The objective of this Opinion is to reduce:
- the number of longitudinal runway excursions of large aeroplanes during landing; and
- the risk of uncontrollable fires in the Class D compartments of large aeroplanes.
This Opinion proposes to require:
- every large aeroplane operated in commercial air transport (CAT), and manufactured after a certain date, to be equipped with a runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS). This system shall support the flight crew during the landing phase in identifying and managing the risk of a runway excursion; and
- operators, whose in-service large aeroplanes used for CAT contain Class D cargo or baggage compartments, to apply to those aircraft the standards applicable to:
- Class C compartments, if the aeroplanes are involved in the transport of passengers; or
- either Class C or Class E compartments, if the aeroplanes are only involved in all-cargo operations.
The proposed changes are expected to:
- increase the level of safety by reducing the number of accidents and incidents during landing for large aeroplanes operated in CAT; and
- increase safety by mitigating the risk of uncontrollable fires in Class D cargo or baggage compartments; and
- improve harmonisation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).