Recommendation R20020241

Recommendation issued to: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020241
Date issued: 15 November 2002
Safety action status:

See ATSB report BS/20010005,

"Investigation into Ansett Australia maintenance safety deficiencies and the control of continuing airworthiness of Class A aircraft".

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the US Federal Aviation Administration ensure that adequate systems are in place to alert States of Registry of US-designed and/or manufactured aircraft types when delays in FAA rulemaking have the potential to compromise the continuing airworthiness assurance of those aircraft types.

Initial response
Date issued:
Response from: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Action status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:
Further correspondence
Date issued: 30 April 2003
Response from: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

The FAA rulemaking process does not compromise continued airworthiness in any way. We issue emergency AD's whenever necessary to ensure safety. However, the FAA has instituted a policy to notify foreign Civil Aviation Authorities of pending significant FAA safety actions. This system is called Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC). The purpose of these notifications is to give advance, specific information of an unusual or urgent nature to regulatory authorities with which we have active Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements. CANIC is used for events involving commercial aircraft and their engines. Instances where these notifications are issued include: urgent safety situations, the pending issuance of an emergency AD, a significant safety event that affects many people, and other high interest events.

ATSB Note:

Based on the previous advice ATSB reclassifies the recommendation as Closed-Partially Accepted (31 March 2008).

Last update 03 April 2012