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Third party access to Airbus

Issue number: AO-2009-065-SI-03
Who it affects: Pilots undertaking an A320 endorsement
Issue owner: Boeing Training and Flight Services
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2009-065
Date: 27 January 2011

Safety issue description

When revising or maintaining its A320 endorsement training program, the third party training provider did not use or have access to current versions of the aircraft manufacturer’s recommended training program.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2009-065-NSA-063
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

In July 2010, the training provider (Boeing Training and Flight Services) received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for a revised A320 endorsement training program that included unreliable airspeed training. The operator and the training provider also reported that they were examining options to enable the training provider to directly access the aircraft manufacturer’s recommended training program.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that that the action taken to date, and action proposed to be taken, by the various organisations will, when completed, adequately address this safety issue.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Jetstar Airways
Action number: AO-2009-065-NSA-064
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

The operator (Jetstar) advised that it was conducting regular training gap analysis of third-party training programs versus aircraft manufacturer recommendations.

The operator and the training provider also reported that they were examining options to enable the training provider to directly access the aircraft manufacturer’s recommended training program.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that that the action taken to date, and action proposed to be taken, by the various organisations will, when completed, adequately address this safety issue.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action number: AO-2009-065-NSA-065
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

CASA advised that new regulations applying to third-party training parties were expected to be introduced in 2011 with an effective date of 2012, and that these rules would more clearly specify the responsibilities of the training providers. It also advised that it was reviewing its processes for providing approvals for training providers’ training programs.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that that the action taken to date, and action proposed to be taken, by the various organisations will, when completed, adequately address this safety issue.

Correspondence

Date received: 20 June 2014
Response from: CASA
Response text:

On 20 June 2013, CASA advised:

CASR Part 141 and 142 have now been made and compliance with these regulations will address the safety issue. The AOCM published on our website... contains an updated process for approving training providers training programs. Third parties now have access to manufactures recommended training programs and these are up to date.

Date received: 24 June 2011
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response text:

On 24 June 2011, CASA provided the following information:

Guidance material on simulator training course approvals will be included in the revised CASA Air Operators Certificate Manual which is anticipated to be published later in the year.

With regard to Part 141 flight training, this draft rule has been delivered from the OLDP and CASA has held an industry workshop to fine tune the content. CASA expects that a further round of consultation will take place, with the draft rule being published in August 2011. The expected date for the NFRM is still the second half of 2011 with final implementation occurring in 2012. Part 142 has a similar time frame.

 

   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Changes made by the relevant organisations will reduce the risk associated with the safety issue.

 
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Last update 11 February 2014