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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-18-001
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Synopsis: These recommendations are derived from our investigation of a July 6, 2016, accident involving an experimental research and development Bell 525 helicopter, N525TA, which broke up in flight and impacted terrain near Italy, Texas. The two test pilots received fatal injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.1 The helicopter was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a developmental flight test. As a result of this investigation, the NTSB is issuing one safety recommendation to the FTSC and one safety recommendation to Bell Helicopter Textron.
Recommendation: TO THE FLIGHT TEST SAFETY COMMITTEE: Develop and issue guidance for the use of recording devices for parametric data, cockpit audio, and cockpit images during experimental flight test activities.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Italy, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA16FA199
Accident Reports: Use of Recording Devices During Experimental Flight Test Activities
Report #: ASR-18-01
Accident Date: 7/6/2016
Issue Date: 1/16/2018
Date Closed: 4/23/2019
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Flight Test Safety Committee (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Flight Test Safety Committee
Date: 4/23/2019
Response: We note that you developed “Flight Test Data Recording Guidance,” which contains recommended practices for the use of recording devices during experimental flight test activities. We also note that you distributed this guidance to Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Society of Flight Test Engineers members, and that you intend to encourage adoption of the recommended practices at future industry events. We believe that the published guidance and the actions you described are responsive to Safety Recommendation A-18-1, which is classified CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Flight Test Safety Committee
To: NTSB
Date: 12/7/2018
Response: -From Tom Huff, Chairman, Flight Test Safety Committee: In response to A-18-1, the Flight Test Safety Committee developed a detailed guidance document regarding recording of parametric data, cockpit audio, and cockpit images during flight test. This “Flight Test Data Recording Guidance” document complements other recommended practice(s) content that is publicly available on the Flight Test Safety Committee website (http://flighttestsafety.org/recommended-practices). The Committee subsequently authored a mass email that was distributed to the membership body of both the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) to provide broad awareness of the Recommendation and the resultant Committee action. Additionally, the FTSC will specifically mention the Guidance document at regional and international symposia to encourage adoption of the recommended practices as a matter of test organization policy and/or SOP.

From: NTSB
To: Flight Test Safety Committee
Date: 1/16/2018
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation—railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. We determine the probable cause of the accidents and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, we carry out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinate the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members affected by major transportation disasters. On January 9, 2018, the NTSB adopted its safety recommendation report Use of Recording Devices During Experimental Flight Test Activities, ASR-18/01. The details of a related accident investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at http://www.ntsb.gov. Among the Safety Recommendations is one issued to the Flight Test Safety Committee, which can be found on page 4 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in this recommendation because it is designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement this recommendation.