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Safety Recommendation A-82-133
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAS RECENTLY INVESTIGATED THREE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING COMMUTER OR GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT IN WHICH THE PILOTS DID NOT DESIGNATE AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT, AS REQUIRED BY 14 CFR 91.83(A)(9), WHEN THEY FILED AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULE (IFR) FLIGHT PLAN. AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT IS REQUIRED TO BE DESIGNATED IN THE FLIGHT PLAN WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS PREDICTED AT THE FLIGHT'S DESTINATION AIRPORT MIGHT PRECLUDE LANDING THERE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: ISSUE AN OPERATIONS BULLETIN DIRECTING PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS AND FLIGHT SERVICE STATION SPECIALISTS TO REMIND OPERATORS THAT 14 CFR 91.83(A)(9) REQUIRES POSITIVELY IDENTIFYING AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT WHEN THEY FILE FOR AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES FLIGHT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Durango, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AA007
Accident Reports: Sun West Airlines Flight 104, Piper PA-31-350 (T-1020), N41070
Report #: AAR-82-12
Accident Date: 12/31/1981
Issue Date: 10/18/1982
Date Closed: 10/9/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/9/1987
Response: In this recommendation we intended that the FAA issue an operations bulletin to all pilots and not just air carrier pilots. Because Air Carrier Operations Bulletin No. 7-83-1, did not also address general aviation pilots, we requested the FAA to issue a similar bulletin, notice, or reminder to general aviation pilots on July 5, 1983. In view of your assurance that the FAA has an aggressive general aviation education program, administered by accident prevention specialists, to bring attention to such safety issues as listing an alternate airport on an IFR flight plan, this recommendation is now classified as "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/3/1987
Response: ON JANUARY 4, 1983, THE FAA SENT THE BOARD AN ADVANCE COPY OF AIR CARRIER OPS. BULLETIN NO. 7-83-1, THE LISTENING OF AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN. THIS BULLETIN A LERTS PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS INSPECTORS TO EMPHASIZE THAT AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN IS REQUIRED TO CONTAIN AN ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 91.83(B). I BELIEVE THAT THIS BULLETIN SATISFIES THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDA TION. ON JULY 5, 1983, THE EXPANDED THE SCOPE OF THIS RE COMMENDATION BY REQUESTING THAT THE FAA ISSUE A SIMILAR BUL LETIN, NOTICE, OR REMINDER TO GENERAL AVIATION PILOTS TO LIST AN ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN. THE SAFETY BOARD ADVISED THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS "OPEN-ACCEPTABLE ACTION" PENDING THE FAA FURTHER RESPONSE. THE FAA ROUTINELY INCLUDES SUBJECTS SUCH AS ALTERNATE AIRPORTS IN IFR FLIGHT PLANS IN ITS SAFETY SEMINARS AND OTHER SIMILAR PROGRAMS FOR GENERAL AVIATION PILOTS. THE FAA HAS AN AGGRESSIVE GENERAL AVIATION PILOT EDUCATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY ACCIDENT PREVENTION SPECIALISTS IN EVERY REGION WHICH BRINGS SAFETY ISSUES TO THE ATTENTION OF THE GENERAL AVIATION PILOT COMMUNITY. AS A RESULT, THE FAA DOES NOT PLAN TO ISSUE A SEPARATE NOTICE, BULLETIN, OR REMINDER TO THE GENERAL AVIATION COMMUNITY CONCERNING THE LISTING OF AN ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN. I CONSIDER THE INCLUSION OF SAFETY-RELATED ISSUES IN THE FAA'S EXISTING SAFETY SEMINARS RESPONSIVE TO THE BOARD'S REQUEST OF JULY 5, 1983.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 7/5/1983
Response: We note that you have prepared and are currently in the process of issuing an Air Carrier Operations Bulletin concerning the listing of an alternate airport on an IFR flight plan and have furnished an advance copy of the bulletin to the Safety Board. We believe that a similar bulletin, notice, or reminder to general aviation pilots would be in order. Our experience indicates that the failure to list an alternate airport on an IFR flight plan is more prevalent among general aviation pilots than air carrier pilots. This Safety Recommendation will be classified in an "Open-- Acceptable Action" status, pending the FAA's further response.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/4/1983
Response: FAA LETTER: WE HAVE PREPARED AND ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF ISSUING AN AIR CARRIER OPERATIONS BULLETIN CONCERNING THE LISTING OF AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN.