Major Discussion Points • John Cox gave a presentation from the safety perspective outlining the history of smoke and fire in-flight, regulatory steps that have been taken and areas where further rulemaking and new technologies would be beneficial. • An FAA presentation outlined steps that are being taken to improve the data gathered from the field on smoke and fire incidents to support data driven decisions for future action. • EASA presented current rulemaking activities in the area of airworthiness and maintenance, focusing on aging wiring.
Reaction from the Floor • Safety vs. Security requirements, i.e. crash axe location. • Common language for crew training in describing conditions in the cabin (level of smoke, visibility etc). • Incorporation of new technologies, procedures and training. • Exchange of data, lessons learned and regulatory actions taken with authorities worldwide, particularly in regions with older aircraft and more potential problems such as aging wiring.
Outcomes/Additional Ideas • The FAA and EASA are currently taking steps in areas such as aging wiring and data collection. • The FAA also agrees that we can look into potential training improvements and could involve EASA for a harmonized approach when they develop their operational regulations. • In the meantime, as the presentations outlined, there are additional areas where technology and training can be incorporated by industry now.