Alexandria, VA, September 13, 2006 — Addressing the annual meeting of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Flight Safety Foundation President and CEO Stuart Matthews outlined his plans to “put them out of business,” although he conceded that that goal is unlikely.
Mr. Matthews elaborated on this theme as he outlined the various projects and programs led by the Flight Safety Foundation to reduce aviation accidents. Some of these projects include the Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit, studies on smoke, fire and fumes, and increased flight data monitoring.
In his speech, Matthews applauded the vital work of accident investigators “as an essential ingredient in the constant effort to further aviation safety.” He noted the recently approved amendment to Annex 13 at the International Civil Aviation Organization that could make the job of the investigator easier by protecting accident data from overeager judiciary branches during the investigative process.
“Accident investigation is a key part of improving aviation safety,” Matthews commented. “This ongoing training means that investigators worldwide have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques and methods and share their own experiences. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
More than 350 investigators met at the annual meeting to share information and hear the latest updates in the field of accident investigation. Mr. Matthews’s speech helped kick off the three-day seminar.
Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, auditing, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to pursue the continuous improvement of global aviation safety and the prevention of accidents. www.flightsafety.org
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