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Safety Recommendation 007/17
Issued To FAA on 23 Feb 17
On 23 February 2017 the Commission recommended to the Administrator of the FAA that he:
- extend the limitations and requirements of FAA AD 95-26-04 that currently apply to the R22, in regard to operating in strong winds and turbulence, to the R44 and R66 models; and
- extend those limitations and requirements so that they apply to all R22, R44 and R66 pilots regardless of their experience levels.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply:

Safety Recommendation 008/17
Issued To CAA on 23 Feb 17
On 23 February 2017 the Commission:
- gave notice to the Director of Civil Aviation that recommendation 007/17 had been made to the Administrator of the FAA, which recommended the FAA extend the limitations and requirements of FAA AD 95-26-04 to the R44 and R66, and to all Robinson pilots regardless of their experience levels
- recommended to the Director of Civil Aviation that until such time as recommendation 007/17 is actioned by the FAA, he extend the limitations and requirements of FAA AD 95-26-04 to R44 and R66 helicopters in New Zealand, and to all pilots of Robinson helicopters in New Zealand regardless of their experience.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: The Director will consider whether the action sought by the Commission meets the legislative threshold that must be satisfied for the issue of an Airworthiness Directive. In doing this he will take into consideration the fact there have been no 'mast bump'accidents in NZ during the past two years. In addition, at the time of providing this response, the CAA has a team in the US working with the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate and the Robinons Helicopter Company on possible amendments to the Limitations sections of the Pilot Operating Handbooks of the Robinson series aircraft and improvements to safety awareness training. It may be that this work will provide an outcome that will meet the intent of the Commission?s recommendation.

Safety Recommendation 019/16
Issued To CAA on 24 Aug 16
On 24 August 2016 the Commission recommended that the Director of Civil Aviation provide a clear statement to relevant sectors of the aviation industry on whether stock clearing is a permitted activity. If the Director decides it is a permitted activity under a particular Civil Aviation Rule part, he should provide clear guidance on the conduct of the activity.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: In our response to the Commission's draft report, 11 August 2016, we explained there is no CAA rule provision for stock clearing; therefore, the Director cannot provide clear guidance on the conduct of the activity in the context of existing CA Rules.

However, the CAA recognises that an operation to a remote airstrip presents a risk to air transport in that the landing area may have visible hazards, including the presence of stock, which could affect the safety of a landing. Whilst there are no existing provisions in the rules to descend below 500 feet (aside for take-off/landing or a baulked landing/discontinued approach), the Director will agree to pursue a means to enable air transport operators to overfly a remote airstrip below 500 feet for the purposes of ensuring the landing area is visibly free from hazards.

The CAA remains focused on safety management based on risk mitigation. The CAA believes the alternative safety action will address the safety issue raised by the Commission and we will advise when the work has been completed.

Safety Recommendation 014/16
Issued To MoT on 27 Jul 16
On 27 July 2016 the Commission recommended to the Secretary for Transport that he promote, through the appropriate ICAO forum, the need for cockpit video recorders and/or other forms of data capture in the cockpits of certain classes of helicopter to address this safety issue.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: The Ministry considers that such a recommendation is premature as the costs and benefits of such a recommendation have not been canvassed. The Ministry appreciates that the Commission may have been minded to make such a recommendation because of the lack of available data. The Ministry suggests that prior to making a recommendation, some more work should be undertaken to determine the benefits and costs of flight data and video recording in cockpits.

Safety Recommendation 015/16
Issued To CAA on 27 Jul 16
On 27 July 2016 the Commission gave notice to the Director of Civil Aviation that a recommendation has been made to the Secretary for Transport that he promote, through the appropriate ICAO forum, the need for cockpit video recorders and/or other forms of data capture in the cockpits of certain classes of helicopter to address this safety issue.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: The Director has considered the recommendation and in view of the Secretary for Transport's response to the Commission on the matter of cockpit video recorders and/or other forms of data capture, the Director is prepared to accept the recommendation but with a caveat that reflects the Secretary's response, i.e, That the Director of Civil Aviation conduct a safety and cost benefit exercise of installing flight data and/or cockpit video in certain classes of helicopters.

In that regard the Director will initiate an issue assessment paper on recording devices for certain classes of helicopters. Given the timeframe of such a study is likely to be lengthy; the Director cannot provide a completion date at this stage.

Safety Recommendation 020/15
Issued To CAA on 25 Feb 16
On 25 February 2016 the Commission recommended that the Director of Civil Aviation, in conjunction with the chief executive of Airways, check that aerodrome runway lighting systems at all certificated aerodromes comply with Part 139.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: The recommendation to check aerodrome lighting systems at certified aerodromes for compliance against Rule Part 139 will be implemented. However, the audit schedule to satisfy the work specified in the recommendation will take some time. Therefore an implementation date cannot be provided at this stage.

Safety Recommendation 002/16
Issued To CAA on 25 Feb 16
The Commission recommended to the Director of Civil Aviation that he include the knowledge and training requirements of Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 73, or an equivalent requirement, as a prerequisite for the issue of a Robinson R66 type rating.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: On the basis that the FAA has twice rejected the inclusion of the Robinson R66 model in SFAR 73, the Director will not implement the recommendation, but will continue to monitor advice from Robinson Helicopters and the FAA with respect to the operation of R66 helicopters.

Safety Recommendation 004/16
Issued To FAA on 25 Feb 16
The Commission recommended to the Administrator, FAA that he
extend the knowledge and training requirements of Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 73 to pilots of the Robinson R66 helicopter.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply:

Safety Recommendation 005/16
Issued To FAA on 25 Feb 16
Reinstate research into the dynamic behaviour of two-bladed, teetering, underslung rotor systems, taking full advantage of available technology, with the aim of achieving the original goal of NTSB recommendation A-96-12.
Implementation Status: Open
Reply: The FAA received this safety recommendation on May 4, 2016. We are evaluating the recommendation and will propose an action plan, if appropriate. We will coordinate with Robinson Helicopters during this process and provide an update by August 1, 2016.

Safety Recommendation 008/16
Issued To CAA on 25 Feb 16
On 25 February 2016 the Commission gave notice to the Director of Civil Aviation that the Commission had recommended to the Chief Executive Officer of Garden City Helicopters that he amend company policies, procedures and practices relating to the management of pilot competency.
Implementation Status: Closed acceptable
Reply: The Director acknowledges that the Commission has recommended to the Chief Executive of Garden City Helicopters, that he amends company policies and practices relating to the management of pilot competencies.

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