Wind Shear Devices Proposed for Jets
The government is proposing a regulation that would require large jet airliners to install equipment capable of detecting wind shear, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole said Thursday.
Under the Federal Aviation Administration regulation to be published in the Federal Register today, airline flight crews would receive training in wind shear recognition and recovery procedures using the equipment, Dole said.
Wind shear is a sudden change in wind speed and direction that poses a deadly hazard, especially when planes encounter it at low altitude. It has been implicated in five accidents in the last 10 years in which 536 people were killed.
The Boeing Co., manufacturer of jetliners, recently developed a wind shear training program under an FAA contract.