Sunday, October 25, 2015

National Transportation Safety Board shares best practices to enhance aviation safety

Guyana -- At the recently concluded Aviation Conference, the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shared various best practices to enhance safety in the sector.

The conference was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre during which NTSB representative, Beverley Drake, spoke on the role of aircraft accident and incident investigations in enhancing aviation safety.

Drake is an accomplished pilot and native of Guyana who emigrated to the US. She has served the NTSB for 24 years and has investigated over 300 small-, large-scale and high-profile aircraft accidents.

She is currently Program Manager in the Office of Industry and Government Affairs at the NTSB in Washington, DC.

During the recent conference in Guyana, Drake presented lessons learned from some of the accidents the NTSB has investigated, including those in the US with mechanical issues and incidents that have taken place in hostile environments.

The presentation brought awareness to some of the safety concerns addressed by NTSB. This includes the Mountain Safety Alert that NTSB issued to help pilots, engineers, mechanics, and ground crews become more aware of mechanical accidents that sometimes occur after aircraft come out of maintenance.

Drake shared information from investigations in Alaska, and in other locations, with the goal of helping Guyanese officials improve flying safety and to help Guyanese aviation officials lower aviation accident rates.

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