SecurityIntelligence published the article “Five Whys: Lessons From the World of Incident Investigations” which may stimulate a discussion of what works in finding root causes in SMS.
The NTSB released a video and an interactive timeline which chronicles its accomplishments. The past of the NTSB is exemplary, but the forward look is critical to tomorrow’s successes.
NASA and Black Swift Technologies are designing a rugged sUAS to fly into volcanoes to gather data. With that information, the flight paths can be planned better.
The FAA has been working on Air Turbulence Injuries for years. By including SMS problem-solving, more immediate and more effective tactics might be created.
Increased participation in broader industry safety efforts would be a positive step on the data-driven path to making aviation even safer.
ICAO is an important deliberative body for setting global standards, but since its members are also subject to those standards, they are not as good at compelling compliance.
EASA commissioned two studies on Cabin Air Quality. The conclusions sound fairly safe, but there are unknowns about potential hazards and individual health problems. The FAA might want to participate in this study.
One of the most powerful tools in Aviation Safety is NASA’s ASRS Callback. The most recent edition highlighted 6 instances of complacency contributing to risk, but teaching valuable lessons.