[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 239 (Tuesday, December 13, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 77452-77453]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-31971]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Parts 121, 135 and 142

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1359]


Advisory Circular for Stall and Stick Pusher Training

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed Advisory Circular for Stall 
and Stick Pusher Training, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of a proposed Advisory 
Circular, regarding stall and stick pusher training for transport 
category airplanes for comment. This Advisory Circular provides 
guidance to training providers on stall event and stick pusher 
demonstration training, including recommendations and best practices 
for academic training, job performance training, and instructor 
training.

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DATES: Written comments must be received on or before January 12, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2011-1359 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room 
W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket 
Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at (202) 493-2251.
    Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without 
change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the 
docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all 
comments received into any FAA dockets, including the name of the 
individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an 
association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.
    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the 
West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Burke, Air Transportation 
Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 
267-8262; facsimile: (202) 267-5229; email: robert.burke@faa.gov.

Background

    The primary goal of this proposed advisory circular is to provide 
training, testing, and checking recommendations designed to maximize 
the likelihood that pilots will respond correctly and consistently to 
unexpected stall warnings, aerodynamic stalls, and/or stick pusher 
activations. Additionally, the advisory circular provides guidance for 
operators and training centers in the development of stall and stick 
pusher event training to include stall prevention, recognition of an 
approach-to-stall or actual stall, familiarity with stick pusher 
systems, and the correct procedure to recover from those conditions. 
Core principals of this Advisory Circular include:
     Emphasis of ``reduce angle of attack'' response as the 
primary response for stall events.
     Clarification of the evaluation criteria for a recovery 
from a stall or approach.
     Scenario-based training that includes realistic events 
that could be encountered in operational conditions, including stalls 
encountered with the autopilot engaged.
     Clarification of training to a full stall, to ensure that 
pilots execute the stall recovery at the first indication of a stall.
     Stick Pusher demonstration training.
    The information within this proposed advisory circular was 
developed based on a review of recommended practices developed by major 
aircraft manufacturers, labor organizations, air carriers, training 
organizations, simulator manufacturers, and industry representative 
organizations. The FAA recognizes that the content of this draft AC 
explains in further detail concepts proposed in the supplemental notice 
of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM), entitled Qualification, Service, and 
Use of Crewmembers and Aircraft Dispatchers, FAA Docket FAA-2008-0677, 
and corresponding flightcrew member training AC, regarding stall and 
stick pusher training. Following review of the comments regarding the 
stall and stick pusher training proposed in the SNPRM, this advisory 
circular may require additional revision. The FAA will review both the 
comments received in response to this advisory circular and the SNPRM, 
and revise the documents accordingly to ensure consistency and 
standardization.
    The agency will consider all comments received by January 12, 2012. 
Comments received after that date may be considered if consideration 
will not delay agency action on the review. A copy of the advisory 
circular is available for review in the assigned docket for the 
advisory circular at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2011.
John M. Allen,
Director, Flight Standards Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-31971 Filed 12-12-11; 8:45 am]
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