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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-12-058
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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: Inform 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 139 airports that currently have (or may have in the future) flight test activity of the importance of advance coordination of high-risk flight tests with flight test operators to ensure that adequate aircraft rescue and firefighting resources are available to provide increased readiness during known high-risk flight tests.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 7/16/2013
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/23/2013
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/16/2013
Response: The FAA’s May 7, 2013, issuance of Certification Alert bulletin 13-03, “Coordination of High Risk Flight Test Activities at Airports,” to all Part 139 airport operators completes the action specified in Safety Recommendation A-12-58; accordingly, this recommendation is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/2/2013
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: On May 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Certification Alert (CertAlert) 13-03, Coordination of High Risk Flight Test Activities at Airports. This CertAlert was sent to all part 139 airport operators, highlighting the potential risks associated with high-risk flight test activities. It strongly encourages airport operators to conduct advance coordination with flight test operators so that flight test activities may be scheduled and conducted during periods when adequate aircraft rescue and firefighting resources are available. A copy of the CertAlert may be found at: http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/certalerts/medialcert1303.pdf I believe the FAA has effectively addressed this safety recommendation and consider our actions complete.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/26/2013
Response: We are encouraged that the FAA plans to issue the recommended Certification Alert bulletin to all Part 139 airport operators. Pending issuance of such a bulletin, Safety Recommendation A-12-58 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/15/2013
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The FAA will issue a Certification Alert (CertAlert) bulletin to all part 139 airport operators that will highlight the potential risks associated with high-risk flight test activities. This CertAlert will strongly encourage airport operators to conduct advance coordination with night test operators so that flight test activities may be scheduled and conducted during periods when adequate aircraft rescue firefighting resources are available. The FAA will issue this CertAlert no later than January 30, 2013. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this safety recommendation and provide an updated response once the CertAlert is issued.