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Stricter requirements for toxic fumes

The Civil Aviation Authority Norway is considering stricter reporting routines.

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•Please contact me if you have knowledge of any kind about toxic fumes in aircraft, e-mail [email protected].

(Dagbladet.no:)
Dagbladet.no can provide proof that airlines around the world fail to report toxic fume incidents on board aeroplanes. The fact that the aviation authorities do not receive this information undermines flight safety.

Previously this week Dagbladet.no reported that the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now asserted that under-reporting of toxic fume incidents is a big problem. The Americans have therefore given orders for new and safer reporting procedures. The Civil Aviation Authority Norway is considering following their lead.

Will listen to the biggest aviation nation in the world

“Yes, we certainly do listen to what they have to say in the biggest aviation nation in the world,” departmental director Gudmund Taraldsen of the Civil Aviation Authority Norway’s operational department told Dagbladet.no.

The Civil Aviation Authority Norway will have a panel of experts to scrutinise the new procedures outlined by the FAA:

“We are going to assess the FAA bulletin as compared to the existing regulations. Then we will consider whether we are going to change our own system for reporting,” says Taraldsen.

He emphasises that the aviation authority does not currently suspect Norwegian airlines of not reporting toxic fume incidents.
 
“Most toxic fume incidents in aeroplanes in Norway are reported as “operational irregularities” and therefore do not appear in the database of the Civil Aviation Authority Norway. Does this not imply that the aviation authority is unaware of the extent of the problem in Norway?»

“Our system for reporting is under review. It is possible that the new system, too, will record reported incidents as “operational irregularities”. But we are under the impression that Norwegian flight crew comply with the regulations, says Taraldsen.

Chief of Flight Operations Håvard Vestgren of SAS Braathens says the company will adhere to any decision made by the Civil Aviation Authority.

“We will work with whatever the authorities do with regard to this issue,” says Vestgren to Dagbladet.no

The FAA bulletin At the recent US/Europe International Aviation Safety Conference on June 8 this year, the FAA stated categorically that airlines neglect to report toxic fume incidents.

“The FAA is increasingly concerned by the numerous reports on smoke or fumes in the cockpit or cabin. Our analyses suggest that a great many of these in incidents are not reported,” said FAA Flight Standards Service Director, Jim Ballough.

FAA issued a so-called FSAW (Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Airworthiness) on March 29 this year, which orders the industry to implement new reporting routines with regard to smoke or fumes in the cabin and cockpit:

•Maintenance personnel are to investigate whether the airlines have satisfactory procedures for reporting, investigating and following up such incidents.
•Each and every gas incident is to be followed up with the company to decide if their procedures are efficient.
•Each such incident must be recorded, so that complete and accurate data is available for analysis and monitoring of trends.

The FAA emphasises that “The new guidelines apply to all reported incidents of smoke or fumes in the cockpit or cabin that have occurred while