Surveillance is made up of audits and operational checks that examine and test systems, sample products in addition to gathering evidence, data, information and intelligence. Our surveillance activities assess an authorisation holder’s ability to manage its safety risks and willingness to comply with legislative obligations.
Our surveillance findings are graded to help us explain how a finding is linked to safety, and encourage a collaborative approach to maintaining and improving safety.
The classifications are:
- Safety alerts — these relate to regulatory deficiencies that require immediate attention
- Safety findings — these relate to regulatory issues that require timely attention
- Safety observations — these are issued when we find areas where safety performance could potentially be improved
- Aircraft safety reports — findings in relation to aircraft defects.
During the exit meeting, results identified during the surveillance event are brought to the authorisation holder’s attention; however, specific findings are formulated and issued after finalisation in conjunction with the final report.
Members of the aviation community can request a ‘sector analysis’ relevant to them, which includes the risks identified in the relevant sector safety risk profile, as well as the top five factors identified for the sector. Sector risk profiling identifies sector specific risks and develops a deep understanding of the effects of risks that sector participants must address in order to maximise their aviation safety performance. Authorisation holders should contact their oversighting CASA office to request a copy of their sector analysis.