- Oct 17, 2003
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Continued...[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice cancels N 8900.77, Focused Program Review of Air Carrier Flight Crewmember Training, Qualification and Management. This notice changes the focus of the requirements of the previous notice and establishes a new deadline. The requirement to conduct a focused program review of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121 air carrier programs for training, checking and managing flight crewmembers with emphasis on low‑time flight crewmembers and those who have failed evaluation events and/or demonstrated a repetitive need for additional training.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is principal operations inspectors (POI) responsible for the approval, review and surveillance of 14 CFR part 121 air carrier flight crewmember training and qualification programs. The secondary audience includes Flight Standards personnel in certificate-holding district offices (CHDO), branches and divisions in the regions and headquarters.
3. Where You Can Find This Notice. Inspectors can access this notice through the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at http://fsims.avs.faa.gov. Operators may find this notice on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Web site at http://fsims.faa.gov/.
4. Applicability. This notice applies to all 14 CFR part 121 air carriers with the exception of part 121 air carriers whose aircraft fleets have operation specification (OpSpec) A034 designated Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) curriculums. If OpSpec A034 does not cover all of an air carrier’s fleets, then this notice applies to those fleets not covered.
5. Explanation of Cancellation and Deadline Changes. After reviewing the outcome of the Administrator’s Call to Action on June 15, 2009, Flight Standards realized the need to accelerate the accomplishment of certain provisions in N 8900.77 and to rearrange the priority of the actions required by the notice. Issues concerning pilot training have become highly publicized. FAA needs to demonstrate to Congress and to the public that we can move quickly and decisively to address critical safety issues. Flight Standards management opted to reorder the tasks required by N 8900.77. The requirements remain essentially the same. Because, per agency policy, we cannot issue a change to a notice, we opted to cancel N 8900.77 and to issue this notice with re-prioritized tasks.
6. Background. Recent accidents have made it necessary to validate part 121 air carrier flight crewmember training and qualification programs. We need also to ensure that air carriers have the capability to identify, track, and manage low-time flight crewmembers, as well as those who have failed evaluation events and/or demonstrated a repetitive need for additional training.
a. For the purpose of this notice, we define a low-time flight crewmember as meeting at least one of the following criteria:
(1) One who has either fewer than 1,500 total flight hours in turbojet powered aircraft or fewer than 1,500 hours in 14 CFR parts 121, 135, or military operations; or
(2) Fewer than 300 total flight hours in type with his or her current employer; or
(3) Fewer than 13 months in his or her current crewmember position (not type specific) with their current employer.
b. To determine whether a flight crewmember has demonstrated performance problems, consider his or her training and checking history for a period of five years before the date of the review conducted as per paragraph 7b below.