BUSINESS AVIATION RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL AVIATION SAFETY RECORD, BUT RECOGNIZES ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

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ARTICLE: NTSB Lauds Business Aviation at Hearing on GA Safety

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The National Transportation Safety Board recently held public meetings at which they focused on ways to improve General Aviation safety. Frequently, Business Aviation and GA are lumped together because they operate under the same Part 91 regulations, there are common aircraft types, they use the equipment for similar missions and they base their planes at similar airports. However, NTSB aviation investigator Jill Demko said “The accident rate for corporate operations is the red line, near zero.” She identified Business Aviation as having the second-lowest accident rate at about two accidents per 100,000 flight hours.

The Business Aviation community is ably represented by the National Business Aviation Association. Their vice president, safety, security, operations and regulation, Doug Carr commented “Business aviation’s safety record reflects the community’s voluntary adoption of very high standards. One accident is too many, and the only way to extend this safety record is by advancing our safety knowledge, culture and commitment.” The NBAA press release also noted:

“Among the Association’s most recent initiatives are collections of articles and online courses on dozens of safety topics, including aircraft icing, runway safety, aircraft climb performance, handling of hazardous materials and training guidelines for smaller jets, along with the importance of safety management systems (SMS). View NBAA’s online SMS resources.”

SMS is a comprehensive and integrated business process that ensures that all work has a safety focus. Many NBAA members who have implemented SMS have reaped safety, efficiency and cost benefits.  JDA is a licensed SMS training and implementation provider and is well versed in Business Aviation and IS-BAO programs.

Congratulations to the Business Aviation community for an exemplary safety record, but as noted by Doug Carr, there is always room for improvement.

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