In the next few weeks, we will release a list of the Foundation’s top safety issues, which will be based on accident data from Aviation Safety Network and other sources. Over the course of the next year, we plan to delve deeply into each issue and look at the underlying contributing factors. We will be tracking the issues on our website and featuring longer articles in the digital pages of AeroSafety World. From a broader perspective, the Foundation intends the list of safety issues to inform the work of its advisory committees and, to a certain extent, the topics that will be covered at the Foundation’s summits and seminars.
We also will be developing a list of emerging concerns, specifically, areas for which there is not a lot of publicly available accident data but which nonetheless are growing safety issues. For example, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations and integration into civilian airspace likely would fall into this category.
Shortly, ASW subscribers will be receiving an email asking for input on emerging safety issues. I’d like to ask you to take a moment and consider your organization’s most important new safety concerns; issues that were not on your safety radar a few years ago but which now occupy a growing amount of your attention. The issues could be related to flight operations, the passenger cabin, maintenance, ground operations, air traffic control, human factors, or just about any other aspect of your operation.
When you receive the email, it would be helpful if you could respond with what you consider to be your organization’s top emerging safety issues and why. We will compile the results and share them with our readers later this year.
Thanks in advance for your help.