On 17 July 2015, the Boeing Company issued a Multi Operator Message (MOM-MOM-15-0469-01B) on the transport of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing, which referenced recommendations made previously by the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA) on this subject.
The following week, on 24 July, Airbus also issued a notice in an In-Service Information publication (ISI number 00.00.00182, “Transport of Dangerous Goods, Lithium Batteries”) to its customer airlines. The Airbus document references the ICCAIA recommendations and calls on operators of its aircraft to conduct a full risk assessment regarding the carriage of high quantities of lithium batteries as cargo.
These welcome announcements (referenced below) are consistent with IFALPA’s longstanding position on the transport of lithium batteries, and the Federation strongly encourages all its Member Associations to ensure that they are being fully implemented by all Operators within their State. IFALPA fully supports the Airbus and Boeing recommendations and believes that they should be adhered to by ALL airlines until proper packaging standards are developed and limits on quantity in packages and shipments are implemented.
Loss of Control In-Flight
A strong upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) program provided throughout a pilot’s career is an effective means to mitigate loss of control in-flight incidents.
Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) has been a contributing factor in aircraft accidents. LOC-I incidents are typically induced by aircraft systems, environment conditions, and/or pilot actions. Additionally, the loss of control may startle, as well as confuse the flight crew which can delay an effective response.
The pilot must be well trained and have recency of experience in order to effectively recover from any upset. UPRT should be provided throughout a pilot’s career, and focus on skill development to prevent, recognize and recover from such events.
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