Emergency Evacuation Standards Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report
The Emergency Evacuation Standards Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), was chartered to assist the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in carrying out the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Public Law 115-254, §337 to review aircraft evacuation certification with regard to emergency evacuation system designs and crew evacuation procedures.
The ARC carried out its task by first reviewing and understanding the regulatory standards that apply to emergency evacuation. The next phase of activity was to review in-service events whether they were classified as ‘accidents’ or not, and review issues that have been raised by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the public, and Congress, to identify those issues that are the most impactful in an emergency evacuation. Finally, the ARC correlated the issues identified in the review, with the requirements to determine if there are gaps, omissions, deficiencies or if there are requirements that do not appear necessary.
The ARC is making 27 recommendations covering airplane design and certification standards, operational and training requirements as well as airport rescue and firefighting.
The ARC found overall safety in evacuations is very high, considering evacuation events are extremely infrequent with regard to the total number of flights. Nonetheless, there are areas for improvement both in terms of requirements and data gathering to assess requirements.
Here is the link for the entire report…