Fri, Mar 26, 2004
CASA Supports New Training Initiatives
Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is to begin working with leaders
in flying training to develop fresh initiatives to deliver the best
possible flying instruction to all students, from beginners to
experienced pilots refreshing or upgrading their skills. The aim
will be to find more effective ways for CASA to help trainers
provide the highest possible standards of instruction.
The new commitment to flying training follows an initial study
by CASA of general aviation fatal accidents over a ten-year
period. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau provided
the data for the study. The study found 43 percent of accidents
resulted from uncontrolled flights into terrain, while 32 percent
involved controlled flight into terrain. Further analysis reveals
that poor flight planning; aircraft handling problems and fuel
starvation and exhaustion are the main causes of these general
aviation accidents in Australia. One or more of these factors
contributed to nearly two thirds of the 196 fatal general aviation
accidents between 1991 and 2000.
CASA's chief executive officer, Bruce Byron, says work needs to
start on finding ways of addressing the causes of these
"A deficiency in flight planning was a factor in 38 per cent of
these accidents, so we need to look for steps that can be taken to
better equip pilots to get flight planning right," Byron said.
"Aircraft handling errors were evident in 30 percent of the
crashes, while fuel starvation and exhaustion was involved in 10
percent of the fatal accidents."
"These are areas where pilot training can be used as a
preventative weapon and CASA needs to find better methods of
helping the industry deliver the most effective information and
skills. I want CASA staff to sit down with people from the flying
training industry to develop a plan that will see CASA contributing
more to this essential part of Australian aviation."
"A key part of CASA's job is supporting industry efforts to
reach the best possible safety standards and this means looking
beyond our role in compliance and enforcement.
"I want to thank the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for
working with CASA on this statistical analysis of accidents and I
look forward to more collaborative research in the future."
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