Sport aviation takes on the risks
The sport aviation industry and CASA have begun discussions about a new risk-based oversight approach.
The inaugural Sport Aviation Safety Forum was established in July 2009 to bring together all the recreational aviation administration organisations and to provide a single communication point for CASA. Sport aviation in Australia involves about 40,000 people, operating more than 9,000 aircraft and making 288,000 parachute jumps each year.
Changes being considered to the safety oversight of the sector aim to improve self-administration processes. The moves follow a recent industry risk study conducted for CASA by consultants Aerosafe Risk Management.
Ten organisations representing the diverse areas of sport aviation, including parachuting, hang gliding and ultralights, assisted the study by building individual risk profiles of their activities. This led to the development of valuable ideas for treating risks and improving safety in the various sports.
The new Sport Aviation Office, part of CASA’s Standards Development and Future Technology division, oversees the sector and is developing a sport aviation policy framework and providing performance standards for the sector.