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Safety Recommendation A-12-057
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Synopsis: On April 2, 2011, about 0934 mountain daylight time, an experimental Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation GVI (G650), N652GD, crashed during takeoff from runway 21 at Roswell International Air Center, Roswell, New Mexico. The two pilots and the two flight test engineers were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gulfstream as part of its G650 flight test program. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: After the Flight Test Safety Committee has issued flight test safety program guidelines, include these guidelines in the next revision of Federal Aviation Administration Order 4040.26, Aircraft Certification Service Flight Test Risk Management Program.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Roswell, NM, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA11MA076
Accident Reports: Crash During Experimental Test Flight, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation GVI (G650), N652GD
Report #: AAR-12-02
Accident Date: 4/2/2011
Issue Date: 10/23/2012
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/15/2018
Response: We previously wrote to you that action to satisfy Safety Recommendation A-12-57 was contingent upon the FTSC developing guidelines for flight test safety programs that would satisfy Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and -60. The FTSC developed guidelines that satisfied these recommendations, which are currently classified “Closed—Acceptable Action.” We note that you have received the FTSC’s guidelines and you are evaluating them to ensure that they are appropriate for inclusion in Order 4040.26. Until the guidelines that the FTSC developed to satisfy Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and 60 are included in Order 4040.26, Safety Recommendation A 12-57 remains classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/3/2018
Response: -From Daniel K. Elwell, Acting Administrator: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received flight test safety program guidelines from the Flight Test Safety Committee. The FAA will evaluate these guidelines to determine which pa1is, if any, are appropriate for inclusion in FAA Order 4040.26. We expect the effort to be completed by December 2018. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this Safety Recommendation and provide an update by March 2019.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/6/2017
Response: We note that, on July 30, 2014, you issued Change 1 to Order 4040.26B, and that you planned to issue future improvements to the order as necessary. On June 18, 2015, we said that action to satisfy Safety Recommendation A-12-57 was contingent upon you and the FTSC developing guidelines for flight test safety programs that would satisfy Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and -60. The FTSC developed a document that satisfied Safety Recommendations A-12-56 and -60, and these recommendations are currently classified “Closed—Acceptable Action.” As described above, the FTSC recently completed a document that satisfies Safety Recommendations A-12-55 and -59, and those recommendations are being classified “Closed—Acceptable Action.” Until guidelines developed to satisfy Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and -60 are included in Order 4040.26, Safety Recommendation A-12-57 remains classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/18/2015
Response: We note that you identified minor changes needed to streamline Order 4040.26B and that, on July 30, 2014, you issued Change 1 to the order. We further note that you plan to issue any future improvements to the order that you identify as being necessary. We do not agree that your actions in response to this recommendation are complete, however. We point out that action to satisfy Safety Recommendation A-12-57 is contingent on your and the FTSC’s development of guidelines for flight test safety programs that will satisfy Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and -60. These actions are not yet complete; therefore, action to satisfy Safety Recommendation A-12-57 cannot yet be complete. Accordingly, pending the inclusion in Order 4040.26 of the guidelines specified in Safety Recommendations A-12-55, -56, -59, and 60, Safety Recommendation A 12-57 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/23/2015
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA identified minor changes to streamline FAA Order 4040.26B and issued Change 1 to the order on July 30, 2014 (enclosed). We have not determined that risk mitigations, as described in the order, require immediate change, nor has the FTSC recommended any guidelines to be included in the order. However, any identified future improvements to this order would continue to be implemented in a timely manner. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on Safety Recommendations A-12-55 and -56 and provide an updated response by December 31, 2015. I believe that the FAA has effectively responded to Safety Recommendation A-12-57 and consider our actions complete.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/26/2013
Response: We acknowledge the FAA’s concern that, although the agency may revise Order 4040.26 as a result of the guideline revisions, issuance of an FAA order may not be the best means of providing industrywide guidance on flight test operations or flight test safety program management. Your plan to ask the FTSC to consider how best to provide these flight test safety program guidelines to aircraft manufacturers may form the basis for an acceptable alternative response to this recommendation. Please advise us after FTSC has made its recommendation and the FAA has determined what action it will take. In the meantime, pending the FAA’s taking either the action recommended or an acceptable alternate, Safety Recommendation A-12-57 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/15/2013
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA will ask the Flight Test Safety Committee to consider how best to provide these flight test safety program guidelines to aircraft manufacturers. Although revisions to FAA Order 4040.26. Aircraft Certification Service f light Test Risk Management Program may result from these guidelines. We do not believe that an FAA Order is the best repository for industry-wide guidance on night test operations or flight test safety program management. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation and provide an updated response by November 2013.