1/13/2011                                                                                                     OSWG 2011-01-Agenda

 

 

 

 

 

FAA/Aviation Industry Agenda for
OpSpec Working Group (OSWG) 2011-01

January 19, 20, 2011

Wednesday January 19:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM *

Thursday January 20: 9:00 AM – NOON

 

Hosted by American Airlines

American Airlines Flight Academy

Dallas , Texas

 

*Wednesday, January 19, 2011—9:00 am – noon Industry Pre-meeting

 

 

Meeting Schedule:

Domestic Sessions

January 19 - 20, 2011

OSWG 2011-01

Dallas , TX

Domestic, Joint, and International Sessions

April 19 – 20, 2011

OSWG 2011-02

Washington , D.C.

Domestic Sessions

July , 2011

OSWG 2011-03

TBD

Domestic, Joint, and International Sessions

October 18 – 19, 2011

OSWG 2011-04

Washington , D.C.

 

Chairpersons:       U.S. Domestic (Part 121, and 135))

                              Steve Bush, Horizon Air, Industry Chair

                              Casey Seabright, Delta Airlines, Industry Vice Chair

                              Bob Davis, AFS-260, FAA Chair

 

AFS Air Transportation Division, AFS-200, Manager: John Duncan

 

 

Meeting Location: American Airlines Flight Academy

                              13997 FAA Blvd,

                               Ft Worth, TX 76155

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

U.S. Domestic Session         pg.                                                            pg.                                  

1. Convene                                3

14. Convene                         11

2. Additional Agenda Items         3

15. WebOPSS Update          11

3. A010                                    3

16. B035                              11

4. C081                                    3

17. TBD                               11

5. C077                                    4

18. A029                              12

6. D084 & D085                         5

19. C052/C053/C074/C055    12

7. A35X                                    5

20. 060                                15

8. S400                                    6

21. Closing Remarks             16

9. A025                                    7

 

10. B343                                  8

New Discussion

11 . B032/ B034/C063                   9

 

12. Day 1 Open Discussion        9

Electronic Flight Bag/IPADs

13. Stakeholder Survey            10

Tech Manual Formatting for EFB

 

XML Flight Ops Manual Conversion

 

ATOS versus SMS

 

Auto Land Flight Confidence Checks

 

New City Checklist Items

 

RNAV(RNP) Approach Validations

 

Lithium Batteries and other HAZMAT Issues

 

Optimizing Flight Department Staffing

 


 

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) 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

 

d.  Chairperson’s discussion.

 

2.  Additional Agenda Items:

 

2a. InFO 10024, Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate Requirements for Pilots in Part 121 Operations. InFO published regarding the ATP requirements as a result of P.L. 111-216 (HR 5900).

Barbara Adams (AFS-290) to Brief

 

       2b.  Special Authorization CAT I/II presentation

       Coby Johnson (AFS-410) to brief

 

3.  OpSpec A010:  Aviation Weather.  This paragraph will be revised to add a table for Adverse Weather Systems.  The revision will be applicable to part 121 only.  Also, the 8900.1 guidance will be totally re-written to match the paragraph.

The Draft template has been removed from the draft documents website due to the group’s request to submit the template and guidance together. Therefore, the FAA will post A010 when the final changes to the template are made and the guidance is completed.  The group will be given the standard amount of time to comment on the changes at that time.  

FAA Leads:  Theo Kessaris – AFS-260 and Leo Hollis AFS-220

 

4.  OpSpec C081:  It is alleged that there is no such thing as a “public non-part 97 approach” and FAA will be seeking reimbursable agreements from operators who wish to continue using certain “Special” approach procedures.

 

A public instrument flight procedure (IFP) is one that has been promulgated under 14 CFR Part 97.    Often times Special instrument flight procedures that have been authorized for multiple users have been referred to as "Public Specials".   In actuality, these are not "public" procedures although some continue to refer to them as such.  Regardless of what one elects to refer to them as, the majority of those Special IFPs that have been authorized for multiple users are maintained by the Aeronautical Products Division of Mission Support Services, formerly known as AeroNav Services or the National Flight Procedures Office.

 

The Aeronautical Products Division enters into a reimbursable agreement to develop/maintain those Special IFPs used by a single operator.  The issue concerning the appropriateness of seeking reimbursement (from operators) for Special IFPs that have been authorized for multiple users has been referred to legal.  We expect legal's response within the next 30 days.

 

AFS-470 is waiting for an interpretation from Legal.

 

5.  OpSpec C073. IFR Approach Procedures Using Vertical Navigation (VNAV)

 

The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the instrument approach procedures other than ILS, MLS, or GPS landing system (GLS) utilizing a visibility and a decision altitude/(height) [DA(H)] equal to the published visibility and minimum descent altitude (MDA) using the following aircraft and procedures as specified in this operations specification.

 

Background. Based on near-term safety benefits of using a continuously defined vertical path to the runway, and a long-term goal of simplifying approach training and qualification standards, users have indicated their intent to begin additional use of VNAV capability for instrument approaches.

C-73 is being rewritten with the reference to VASI/PAPI removed. AFS-470 to brief.

 

 

 

 

 

6.  D084 and D085 and Special Flight Authorizations.

History: 2009-02

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Ken Kerzner, AFS-300

Industry Lead:  

 

AFS-300 is reviewing the language in both the guidance and the template for D085 and A510 (Special Flight Authorization (SFA) for Ferry Flights).

1.            Guidance is being rewritten (AFS-140) to make it clear that an aircraft may be placed on opspecs prior to taking position of it or receiving it.

a.            May use D084, continuous ferry permit.

b.            Applies to new aircraft.

                                                                                                                            i.          Aircraft should be placed on D085.

                                                                                                                        ii.          Fly aircraft to maintenance base.

                                                                                                                      iii.          Conduct conformity inspection.

Brief to be given by Tim Holt.

Language in guidance has been changed to allow the POI to place a new aircraft on OpSpec.

Should be resolved next month.

 

Status – Open

 

 

 

7. OpSpec A35X, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)

History: 2010-02

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Dennis Mills

Industry Lead: 

 

Most outstanding issues are now resolved.

The squitter code requirement has been dropped.

Approval must be accomplished by either STC or TC.

Title of A353 (related – Hudson Bay) has not been changed even though the area of operations in northern Canada has been expanded.

Guidance Complete….Presentation to be given by Dennis Mills

ADS-B OSWG - 01-19-2011 - DRM.ppt

 

 

 

8. Safety Enhancement S400.  CAST Safety Enhancements.

History: 2010-02

Database:

 

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  Keeton Zachary, Greg Michael

Industry Lead:  

 

The following section of OPSS is intended to gather critical information about the voluntary implementation of Safety Enhancements. These Safety Enhancements were developed by the joint government and industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) over the last several years.

 

The intent of these paragraphs is to gather information on Safety Enhancement implementations only. Principal Inspectors should not make safety determinations from these answers. In cases where the exact enhancement has not been implemented but the intent was met through another means, the answer should be "fully meet the intent." Also, if a given enhancement only applies partially to a certificate holder, for example for only one fleet of aircraft, the answer may reflect fully meet the intent if the enhancement has been implemented for the applicable fleet.

 

S400 is a data collection tool only.

May eventually expand to other safety projects.

Need FOIA protection before moving forward.

       WebOPSS currently does not have the ability to de-identify data upon entry.

               This will take money and time to make this change.

Most participants present have a dim view regarding the usefulness of S400, especially when weighed against the possible liability.

Comments regarding S400 may be made on the federal register.

FAA chair for the CAST is Peggy Gilligan.

 

 

 

 

9.  A025, Electronic Record Keeping Systems.

History: 2009-03

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:  AFS-260 – Theo Kessaris

Industry Lead:  Casey Seabright, NWA, Jim Winkelman, Alaska Airlines

FAA is proposing to amend the A025 template to include tables for specific approvals such as flight planning systems, training record repositories, and other electronic/software applications.

 

The primary goal for A-025 is to transform it from a dumping ground and keep it only as a depository for primarily electronic record keeping plus an optional storehouse for electronic signatures and electronic manuals.

­              References to EFB in guidance documents will be removed.

­              This project may take a while before much headway is made due to current rule making projects and the availability of AGC.

·                The current A-025 template will remain unchanged.

­              A new opspec will be developed for programs such as flight planning, flight/duty times etc.

­              Expect process to begin no sooner than June 2010.

 

ON HOLD .

When work on this is ready to begin again, Industry would like to get a subgroup together to help write the new OpSpec.

Once AGC is able to provide their assistance, the FAA will attempt to establish a workgroup similar to the one that worked on B044 to help write OpSpec A0xx which will address electronic systems that calculate things such as fuel as a means of compliance with several regulations.  Guidance on the “clean up” of A025 will be introduced after the creation of A0xx.

 

 

 

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, MSP-FSDO / Leo Hollis, AFS-220, Dave Burnham, UALA CMO

Industry Lead(s):  Steve Kuhar, FedEx

 

ON HOLD.

This May come up for discussion at the Jan 2011 meeting.

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.

 

 

 

11.  B032/B034/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: Suzette Rash, AFS-470

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

 

DISCUSSION:

 

AFS-470 has no plans on combining in the near term. 

B034 is complete, waiting on change to AC 90-96 to be published currently at tech-writers.

C063 inspector guidance draft is updated to incorporate AC 90-100A and AC 90-105.

 

Each will be updated individually.

B034 – complete and in Web Ops., AC90-96 is located in the FAA regulatory library - Move to Close

Replace with just C063 Agenda item

C063 – draft inspector guidance is being updated to incorporate AC 90-100A and AC 90-105 – no new update

 

 

12.  Day 1 Open Discussion

 

 

 

 

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.

 


 

AVS

Quality Management System

QPM #

 

AFS-002-206-F1

 

 

Revision

 

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Title:  OpSpec Template Feedback Survey

Date: 1/20/2011

Page 1 of 12

1.  What is your overall satisfaction with your interaction with FAA personnel related to OpSpec template and guidance development?

__1      __ 2     __ 3     __N/A

2.  What is your overall satisfaction with the template and guidance development process?

__1            __2            __3           __N/A

3.  What is your overall satisfaction with the structure of the OSWG?

__1            __2            __3            __N/A

4.  What is your overall satisfaction with the quarterly OSWG meetings?

__1            __2            __3            __N/A

1=Low       2=Average       3=High

Please provide comments for any question you marked 1 (low).


 



 


Day 2 Session

Thu Jan 20

9:00 – 12:00

 

 

14.  Convene.  Introductions

 

15.   WebOPSS Update.  Bob Davis to brief.

 

 

 

16.  B035, Addition of Q-routes.

History: 2010-02

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead:   Suzette Rash, AFS-470

Industry Lead:

 

Currently in coordination (AFS-140) to allow Q-routes in Alaska

Gulf of Mexico is not in B035

No new update

 

 

17. TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.  A029, Aircraft Interchange Agreement for Part 121

History: 2010-04

Database:

91

91K

121

121/135

125

125M

129

133

135

137

141

142

145

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Lead :  AFS-220

Industry Lead: 

 

Authorizes part 121 certificate holders to use aircraft interchange agreements with other operators.

 

The draft Part 129 OpSpec and its associated guidance is now published, for public comment, at http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/129opspecs/ with a comment due date of November 9th, 2010.  The draft Part 121 OpSpec is posted at http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/.  The draft Notice, (posted on the above website), has detailed information on the changes.

 

All documents have also been forwarded to AFS-140 to format in preparation to formal coordination. 

 

Status: Open.

Main problem is that the definition of primary operator was incorrect.

This will be fixed in new spec.

At AFS-140 for coordination (Tech Writers)

Ricky.chitwood@faa.gov is the FAA point of contact for A-029

 

19.  C052/C053/C074/C055, Basic Straight-in Non-Precision, APV, and Category I Precision Approach and Landing Minima– 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 :  Mark Fox, AFS-410, Cathy Majauskas, AFS-470

Industry Lead:  Stanley Finch, Steve Bush

 

C052/C053/C074 will be merged. 

 

8400.13D is closely related to these OpSpecs – signed on October 22, 2009.

 

Will need to explore avenues for reducing T/O minima at certain airports – C078/SMGCS to be addressed in 2010.

 

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

 

Question / comments from industry:

The current template in WebOpss is in conflict with the 8900.1 Vol 3, chap 18, which is in conflict with Notice 8900.117, which is in conflict with AC120-42B.  This started in the AC that air carriers can substitute 700 meters for 800 meters for to the visibility for foreign airports. The notice says you can use it but it is only tied in with the one useable authorized Category III ILS IAP. The template says you can use it but only if reported. What do they mean by reported. Finally, the 8900 does not mention anything on this.  This needs to be cleaned up.

Suggestion to Add RNAV to OpSpec C055: Alternate Airport IFR Weather Minimums

Industry would like to use RNAV approach types for the basis of alternates (Mitre is doing a study) (C055)

 

New C-52 is done

Selectable is “Special Authorization CAT I authorization requires CAT II approval using a CAT II or III HUD to DH” (C052/53/74)

 

OpsSpec and Notices awaiting final signature – move to close this section (C052)

 

Suzette Rash to Brief – Will open C055 as new agenda item.

 

Presentation by Coby Johnson, AFS-410
SA CAT II In Progress.ppt

 

 

20.  OpSpec C060, Category III Instrument Approach and Landing Operations.  

History: 2010-01

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 :  Bryant Welch, AFS-410

Industry Lead:  Steve Kuhar, FedEx

 

AFS-410 plans a revision in 2010.  FedEx has submitted initial comments indicating that the paragraphs stating the requirements for different RVR values (c1 – c4) should all indicate that an operator is issued the lowest authorization and all higher RVR authorizations are also authorized based on operational equipment for that approach.

 

1.            Not much progress to report since last meeting.

2.            Mark Fox gave a presentation discussing autoland and HUD to touchdown ops – available on OpSpecs.com.

3.            There is a Public website available to determine the classification of any given ILS.

a.            http://avnwww.jccbi.gov/pls/datasheet_prd/PRO_ilsperform_rpt

4.            It was pointed out that the Guidance documents do not match opspec (Tables)

a.            FAA intends to revise tables so that it is possible to list controlling RVR correctly.

5.            Since lower minimums through HUD may be extended to certain runways with ILS glideslope greater than 3.0 degrees, operators May need to update their HUD AFM supplements to allow AIII approach operations up to 3.1 degrees.

a.            Demonstrations to the POI should not be required once the AFM supplement is updated.

 

Bryant Welch (AFS-410) to brief and discuss current Draft

 

 

 

 

21.  Closing remarks – all participants to the OSWG.

 

Industry Discussion Items:

1.            Exemptions.

a.            ATA exemptions work good with a few problems regarding renewal dates.

b.            Expiration dates for carrier owned exemptions are a continuing problem.

c.            AFS-260 took an action to look into this and see where the problem resides.

d.            The FAA Office of Rulemaking is the keeper of all exemptions.

Question:  Is there a way to sort exemptions by expiration date?

         Will be looked at to see if the interface can be changed.

Awaiting response from IT – Paul Lepine to brief

2.            NextGen authorizations requiring HQ Approval

3.            B055 com equipment for north polar ops.

a.            Comm requirements for polar operations?

b.            Suggestions:

                                                         i.          Remove paragraphs from the Spec

                                                        ii.          Replace paragraph and only reference the governing FAR.

                                                       iii.          Reference the applicable AC.

No Update:

 

4.            A031 Contract training centers.

a.            Access of contract training employees must have access to an operator’s aircraft.

                                                                     i.          This may not be practical with part 91K fractional ownership or part 135s.

b.            142 requires that instructors remain familiar with the air carrier’s procedures on the aircraft types for which they provide instruction.  This is intended to be an observation of an actual flight and not necessarily handling the controls.

 

This rule has been in place for a long time and is not a new policy.

 

 

 

 

New Discussion (Ad-Hoc)