Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Australian Transport Safety Bureau eases pilot reporting pressure

Australia's transport safety watchdog has moved to ease the worry for wayward pilots who fail to report airborne impacts for fear of retribution.

Research by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has found on more than 40 percent of occasions when aircraft hit powerlines, pilots ignore their obligation to inform authorities.

"I can appreciate that some operators may be reluctant to report an accident or incident to us because they're concerned about the consequences of doing so," ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan wrote on the bureau's blog on Tuesday.

But the agency boss insisted: "We don't investigate to lay blame".

The bureau used data from electricity and telecommunication companies to find between July 2003 and June 2011, at least 40 per cent of wire strike occurrences in Australia had not been reported as required.

To allay operator fears Mr Dolan on Tuesday announced the signing of an agreement between his bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) which will limit how information shared by the two regulators can be used.

"Our information-sharing arrangement with CASA is part of a healthy and mature system of safety with the ultimate aim of improving transport safety rather than blaming individuals," Mr Dolan said.

Mr Dolan said most importantly, operators should always report incidents.

"We can use the information from reports to discover and prevent broader, systemic safety problems," he said.

Source:  http://news.ninemsn.com.au

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