SDR Lite: Flying clubs get some FAA respect

756atCBE_small.jpgThe FAA plans to select a contractor to develop a web-based service difficulty report(SDR) system that could be used by pilots flying small general aviation aircraft in clubs.

“The primary objectives are to assist type clubs(user/owner of various models of Beech, Cessna and Piper airplanes), and other interested general aviation organizations in collecting a more complete history of service difficulties, and to provide a database to deposit and store information for and safety effects analysis,” the FAA writes in the 12 March pre-solicitation.

The usefulness of such a database, a requirement for the air carrier (Part 121) and air taxi industry (Part 135) sectors, is increasingly a hot topic for safety watchdogs, particularly as new technologies like glass cockpits make their way into lower end GA aircraft.



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