FAA Clarifies 139 Fire Safety Training Requirements

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued National Part 139 Cert Alert 18-06 to clarify the requirements for  hands-on portable fire extinguisher training provided in conjunction with approved 139.321 (e)(1) supervisory fire safety courses. In April, the FAA issued Cert Alert 18-03, appearing to indicate that hands-on fire extinguisher training required the extinguishing of an actual fire – a position that conflicted with long-time industry practice allowing simulated fires when actual fires were prohibited or impractical. Based upon feedback from NATA member companies, NATA staff met with FAA officials to discuss the impracticality of requiring actual live fire during all training.

Now, Cert Alert 18-06 specifically allows for the use of realistic training devices when live fire is prohibited or impractical. Additionally, Cert Alert 18-06 provides details on other requirements of hands-on fire extinguisher training.

Any questions regarding Cert Alert 18-06 or FAR 139.321 training should be directed to safety1st@nata.aero.

NATA HOSTS FIFTH ADVANCED LINE SERVICE WORKSHOP OF 2018 | NEXT WORKSHOP OCTOBER 24-25 IN LONG ISLAND, NY

Last week, NATA wrapped up another successful Advanced Line Service Workshop at Austin Executive Airport in Texas. ALS workshops include a unique mix of technical and service training with sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training, misfueling prevention, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling. Guest speakers Collin Self of Facet Filters and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 led sessions on aviation fuel filtration, quality control and misfueling prevention. Attendees received hands-on fire extinguisher training during a live fire demonstration conducted by West Chicago Fire Department.

NATA would like to thank Jodie Kaluza and all the staff at Austin Executive Airport for making this event possible. We also appreciate Facet Filters for sponsoring the remaining 2018 ALS Workshops!

There are only 2 more ALS workshops left for this year! Click here for dates and registration information.

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Gammon Technical Offering New Decals for DP Gauges Free of Charge

Gammon Technical Products recently announced they are offering free status indicator decals for their differential pressure gauges (0-30 psi scale range). The decals feature a color-coded system that make the gauge easier to read: green is good, yellow indicates concern, and red means STOP!

For ease of use, the decals can be affixed to the side of the scale not being referenced (psi or bar), so that the red color starts at the critical change-out number. In most cases, the change-out number will be 15psi, 1 bar or equal.

The decals are being offered free of charge through June 30th, 2018, and will cost $3.25 each as of July 1st. To order (Part # GTP 9721) contact Gammon Technical Products at (732) 223-4600 or info@gammontech.com.

For questions on differential pressure and selecting your change-out number, contact sberry@nata.aero.

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NATA Safety 1st Is Seeking Member Photos of Ground Handling Operations

NATA Safety 1st is currently redeveloping its online training content to incorporate improvements and new features suggested by our members and users. As part of this process, we are seeking new photographs of ground handling activities, such as aircraft fuel and oil servicing, quality control checks, and towing operations. If your company is interested in sharing photos of ground handling operations at your facilities, and possibly having these images featured in the redeveloped NATA Safety 1st training program, please contact our Trainer/Content Manager Steve Berry at sberry@nata.aero.

Gammon Technical Releases DP Limiting Device Adjustment Instructions

In light of the recent industry changes concerning filter monitors, Gammon Technical has issued the following instructions, which detail how to set the maximum differential pressure (DP) on their GTP-8980 DP limiting device. As per ATA 103 v2017.2, DP limiting devices are required on all filter monitor vessels and set points must be adjusted to reflect the 15psi limit by no later than January 31, 2018. If your facility uses a different DP limiting device, you should contact your manufacturer for specific instructions.

For more information on this issue, please see our other blog posts concerning the recent industry changes for filter monitors.

Airlines for America Releases ATA 103 Update and New Revision

This month, Airlines for America (A4A) published bulletin 2017.2: Modified ATA 103 Requirements for Filter Monitors, and released a revised ATA 103 (v2017.2) which includes updates from the bulletin and will replace the previous 2017.1 revision. The bulletin and revised ATA 103 come after the IATA SAP Special Interests Group’s position statement regarding filter monitors. Key highlights of the bulletin and revised ATA 103 include a reduction in the maximum differential pressure (DP) for filter monitor elements to 15psid and the addition of section 3.17 to the ATA 103 which details an Aircraft Fueling Nozzle Strainer Cleaning Procedure for Fueling Equipment with Filter Monitors.

Key highlights of the bulletin include a reduction in the maximum differential pressure (DP) for filter monitor elements to 15psid and the addition of section 3.17 to the ATA 103, which details an Aircraft Fueling Nozzle Strainer Cleaning Procedure for Fueling Equipment with Filter Monitors.

Important Industry Update Concerning Monitor Filter Elements

Last month, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) issued a position statement from their special interest group on Super Absorbent Polymer or, SAP (the media used in EI 1583 filter monitor cartridges), which recommended that filter monitors be phased out of all aviation fuel handling systems. The announcement came after eight separate, documented incidents in which SAP was found downstream in engine/airframe fuel system components.

Following the initial position statement from IATA, several leading industry groups have issued their own statements. As such, Parker’s Velcon Aviation Filtration Division issued Service Bulletin 1217-1, which seeks to clarify the various current positions. The bulletin includes the collective “best practices” of IATA, A4A, JIG, and EI along with Parker’s “go-forward” actions for their EI 1583 qualified monitor elements.

The recommendations include:

  • Fuel filter monitors to meet new 7th edition criteria from the Energy Institute (Implementation period TBD)
  • Maximum allowable monitor vessel differential pressure-15 psid (1 bar) *This is an important reduction from the 22 psid outlined in the latest revision of ATA Spec 103.
  • Differential pressure switches for use on fuel filter monitor housings
  • Change all nozzle hose end strainers to 100 mesh
  • Regular cleaning of the hose end strainer (final procedure and timing TBD)

This is an ongoing issue and NATA will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments as they become available.