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You may comment on the proposed TSO listed in this notice by sending written data, views, or arguments to the above listed address. You may also examine comments received on the proposed TSO, before and after the comment closing date, in Room 815, FAA Headquarters Building, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, weekdays except Federal holidays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Director of the Aircraft Certification Service will consider all communications received by the closing date before issuing the final TSO.
This proposed TSO gives the MPS for aviation visual distress signals. The MPS are based on Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE) Aerospace Standard (AS) 5134, “Aviation Distress Signals,” dated June 2001. The signals must also meet specific test criterion contained in RTCA Document No. RTCA/DO-160D, “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment,” Change 4, dated July 29, 1997. This TSO's standards apply to handheld, high-intensity, stroboscopic light sources that can be added to aviation survival kits to supplement pyrotechnic devices. These light sources will significantly eliminate potential equipment and personnel hazards associated with using pyrotechnics devices in inflatable life rafts, by providing an equivalent level of safety that meets or exceeds the current performance standards for pyrotechnics devices that aid in locating and rescuing aviation accident survivors.
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