Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)

Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
In Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 11010, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "strongly recommends" pilot training on use of TCAS for Part 91 and 135 flight crews because of a high percentage of noncompliance with TCAS RA alerts. Our TCAS module highlights the issues published in the SAFO and reviews best operating practices outlined in Advisory Circular (AC) 120-55C – Aircraft Operational Approval and Use of TCAS II, Information for Operators (InFO) 11012—Transponder/TCAS Operations While on the Airport Surface, and AC 90-48D Pilots' Role in Collision Avoidance. This module addresses the NTSB Safety Alerts 45 and 58 and FAA SAFO 15006.

 

Although training on TCAS is not specifically required under Part 135, we typically include it with the initial Pilot-In-Command (PIC)/Second-In-Command (SIC) Basic Indoctrination curriculum. We review TCAS procedures specific to Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace in the RVSM module and Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) approaches in the Instrument Procedures module. We also highlight the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 830 reporting changes for TCAS RAs in the FAR/AIM Review module.
International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) only cites TCAS training for operations in RVSM airspace. The TCAS module could also be considered part of the IS-BAO training requirement for "equipment installed on the aircraft" and "additional training that is required to ensure a safe operation" defined in Chapter 8 of IS-BAO.
  • TCAS History and Development
  • TCAS/Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) – Including Software Version 7.1
  • Data Block
  • TCAS Controls
  • TCAS Operations
  • Comply With The RA
  • TCAS In RVSM Airspace
  • TCAS Use During PRM Approaches
  • Inhibited TCAS Commands
  • Mid-air Accidents

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