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Status of ATSRAC presented to White House Wire System Safety Interagency Working Group Meeting Kent V. Hollinger September 11, 2001 Who is ATSRAC? A ging T ransport S ystems R ulemaking A dvisory C ommittee Initially chartered January 19, 1999 Re-chartered January 25, 2001

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status of atsrac presented to

Status of ATSRACpresented to

White House Wire System Safety Interagency Working Group Meeting

Kent V. Hollinger

September 11, 2001

who is atsrac
Who is ATSRAC?
  • Aging Transport SystemsRulemaking Advisory Committee
    • Initially chartered January 19, 1999
    • Re-chartered January 25, 2001
    • See www.mitrecaasd.org/atsrac/index.html

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background
Background
  • Two major 1996 accidents caused national attention to aviation safety
  • Growing number of flights will create more accidents, even with a lower rate
  • White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security - August 22, 1996

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gore commission report
Gore Commission Report
  • Final Report published February 12, 1997
  • 1.9 In cooperation with airlines and manufacturers, the FAA’s Aging Aircraft Program should be expanded to cover non-structural systems

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initial faa industry efforts
Initial FAA/Industry Efforts
  • March-April 1998 aircraft survey
    • DC-10 (3), MD-11, DC-9, B727
  • Commitment to MSG-3 principles
  • Assisted in FAA formal response to Gore Commission in July 1998

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ata s astf
ATA’s ASTF
  • Established on July 15, 1998
  • Defined “aging” as aircraft past design life
  • Formed seven Working Groups to develop inspection criteria and survey sample a/c
    • DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, B727, B737, B747, L-1011
  • Created ATA Spec 117 on July 31, 1998

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faa plan announced
FAA Plan Announced
  • Jane Garvey announced formation of ATSRAC on October 1, 1998
  • Meeting notice appeared in Federal Register on December 22, 1998
  • Order 1110.127 to formally establish ATSRAC issued on January 19, 1999

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initial atsrac members
FAA

DoD

ALPA

ATA

AIA

NASA

GAMA

Flight Safety Foundation

JAA

Transport Canada

AECMA

General John Loh

Boeing

Airbus

NEMA

SAE

Initial ATSRAC Members

Chairman: Kent Hollinger

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added atsrac members
Added ATSRAC Members
  • AirTran Airways
  • IATA
  • IAM
  • International Federation of Airworthiness
  • NADA/F
  • Northwest Airlines
  • PEMCO World Air Services

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initial five tasks
Initial Five Tasks
  • Sampling inspection of the fleet
  • Review of fleet service history
  • Improvement of maintenance criteria
  • Review and update standard practices for wiring
  • Review air carrier and repair station inspection and repair training programs and recommend actions to address aging systems

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status of initial tasks
Status of Initial Tasks
  • All tasks are complete
  • ATSRAC approval of Final Reports during January 2001 meeting
  • Final Reports with recommendations forwarded to FAA

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task 1 results
Task 1 Results
  • Non-intrusive Inspections of 81 aircraft
    • Aged up to 82,000 hours and 92,000 cycles
    • 3,372 individual discrepancies
      • Immediate Fleet-wide Safety of Flight Concern - 0
      • Potential Hazard or Frequently Occurring Item - 182
        • SB’s required for 3 and enhanced inspection guidelines for 2
      • Defects noted - 3,190

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task 1 results continued
Task 1 Results (continued)
  • Intrusive Inspections of 6 retired aircraft
    • Aged up to 100,241 hours and 100,017 cycles
    • Targeted specific wire types and aircraft zones
    • On-board visual inspection and NDT
    • Wires removed and 25 laboratory tests applied
    • Recommendations
      • 1 general - education of inspection & maintenance personnel
      • 9 research - degradation, chaffing, contamination, NDT, AFCB
      • 90 specific - splices, heat shields, clamping

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task 2 results
Task 2 Results
  • Reviewed 714 Service Documents
    • Boeing - 27 upgraded to Alert status
    • Airbus - 3 upgraded to Alert status
    • Lockheed - no further action required
  • Reviewed 79 ADs with repetitive inspections
    • Recommended 8 for terminating action

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task 3 results
Task 3 Results
  • Revised definitions of Detailed Inspection and General Visual Inspection for MSG-3
  • Developed an Enhanced Zonal Analysis Procedure for use in maintenance programs
  • Recommended an update to MSG-3 to better address Single Element Dual Load Path items

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task 4 results
Task 4 Results
  • Defined areas requiring standard practices for care and maintenance of wiring systems
  • Recommended recurrent training of technicians in specific areas
  • Promote “clean as you go”

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task 5 results
Task 5 Results
  • Developed an extensive training curriculum and associated lesson plans
    • Module A - Introduction
    • Module B - Chapter 20 Structure
    • Module C - Inspection
    • Module D - Housekeeping
    • Module E - Wire
    • Module F - Connective Devices
    • Module G - Connective Device Repair
    • Module H - Line Replaceable Units

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current four tasks
Current Four Tasks
  • Federal Register May 29, 2001 p. 29203
    • Wire system certification requirements
    • Standard format and content of SWPM
    • Enhanced training program for wire systems
    • Enhanced maintenance criteria for systems

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wire system certification
Wire System Certification
  • Establish a Harmonization Working Group
  • Develop a coordination process with ARAC
  • Develop a coordination process with other ATSRAC HWGs
  • Combine current wire system regulations into one Section
  • Identify design requirements to mitigate problems of aging
  • Identify requirements for Wire System Safety Assessments
  • Identify requirements for wire separation
  • Identify requirements for wire identification
  • Recommend advisory material for new Wire Systems Rule

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swpm format and content
SWPM Format and Content
  • Establish a Harmonization Working Group
  • Coordinate with other ATSRAC HWGs
  • Define a standard format
  • Define a standard content
  • Recommend updates of existing SWPMs

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training program
Training Program
  • Establish a Harmonization Working Group
  • Coordinate with other ATSRAC HWGs
  • Develop guidance material for wire system training programs
  • Identify SWPM recurrent training

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maintenance criteria
Maintenance Criteria
  • Establish a Harmonization Working Group
  • Coordinate with other ATSRAC HWGs
  • Develop guidance for enhanced maintenance criteria for systems
  • Assist in development of SFAR for EZAP
  • Recommend wire system ICAWs

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current schedule
Current Schedule
  • Final Reports for all four tasks will be submitted to the FAA by August 2002
  • Notices of Proposed Rule Making will be released in early 2003
  • Rules and Advisory Circulars are expected by year-end 2003

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future public meetings
Future Public Meetings
  • Bessie Coleman Conf. Room @ FAA HQ
    • October 24-25, 2001
    • January 23-24, 2002
    • April 24-25, 2002
    • July 24-25, 2002
    • October 23-24, 2002

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are there any
Are There Any

Questions?

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