July 12, 2021

The NBAA Safety Committee has updated the association’s Top Safety Focus Areas for 2021-2022, which are intended to help promote safety discussions and initiatives within business aviation organizations and among owner-piloted operations.

“The Safety Committee took a deep dive into the previous Safety Focus Areas to look at what priorities are actionable, then broke the topics into usable chunks,” said Jeff Wofford, CAM, NBAA’s Safety Committee chair. “This structure will help the committee focus its efforts and collaborate with other standing committees, helping to prioritize the topics with the most potential for safety improvements.”

The Top Safety Focus Areas are:

  1. Address Preventable Accidents
    • Loss-of-Control Inflight
    • Runway Excursions
    • Controlled Flight into Terrain
    • Ground Operations and Maintenance Accidents
  2. Engage Unique Operations Concerns:
    • Flight Crew and Maintenance Operations Proficiency
    • Single-Pilot Accident Rate
    • Procedural Non-Compliance
    • Fitness for Duty
  3. Implement Mitigation Strategies:
    • Safety Management Systems Implementation
    • Safety Manager Qualification and Training
    • Increase the Use and Sharing of Human-Reported and Automated Safety Data

The Foundations of Safety remain:

  • Professionalism
  • Safety Leadership
  • Technical Excellence
  • Risk Management
  • Fitness for Duty

The Top Safety Focus Areas drive the work plan for the Safety Committee and other NBAA working groups throughout the year and help determine agendas for events like the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, held in conjunction with the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

“Knowledge is power,” said Wofford. “We hope the Top Safety Focus Areas list stimulates thought among flight departments and owner-flown operations,”

Review the 2021-2022 Top Safety Focus Areas.