Congress Passes Airline Safety And Pilot Training Improvement Act


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Congress Passes Airline Safety And Pilot Training Improvement Act

By Shane Nolan

August 1, 2010 - Both houses of congress have approved H.R. 5900 the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010.

Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act has incorporated higher standards for pilot training, support for safety advocacy programs and a new pilot fatigue rule to help improve air passenger safety.  

The senate on Friday received H.R. 5900 from the House Of Representatives. The bill was read twice, considered, read the third time, and agreed to without amendment by Unanimous Consent. The bill has been sent to the White House for President Obama to sign.


H.R. 5900 is a result of a deadly crash that occurred on February 12, 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407, N200WQ operating as a Continental Connection flight crashed during an instrument approach to runway 23 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York killing all 49 onboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash was due to pilot error. The pilot’s response to the activation of the stick shaker which led to an aerodynamic stall from which the airplane did not recover was inappropriate.  

Contributing to the accident were the flight crew’s failure to monitor airspeed in relation to the rising position of the low-speed cue, the flight crew failure to adhere to sterile cockpit procedures, the captain’s failure to effectively manage the flight, and Colgan Air’s inadequate procedures for airspeed selection and management during approaches in icing conditions. 

In current practice, many smaller carriers hire pilots right out of flight school with as little as 250 hours (Commercial pilot certificate) of flight experience and very little night, heavy air traffic or adverse weather flying experience. On all scheduled air carrier flights all flight crewmembers will be required to have an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.  The ATP rating requires 1500 hours of flight time and experience in various conditions before flying passengers for an airline. 


Under this act “Deadlines” not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, a notice of proposed rulemaking will go out to the public and no later than 24 months after such date of enactment, a final rule will be issued.  

The regulation also calls for an FAA Pilot Records Database. This data base is to be used by the hiring 121 air carrier. Before an air carrier can hire a pilot the carrier will be required to access this data base to determine if the pilot would be appropriate for hire.  

The information that will be contained in this data base will be the pilot’s current certificates, including airman medical certificates and associated type ratings and information on any limitations to those certificates and ratings. Any failed attempt of an individual to pass a practical test required to obtain a certificate or type rating. Summaries of legal enforcement actions resulting in a finding by the Administrator of a violation, comments and evaluations made by a check airman any release from employment or resignation, termination, or disqualification with respect to employment.

For additional information on this act please see link below.

Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 Title II
Airline Safety And Pilot Training Improvement Act

Sec. 201. Definitions.
Sec. 202. Secretary Of Transportation Responses To Safety Recommendations.
Sec. 203. FAA Pilot Records Database.
Sec. 204. FAA Task Force On Air Carrier Safety And Pilot Training.
Sec. 205. Aviation Safety Inspectors And Operational Research Analysts.
Sec. 206. Flight Crewmember Mentoring, Professional Development, And Leadership.
Sec. 207. Flight Crewmember Pairing And Crew Resource Management Techniques.
Sec. 208. Implementation Of NTSB Flight Crewmember Training Recommendations.
Sec. 209. FAA Rulemaking On Training Programs.
Sec. 210. Disclosure Of Air Carriers Operating Flights For Tickets Sold For Air Transportation.
Sec. 211. Safety Inspections Of Regional Air Carriers.
Sec. 212. Pilot Fatigue.
Sec. 213. Voluntary Safety Programs.
Sec. 214. ASAP And FOQA Implementation Plan.
Sec. 215. Safety Management Systems.
Sec. 216. Flight Crewmember Screening And Qualifications.
Sec. 217. Airline Transport Pilot Certification.

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