The highly respected website www.aeroassurance.com has tackled the question of in-flight recording, a brief extract is given below. The full posting is on this link:
Julian Bray writes: The most encouraging line is contained in the Terms of Reference which finally seems to open the door for live transmissions to and from aircraft (and helicopters) possibly using geo-positioned satellites.
Most new aircraft already have the satellite monitoring kit installed as part of the basic build. It just needs some brave regulators to make the payment of regular subscriptions a mandatory requirement to the satellite provider in order to turn on the system.... how difficult is that?
It should be pointed out that POLICE HELICOPTERS are 'Annex II' state aircraft so subject to national rules and not EASA rules. But possibly can only be a matter of time when the rules converge?
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a Rule Making Team (RMT.0271 & 0272 [MDM.073 (a) & (b)]) on in-flight recording for light aircraft.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) and Group Composition (GC) are here. By way of definition the ToRs state:
EASA note that aircraft that are not required to carry data recorders.
One could argue that this initiative is particularly important now that EASA have issued a notice of proposed amendment on commercial air transport operations at night or in IMC using single-engined turbine aeroplane (NPA2014-18). The likely aircraft types are the Cessna C208 Caravan, Pilatus PC-12 and Socata TBM700/850.
Eight safety recommendations have previously been addressed to EASA recommending the introduction of in-flight recording for lighter aircraft (listed below in chronological order of accident date):
- SPAN-2012-011 Swearingen SA226 registered EC-GDG, 18/02/1998 (accident report);
- UNKG-2005-101 Bell 206 registered G-BXLI, 22/01/2005 (accident report);
- FRAN-2009-008 Beech C90 registered F-GVPD, 18/10/2006 (accident report);
- HUNG-2008-002 Eurocopter EC135 registered HA-ECE, 31/07/2008 (no report online);
- NETH-2012-001 Pilatus PC12 registered PH-RUL, 16/10/2009 (accident report);
- FRAN-2013-012 Cessna 208 registered F-OIXZ, 05/09/2010 (accident report);
- NORW-2012-010 Aerospatiale AS350 registered LN-OXC, 04/07/2011 (accident report);
- FINL-2014-001 Cessna 206 registered OH-AAA, 08/11/2012 (accident report).
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