|Quoting FXRA (Reply 5):|
the latest I read from the FAA now defines ETOPS as Extend Operations, removing the Twin
This is correct, as of Februrary when the new rule went into effect, although some aspects have delayed implementation.
|Quoting Blackbird (Reply 6):|
So they want to take away all restrinctions from twinjets, and add restrictions to three and four engines?
No. They tweaked and clarified and rationalized some of the twin rules, made some less conservative, introduced some new ones, and put them into the FAR
's instead of just an AC
. They added some new rules for 3- and 4-engined aircraft, but most are not restrictive (much or at all) as long as you don't attach an overly conservative interpretation to them.
While there was no tidy rule like ETOPS before, most or all operators already did analysis for decompression, for losing one engine, and for losing two engines, making sure they had enough fuel to divert safely, even if they had to dump fuel to level off.