FAA proposes draft B-737 Max Training only for US carriers & registered aircraft only

The FAA has released a flight standardisation boardreport relating to B-737 Max pilot training. Soon after, an addendum was issued too. While FAA has clearly stated that the training required in the FSB is mandated for US air carriers & US registered aircrafts, other aviation authorities must take their own action for the return of the B-737 Max.Question, will the Indian regulator follow a systematic process of change management and not be rushed into the re-entry process? Will the FSB report adopted in toto and will the regulators draft training requirements be put out for public comments?
The key highlights are quoted below from the FAA website as of 7th Oct 2020:While this is an important step, several key milestones remain:Final Design Documentation and Technical Advisory Board (TAB) Report – The FAA will review Boeing’s final design documentation to evaluate compliance with all FAA regulations. The multi-agency TAB will also review the final Boeing submission and issue a f…

Kozhikode airport a violation of ICAO Annex 19. Why policy makers time & again prove ignorance of safety management




Runway strip dimension Kozhikode Airport

Both these airports meet the minimum ICAO standards. ICAO also calls for a Safety Management System to comply with ICAO Annex-19. Every situation or a combination cannot be foreseen by ICAO. This is the reason that ICAO Annex 19 was promulgated to mandate a risk based safety management.

On the 14th January 2018, a Pegasus 737-800 veered off the runway at Trabzon, Turkey and came to rest on a steep slope quite close to the Black Sea.Thankfully, no casualties.

The rule and the spirit of the rule

Safety managers and trained policy holders need to identify the threats and the risk associated with them. If the bare minimum mandated or recommended dimension do not meet the definition or purpose of the object, then buffers need to be incorporated or enhanced.

Runway strip

A defined area including the runway and stopway, if provided, intended:
a) to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft running off a runway; and
b) to protect aircraft flying over it during take-off or landing operations.

ICAO's intention is to reduce the damage to aircraft running off a runway. Now there is a difference between a flat piece of land and a table top. The risk of damage is much higher on a table top. Therefore, even though the runway strip design may comply with the ICAO standards but it does not meet the requirements as per the definition.

ICAO Annex-19 on Safety Management Systems mandate that a risk analysis be carried out and mitigating actions taken to reduce or eliminate the risk.

Kozhikode Runway Strip

Are we waiting for another disaster to happen on the runway sides? In 2017, a SpiceJet Q400 aircraft skidded off the runway at Kozhikode but fortunately managed to get back to the runway. What if the same had happened with a widebody jet?

Safety barriers need to be enhanced as the risk increases. 

ICAO recommendation
ICAO recommendation

Read the Spice Jet incident report at Kozhikode

Spice Jet
Spice Jet incident


  1. Sir SpiceJet incident report is not launching on the DGCA site.


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