USHST 9th Annual Infrastructure Summit
Date: February 7-8, 2023
Site: HAI / Alexandria, Virginia
Participants: 60+ (In Person & Virtual)
AFTER ACTION REPORT
|1||none||Heliport & Vertiport Standards Update||Robert Bassey|
|2||0101||Vertical Flight Infrastructure Pilot Education||Rex Alexander|
|3||0102||Vertiport Marking, Research Study Review||Cliff Johnson|
|4||0103||Droneports Standards & Integration into the NAS||Jonathan Daniels|
|5||0104||Heliport Accident Whitepaper Review||Rex Alexander|
|6||proprietary||Low Altitude IFR Challenges & Strategies||Chris Baur|
Hughes Aerospace Corp.
|7||0105||Tactical Approaches to 5G Effects||Tony Rios|
Freeflight & Flt Data Sys
|8||0106||FAA Helicopter Modernization Team Update||Nolan Crawford|
|9||0107||Maine Low Altitude IFR Infrastructure Project Update||Tom Judge|
LifeFlight of Maine
|10||0201||The Icing Conundrum||Matt Johnson|
|11||0202||Weather Data Performance Standards for Aviation Operations||Don Berchoff|
|12||0203||Aviation Weather Center GFA-LA Beta Site Review||Austin Cross|
|13||0204||Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Update||Gary Pokodner|
|14||0205||FAA Weather Camera Program Update||Cohl Pope|
|15||0206||Harmonization of Terminology & Guidance Across Various Lines of Businesses and Agencies||Cliff Johnson|
|16||none||Legislative Affairs and FAA Reauthorization Act Updates / Fall Unified Agenda||Tom Judge|
LifeFlight of Maine
AFTER ACTION REPORT KEY TAKEAWAYS
HELIPORTS, VERTIPORTS, AND DRONEPORTS
- Future need to form a heliport/vertiport Operators Group.
- Recommendation for incorporating a Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Heliports and Vertiports.
- Market potential for a heliport and vertiport accreditation program similar to the IS-BAO program operated by IBAC. Will need to follow up with insurance companies.
- There is a continued need to improve vertical flight Infrastructure Data Integrity. This centers around the validation of Data Accuracy, Data Accountability and Data Recency.
- Need for the FAA to develop language and standards that speaks to fixed high volume infrastructure dedicated to drone and UAS operations:
- What is the official definition of a Droneport?
- Is a Droneport an Airport per CFR Part-157?
- What regulations & standards govern Droneports?
- What does Droneport airspace look like?
- Who has oversight of a Droneport?
- How are Droneports depicted on Charts?
- How are Droneports accounted for in the NAS?
- What FAA form do you submit for a Droneport?
- Is there an inspection required for a Droneport?
- According to FAA Airports there may be an opportunity in the future to incorporate the heliport advisory circular with the vertiport advisory circular but unsure as to when that may be.
- Need for continued validation efforts of weather camera data and information to further validate that is a viable decision-making tool for pilots and operators.
- Need for the development of acceptable Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach minima to be used for alternates.
- Push for the inclusion of lower cost weather systems which are capable of meeting weather reporting criteria, minimum and standards set forth by the FAA.
- Need for additional research to be conducted for the purpose of validating new lower cost weather systems that can meet FAA certification standards.
- Work to further the development and adoption of Visual Weather Observation Systems (VWOS) stations throughout the United States to augment the usable weather data in low altitude flight environment for enhanced safety.
- Need for diversification and expansion of weather information connectivity for weather dissemination in the cockpit and the adoption of new viable data streams.
HARMONIZATION OF TERMINOLOGY & GUIDANCE
- Propose a review of Title-14 CFR Part-1 terms and definitions for the purpose of harmonization with other regulations and standards.
- Evaluate the terms eVTOL vs. Rotorcraft Vs. Powered Lift and their definitions as they are used by each line of business within the FAA.
- Consider introducing an all-encompassing term that would include all types of vertical flight infrastructure versus using separate terms such as heliport, vertiport, droneport, STOLport…
- Investigate potential infrastructure funding avenues besides Airport Improvement Planning (AIP) grant money. Look at Homeland Security, FEMA, DOT, State, etc.
- Evaluate the impact vertical flight infrastructure terminology may have on Funding (AIP vs. HIP).
- Review FAA Order 8000.71, Aircraft Make, Model, and Series Taxonomy for existing taxonomy of accepted terms.
- Evaluate whether insurance can and should be used as a driver for harmonization of terminology, regulations, and standards? This would include encouraging a higher level of data integrity for vertical flight infrastructure.
- What other data sources can and should be leveraged to improve vertical flight infrastructure data integrity, e.g., Department of Health, State DOT Aeronautics Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Healthcare Accreditation Agencies…
- Allow federal AIP money or Covid Relief money to be provided to individual states through discretionary funds for the purposes of hiring personnel or interns with the sole purpose of conducting a full review of each state’s vertical flight infrastructure data for the purposes of updating and correcting the FAA Airport Data and Informational Portal (ADIP) database? Provide personnel with a training program.
- Add subcategories to the classification of Medical-Use infrastructure to include but not limited to:
- Fire Station
- National Park
- State Park
- EMS Base
- Law Enforcement Department
- HAA Base
- Consider weather information clarification:
- Approved Weather Sources vs. Advisory Weather Products
- Develop performance-based weather standards and determine whether or not there is a need for wavers and if so, what those wavers may look like.
- Evaluate the difference between operational relevancy vs scientific relevancy for weather sources and how this impacts weather validity and weather reporting for aviation.
- Review regulations for harmonization in Title 14 CFR Parts:
- Parts: 77 vs 139 vs 157
- Parts 91 vs. 135 vs. 121
- Evaluate the current classification for infrastructure ‘Use’ case and determine if the two current classifications, i.e., ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ are adequate or should the FAA consider adopting terms currently used by many State authorities such as ‘Commercial’, ‘Personal’, and ‘Restricted’.
~Nothing Else Follows~
Primary Points of Contact:
Exec Director, LifeFlight of Maine
Phone: (207) 973-6706
Rex J. Alexander
President, Five-Alpha LLC
Phone: (260) 494-0891
President & CEO, IFR Global, Inc.
Phone: (423) 902-4214