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Aviation: Air Quality

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration the Civil Aviation Authority has given to advising pilots to submit an aviation safety review to their airline and a mandatory occurrence report to the authority in the event that cabin air becomes contaminated. [HL4953]

Any cabin air contamination that might threaten the safety of the aircraft must be reported under the existing mandatory reporting requirements, and relevant guidance is included in all air operators’ operations manuals. In consequence the CAA does not consider that further advice to air operators or pilots is required.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions the Civil Aviation Authority has had with its counterparts in other countries, including the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, to ensure that similar advice is given when smoke or fumes are detected in cabin air. [HL4954]

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has not discussed the alignment of advice on this issue with other safety regulators. But the CAA and other safety regulators such as the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority determine appropriate actions with regard to available safety information, including recommendations from air accident investigators.

Aircraft manufacturers are required, during type certification, to provide emergency drills for abnormal situations, including smoke, fumes and air contamination. The CAA ensures that these procedures are correctly reflected in air operators’ written procedures and training.