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RAeS updates fire

Nico Voorbach, president of the European risk document
Cockpit Association, is interviewed about
the new EU flight time rules.
EU Parliament The Royal Aeronautical Society’s battery types in the incidents. These
batteries are carried on aircraft as cargo,
(RAeS) Flight Operations Group has
approves new updated its specialist document, within passenger baggage, and by
passengers directly.
“Smoke, Fire and Fumes in Transport
flight time rules Aircraft”, including new sections on The revised RAeS document makes 24
lithium batteries. recommendations, ranging from aircraft
Despite rejection by its Transport According to the International Air materials and wiring design to crew
Committee and opposition from pilot Transport Association (IATA), in a training, including:
groups, the European Parliament has study of incident reports from 50 l Ensure that aircraft crew receive
backed a bill to standardize pilot flight airlines between January 2002 and hazardous materials training, and
time rules across the EU. The Transport December 2004, nearly 3,000 smoke specifically firefighting techniques for
Committee’s recommendation to events were noted, of which 1,701 lithium battery fires.
dismiss the new rules was rejected occurred mid-flight, mostly when the l National aviation authorities should
by 387 MEPs, with 218 voting in favor aircraft was at cruising height. Most require full-face oxygen masks and
and 66 abstaining. involved a diversion and unscheduled sufficient flight crew oxygen for
The European Cockpit Association landing. In 2011, the US Federal descent and landing during a smoke/
(ECA) and others argued that the Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed fire/fume event.
proposals could mean some aircrews 1,250 smoke or fume events had l Ensure that flight crew and cabin crew
fly for longer, with more risk of pilots occurred in 2010. training teaches the importance of
falling asleep at the controls. However, Flight Safety Foundation data shows maintaining a smoke barrier between
EU officials insist the new rules will 18 major accidents involving in-flight the flight deck and the passenger/
boost safety standards and ensure that fire (including 423 fatalities) from 1990 cargo compartments, in the event of
all European airlines have the same to 2010. smoke, fire, and fume conditions.
maximum time limits for flying. One of the largest trends in the The complete document is available
Under the new act: growth of in-flight fire is due to the among the Specialist Papers on the
l Flight duty time at night is limited transportation of lithium batteries. RAeS website.
to a maximum of 11 hours. From March 1991 to October 2012, the The RAeS group acknowledges that
l The maximum number of flying FAA recorded 132 cases of aviation “there will be ignition sources and
hours in 12 consecutive months incidents involving smoke, fire, fuel sources for fires within airplanes.
is 1,000. extreme heat or explosion involving Only through multiple layers of
l Twice a month, weekly rest will be batteries and battery-powered devices. mitigation can the risk be kept to an
two days. Lithium batteries were the majority of acceptable level.”
l After a significant time zone
crossing, five days’ rest is granted at
home base. EASA certifies Trent 1000 ‘C’
l Maximum duty time during airport
standby (ie, standby plus flight time) The European Aviation Safety Agency thrust, is planned to enter service in
is fixed at 16 hours. (EASA) has awarded Rolls-Royce 2016, and will be applicable to all
The British Airline Pilots Association certification for its higher efficiency and variants of the 787, including the
(BALPA) claims that loopholes in thrust Package C variant of the Trent 1000 recently launched 787-10.
the proposals could result in British engine, which will power the stretched -9 Rolls-Royce said the Trent 1000 had
aircrews potentially being awake for version of the Boeing 787, which rolled delivered a dispatch reliability of better
22 hours before needing to land out in August, as well as the 787-8. than 99.9% since its service entry with
an aircraft. A further upgrade to the engine, the the 787 in 2011 – a record for a
Trent 1000-TEN, certified to 78,000 lb widebody aircraft engine.
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