Recommendation R20010252

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20010252
Date issued: 20 December 2001
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority review flight recorder start/stop logic for all types in the Australian fleet where a type acceptance certificate has been issued to ensure that the aircraft meets the requirements of the Australian Civil Aviation Orders.

Initial response
Date issued: 28 February 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Not Accepted
Response text:

Most aeroplanes that are turbine powered and have Minimum Take-Off Weights (MTOWs) exceeding 5700 kg are required by CAO 20.18 to be equipped with flight data recorders (FDR). However, all aeroplanes of one type are not necessarily equipped with the one type of FDR/FDAU. Aircraft manufacturers usually offer a choice of FDR types and may customise a FDAU to record additional parameters required by an operator.

The information and documents to be supplied to CASA in support of an application for a Type Acceptance Certificate are specified in sub-regulation 21.29A(b) of the Civil Aviation Regulations. The information and documents required in accordance with this sub-regulation do not include anything related to FDRs.

For these reasons, CASA believes it would not be feasible to assess Type Acceptance Certificates or aircraft types that are the subject of Type Acceptance Certificates as a means of ensuring that aircraft meet the requirements for FDR specified in the Civil Aviation Orders. The mandatory parameters required by the standard for FRD's fitted to Australian Aircraft are detailed in CAO 103.19.

Last update 01 April 2011