Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Program Manual

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The word safety refers to the management of risk with the goal of eliminating, reducing, and/or mitigating injury and loss as a result of accidents and incidents. NBAA’s vision statement begins with an unqualified commitment to enhance the safety of business aviation. Safety is fundamental to business aviation’s role within the nation’s transportation system. It is also a key expectation of those who we personally transport. Our community must not only be safe, it also must have the perception of safety.

The following concepts and actions are elements of safety culture that can be found in many organizations:

  • Unqualified commitment to safety as a behavioral pattern and pervasive way of life by top management.

  • Unambiguous expectations by each level of management as well as each peer group that, for all employees, safe life patterns and work habits are as normal as breathing and must be practiced off the job as well as on the job.

  • Availability of quality, standardized equipment with which to accomplish the assigned tasks.

  • Clear, easily understood operating procedures, followed without deviation.

  • Inclusive system of communications for collecting, analyzing, and exchanging incident data related to safety.

  • Non-retribution for submission of incident data.

  • Retraining without penalty or stigma when safety is involved.

  • System for tracking incident and accident data, analysis of trends, and feedback of results.

  • Peer acceptance that accidents are preventable, regardless of operations.

  • Peer acceptance that safety is a matter of lifestyle - a matter of culture.

In order to assist the membership in developing or refining a formal safety program, the NBAA Safety Committee has compiled this Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Manual. The motivation for this project was to ensure NBAA Member Companies a means of addressing risk within their organizations. The NBAA Safety Committee has identified both flight and ground safety programs that may be necessary to reduce risk in any business aviation organization. These programs are prototypes only and should not be construed as recommended policy. Each organization should tailor their own safety program to its own specific needs.

Follow the links below to download a specific program element.

Chapter 1: General Safety Policy
42 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 2: Safety Committee
37 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 3: Standard Operating Procedures – Fixed Wing
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Chapter 4: Standard Operating Procedures – Rotary Wing
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Chapter 5: Crew Guidance for Advanced Cockpit Aircraft
64 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 6: Training
178 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 7: Hazard and Incident Reporting and Investigation
84 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 8: Accident Preparedness Plan
84 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 9: Facility Emergency Plan
99 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 10: Compliance Assessment
716 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 11: OSHA Injury & Illness Recording and Reporting
45 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 12: Hazardous Communication Program
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Chapter 13: Hazardous Waste
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Chapter 14: Regulated Waste
35 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 15: Personal Protective Equipment
129 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 16: Respiratory Protection
104 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 17: Hearing Conservation
34 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 18: Fall Protection
39 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 19: Powered Industrial Vehicles (Tugs, Scissorlifts, Forklifts)
57 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 20: Bloodborne Pathogens
64 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 21: Employee Exposure and Medical Records
55 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 22: Contractor Safety
50 KB Microsoft Word File
Chapter 23: OSHA Compliance Checklist
79 KB Microsoft Word File