The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee released its 2014 Top Safety Focus Areas on March 5th. HOPE Director of Operations, Eric Barfield, currently serves as Chair of the Safety Committee. Read the NBAA press release here for his comments. Hope Aviation Insurance is a leading provider of insurance and risk management brokerage services, in part, because we are industry leaders in promoting safety best practices for the entire business aviation community.
The 2014 Top Safety Focus Areas:
The deliberate quest to always do the right thing through ethical behavior, personal accountability, continuous improvement, and operational discipline that includes a firm commitment to the practice of active safety management. The Professionalism Working Group is dedicated to promoting professionalism and providing useful tools and resources to support professional behavior throughout business aviation.
Positive Safety Culture
The entire organization must align to fully embrace a proactive safety mindset supported by a just culture and evidenced not only by participation and belief in the culture, but the willingness to share safety data with fellow aviation professionals. The Positive Safety Culture Working Group is developing strategies to help operators continuously improve their safety culture.
As a result of cost reductions and/or entrepreneurial spirit, the necessity to arm pilots with the tools to safely manage single-pilot operations has become more important than ever. The Single-Pilot Safety Working Group provides helpful tools and informative resources, including the annual Single-Pilot Safety Standdown.
Fitness for Duty
In a physically and mentally demanding environment, a clear mind and healthy body is essential to safe business aircraft operation, maintenance, and management. Fatigue, sleep apnea, improper use of medications and many other aeromedical issues are currently being addressed by the Fitness for Duty Working Group.
Effective risk management requires operators to exercise increased vigilance while operating at unfamiliar, non-towered, or complex airport environments. The Airport Safety Working Group promotes use of tools to help manage threats on and around the airport environment to include wildlife, infrastructure challenges, and other inherent airport hazards.
The common denominator for excellence in aviation decision making, risk and flight path management is training. The Training Advisory Subcommittee aims to dramatically improve the value proposition for business aviation training that will lead to a reduction in loss of control, runway excursions, and other business aviation accidents.
Too much to do without enough time, tools or resources leads to the inability to focus on what really matters, often precluding appropriate assessment of risk as well as proper threat and error management. Achieving and maintaining situational awareness while under pressure is key for successful business aviation operations to occur.
Legislative decisions and policy making, both domestically and internationally, are having detrimental safety implications and could prove to cause a significant degradation of future safety for business aviation.
The forecasted shortage of business aviation professionals will create challenges in attracting, developmental mentoring, and retaining new professionals who can safely manage, maintain, service, and fly business aviation into the future.
The rate of technological developments and implementation has increased dramatically, challenging the ability to adapt or continue with obsolete systems.