AVIATION SAFETY: A LOGICAL APPLICATION
In comparison with the rest of the world, Canada has one of the highest levels of aviation activity. For example, Canada has the second largest registered civilian aircraft fleet (over 26,000) in the western world. Although Canadas civilian fleet is 1/10 the size of the United States, it is almost four times that of Australia, the third largest aviation nation.
It is a known fact that air transport is one of the safest modes of travel. Unfortunately, whenever an accident occurs, the potential for fatalities is much greater than in other modes of transportation. This fact, coupled with wide publication of aviation accidents and the publics general fear of flying, necessitates the continued promotion of aviation safety. With that spirit, the Canadian Aviation Safety Board was created by parliament in 1984.
The primary objective of the Board is the prevention of recurrences of accidents and the identification of safety deficiencies. Their independent investigations discover the contributing factors and causes without assigning blame or liability. Their public reporting process includes safeguards to ensure fairness and openness, some of which are:
Following the review of the CASB Act and related information, Walters Consulting Corporation has realized two facts:
As many of our readers know, Walters Consulting Corporation provides a team of expert engineers, specializing in forensic engineering, failure analysis, and accident reconstruction. As we see it, technical investigations within the aviation industry in the following areas are a logical application of our expertise.
a) To investigate the operations of unsafe aircraft.
b) To investigate and analyze incidents other than those under CASB jurisdiction involving private and corporate aircraft.
c) To act as technical representatives of those granted observer status during investigations by the CASB.
The first area involves the determination of the unsafe condition of the aircraft, operations while it was unsafe, and based on evidence, whether the unsafe condition was known.
The second area provides a service to those within the aviation community who lack the technical resources to conduct the necessary engineering assessments.
The third and perhaps most significant area is in harmony with the CASB Act in ensuring fairness and openness in the investigations. As representatives of observers, we are able to, under the Board's supervision, attend the occurrence site, examine the aircraft, its component parts and contents, examine documentary evidence, and attend the laboratory test and analysis. Although the authority of the CASB precludes our participation in their actual test and analysis, our observers throughout the investigation would provide our clients with an independent opinion on the contributing factors and causes. Our reports and consultations, as required by the CASB Act, must be considered before the Board's final report is released.
Benefits from our expert investigations and reports are realized by the client, the CASB, and the aviation community in general. Pilots, owners, insurance companies, adjusters and legal firms connected with the industry receive technical information and advice in meaningful terms. The CASB gain an ability for their preliminary reports to be independently reviewed. Finally, in keeping with our reputation for thoroughness and excellence, the aviation community benefits from our modest contributions to aviation safety.
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