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Annual Report 2005 06: Output 3: Aviation Safety Promotion

Output 3: Aviation Safety Promotion


  • New training materials for inspectors
  • New seminars for chief flying instructors
  • Successful seminar series for industry and aero clubs
  • Flight Safety Australia magazine celebrates 10th anniversary
  • New modules for Briefing in a box series.


An informed and safety motivated aviation community is achieved.

One of CASA’s statutory functions is to encourage greater acceptance by industry of its obligation to maintain high standards of safety. We do this by giving industry the knowledge, understanding and capability to undertake aviation activities safely.

This function underpins our whole approach to regulation and is at the heart of the safety maturity model of regulation that we are working towards. In this model, regulatory interventions are attuned to the priority an organisation gives to safety, and how well it understands and applies practices that are safe and compliant with the legislation.

Initiatives, developments and issues in 2005–06

CASA began 2005–06 with plans to develop training materials for inspectors by September 2005 and to have 100% of inspectors trained by June 2006. By the end of the year, training material for the current surveillance requirements was in place, but further material, relating to risk assessment, was not yet completed. Because of CASA’s restructure and problems with recruitment, some inspectors had not completed training by the end of the year.

Inspectors from field offices assisted with aviation safety promotion and education, and the General Aviation Operations Group introduced its first Hot safety topic information pack for inspectors to use in discussions with industry.

In 2005–06, we maintained our dedicated CASA flying training specialist team. The Flying Training Industry Development program grew to include a series of fixed-wing and rotary-wing workshops for approved testing officers. We implemented two programs for chief flying instructors during the year: a one-on-one program and a discussion program in which role specialists visited a range of industry chief flying instructors to discuss safety initiatives.

With industry, we worked to develop the new Flight instructor manual (fixed wing). The inaugural National Certified Flying Instructor Conference provided input to the fully revised manual, which was in final draft form by June 2006, with production scheduled for 2006–07.

With the help of other government agencies, CASA began Crash Scene Investigation, a pilot safety workshop series, at major aviation centres around Australia. The workshops attracted around 800 participants. In conjunction with industry, which identified relevant safety issues for discussion, we continued our evening safety seminar series at aero clubs, with just over 1,900 people participating in these seminars during the year. Along with more formal regulatory training courses, a total of 3,051 people attended some form of CASA educational event, an increase of 11% from the previous year.

The Personnel Licensing, Education and Training Group developed a work program and schedule to identify key areas of passenger risk, forming a Safety Promotion Steering Group with representation from all operational groups to identify priorities for safety education programs.

We provided seminars and training to industry and CASA staff as part of the implementation of the new CASR 21H Rules for airworthiness certificates for light sport aircraft. Other successful courses covered minimum equipment lists, airworthiness, human factors, and maintenance error management.

Flight Safety Australia, CASA’s magazine to provide safety information to industry and the public, reached its 10th anniversary with a distribution of 89,000 magazines every two months. One edition carried a DVD ‘insert’ about weather-related safety, titled Weather to fly.

Flight Safety Australia magazines

The Briefing in a box product campaign delivered modules for night visual flight rules (VFR), VFR into instrument meteorological conditions, operations in controlled airspace, and fuel management. We produced educational material, originally developed as Briefing in a box products, for threat and error management and the global navigational satellite system.

Briefing in a box products were distributed to 214 flying schools. A survey of recipients of the products was begun but not completed in 2005–06. However, preliminary results indicated that:

  • acceptance of the material and its format was good, with 85% of schools rating the material very useful
  • at least 51% (and as high as 78% depending on the topic) of schools used the material
  • a total of 1,595 briefings had been delivered
  • as a broader comment, CASA material generally was rated as excellent by 75% of the respondents.

During the year, we reviewed our previous product suite on aircraft maintenance and reprinted it as a series of four maintenance booklets. Our booklet on the maintenance responsibilities of aircraft operators, owners, maintainers and pilots was revised and reprinted, including a second run because of demand. A CD-ROM on airframe corrosion, which follows an earlier CD on ageing aircraft wiring, was prepared for publication in 2006–07. Other publications completed included a booklet on ADS–B and airways systems changes.

We are now reaching a broader cross-section of the aviation industry. This work has included our participation in the Aerospace Industry Regulatory Certification Advisory Panel (AIRCAP) formed within the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources under the aerospace industry’s Action Agenda. This has allowed a select group of industry representatives to give us advice and feedback on aviation certification and manufacturing.

In 2005–06, CASA continued to provide sponsorship and support for industry to introduce and deliver safety education programs. Sponsorship during the year totalled $258,371.

CASA safety sponsorships in 2005–06
  • Australia New Zealand Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • Australian Aviation Psychology Association
  • Australian Bonanza Society
  • Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association
  • Australian Women Pilots’ Association
  • Aviation Safety Foundation Australasia’s Pilot Proficiency Program and Guide to pilots book
  • Fearless Flyers
  • Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators Threat and Error Management Program
  • Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Scholarships
  • Regional Aviation Association of Australia
  • Royal Federation of Aero Clubs Australia
  • Safeskies
  • Sport Aircraft Association of Australia

Performance measures

Overall effectiveness measures

The contribution of Output 3 to the portfolio outcome can be measured by:

  • public confidence in aviation safety
  • enhanced perception of CASA’s effectiveness as an aviation safety regulator and educator.

Output-specific measures

Strategy Identify and address the most significant safety-related trends and risk factors in the system of civil aviation safety in Australia
Measure Annual identification of safety risks by industry sector and their sources
Result A working group has been established to coordinate safety analysis and research activity across CASA, to make best use of the safety data that is collected, and to report to the quarterly CEO safety meeting on emerging safety issues and trends from a ‘whole of CASA’ perspective.
Progress On track
Strategy Use CASA safety education programs to promote industry’s responsibility for aviation safety
Measure 80% of course participants rate the courses as effective and have improved their understanding of their safety responsibilities
Result Measurement of satisfaction was based on:
  • analysis of post-course survey sheets, where available
  • assessment of feedback through email and other media
  • monitoring attendance levels at events
  • monitoring informal feedback during events.

A combination of these assessments indicates an effective program. Using the evening safety seminars program as an example, 95% of events received no adverse feedback.

The impact of the seminar series has been seen in the purchasing of safety promotional material and requests by other centres for similar seminars. Safety Promotion is scheduling an ongoing series of events to meet this demand.

It is not easy to measure the direct safety impact of a particular course, as it may take some time to be realised, but measurement of the impact of educational programs is planned for 2006–07.

Progress Achieved
Measure CASA increases the number of industry participants attending safety education and promotion courses by 5% per annum
Result In 2004–05, the attendance figure was 2,750; in 2005–06, attendance was 3,051, an increase of nearly 11%.
Progress Achieved
Strategy Inform the public of the health of aviation safety in Australia
Measure Public confidence in aviation safety
Result A survey conducted in late 2005 found that:
  • 74% of Australians are highly confident about air travel between capital cities
  • 62% are confident or highly confident about air travel between regional centres
  • 53% say air travel is safer in Australia than in other leading aviation nations
  • 53% rate CASA as doing a good or great job as the safety regulator.
Progress Ongoing
Strategy Engage cooperatively with industry
Measure Survey of key industry representatives to benchmark CASA’s standing with the industry
Result A telephone survey of 200 general aviation operators and organisations was commissioned in September 2005. The survey asked respondents why and how they interacted with CASA, and which matters caused the interaction. The survey found that:
  • 93% of respondents had accessed the CASA website
  • 40% had not visited a CASA field office in the previous 12 months
  • 56% of businesses were more than 50 kilometres from a CASA office, and 47% were more than 100 kilometres from an office
  • 74% said that the location of the nearest field office did not have any effect on their business
  • 58% of those who had visited a CASA field office said it was easier to do business face to face.

A bid for funds to carry out an extensive industry survey involving all sectors of the industry was included in the proposed budget for 2006–07.

Progress On track