International Aviation Industry And Regulatory Officials

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A Year After the Imposition of New Limits on U.S. Flight Operations Conducted in Ground Icing Conditions, International Aviation Industry and Regulatory Officials Continue to Work to Contain Icing Threats. This Special Report, Examining Their Efforts and the Drive to Establish Universal Standards for Such Operations, Was Prepared by Southeast U.S. Bureau Chief James T. McKenna in Cocoa Beach, European Editor Pierre Sparaco in Paris and Engineering Editor Michael A. Dornheim in Los Angeles.

International aviation officials are attempting to forge worldwide standards for improving the safety of flight operations conducted in ground icing conditions.

The fledgling effort by members of international aviation and standards
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National Transportation Safety Board, said. "Fatal accidents should not be allowed to be the only catalyst for development" of safer practices.

U.S. regulatory, manufacturing and airline officials have been working more closely with their counterparts in Europe and other regions of the world since the 1992 LaGuardia crash. That accident followed crashes of a Canadian operated Fokker 28 at Dryden, Ontario, in 1989 and a U.S.- built McDonnell Douglas MD- 81 operated by Scandinavian Airlines System in 1991.

Several international meetings over the last year have addressed, among other things, disparities in the regulatory and operational treatment of ground icing threats. International organizations are taking steps to correct them.

European aviation officials are maintaining their long- standing lead in efforts to make operations in ground icing conditions safer. Minimum ground-icing safety practices vary widely from country to country and even from airline to airline throughout the world. Europe 's Joint Airworthiness Authorities are conducting a broad, coordinated review of technical and flight operations in winter conditions. And members of the Assn. of European Airlines are pressing to distill the lessons learned by carriers experienced with ground icing conditions, such as those in northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia, into guidelines that can be used by airlines worldwide.

As a result of those campaigns and
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