a nav class.  Steve Bush will work with the FAA on this.

 

 

5.  B036/B054, IFR Class II Navigation Using Long-Range Navigation Systems (LRNS)

History: 2009-01

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead: Lou Lucero, AFS-470

Industry Lead(s):

 

Background:

 

Discussion:  AFS-470 is in the process of combining OpSpecs B036 and B054 to make a new B036 – IFR Class II Navigation Using Long-Range Navigation Systems (LRNS).    Work continues with this effort.

 

From AA:  Para b.(4) of B036 requires position check using airways nav facilities or ATC radar prior to entering Class II airspace.  I believe this is an outdated requirement from the days of LORAN and OMEGA.  Modern GPS navigation systems are much more accurate than either ground navaids or ATC radar.  It doesn’t make sense to fix a position using less accurate methods.

 

 

6.  C300 RNAV with RNAV RNP

History: forever

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Mark Steinbicker, AFS-470, /AFS-820, Coby Johnson, AFS-410 , Jim Ryan, AFS-220

Industry Lead:  Alaska Airlines, Jim Winkelman, CALA, Jackson Seltzer, Steve Bush Horizon, Netjets, John Trolan

 

CLOSED.

 

To be published soon.

 

From AA: Para C(1) indicates ATC will clear for approach when navaid out of service.  Without Flight Standards/Air Traffic coordination to change controller procedures I don’t believe a controller will clear an aircraft for an approach when the navaid that defines that approach is OTS.

 

 


 

7.  OpSpec/MSpec/LOA - A353, ADS-B Out Operations in the Hudson Bay Area, Canada: 14 CFR Parts 91, 91 Subpart K, 121, 125, 125M, and 135 Operators

History: 2008-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead: AFS-410, Mark Fox; AFS-260, John Blair

Industry Lead(s):

 

On www.opspecs.com for review.

 

The paragraph meets the Canadian requirements.  You need tail number specific information and you will need 24 number address for each aircraft.  They like our OpSpec and will not have to get a Canadian OpSpec.  How to contact Nav Canada is in the guidance material.

 

Completed coordination and awaiting signature.  Will be available soon.

 

 

8.  C078, IFR Lower Than Standard Takeoff Minima, 14 CFR Part 121 Airplane Operations – All Airports

History: 2008-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Coby Johnson, Mark Fox, AFS-410

Industry Lead:  

 

Discussion Item:  There are airports that are requiring SMGCS for 500 RVR.  This is an Airport issue, not a Flight Standards requirement.

 

AFS-410 to brief.                                      

 

Industry suggests that this be closed for 121.  However, it needs to be opened for C079.

 

AFS-410 is currently working on this and is looking at a case study to determine what is the best solution.  Additionally, Flight Standards and Airports are trying to work through who has the authority to taxi and when.

 

C078 and C079 should be aligned more closely.  C079 has some international restrictions because of the regulations.  Those operators need to apply for a rule change or at least try to obtain the exemption that some operators have obtained.  However, the exemption requires 121 N&O training, which is costly.

 

CLOSED – AFS-410 concurs with closing – C079 issue requires rule change or exemption, not an OpSpec.

 

 

 

9.  B044, Re-Dispatch  

History: 2005-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead: Gordy Rother, NWA CMO / Dave Maloy, AFS-430, Jim Ryan and Leo Hollis, AFS-220

Industry Lead(s):    Chuck Schramek, Delta and Jim Winkelman, Alaska Airlines.

 

Background:  Gordy has been reviewing B044.  Currently B044 references Section 121.645(c) which should now be Section 121.645(f). Subparagraph 8 in the OpSpec states that the certificate holder shall not conduct planned re-dispatch/re-release en route operations using fuel less than the fuel supplies required by the basic provisions of Section 121.645, without a deviation.  The reason carriers use B044 is to deviate from Section 121.645 en route reserves, specifically Section 121.645(b)(2).  A quick check in the OPSS deviation database only shows a deviation from Section 121.645(b) for B043.  This should also be amended to allow for a deviation from Section 121.645(b)(2)(4) specifically and not from “1-4”. 

 

Desired Outcome

1) Add Section 121.645(b) to the to the deviation authority for B044 and add the deviation from Section 121.645(b)(2) for the 10% calculation.  Have ALL holders of B044 amend A005 to include this deviation.

2) Dispatch group should do some work on the text of B044 in an effort to clarify the text IAW AFS-220 policy for alternates and fuel calculations as previously discussed with Jerry Ostronic.

 

Gordy stated that this paragraph needs to be reviewed by the industry leads

 

DISCUSSION:   The FAA will propose a rewrite of the paragraph to clean up the language and put in the correct FAR references.  More of the guidance will change than the paragraph itself.

 

ACTION/Outcome:

 

Work is complete.  Awaiting industry review.

 

The industry does not want to report a minimum fuel declaration.  There is already a rule in place to report an emergency for minimum fuel.  How is an airline going to track and report every movement that is for minimum fuel.  Right now there is no rule that supports this but the new Ops Spec would now require it.

 

The industry is offering to report arrival fuel instead.

 

There will need to be more discussion on this.

 

 


 

10.  OpSpec B343 Fuel Reserves for Flag and Supplemental Operations

History: 2005-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead: Gordy Rother, NWA CMO /Jim Ryan and Leo Hollis, AFS-220, Dave Maloy, AFS-430, Dave Burnham, UALA CMO

Industry Lead(s):  ?

 

Background:  OpSpec B343 is a nonstandard authorization that has been granted to only a few international air carriers.  This is a performance-based authorization using fuel burn data and statistical analysis within certain criteria as justification. Although the airlines are not experiencing any problems or concerns, a single (minor) low fuel event caused the FAA some concern. Hence, for now the FAA will not consider allowing less than a 5% fuel reserve and, until recently, was not granting any new approvals.

 

Action/Outcome:

Data was provided by FedEx small group.  Analysis showed FEX had a constant underburn, but not as a result of inaccurate flight planning.  Underburn was due to conservative business and operational model.

Question is how do you evaluate the accuracy of the flight plan using a performance base model?

Gordy Rother & Steve Kuhar will continue to work establishing a true mathematical model.

 

Dave Burnham to brief.

 

FAA has identified a level of safety and would like to tie it to a level of risk.  So, Miter will look at it for them and see if they can support this number.  It needs to be performance based and needs to be validated.

 

 

11.  B342/344  ETOPS /B055, North Polar Operations/C055, Alternate Airports

History: 2007-01

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead–Jim Ryan and Dennis Mills, AFS-220, Theo Kessaris, AFS-260

Industry Lead:  Jim Winkelman (B042 – Alaska),

 

BACKGROUND:   The previous B042 will now be four separate Operations Specification templates.  There are two  for Part 121 and two for Part 135 Operations, based upon the number of engines the airplane has.  They are non-standard OpSpecs and are numbered B342 for two-engine operations and B344 for operations with aircraft with more than two engines.  A rough draft of these was briefed at the last two OSWGs and has been posted to the web site.

 

At the July meeting, these four OpSpecs were presented with no apparent objection; however, there was some discussion of the problem of Aircraft Make/Model/Series being duplicated in both ETOPS OpSpecs and D086.  This issue is covered in the instructions contained in the 8900.1.  The applicable part of the handbook as previously reviewed and accepted by the OSWG. 

 

Theo Kessaris will discuss the status of the Notice and 8900.1 guidance.

 

OpSpec C055 ETOPS issues:

C055 has been adjusted to state that one piece of concrete will suffice and this will align it to the ETOPS AC.  We also modified the “Alternate Airport IFR Weather Minimums” table to align it with the ETOPS Alternate Minimum table, as recommended by the ETOPS ARAC.  Several questions have been raised regarding the table.  These items have been addressed and accepted by the OSWG and the template has been updated.

 

Roy Spencer will discuss this topic and unless further information and comments are available, this OpSpec will be sent to coordination.

 

B055, North Polar Operations.  This OpSpec will be presented for comment.  The only item that was presented for discussion was paragraph (8) which requires airplanes be equipped with a minimum of two cold weather anti-exposure suits so that outside coordination at a diversion airport with extreme climatic conditions can be accomplished safety.

The FAA agreed to give some relief during those periods of the year when the seasonal temperature makes the equipment unnecessary.  Without scientific data to stipulate a specific period of time when temperatures will remain above hazardous levels, this relief must be given on a case-by-case basis and not included in the operations specification.  

This is an MEL item and should be pursued through that process.  Since no further data has been presented, we are drafting 8900.1 guidance and preparing to roll the OpSpec.

 

Roy Spencer will discuss this topic and unless further information and comments are available, this OpSpec will be sent to coordination.

 

 

12.  A008, Operational Control

History: 2008-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Dennis Pratte, AFS-250

Industry Lead:  

 

We need to revise A008 to state all required management personnel must be direct employees.  The current version says, at least one must be a full time employee.

 

AFS-250 is currently working on revising the template and the guidance.

 

The FAA is still working on the guidance to match the rule.  A direct employee is not an agent for service, but someone who works for you and is paid by you.  This employee does not have to be full time.

 

CLOSE. Awaiting notice.

 

 

13.  Stakeholder Survey.   The FAA has asked each meeting participant to fill out an OSWG Customer Survey.  Results of previous survey will be available at the next OSWG meeting.

 


 


 

 

LUNCH

12:00 – 13:00

 

 

 

14.  Introduction of International OSWG Co-chairs and members.

 

 

15.   WebOPSS Update.  Bob Davis to brief.

 

 

16.   Digital Signatures.  AFS-200 published Notice N8900.68, Digital Signature Expiration in the Industry Operations Safety System.  The notice presents interim procedures until WebOPSS is fully functional. 

 

 

17.   From AA:  ICAO requirement for noise certificate (Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 206 proposed rule change for U.S. comply).

 

 

18.  ICAO AOC – OpSpec Template A999. 

 

The FAA will make the ICAO formatted AOC template A999 available in WebOPSS.  Much of the required information can be auto-filled.  Draft of guidance and A999 is available on OpSpecs.com. 

 

A digital signature on A999 will suffice, eliminating the need for FAA to hand-sign each AOC.  The AOC may be printed out and placed on board each aircraft or, if the certificate holder has the capability, it may be carried electronically on board the aircraft..

 

 

19.  A332, Ultra Long Range Flag Operations in Excess of 16 Hours Block Time

History: 2007-01

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industry Lead:  Chuck Schramek, Delta Air Lines;

FAA Lead:  AFS-220 – Rick Clarke,  Larry Youngblut

 

DISCUSSION: 

OpSpec A332 subject matter is the subject of ongoing review.

 

 

20.  C384, Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Procedures With Special Aircraft And Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR)

History: 2008-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Lou Lucero, AFS-470

Industry Lead:  

 

CLOSED.

 

Will be published soon.

 

Added foreign RNP SAAR approaches that are harmonized with U.S. requirements, and AFS-470 is clarifying the guidance.

 

AFS-470 has updated OpSpec C384, Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Procedures with Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR), in addition to the inspector guidance for this OpSpec.  A template, Notice, and Guidance are available on OpSpecs.com.

 

Every change to this authorization, not just initial issuance, must be coordinated with FAA headquarters.

 

 

21.  C048, Cat I Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)

History: 2007-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Terry Stubblefield, AFS-400; Dennis Mills, AFS-220

Industry Lead:  John Trolan (Netjets), Steve Kuhar (FEDEX)

 

Background:  14 CFR 91.175 (l) and (m), 121.651, 125.381, and 135.225 permit the use of EFVS to descend below DA/H or MDA to 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation on straight in instrument approach procedures other than Category II or III (Cat I ILS, nonprecision, and APV approaches).  Advisory Circular 90-EFVS, OpSpec C048, an FAA Notice, and inspector guidance for FAA Order 8900.1 has been drafted to support EFVS operations under the current regulations.

 

ACTION/Outcome:  To be published soon. It has completed coordination and is awaiting signature.  Will be available soon.

 

 


22.  D570, Authorization to use ground air conditioning systems as provided in §121.1117

History: 2009-02

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  AFS-260, Fred Sobeck, AFS-300

 

Industry Lead:  

 

OpSpec D570 is used to extend the compliance date in 121.1117(e) by one year.  In order to be eligible for the extension, a certificate holder must have notified their Principal Inspector or Certificate Holding District Office (CHDO) before March 29, 2009, of its intention to use ground air conditioning systems on its applicable airplanes in accordance with §121.1117(k) (2) and (3), and the certificate holder must have applied for OpSpec D570 by June 24, 2009.  With the issuance of this OpSpec, the final compliance date is extended to December 26, 2018.

 

Section 121.1117(k) (2) and (3)require air carriers to use ground air conditioning systems for actual gate times of more than 30 minutes, when available at the gate and operational, whenever the ambient temperature exceeds 60 degrees Fahrenheit starting as soon as the OpSpec is issued.

 

 

23.  D070, Integration of Aircraft Fuel Tank Maintenance and Inspection Instructions Into the Certificate Holder / Foreign Person’s / Foreign Air Carrier’s CAMP

History: 2008-01

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Frederick Sobeck, Marty Bailey, AFS-300

Industry Lead:  Mike Keller

 

ACTION/Outcome:

Published at Notice 8900.58 on 11/12/2008.

 

Tim Holt to brief.

 

The industry maintains that the communication between HQ and the field was not well coordinated on this issue.  This process needs to be reviewed and better coordinated.  The Job Aid states that you don’t have to update the Ops Sped for date changes.  So, what is the reason for this paragraph?  What is the value and objective? The initial portion of this Ops Spec is complete.  But, a second part is due in a couple of years and it will create additional busy work.  Marty Bailey will take these concerns back to HQ.

 

Mike Keller (AA) will talk to Marty Bailey (FAA) and discuss this off line.  Marty will discuss this at HQ and then come back and brief the group at the next meeting.

 

 

24.  D091/D491 – Substantial Maintenance and all other Outside Maintenance Providers

91

91K

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121/135

125

125M

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X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Marty Bailey, AFs-340

Industry Lead:  Mike Keller

 

Compliance is now June 30, 2009.

 

AFS-300 to brief.

 

This will put an enormous amount of work on the carrier.  Additionally, the POI would have to sign each change.  This will also put more stress on the carrier waiting for this signature.  And, what happens if a change occurs to the paragraph over the weekend or on a holiday?  Who is going to sign for the FAA during this period?  The airlines do not want to park an aircraft because there is no one to approve the paragraph.

 

 

25.  C059/C359, Category II Instrument Approach and Landing Operations

History: 2008-03

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead :  Coby Johnson, Mark Fox, AFS-410

 

Industry Lead:

 

AFS-410 plans to roll CAT II/Type 1into C059 and cancel C359.  This will also permit 1000 RVR (300 meters) when using a HUD to certified to touchdown or autoland.  This will align with what currently happens in Europe.

 

Industry would like to eliminate listing the CAT II approaches in table 1 of C359 if the approach is approved on the AFS-410 status list. 

 

Mark Fox to brief on progress of Order 8400.13D.

 

CLOSED.   Notice 8900.70 published on April 30.

 

8400.13D draft is ready for posting on OpSpecs.com.  8400.13D authorizes runways for 1000 RVR CAT II and 14oo RVR CAT I, including charting.

 

Discuss proposed chart change to NACO CAT II mins.

 

 


26.  C074, Straight-In Category I Precision Approach Procedures And IFR Landing Minimums – All Airports

History: 2008-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Coby Johnson, AFS-410

Industry Lead:  

 

Discussion Item:  Some CAT I ILS’s are authorized 1800 RVR based on runway lighting.  There are additional CAT I ILS’s authorized with 1800 RVR without the runway lighting, but they have a crosswind limitation.  Industry would like to see the crosswind limitation of 15 knots removed. 

 

AFS-410 will look at revising the OpSpec to remove crosswind limitation.

 

AFS-410 to brief.

 

A revision to C074 should be available by the next meeting.  The 15 knots will then only be a limitation below 1800 RVR.  The FAA is still reviewing the 1400 RVR requirements.

 

The FAA has asked if any operators have any information that they can use as a business case to obtain more equipment.  This would be especially useful at airports that have been requested by the airlines.

 

Draft C074 is not quite ready – will implement new CAT I 1400 RVR mins.  Determining feasibility of C053/C074 merger.  C053 will implement harmonized CDFA minima when procedures are produced based on TERPS 20 criteria.

 

AFS-410 is looking for any business case support for the current special authorization CAT II (CAT II on Type I, reduced lighting) to help support and justify the overall programs.

 

AFS-410 will distribute a list of runways for reduced lighting CAT II operations (CAT II on Type I, Special Authorization on CAT II) which require equipment upgrades.  We’re looking for support of a business case for replacement of ground equipment at specific sites where upgraded service is desired, in priority order.

 

 

27.  C050, Special PIC Qualification Airports—14 CFR Section 121.445 Airport List Review & Recommendation of OSWG to AFS-220:

History: Standing Agenda Item

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Rick Huss, AFS-220

Industry Lead:  

 

Background:   Advisory Circular 121.445 was cancelled and replaced with OpSpec C050 and guidance that directs the OSWG members to present additions and deletions to the 14 CFR Section 121.445 Special PIC Qualification Airport List.  The recommendation must include the airport information on the completed Airport Assessment Form found in association with OpSpec C050 and on the www.opspecs.com website.  The OSWG members should review the assessment and make a recommendation to FAA Headquarters, specifically AFS-220.  This recommendation will become a part of the OSWG minutes and presented to AFS-220 within 2 weeks of the quarterly OSWG meeting.  The Airport Assessment Form for each specific airport recommendation will also be forwarded to AFS-220.  AFS-220 will make the final determination in regard to the request and recommendation.  If a change in the Special PIC Qualification Airport List is to be made, a Notice will be published, the revised List will be posted on the public website at http://www.opspecs.com and in the OPSS guidance subsystem in association with both OpSpec C050 and C067, and reported at the next quarterly OSWG meeting.

 

Desired Outcome

 

Notification to certificate holders:

¨            Put a Note on the OPSS Splash Screen for first line of notification

¨            Change the Special PIC airport List in guidance subsystem in association with OpSpecs C050 and C067

¨            Change the Special PIC airport List on the http://www.opspecs.com website:

http://www.opspecs.com/ops/SpecialPICAirports/SpecialAirportListRevisionJun2008.doc

 

CURRENT for this Agenda:  

 

Current list is dated June 2008. 

Delta Airlines Requests that UIBB (Bratsk Airport, Russia) and UIII (Irkutsk International Airport, Russia) be removed from the Special PIC Qualification list, and that ENSB (Svalbard, Norway) be added to the list.

 

UIBB (Bratsk Airport, Russia) and UIII (Irkutsk International Airport, Russia) will be removed from the Special PIC Qualification list and that ENSB (Svalbard, Norway) be added to the list.  Awaiting publication of Notice.

 

American Airlines is working on one Russian airport (Katenburgh) for removal.  They have submitted all required information.  Analysis is available on OpSpecs.com.