Fri, Jun 24, 2011
Bunce: "Safety Is General Aviation's First Priority"
GAMA issue a quick response to the inclusion of "GA Safety" on
the latest version of the NTSB's "Most Wanted" list on Thursday.
Association President and CEO Pete Bunce (pictured) said in a
statement that safety is general aviation’s first priority
and as a result, our industry has taken on a number of initiatives
to further reduce GA accidents and incidents.
"Earlier this year, the GA industry re-launched the General
Aviation Joint Safety Committee (GAJSC) in partnership with the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)," Bunce said. "The group has
participants from the broad GA industry including manufacturers,
operators, flight instructors, and associations with the NTSB as an
observer. The GAJSC safety analysis team is co-chaired by GAMA and
the FAA Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention. Through
this effort, we are redoubling and focusing our efforts to prevent
loss of control accidents and controlled flight into terrain.
"Improved data analysis and risk identification is critical to
targeting and promoting proper interventions and prevent
accidents. To facilitate data analysis, it is important to
provide legal protection for voluntary data collection and safety
management system (SMS) data and information. This was
recognized by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s
“Future of Aviation Advisory Committee” and GAMA has
called for legislative action to provide protection of safety
"In addition, to ensure that the GA manufacturers can
continually bring the newest and most advanced technology to even
the lightest general aviation airplanes, such as glass cockpits,
traffic collision avoidance systems, and real-time weather
information, we will continue to work to ensure that FAA’s
certification resources are sufficient and the certification
process is made more efficient. Bringing these
safety-enhancing products to every cockpit will lead to
improvements in general aviation’s safety record.
"We look forward to strengthening our already close relationship
with the NTSB in these areas as we work together to further improve
the safety of general aviation operations."
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