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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R19980035
Date issued: 14 January 1999
Safety action status:
Background:

See report `Advanced Technology Aircraft Safety Survey'

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:

Review the achievement requirements for aircraft technical examinations with the aim of improving the knowledge pilots possess regarding mode characteristics and application.

Initial response
Date issued: 13 April 1999
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

The BASI recommendations to CASA are pro-active ie not based on an identified failure but rather a potential failure. The following are the responses to recommendations affecting Flight Crew Licensing.

R980035

"Review the achievement requirements for aircraft technical examinations with the aim of improving the knowledge pilots possess regarding mode characteristics and application".

CASA currently examines both technical and human factors aspects of operating modes in the ATPL written examination. The technical aspects of selection, recognition and output are pitched at a generic level utilising the B767 EFIS/FMS as a typical aircraft system. Human factors aspects are covered in a separate examination and questions are designed to test candidates' awareness of the safety issues.

With regard to technical examinations for specific aircraft types, these are normally set by the aircraft operator's own check and training organisation and CASA does not set the syllabus for these examinations.

This recommendation has been passed to CASA's Airline Operations Branch who will consider ways in which CASA can ensure that such knowledge testing can be incorporated in airline training systems.

 

ATSB response:

The Bureau wrote to CASA on 19 November 1999 as follows:

"19980035 - The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:
Review the achievement requirements for aircraft technical examinations with the aim of improving the knowledge pilots possess regarding mode characteristics and application.

Response classification: OPEN

CASA has advised that "this recommendation has been passed to CASA's Airline Operations Branch who will consider ways in which CASA can ensure that such knowledge testing can be incorporated in airline training systems".

To date, the Bureau has received no further advice from CASA on the progress of R19980035 and therefore requests such advice as soon as practical.

Further responses, as indicated, to the above recommendations are requested at your earliest convenience. In addition, for the purpose submitting a clear indication of whether CASA accepts, partially accepts or rejects recommendations made by the Bureau, it would be appreciated if a clear statement to this effect could be made on each recommendation before any further comment is offered. Guidance on this protocol can be found in the current Memorandum of Understanding between CASA and the Bureau."

 

 
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