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NBAA’s Carr: Aviation Regulators Worldwide Must Use Data to Improve Safety, Not to Penalize

Nov. 21, 2014

Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs, told attendees at a recent European aviation event that pilots and other aviation professionals must have confidence that operators and safety regulators will use safety reports and other information to improve safety and not to penalize individuals.

Individual safety reports are important because they often contain “sole source” information – information that would not have been discovered or reported by another system, he added.

Carr made those remarks at the Central Europe Private Aviation (CEPA) CEPA EXPO 2014: Business Growth Through Aviation, which was held Nov. 19 to 20 in Prague, Czech Republic. During the event, Carr also discussed a number of other safety topics, including safety data analysis, a review of 2013 business aviation accidents and the merits of developing a positive safety culture.

“CEPA EXPO 2014 was a great opportunity to share what our Members have learned about safety culture, especially safety management systems,” said Carr. “Trust is the backbone of any good safety culture. NBAA has long encouraged states to ensure that safety data – including safety reports, aircraft data and other safety tools – receive protection from subpoenas and other legal mechanisms seeking access to this sensitive information.”

“It is so critical that aviation regulators worldwide understand how delicate a positive safety culture, including reporting of errors and other incidents, can be,” explained Carr. “NBAA will continue to share this message, both in the U.S. and abroad.”

At the expo, Carr also moderated a safety management panel, which focused on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) /FAA bilateral safety agreement changes, implications of EASA reorganization and EASA pilot-training requirements. Other topics covered during the event included changes in business aviation regulations, how to control operating costs and financing and leasing information.

Read more about CEPA EXPO 2014.