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.

2nd Annual NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium Call for Speakers

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The NATA Ground Handling Safety Symposium (GHSS) is the only industry event focused on the needs of FBOs and other general aviation ground handlers from an operational safety perspective. Entering its second year, the NATA GHSS has distinguished itself as the key annual gathering for GA ground handlers to investigate, explore and discuss the latest issues and trends in ground handling safety.

NATA is seeking industry professionals willing to participate in the GHSS through sharing their experiences and expertise. The following needs have been identified:

  1. FBO or GA ground handling personnel willing to provide a 15-20 min presentation on an actual ground handling incident, or near miss, including a review of the root cause analysis. The purpose of these sessions is to engage GHSS attendees in reviewing trends and issues occurring within our industry.
    • These sessions will be closed to the press and attendees will be required to agree to confidentiality
  2. Ground Handling Fatigue Management & Fitness for Duty
  3. Just Culture & Accountability
  4. Generational Leadership
  5. Addressing Turnover and Talent Acquisition

Individuals interested in presenting at the 2018 NATA GHSS should contact Michael France, Managing Director, Safety & Training at mfrance@nata.aero by Friday, July 13. Symposium speakers receive:

  • Complimentary event sponsorship,
  • Complimentary 1-day registration
  • And a discount on registration to attend the full event.

For more information on the 2018 NATA GHSS, please visit www.nata.aero/ghss.

Latest Air BP Offering Contributes to Misfueling Prevention

Earlier this month, Air BP announced their new Airfield Automation technology — an innovative cloud-based platform that enhances safety, reliability and compliance in aircraft refueling operations. According to the Air BP press release:

“The cloud-based platform consolidates the data related to airport fueling operations and works via an app on a handheld device in the fueling vehicles. The appropriately named ‘safe2go’ app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks to add an additional misfuelling barrier. It then electronically captures customer details which are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline. By using this automated, end-to-end, paperless system, accuracy is enhanced and any potential miss-keying errors minimized”

Air BP tested the technology over the past two years at 9 separate locations in the UK, Cyprus and Portugal and expects it to be fully implemented at 350 locations by 2020. They believe it to be “the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuellingAs a result, Air BP is currently pursuing patent protection for this distinctive technology”.

Kerry Rutherford the Technical Director for Air BP stated, “Misfuelling is one of the biggest risks we face in our industry, the new Air BP Airfield Automation technology provides an engineering barrier to stop it happening. As aircraft engine technology advances and new unleaded fuel grades are introduced, we anticipate that it will become even more relevant in the future”

NATA has long been an advocate in the fight against aircraft misfueling and offers a General Aviation Misfueling Prevention program free of charge. The program includes learning tracks for pilots, FBO managers, line service techs and CSRs to educate everyone involved in the refueling process about their role in misfueling prevention. To learn more visit www.preventmisfueling.com.

 

Airlines For America Extends Several Important Filter Monitor Deadlines

Airlines for America (A4A) released Bulletin 2018.1 this week in response to industry feedback for compliance dates affecting filter monitors. The new bulletin supersedes the previous dates issued in A4A bulletin 2017.2 and extends them to December 31st, 2018 for the following action items:

  • Upgrade 2-inch diameter filter monitors to EI 1583 7th edition
  • Upgrade 6-inch diameter out-to-in filter monitors to EI 1583 7th edition
  • Convert 6-inch diameter in-to-out filter monitors to EI 1581 Filter Water Separators

The extension is welcome news for many operators who currently utilize filter monitors and may have been surprised by the announcement late last year that filter monitors, which are widely used around the world for aviation fuel filtration, would be phased out of operation by December 31st, 2020. NATA has and will continue to follow this issue closely to bring you the latest developments.

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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Tips: Securing a Spot on The FBO Status Map

Companies that are qualified to be listed on the FBO Status Map must have all of their line service personnel enrolled or certified in a PLST or Supervisor program. Also, their training status must not be listed as “lapsed” or “expired”.

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To ensure your spot on the map, here are some general tips and guidelines to follow:

  • Keep your “all students” list clean.
    • If there is someone that no longer works for you, mark them inactive. We won’t know a student no longer works for you if they are on your active all students list.
    • If there are employees who do not and will not use training, they should not be on your active all students list.
  • Utilize groups to organize your “all students” list.
    • To be listed on the FBO Status Map, only your line service personnel must be enrolled or certified in a PLST or Supervisor program. To make sure we can see who is classified as line service and who isn’t, keep your students organized in groups. The groups function is found under the Student Management tab and then the “Organize Students” icon.mceclip0
      • Ex. Have groups of your students titled:
        • Line Service Personnel
        • Customer Service Reps
        • Management
  • Keep your students as up-to-date as possible with their training!

When it comes time for an FBO Status Map update and you get a notification email that you have questions or concerns about, feel free to contact us at safety1st@nata.aero! We would be happy to discuss how to make sure you are included on the Map.

Fuel QC Management System Podcast and Webinar | Hear and See Benefits Of This Innovation in Fuel Quality Control

NATA’s Shannon Chambers and Michael France discuss the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System — a cloud-based digital tool for general and business aviation fuel quality management inspections, record keeping and auditing. The Safety 1st FQMS allows FBOs and other aviation businesses to enhance the visibility and accountability of their QC process. Replacing the traditional pen & paper approach to fuel QC management, the Safety 1st FQMS is easy to use, affordable and flexible enough to accommodate the needs of any size aviation business. Hear more about the benefits provided to fuel handlers and aircraft operators by this breakthrough system.
Find out even more by visiting www.nata.aero/fqms or registering for the April 18th webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern —featuring a live demonstration of the system. During this demonstration, attendees will see the Safety 1st FQMS features in action, including the inspection portal, discrepancy log, automatic alerting and the revolutionary Compliance Sentry technology.