TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Sessions                                                                                                                   Page

 

U.S. Domestic                                                                                                          1-09

Joint (U.S. Domestic and International)                                                            09-20

International                                                                                                             21-27 

 

MINUTES

 

U.S. Domestic Session

Nov 1, 1-4:30pm

 

U.S. Domestic Chairpersons

FAA CHAIR

Robert Davis

INDUSTRY CHAIR

Steve Bush

INDUSTRY CO-CHAIR

Casey Seabright

 

Chairpersons Discussion

 

Discussion

 

  Industry Chair reviewed years activity and goals going forward

• Emphasis on OSWG Procedures Guide as a foundation

• Continue to emphasize Industry leads as well as FAA lead continuity, cooperation, and follow-up on specific open agenda items.

Reviewed meeting dates for 2012 – All in D.C.

18-19 Jan, 17-18 Apr, 17-18 Jul, Oct-Nov tbd

• Roster Review

• New Industry Chair: Casey Seabright (DAL)

• New Industry Co-Chair: Rick Yuknavich

 

FAA Chair briefed on-going challenges with opspec coordination and introduced new FAA members.

 

1. C050:  Special Pilot-in-command Qualification Airports

 

 

Discussion

 

Standing Agenda Item:

 

 

- No standing requests for addition or deletion of any specific airport.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

None

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

2. S400:  CAST Safety Enhancements

 

 

Discussion

 

Industry Lead: Steve Bush

FAA Lead: Bob Davis and Greg Michael:

Anne Bechtold briefed that a legal interpretation concerning the public dissemination of data was in development.

 

Bob Davis briefed that participation in S400 is strictly voluntary and no POI signature will be required. The continuation of the development and rollout of S400 is contingent on IT funding. We should continue to see enhancements to S400 on initial rollout of the paragraph to WebOPSS.

 

 

No date determined yet for when this will appear on the Federal Register.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Monitor

FAA : Greg Michael,

Keeton Zachary

Industry: Steve Bush

N/A

 

3. A010:  Aviation Weather Data

 

 

Discussion

 

Theo Kessaris (via email) provided update. She expects a draft to be available in January 2012.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

None

FAA: Theo Kessaris

 

N/A

 

 

Industry: Casey Seabright

 

 

 

4. C081:  Special Non 14 CFR Part 97 Instrument Approach or Departure Procedures

 

 

Discussion

 

Kel Christiansen (AFS-470) briefed that the FAA is continuing to work on defining what a “public special” procedure is. Once that is done, they will re-evaluate which procedures fit that definition.

 

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Proved Update

 

FAA: John Swigart (AFS 470)

Industry: Jim Winkleman

2012-01 meeting

 


 

 

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

 

 

Discussion

 

AFS 470 discussed issues regarding VNAV to DA(H).

Minimal discussion

 

 

 

No Update

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

AFS 470 plans to post draft on web site for comment

 

FAA: Kel Christiansen

Industry: Joe Devito

Jan 2012

 

 

6. A353:  Automatic Dependant Surveillance –Broadcast (ADS-B)

 

 

Discussion

 

Spec was created to authorize operations through Hudson Bay.

 

Update given by Dennis Mills, (AFS-220).

 

AC for ADS-B operations is in final coordination at the FAA which includes “The” ADS-B operational approval method going forward.

 

Other areas will be implementing ADS services (Singapore, Hong Kong).

 

A new opspec will be rolled out soon which will be used to authorize all ADS-B out authorizations outside the U.S. The goal is to have a single repository for ADS_B out.

 

A second opspec will be developed for ADS-B IN.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

New template to be issued

FAA: Dennis Mills

Dec 2011

 

 

 

7. A025:  Electronic Record Keeping

 

 

Discussion

 

Theo Kessaris AFS-260 update (via email): A025 continues to be on hold.

 

Mike Keller requests a very generic high level approach to recording recordkeeping since new technology virtually requires electronic recordkeeping for many applications. The technology, stability, and reliability are no longer a new approach and should become accepted (at some level) as the norm.

 

Industry reiterated that they would like to form a subgroup to assist in the development.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

None

FAA: The Kessaris

 

 

 

Industry: Casey Seabright

 


 

8. B343:  Fuel Reserves for Flag and Supplemental Operations

 

 

Discussion

 

B343 as an OpSpec remains on hold and not available to additional carriers at this time.

 

FAA is working toward a PBM fuel reserves model similar to the draft ICAO Annex 6.

 

FAA requests that carriers review and comment on Annex 6 (draft) through IATA or ATA.

 

Once the new Annex 6 is settles/issued, B343 should be resurrected.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Review draft Annex 6 and comment through IATA or ATA.

 

FAA: Gordy Rother, Dave Burnham, Leo Hollis

 

 

 

 

Industry: Steve Kuhar

 

 

 

 

9. B054:  Special Limitations and Provisions for Instrument Approach Procedures and IFR Landing Minimums

 

 

Discussion

 

John Cowan requests update on review of specific aircraft navigation “fixing” language contained therein,

 

(In coordination with B036) the review and development of new language continues and will likely take another 7-9 months (May –July 2012)

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

 

FAA: Madison Walton

 

 

 

 

Industry: John Cowan

 

 

 

 

11. C051: Terminal Instrument Procedures

 

 

Discussion

 

Related guidance in 8260.46D was changed 09/30/11 and is posted as guidance material for C063. Revised 8900.1 guidance and template changes are in process and should be posted for comment soon.

 

Update to be provided at Jan 2012 meeting

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Monitor

FAA: John Swigart

 

 

 

 

Industry: Rich Yuknavich

 

 

 

13. A317: Acceptance of a Fatigue Risk Management Plan

 

 

Discussion

 

No specific discussion, questions or requested actions.

 

Propose remove from Agenda. We may choose to redress and potential changes after new duty and rest regulation are issued

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Closed

FAA; Dale Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

21. C059:  Category II Approach and Landing Operations

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Recommend close and remove agenda item,

 

Related issue of CAT II and CAT III authorizations

OSWG suggested that any new European CAT II or III approach be automatically approved.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Remove, but monitor approval process

 

 

 

 

 

22. C300; Navaid Substitution

 

 

Discussion

 

Continued discussion regarding GPS overlay approaches and authorizations. Specifically Industry would like to explore broader authorization.

FAA provided update that Mitre survey/study continues. There are no changes planned at the current time to the basic opspec.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Update/Monitor

Jackson Seltzer, Jim Winkleman, Rick Yuknavitch

N/A

 


 

23. C355; Exemption to §121.619 for Domestic Destination Alternate Airport Requirements

 

 

Discussion

 

FAA briefed that the opsec itself has outlived its usefulness and purpose. The limitations and conditions of the applicable exemptions must be adhered to without the opspec.

The FAA proposes removing the opspec and archiving it.

 

Industry did not voice objection.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Close and remove from next agenda

 

FAA: Leo Hollis

Industry: John Cowan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26. D105:  Air Carrier Emergency Evacuation Systems (EES) Maintenance Program Requirements

 

 

Discussion

 

Industry raised questions regarding certain applicability.

 

The FAA briefed that this is applicable to all carriers because it does apply to all installed emergency equipment.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Close and remove from future agenda

 

 

 

 

27.  B036/B054:  Class II Navigation

 

 

Discussion

 

John Cowan briefly promoted his proposed guidance change for Ops Specs B036 and B054.

Madison Walton mentioned that an Operational Safety Assessment is still ongoing with an expected January 2012 completion date. AFS-470 is also studying ICAO Document 7030 parameters for harmonization issues relating to both coast in/coast out navigation accuracy checks and post-position plotting.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Update from Industry and FAA Leads.

 

FAA: Madison Walton

Part 121 Industry: John Cowan

 


 

 

28. New Business:

 

B050: Authorized Areas of Enroute Operations, Limitations and Provisions Update

 

 

Discussion

 

Several carriers had not manipulated the B050 since it was revised over a year ago. The recommendation from Monica Grusche is to use the help reference documents for B050 accessed via the “Guidance” hot button, or if at wits end, call the WebOPSS help number.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion

 

Dispatch Inspector Scott Stacy, discussed C067 and his proposal that since there are two paragraphs (A&B) that deal with different specific airport issues, that the single table should be two tables; one for each specific issue.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Update at next meeting

Industry: Jim Winkleman

2011-4 OSWG

 

c.) :  

A061: Electronic Flight Bag

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Ops Spec

Steve Morrison representing AFS 430 Future Flight Technologies Branch, at (202) 385-4936

Steve provided an update on Electronic Flight Bag developments. He observed that previously the emphasis was on Class 3 permanently installed devices. Interest has now swung toward Class 1 and 2 devices, partially from an economic perspective and partially from the flexibility over Class 3 permanent systems. He sees this emphasis on Class 1 and 2 devices continuing for the next year or so until avionics manufacturers or third party providers offer more options.

On the subject of IPads, he made the observation that interest in using the device for aviation information access is gaining impetus. It is a user friendly device at a reasonable price. Steve mentioned that, as with all new technology, there are still growing pains. He cited the recent IPad software update anomalies as such an example. This is part of the reason for the deliberate process being followed for all EFB developments.

Steve recommended that those who have not yet reviewed InFO 11011 (Subject: The Apple iPad and Other Suitable Tablet Computing Devices as Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) DATE: 5/13/11) to do so.

 

 

Steve thanked everyone for the number of valuable comments that AFS-430 has received on the draft revision to the current AC120-76A. Once the AC draft is finalized expect a harmonized update to 8900.1. The comment period may be over since the draft was not available on http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/ac/. Regarding the current Ops Spec A061, Bob Davis commented that the 8900.1 guidance is clear that Class 1 devices (Not connected to the aircraft electrically or by data cable/wifi) with only Type A software (Non computational software or without IAP databases) do not require issuance of Ops Spec A061 and given the admonition against using Table 1 for Class 1/Type A devices, the only acceptable format is with Paragraph “i” Non-standard language. Apparently it is a common practice for POIs to require A061 to track carrier EFB use in lieu of a Letter of Authorization/Acknowledgement

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Monitor

 

 

 

 

d.) D081:

 

 

Discussion

 

Mike Keller questions whether D081 allows for “parts borrowing” or not. Since there seems to be a practice of borrowing parts, what is the authorization.

 

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Request the issue of parts borrowing be addressed at the Jan meeting

 

Industry: Mike Keller

 

 

 

 

e.)   A030: Part 121 Supplemental Operations

 

 

Discussion

 

The FAA is concerned that some Part 121 carriers are operating into airports that are only authorized as alternates on their Ops Spec C070.

Notice 8900.172 and Order 8900.1 Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 3, Part A Operations Specifications - General.

Paragraph 3-736 revises guidance for Operation Specification A030. (CHG 179 11/4/2011). Notice 8900.172 (11/4/2011) mandates that Ops Spec A030 be reissued within 90 days of that Notice effective date of 11/4/2011 (Translates to a deadline of 2 February 2012 which falls on a Saturday and POIs may not be available that day for Ops Spec signing without prior arrangement)

Industry asked for clarification of template and guidance to emphasize the prohibition against using C070 alternates in supplemental operations unless non-standard language is issued with safeguard provisions for operations at airports not listed in Ops Spec c070 as regular, provisional or refueling.

Bob Davis emphasized that the guidance and template revision was not intended to eliminate currently approved Non-standard language. He did stress that the template change will necessitate re-approval of any non-standard language by both the CMO and Headquarters FAA. Please allow sufficient time for this coordination process to take place.)

Bob Davis stated that the revision of Ops Spec A030 was not prompted by the expanded city pair options for Cuba charters and the resultant increase in the number of U.S. carriers initiating charter service to Cuba. Bob reminded carriers new to Cuba operations to update Ops Spec B050 and to satisfy U.S. Commerce and Justice Department notification requirements.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

 

FAA: Theo Kessaris

Industry: Rick Yuknavitch and Casey Seabright

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint, (U.S. Domestic and International), Session

Nov 2, 9am – 12:30pm

 

U.S. Domestic Chairpersons

FAA CHAIR

Robert Davis

INDUSTRY CHAIR

Steve Bush

INDUSTRY CO-CHAIR

Casey Seabright

 

 

International Chairpersons

FAA CHAIR

Danuta Pronczuk

 

FAA VICE CHAIR

Mike Frank

INDUSTRY CHAIR

Brian Miles

INDUSTRY VICE CHAIR

David Oliver

 

 

 

 

1. Convene

 

 

Self Introductions:

 

All attendees. 


 

 

2. Recognition by John Barbagallo, Manager International Programs and Policy Division at FAA

 

 

Opening remarks:

 

Opening remarks were made by John Barbagallo.  John warmly greeted all participants to the OSWG meeting.  He emphasized the important function that the workgroup was performing, described his vision of the future, (further reduce some of the existing Opspecs paragraphs), and thanked all of the attendees for their support and contribution in the effort to reduce the burden of Operations Specifications while continuing to maintain a high level of safety.  John clarified that operators are not expected or required to carry Opspecs with them on board the aircraft.

 

John mentioned the ICAO initiative for an Ops Spec and aircraft database as a giant step in the right direction. John sees many challenges facing the aviation community. How will we handle the daunting task of accommodating the number of passenger who will soon number over billion people a year? This expected growth in ridership is in the midst of a looming pilot shortage due to retirements and increased experience requirements. Fatigue risk and duty time management issues are taking center stage and will need to be emphasized to maintain reductions in airline accidents. He believes it will require leadership and dedication to meet these challenges.

 

John handed out:

·                Certificates of Appreciation to the following FAA employees, in recognition of their dedication, commitment to excellence and hard work:

-                  Marina Murphy (for her outstanding service in developing operations specifications for domestic and foreign air carriers),

-                   Paul Lepine (in appreciation of his outstanding service in coordinating operations specifications changes through the AFS Document Control Board for domestic and foreign air carriers), and

-                   David Krueger (for his support of the Part 129 OSWG, on 14 CFR Part 129 OpSpecs C075 and C076). 

·                plaques to:

-                  Brian Miles (in grateful appreciation for his leadership and dedication as the Part 129 OSWG Chair and his outstanding contributions to the Part 129 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, ARC.  Brian’s passion and diligence in the effort to reduce the administrative burden of Operations Specifications while maintaining a high level of safety was commendable.),

-                   Monica Grusche, (for her outstanding contribution to the Part 129 OSWG.  Monica’s dedication and hard work has helped to reduce the Volume of Part 129 Operations Specifications while maintaining a high level of safety.),

-                  Patrick Crowley, (in grateful appreciation for his leadership and dedication to aviation safety through the enhancement of part 129:  operations specifications, aviation rulemaking and inspector guidance.),

-                  Lorna John, (in grateful appreciation for her outstanding contributions to the Part 129 OSWG and the Part 129 ARC.  Lorna’s legal expertise, diligence, attention to detail, and diplomacy in the effort to reduce the administrative burden of Operations Specifications while maintaining a high level of safety, and in ensuring the accuracy of the associated inspector guidance have been commendable), and

-                  Danuta Pronczuk (in grateful appreciation for her leadership and dedication as the Part 129 OSWG FAA Chair.  Danuta’s passion and energy have significantly contributed to the goal of reducing the administrative burden of Operations Specifications while continuing to maintain a high level of safety.)

 

 

 

 

3. Stakeholder Survey

 

 

Discussion

 

Reviewed the results of previous survey and its importance.  Collected survey results for the Nov 2011 OSWG.

 

Bob Davis discussed future expanded grading for better data trend recording.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

None

AFS-260

Next scheduled survey and report – Jan 18th, 2012


 

4. WebOPSS Update

 

 

Discussion

 

Bob Davis, AFS 260 and FAA OSWG Chair

Given the fact that WebOPSS planning and development has been financialy constrained, the system has generally been successful. Last summer was the two year anniversary. The priority development for FY2012 will be adding porting capability to enable secure transfer of data to sites such as the ICAO database in development and soon to be in beta testing.

Some chronic issues remain. A004 architecture constraints have stymied efforts to combine additional Ops Spec paragraphs such as C080 and C064. Compatibility issues with Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 9 are still being worked on. The original system was designed to function with IE6 and we are not two iterations removed from that. WebOPSS is not compatible with many of the various alternative browsers and due to financial constrains probably never will be. Compatibility with IE9 is in Beta testing.

Bob recognized the efforts of Monica Grusche and Teri Archer for keeping the system up and running.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. ICAO Register of AOCs Progress /Recent Developments

 

 

Discussion

 

Mrs. Rommy Ulloa,  IATA,  briefed the group on the latest developments.  
Progress report on the OASIS software development project. The AOC Registry Database will be under the umbrella of the OASIS Project. Phase 1 goal is the development and deployment of the Airline Operating Certificate and Operations Specification registry. The software development is being undertaken by the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC). First part of Phase 1 will be a Beta test of the Aircraft registry.


In December 2012. Timing for Phase 2 of the project is dependent on ICAO funding with CAUC as supplier. Tentative goal is to have operational deployment in July of 2012. Currently, ICAO and IATA are working on establishing business rules for Phase 2.

The regulatory guidance will be in ICAO Document 8335. Comments on the draft guidance are being solicited through IATA and ATA channels.
When asked by Delta airlines about how long it would take updates to migrate from the national certificating authority for aircraft additions or deletions, Mrs. Ulloa replied, when the National Authorities approves an AOC or OPSSpecs, the airline will simultaneously be able to see the approval.   
Brain Miles, International OSWG Industry Chair and Emirates Air Representative bemoaned the fact that several countries are still requiring paper copies of all ops specs on board. Some countries only allow a maximum grace period of 20 days to update aircraft listings. (UK, US, China, Argentina).
(Her presentation will be available on FSIMS).  Following are a few highlights:

 

 

Ö            Phase IA: AOC Registry

 

                  ICAO to accept finalized CAUC software in Nov 2011

-                  IATA to be granted access to the system in Nov 2011

                  Beta Testing with six States will commence Dec 2011 – Apr 2012

-                  Canada/Australia/Singapore/Netherlands/USA…

 

Ö            Phase II: AOC Registry

                  First discussions between IATA and ICAO held Sep 2011

-                  Further expand the information accessible to national authorities

 

 

Ö            Phase IB : AOC Registry

                  Review the beta trial results

                  Ensure all states commence populating the registry – 3rd Quarter 2012

-                  ICAO to follow up timings

                  Achieve implementation and global acceptance of Phase I

                  Identify those governments not in compliance with Annex 6

                  Review ICAO Ops Specs Doc 8335 (Ops Inspection and Surveillance)

 

Ö            Phase II: AOC Registry

 

                  Define a globally acceptable set of data

-                  Preclude need for operators to update documents to States

                  Involve Member Airlines in determining the requirements through:

-                  FOG

-                  EFB Task Force

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Continue to update the FAA on progress

Henry Defalque, International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO

Next scheduled update for April 18, 2012

 

Continue to monitor progress and assist as appropriate

Danuta Pronczuk (AFS-52) for Part 129

Next scheduled update for April 18, 2012

 

None

FAA: AFS-220 for Part 121 

U.S. domestic Industry: Rich Carpenter

 


 

6. A029:  Aircraft Interchange Arrangements

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed the change, (correction to definition of primary operator, and the addition of aircraft serial number to the Part 121 template), and updated the group on coordination status (waiting on coordination comments).

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Disposition of comments and rollout of OpSpec change for AFS.

Danuta Pronczuk (AFS-52) for Part 129;;

David Catey (AFS-200) for Part 121;;

Larry Buchler for part 135

Rich Carpenter (industry lead) for Part 121 and 135

 

OpSpec rollout expected by April 17th 2012.

 

 

 

7. A003/C091:  Airplane Authorization/ Operational Requirements Airplane Design Group VI (ADG-VI) Airplanes (Part 121)).  Aircraft Authorized for Operations to the United States/Operational Requirements Airplane Design Group VI (ADG-VI) Airplanes 

 

 

Discussion

 

Jerry and Danuta provided the group with background on the study of the group VI aircraft, (A-380 and B-747-8), operating into group V airports, issues surrounding group VI aircraft operating into group V airports, specifically the B-747-8 as it related to the A-380.  The details of how this new draft OpSpec will look like are being worked out.     

 

OpSpecs is required for anyone operating an Airbus A380 or the B747-800.

This is current in the Part 129 database now. No U.S. operator has a need for it currently. It will be available in other databases when necessary. C091 lists aircraft limitations for Group VI (ICAO group F) aircraft. There are special runway and taxiway limitations. The 747-800 also falls into Group VI (ICAO group F) but some group Group V (ICAO group E) runways may be approved. Carrier flight manuals must list runways with demonstrated Group V (ICAO group E) suitability (150 feet wide).

There is a proposal to move Group VI aircraft restriction to Ops Spec A003 with applicable selections.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Serve as subject matter expert for Part 121 and 129

Jerry Ostronic (for Part 121));

April 2011

 

Coordinate final draft language for Part 129

Dave Henthorn and Danuta Pronczuk (for

     Part 129));

 

 

April 2011

 

Review proposed draft on behalf Part 129 industry

David Oliver – industry (Part 129))

April 2011

 

8. D301:  Aircraft Network Security Program (ANSP). 

 

 

Discussion

 

 

Chris Porfitt provided the group with a briefing on ANSP.  (The AFS-360 presentation will be available on FSIMS).  Following are a few highlights of the issues and applicability of OpSpec D301:

 

                  Avionics and passenger systems now similar to a Local Area Network (LAN).

 

                  Aircraft have the capability to reprogram flight critical avionics components wirelessly and via various data transfer mechanisms.

 

                  May result in cyber security vulnerabilities from intentional or unintentional corruption of data and/or systems critical to the safety and continued airworthiness of the airplane.

 

 

                  Credible examples of potential misuse include the potential for:

§                Malware to infect an aircraft system

§                An attacker to use onboard wireless to access aircraft system interfaces

§                Denial of service of wireless interfaces

§                Denial of service of safety critical systems

§                Misuse of personal devices that access aircraft systems

§                Misuse of off-board network connections to access aircraft system interfaces

 

 

                  Applies to aircraft operated under 14 CFR parts 121, 121/135, 125, and 129.

 

                  Necessary to verify that operators have the skills, tooling, and procedures in place to accomplish the requirements of the manufacturer’s aircraft security document.

 

                  Aircraft that require an ANSP include any aircraft produced or modified that requires the manufacturer to provide operator guidance documentation for FAA approval. The FAA requirement is in the form of Special Conditions.

§                Boeing provides this guidance in an ancillary document referred to as “Airplane Network Security Operator Guidance (ANSOG).”  Airbus includes “Aircraft Information System Security” guidance in Part 6 of Aircraft Limitations Section (ALS) of the aircraft maintenance manual.

 

 

                  No longer a physical partition between avionics and passenger electronics.

                  Examples of e-Enabled aircraft: Boeing 747-800 and 787, Airbus A350 and A380, Bombardier CS100 and CS300

 

 

FAA is concerned about the cyber security vulnerabilities of avionics systems. This Ops Spec authorizes the certificate holder to operate e-Enabled aircraft that have a manufacturer's recommended network security program.

Background: FAA determined that manufacturers, carriers, and regulators were not paying enough attention to security issues in development and intended use of new systems. FAA observed that avionics evolution is away from hard-coded ROM circuit card hardware toward generic black boxes whose functions are defined by the software loaded into those boxes. The immediate concerns are with current E-enabled aircraft such as the 747-800 787 A350 and A380. However some future STC modifications may place current aircraft under Ops Spec D301 coverage. Carriers will be required to incorporate manufacturers’ security document procedures into carrier manuals. Currently, overall maintenance program manuals are accepted versus approved documents. Under Ops Spec 301 the subset of manuals applicable to avionics becomes approved publications. There are reporting requirements outlined in the draft Ops Spec.

Uplinked tailored arrival technology is not considered to fall under D301 guidelines.

The FAA intends to create guidelines for security provisions in the development and use of aircraft software interfaces. Encourage participation by air carrier IT and avionics departments.

Special Committee 216 has been formed. Coordinating with EUROCAE WG-72 Group.

Draft Ops Sec D301, Aircraft Network Security System, and accompanying Notice is posted on http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/opspecs/. The comment period officially ended in May 2011.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Coordinate comments and rollout OpSpec D301

Rochelle Brisco (AFS-360)

April 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. C063:  IFR RNAV 1 Departure Procedures (DP) and Standard

           Terminal Arrivals (STAR)

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Related guidance in 8260.46D was changed 09/30/11 and is posted as guidance material for C063. Revised 8900.1 guidance and template changes are in process and should be posted for comment soon.

 

 

Update to be provided at Jan 2012 meeting

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Monitor

FAA: John Swigart

 

 

 

 

Industry: Rich Yuknavich

 

 


 

10. C055:  Alternate Airport IFR Weather Minimums.

 

 

Discussion

 

Mitre study to determine whether use of RNAV/GPS approaches at alternates affords an acceptable level of risk is still not completed.

Jim Winkleman, Alaska Airlines and Industry lead, suggested an interim mitigation strategy such as issuance of alternative missed approach procedures whenever NAVAIDs go unmonitored.

Chuck Schramek, Delta Airlines asked what the parameters of the MITRE study are and whether that could be made available.

Coby Johnson asked that a list of airports/approaches with unmonitored Navaids that have a critical impact on carrier operations be sent to him through Industry Leads or Industry Chairman.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Send either the Industry Chair, Steve Bush, or Coby Johnson specific unmonitored navaids that are becoming a problem.

 

FAA: AFS-270

N/A

 

 

Industry: Jim Winkleman & Andy Newcomer

03/31/11

 

 

 

11. C060:  Category III Instrument Approach and Landing Operations,

           (Cascading Authorization)

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Bryant Welch updated: AFS-401 is reviewing all comments that carriers submitted. No final version is available yet.

Airports are added almost simultaneously to the AFS410 spreadsheet and the WebOPSS database pull-down options.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Coordinate Part 129 language

Bryant Welch (AFS-410) and Mike Frank for Part 129

April 18, 2012

 

Monitor and update at Jan meeting

 

Part 121 Industry: John Cowan, Steve Kuhar, and Casey Seabright

 

 

 

Review the part 129 template

Brian Miles for Part 129 industry

April 18, 2012


 

12. C060:  Category III Instrument Approach and Landing Operations,

           (Rollout RVR Requirements)

 

 

 

Discussion

 

Bob Davis comments: Order 6750.24Dverns the light requirements. Currently, if the entire ALSF approach light system is out, CAT II and III approaches are not allowed, even though CAT I approaches, for which the lights are more critical may still be flown, albeit with increased minimums. As stated elsewhere, Order 6750.24 is being revised. Send in those cards and letters. being revised. Send in those cards and letters.

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Coordinate Part 129 language

Bryant Welch (AFS-410) and Mike Frank for Part 129

April 18, 2012

 

 

Part 121 Industry: John Cowan, Steve Kuhar, and Casey Seabright

 

Aug 26

 

Review the part 129 template

Brian Miles for Part 129 industry

April 18, 2012

 

 

 

13. C060:  Category III Instrument Approach and Landing Operations,

           (Limitations/SF Lights)

 

 

 

Discussion

 

AFS-410 is rewriting the posted draft Order 8900.1. This rewrite will mainly address editorial suggestions received during the comment period, and the essentials of the draft guidance should remain unchanged.

Chris Hope discussed the need for Euro harmonization. Additionally, Canada just recently (April 2011) expanded their “Approach Ban” to mandate that ALL three runway transmissometer reports be no lower than the published minimums. Chris Hope tried to put this proposed clarification limitation in paragraph d(1) Note, of the draft template in perspective: “(1)..…NOTE: TDZ/Mid/Rollout RVR reports must be no lower than the approach chart minima to conduct any CAT III operation.”

Chris reiterated the fact that there are only five airports where RVR values less than RVR600 can currently be used: ATL, DEN, MEM, SEA, and SLC.

 

Bob Davis, AFS-260 mentioned that related guidance in 6750.24D (3/21/00), Instrument Landing System and Ancillary Electronic Component Configuration and Performance Requirements is being revised.

Steve Kuhar requested that the process for approving foreign CAT II and III ILS approaches be streamlines or at least deconflicted so that multiple carriers are not submitting approval packages for the same approaches. In this regard, Bob Davis mentioned that the applicable Order, 8400.13D, 10/22/09, Procedures for the Evaluation and Approval of Facilities for Special Authorization Category I Operations and All Category II and III Operations, is being revised an comments are solicited. David S. Metzbower AFS-410

Brian Miles OSWG Foreign Carrier Industry Chair/Emirates suggested that any new European CAT II or III approach be automatically approved.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Coordinate Part 129 language

Bryant Welch (AFS-410) and Mike Frank for Part 129

April 18, 2012

 

Monitor and update at Jan meeting

 

Part 121 Industry: John Cowan, Steve Kuhar, and Casey Seabright

 

 

 

Review the part 129 template

Brian Miles for Part 129 industry

April 18, 2012

 

13. C060:  Category III Instrument Approach and Landing Operations,

       

 

 

Discussion

 

GENERAL DISCUSSION, NOT RELATED TO NUMBERED AGENDA ITEM.

 

Question was asked (John Cowan) about the status of revising the verbiage in draft template paragraph c.(1):

“The required field length shall be at least 115 percent of the runway field length required by the

provisions of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 121.195(b).

The reference to 121.195(b) adds a dual computational requirement since subparagraph (b) makes mention of landing within 60 percent of the effective length which is in addition to the 115 percent {14CFR121.195(d)}.

Neither Brian Welch nor Coby Johnson AFS-410 was present to comment.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Request for follow up update by AFS-410 at Jan meeting

 

Part 121 Industry: John Cowan

 

 

 

14.    D095:  Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Authorization

 

 

 

Discussion

 

There is an initiative to limit or modify MEL time limit extensions.

Bob Davis, briefed an FAA-Industry MEL conference hosted by American in Dallas.

This issue relates to category b or C items only (3 or 10 day time limits) FAA believes that some carriers are not keeping an adequate parts inventory and is using a liberal interpretation of the existing guidance to do multiple, continual time extensions. Current D095 requires POI notification of MEL extension. Intent is for POI extension preapproval, but the guidance is not clear. Inspector handbook is being rewritten to clarify guidance. A draft is months away and inputs are solicited. Draft will also be posted for comment. Template revision is likely

Tom Taylor from FEDEX expressed concern over mandating POI preapproval or limiting number of extensions. He noted that some parts that seldom fail are not kept on hand and sometimes require lengthy fabrication replacement. Tom was especially concerned about the potential difficulty of coordinating multiple POI extensions and extensions that might lapse on a weekend. Tom also expressed the opinion that carriers who are currently not abusing the system are being punished along with the recalcitrant’s. This concern was shared by Mike Keller of American Airlines.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Close and remove from next agenda

 

FAA: Ricky Chitwood

Part 121 Industry: Mike Keller

 


 

 

15. D485:  Aging Airplane Inspection and Records Review

 

 

Discussion

Rusty Jones said this was another Congressionally-mandated program that was well-intended  and specifically states inspections must start after the start of the airplanes 15'th year in service. In many cases, there is no clear way to determine a date certain. In addition, as there is no specific requirement to annotate the manufacturer date on the aircraft data plate the date of the issuance of the first airworthiness certificate was used to determine the start date. The best solution may be for PMI and carrier to agree on a best estimate

Part 129 template updated – closed item for Part 129

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Closed

 

FAA: Rusty Jones AFS-320/ Gary Layton AFS-52/Kel Christiansen Industry: Mike Keller

 

N/A

 

 

 

16. C losing

 

Discussion

Joint session closed, all impromptu domestic discussions moved to side bar, and presidents room.

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

N/A

 

 

 


 

 

International Session

Nov 2, 1pm – 5:30pm

 

International Chairpersons

FAA CHAIR

Danuta Pronczuk

 

FAA VICE CHAIR

Mike Frank

INDUSTRY CHAIR

Brian Miles

INDUSTRY VICE CHAIR

David Oliver

 

 

 

1. Convene

 

 

Self Introductions – all.  [ Japan Airlines (Nippon Cargo Airlines), Avianca – Columbia, Jet Airways (India),  Aeroflot, Scandinavian Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aerosvit, British Airways, Air Canada, Emirates, EVA Airways, Tam Airlines (Brazil), Asiana Airlines, Mexico, Dominican Republic, China, Delta, Fedex …….. ATA, IATA, EASA, FAA subject matter experts from Flight Standards divisions (AFS-50, AFS-200, AFS-300, AFS-400..), FAA legal (AGC-200), IFO/IFU representatives (Miami, NY, Anchorage, LAX, and DFW)….]

 

 

 

2. B034 and B035:  IFR Class I En Route Navigation Using Area Navigation Systems and Class I Navigation in the U.S. Class A Airspace Using Area or Long-Range Navigation Systems

 

 

 

Discussion

 

OpSpec B034 does not apply to part 129, needs to be decommissioned.  OpSpec B035 needs further review.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Process the decommissioning of OpSpec B034 and Complete review of B035

Mike Frank, Rolfe Dinwoodie,

April 18th 2012

 

Review new draft

Capt. Harold Cardona Henao (industry)

April 18th 2012


 

3. B039:  Operations in North Atlantic Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (NAT/MNPS) Airspace With U.S. Registered Airplanes

 

 

Discussion

 

Navigation equipment and restrictions, (entire NAT/MNPS, routes published in the U.S. International Flight Information manual as Special Contingency Routings,…), would be incorporated into D092 and selectable as appropriate.   The FAA took the IOU to review with subject matter expert if subparagraph b(4) is part of aircraft certification and therefore not necessary to be carried over to D092 as selectable text. 

 

OpSpec A003 would also require a revision reflecting the decommissioning of OpSpec B039.  The remaining portions of OpSpec B039 are covered by regulations (Part 91)) and therefore not necessary to be repeated in OpSpecs. 

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Settle the question of OpSpec B039 subparagraph b. (4) and draft for comment an amended D092, A003 reflecting the change

Madison Walton and Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

April 18th 2012

 

Review the new draft

Brian Miles (industry)

April 18th 2012

 

4. B046:  Operations in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Airspace of the United States and Operations in RVSM Airspace by U.S. Registered Aircraft

 

 

Discussion

 

Are the elements of the independent altitude measurement system unique to US airspace? (Covered by AC 91-85; is it in the AIP?).  Are they part of aircraft certification standards (Part 23 and Part 25)), and therefore not necessary to be carried over to A003 as selectable text when decommissioning OpSpec B046?  Majority of the OpSpec covered by part 91, FAA AC 91-85 and JAA TGL 6.

 

Is there a need to have Stage III noise column in A003?  It is now stage IV.  Can we delete that column in A003?

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Settle the question of the elements of the altitude measurement systems; amend A003

Madison Walton and Danuta Pronczuk, Herb Herzog (FAA)

April 18th 2012

 

Review the amended A003

Brian Miles (industry)

April 18th 2012


 

5. Part 129 Rulemaking - Update

 

 

Discussion

 

Marlene Livack updated the group on latest status.  (Presentation will be uploaded to FSIMS).  Q uestions on agent for service – yes needs to be a person, residing in the US, does not have to be a US citizen. 

 

Can the air carrier designate another person?   Industry proposed dual delivery.

 

The ARC has delivered its recommendations to AFS1.  Rulemaking is currently on hold due to other priorities.  FAA internal rulemaking team continuous to meet.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Resolution to agent for service, dual delivery proposal

Darcy Reed, Marlene Livack, Lorna John (FAA)

April 18th 2012

 

 

 

 

 

6. A001:  Issuance and Applicability, and Reports – Incorporation of airport list

 

 

Discussion

 

Patrick briefed the change (airports to be used, non-scheduled flight notification ….) and took questions.  Required inspections, (R items for inspector ramp inspections), of non-scheduled flights.  Industry feedback – happy with getting rid of the previously proposed 72 hr notification requirement for nonscheduled flights.  No new items.  Closed

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

none

Patrick Crowley

N/A


 

 

7. A006 and A007:  Foreign Air Carrier Management Personnel and other Designated Persons

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta briefed the change and took questions.  Request to add director of quality assurance to the selectable for FAA Recognized Position Title in Edit personnel in WebOPSS. 

 

Question – is there a need to have so many individuals listed in the A006?  Can we downsize?  The ICAO AOC (Annex 6, 4.2.1.5 references the layout of Appendix 6, paragraph 2), has the operators telephone, fax, e-mail as well as operational points of contact (contact details include the telephone and fax number, including country code and e-mal (if available) at which operational management can be contacted without undue delay for issues related to flight operations, airworthiness, flight and cabin crew competency, dangerous goods and other matter, as appropriate.)

 

Mike reviewed how to sign up for SAFO’s and InFO’s.  To sign up go to the faa.gov website.  Once on the website, In the search menu, (up top), type in SAFO and click on Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFOs) - the following link will appear:http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/safo/all_safos/ .  Once on this link click on subscribe, type in your e-mail address and click submit.  You will come up to a site that asks for your e-mail confirmation and password.  Once you type in your information and click submit that then you will come up to a new menu where you will have the option of add subscriptions.  By clicking on this option (add subscriptions) you will come to a menu which will include InFOs …To add InFOs click on the box next to Information for Operators (InFOs) and click submit. 

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Review downsize proposal for the new A006 and coordinate the addition of director of quality assurance to the selectable for FAA Recognized Position Title in Edit personnel in WebOPSS

David Henthorn, Mike Frank (FAA)

April 18th, 2012

 

Review any new downsizing proposals for A006

Jonathan Echmalian and Brian Miles (industry leads)

April 18th, 2012

 

8. A008:  Operational Control, Aeronautical Weather, and Airport Data

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed and took questions on the change.  No new issues.   Closed.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

none

David Henthorn (FAA lead)

N/A

 

none

Brian Miles (Industry lead)

N/A


 

 

9. A036 and A040:  Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and Aircraft Radio Equipment

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed the proposed change and took questions.  Industry proposed that the new A036 be issued only to IASA Category II countries, that TCAS requirements are not unique to US airspace.  Proposal from the floor to hold off on issuing the new A036 until the issue is reviewed.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Will review the new proposal

David Henthorn and Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

April 18, 2012

 

Serve as industry expert on the new proposal

Eva Stahlemar and Brian Miles (Industry)

April 18, 2012

 

 

10. D085:  U.S. Registered Aircraft Listing and Maintenance Requirements

 

 

Discussion

 

Rusty Jones provided the group with an overview of the change and took questions.  No new issues.   Closed

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

none

Fred Sobeck (FAA)

N/A

 

 

11. C080:  Terminal Area IFR Operations in Class G Airspace and at Airports without an Operating Control Tower.

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed the change and took questions.  No new issues.  Closed.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

none

Rolfe Dinwoodie and Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

N/A

 

none

Brian Miles (Industry)

N/A


 

12. C056 and C057:  IFR Takeoff minimums all U.S. Airports and Alternate Airports for Departure

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed the change and took questions.  Discussion and IOU’s for the following:  Is it takeoff run or should it be takeoff roll?  Visible centerline lights – is it the entire runway?  Operative runway edge lights at night for the 1000/1000/1000, INFO 07009 recommends them, should the OpSpec as well?  Is it certificated seats or actual?  Small aircraft 100 hr PIC requirement questioned.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Research new issues and coordinate position; amend the new C056 draft to reflect changes and post for comment

Danuta Pronczuk and Bryant Welch (FAA)

April 18th, 2012

 

Review new draft

John Conlon (industry)

April 18th, 2012

 

 

 

13. C075 and C076:  Category I IFR Landing Minimums, Circling Maneuvers and Contact Approaches

 

 

Discussion

 

Mike briefed the change and took questions. No new issues. Closed.

 

 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

none

David Krueger and Mike Frank (FAA)

N/A

 

none

David Oliver (industry)

N/A

 

 

 

14. B051 and B056:  Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Limitations and Provisions – Airplanes and Helicopters

 

 

Discussion

 

Danuta reviewed the two OpSpecs and the proposed changes, took questions.  For the immediate future OpSpecs B051 and B056 will stand alone with an additional nonmandatory change to each to make corrections to SFAR 71….  Expect that in the future we should be able to decommission B056 (need additional rulemaking).

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Coordinate nonmandatory change to make corrections to references to SFAR 71…

Scott Schweizer and Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

April 18th, 2012

 

Serve as industry lead on any new questions pertaining to the change

John Conlon (Industry)

April 18th, 2012

 

 

15. B031 IFR En Route Limitations and Provisions

 

Discussion

Danuta reviewed the issue, presented choices available, ( incorporation into A003 and decommissioning of B031, a mandatory amendment to B031…), and took questions.  No new issues. 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Coordinate decision of either incorporation into A003 and decommissioning of B031 or a mandatory amendment to B031.

Rolfe Dinwoodie and Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

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Review new draft.

Jorge I. Londono A. (industry)

April 18, 2012

 

 

 

16. A028:  Aircraft Wet Lease Arrangements

 

Discussion

Danuta reviewed the draft changes and took questions.  P roposal from the floor to also replace airworthiness control with maintenance control. 

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Complete coordination of new draft internally within FAA and post for public comment on the AVS site

Danuta Pronczuk (FAA)

April 18, 2012

Review draft to be posted for public comment

Brian Miles (industry)

April 18, 2012

 

 

17. Closing

 

 

Discussion

 

Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 applies to foreign air carriers unless it says otherwise. 

 

Faa.gov website and FSIMS for federal aviation regulations, advisory circulars, airworthiness directives, orders and notices, SAFOs and InFOs…

 

Can subscribe to FSIMS

 

Subscription to the Federal Register.

 

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

 

Provide written directions on how to subscribe

Danuta Pronczuk - FAA

April 18, 2012