NATA Urges Industry to Comment on Proposed Change to NFPA 407

On behalf of our membership and the industry, NATA has submitted a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) proposing an important change to NFPA 407- Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing - the national fire code adopted by most airports in the United States.  Proposed TIA 1539 provides relief to hundreds of general aviation airports and FBOs from the requirement that they retrofit their fuel farms and mobile refuelers with automatic shutdown systems (aka: “scully type” systems).  NATA’s proposed TIA removes the retroactive nature of the current language in the NFPA 407, applying it to only new fuel farm/fuel truck installations. Without the change proposed in the NATA TIA, airports and FBOs would be faced with a $6,000-$10,000 bill per fuel farm loading rack, and $2,500-$3,500 bill per fuel truck, with all equipment needing to be retrofitted by June of 2021.    

 

Your help is needed to pass this TIA which is currently open for public comment. Passage of the TIA requires three-quarters vote from the technical committee overseeing NFPA 407. We encourage all stakeholders to contact the NFPA and the 407 Technical Committee letting them know you support proposed TIA 1539. To let your voice be heard, submit your comments to tias_errata_fis@nfpa.org  before November 9th, 2020.  

 

NATA suggests you include the following information in your email comment to NFPA: 

  • A clear indication that you support TIA 1539 and encourage the technical committee to approve the TIA 
  • Brief information about your business and role 
  • Your contact information

For questions or additional information, please contact NATA’s Steve Berry at sberry@nata.aero.

 

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