The commuter airline industry has grown dramatically and has experienced significant changes in operating characteristics in the past 15 years. In response to safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board and through other initiatives taken by government and industry, regulatory revisions and other actions have resulted in an improved safety record for commuter airlines conducting operations under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. However, despite efforts to bring about safety improvements, accident rates for commuter airlines continue to be higher than the rates for domestic Part 121 airlines. The higher accident rate, the differences in regulatory standards between Parts 135 and 121, and findings of the NTSB's investigations of recent accidents prompted the Board to initiate this study of commuter airline safety. The safety issues discussed in the study are: (a) the need for sweeping regulatory action; (b) the adequacy of Part 135 regulations concerning flight time limits and rest requirements; (c) the need for licensed dispatch personnel; (d) the adequacy of Part 135 pilot training; (e) the adequacy of flight attendant training practices; (f) the need for mandated safety programs at commuter airlines and for operational oversight by major air carrier code-sharing partners; (g) the training of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors and lack of uniform interpretation and enforcement of regulations by inspectors; and (g) the certification of airports served by scheduled passenger operations. As a result of the safety study, recommendations concerning these issues were made to the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, major U.S. domestic air carriers, and the Regional Airline Association.

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    National Transportation Safety Board

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  • Publication Date: 1994-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 137 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674276
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/SS-94/02, Notation 6481
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 1995 12:00AM