Continuing its leadership role in driving general aviation ground handling safety initiatives, NATA concluded the second annual Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) on September 12, 2018. The NATA GHSS is the first industry event dedicated solely to general aviation ground handling safety and includes expert speakers, open forum discussions and industry incident case-studies to provide attendees an interactive experience.
Attendees explored the dynamics between just culture and individual accountability, the challenges of managing safety in a multi-generational workforce and the role of risk management in dealing with fatigue on the ramp. During the open forum sessions, moderated by members of the NATA Safety Committee, attendees discussed the common challenges affecting safety management system implementation, fuel contamination prevention, on-ramp usage of personal electronics and more.
In addition to the great sessions, discussions and case studies, NATA GHSS attendees were able to network with other safety professionals from across our industry at the networking event held at Top Golf in Ashburn, VA.
The 2018 NATA GHSS was made possible with the support of ServiceElements International, Facet Filters, Baldwin Aviation Safety, FBOPartners, Chubb Insurance and CrewID.
Our industry has seen several incidents in recent months where DEF was accidently injected into jet fuel instead of FSII, causing significant aircraft damage. Although none of these incidents led to an aircraft crash, there is a substantial risk of engine failure in aircraft fueled with DEF contaminated fuel. NATA urges its members that utilize Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII or Prist) to review their storage, handling and personnel training procedures to prevent dangerous fuel contamination.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that addresses the dangers of DEF contaminated aviation fuel.
In December of 2017, NATA released a DEF Contamination Prevention training course through its Safety 1st Supplemental Safety Training program. This course is provided free of charge to anyone in the industry and could help prevent future incidents related to DEF Contamination. Current Safety 1st users have the ability to assign the DEF Contamination Prevention course to their employees utilizing their Safety 1st training account. Companies that are not current Safety 1st users should contact us for complimentary access to the DEF Contamination Prevention course.
Current Safety 1st Users – click here for directions on assigning courses
Non Safety 1st Users – click here to contact us at email@example.com
Additionally, NATA provides the following resources to assist and educate our members on aviation fuel management:
For questions regarding DEF contamination prevention or any of the resources described in this alert, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NATA wrapped up another successful Advanced Line Service Workshop last week at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE. The two-day event included sessions on Motivation and Leadership techniques, Customer Service training, Misfueling Prevention, and how Human Factors affect safety in aviation ground handling. Guest speakers Dennis Thompson of Peco-Facet, and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 also led sessions on aviation fuel filtration and quality control, and Justin Schack of General Fire and Safety provided hands on fire-extinguisher training.
Attendees also toured the MRO, Paint, and Fuel Farm facilities at Duncan Aviation.
Ed Sabata- Line Service Trainer/QA Specialist for Duncan Aviation who attended the event said:
“This is one of the best training courses I have been to. Always a good refresher course to keep you motivated. A great course for any Line Service Rep.”
NATA would like to thank Megan Sanburn, Troy Hyberger, and all the staff at Duncan Aviation for making this event possible.
Register now for the last ALS workshop of 2017 this November in Fort Myers, FL!