GAMA Air Safety Investigator Workshop

By: Earl Weener

I’m headed to Wichita, Kansas, this week to speak at GAMA’s annual General Aviation Air Safety Investigator Workshop, on September 26. At this event, I’m looking forward to addressing a broad representation of the air safety investigator community, including both government and industry safety professionals from the U.S. and around the world. The training affords investigators an opportunity to improve skills in identifying and mitigating safety hazards.

As part of the NTSB’s continuing efforts to improve GA safety, I have been highlighting good safety practices and pointing out where improvements can be made. I’m especially excited about addressing this particular audience as it provides an opportunity for discussing specific measures needed to reduce the GA accident rate, as well as gain a better understanding of what types of safety issues stand out in the world of corporate, business, and personal flying operations. The recent GA Safety Forum held by the NTSB in June of this year, initiated this dialogue and Wednesday’s workshop allows me to continue that discussion.

The workshop will also offer safety investigators an opportunity to hone their skills by replicating “real world” situations and allowing them to actively participate in simulated investigations, ensuring these professionals are up to date on current trends and best practices.

Notably, this event enables me to reach out to air safety investigators, a group uniquely poised to make contributions to the GA safety effort. Bottom line: improvements in GA safety are not going to come from just one aspect of the GA community; it will take the focus and attention of the entire community.

Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., took the oath of office as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30, 2010.

Member Weener is a licensed pilot who has dedicated his entire career to the field of aviation safety.

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