|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sea|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : orh|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Transport, High Wing, 2 Turboprop Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 11200
|Function||observation : air carrier inspector|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Our flight was delayed in departing because the station agents decided to add several passenger from other flight to our flight. One of the reaccomodated passenger was an FAA inspector who had intended to route check another crew, but decided on us as the other flight had not arrived yet. There was a problem with his paperwork as the station personnel had not issued him a company cockpit pass, they had only reviewed his FAA request for transportation form. It took us several mins to straighten this out while we were also dealing with fuel orders, load manifests and other paperwork. As the inspector was being seated, he advised me that the observers audio panel was inoperative. I took a min to confirm the panel was indeed inoperative, solved the problem by turning up the cockpit speakers so he could hear, and proceeded to operate the flight as normal. I failed to consult the MEL concerning any restrictions or procedures regarding the observer's audio panel. As the inspector pointed out to me at the conclusion of the flight, the MEL does not mention audio panels at all, hence all must be installed and operative. The condition was recorded and corrected before the aircraft departed on its next flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FLEW TRIP WITH ACI ON JUMP SEAT WITH ACFT SYSTEM INOP IN VIOLATION OF MINIMUM EQUIPMENT LIST.
Narrative: OUR FLT WAS DELAYED IN DEPARTING BECAUSE THE STATION AGENTS DECIDED TO ADD SEVERAL PAX FROM OTHER FLT TO OUR FLT. ONE OF THE REACCOMODATED PAX WAS AN FAA INSPECTOR WHO HAD INTENDED TO ROUTE CHK ANOTHER CREW, BUT DECIDED ON US AS THE OTHER FLT HAD NOT ARRIVED YET. THERE WAS A PROB WITH HIS PAPERWORK AS THE STATION PERSONNEL HAD NOT ISSUED HIM A COMPANY COCKPIT PASS, THEY HAD ONLY REVIEWED HIS FAA REQUEST FOR TRANSPORTATION FORM. IT TOOK US SEVERAL MINS TO STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT WHILE WE WERE ALSO DEALING WITH FUEL ORDERS, LOAD MANIFESTS AND OTHER PAPERWORK. AS THE INSPECTOR WAS BEING SEATED, HE ADVISED ME THAT THE OBSERVERS AUDIO PANEL WAS INOP. I TOOK A MIN TO CONFIRM THE PANEL WAS INDEED INOP, SOLVED THE PROB BY TURNING UP THE COCKPIT SPEAKERS SO HE COULD HEAR, AND PROCEEDED TO OPERATE THE FLT AS NORMAL. I FAILED TO CONSULT THE MEL CONCERNING ANY RESTRICTIONS OR PROCS REGARDING THE OBSERVER'S AUDIO PANEL. AS THE INSPECTOR POINTED OUT TO ME AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FLT, THE MEL DOES NOT MENTION AUDIO PANELS AT ALL, HENCE ALL MUST BE INSTALLED AND OPERATIVE. THE CONDITION WAS RECORDED AND CORRECTED BEFORE THE ACFT DEPARTED ON ITS NEXT FLT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.