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We conduct surveillance to make sure people and organisations that hold aviation authorisations are managing their safety risks and following the rules.
We do this by checking their systems and products, looking at their documents and manuals, and examining other available data and intelligence.
Between now and 1 July 2021, we are focusing on these five areas when we conduct surveillance on any operator.
- The re-entry of aircraft into service.
- Flight crew and supervisory pilots.
- Safety risk management.
- Online training.
We encourage operators to look at their processes, procedures and documentation in these areas to ensure you are maintaining safety, monitoring performance and mitigating potential risks.
Where we discover areas that need action, we issue what we call ‘surveillance findings.’
We classify these findings in a way that encourages a collaborative approach to safety.
- Safety alerts relate to regulatory deficiencies that need immediate action
- Safety findings relate to regulatory issues that need prompt attention
- Safety observations relate to other areas where safety performance could be improved
- Aircraft safety reports relate to aircraft defects.
When we have finished our surveillance activities, we meet with the authorisation holder and talk to them about the results. After that meeting, we write our formal surveillance report and give it to the authorisation holder, along with any specific findings.
Based on our surveillance findings over time, we can look at different sectors of the aviation community and identify their specific risks. This helps people and organisations better manage their safety.
Anyone in the aviation community can ask for a copy of their relevant sector analysis. Just contact your local CASA office.