Top Safety Items for ICAO

-- IAOPA Input --
Representing General Aviation Activities
21 October 2008



Proposed Solution

Accurate and detailed accident/incident data for general aviation (GA) are not available in most States. Without this information effective safety solutions, education and training are difficult to develop.

Devise methods and mandates within States that will ensure adequate GA accident/incident data collection, analysis and publication.

Terminal airspace design often creates unsafe conditions for GA VFR operations by forcing aircraft to fly too low or close to obstacles and by bunching aircraft into limited airspace areas.

Provide standards and recommended practices (SARPS) to ensure terminal airspace design considers its effects on GA VFR operations. (User consultation is an important method of avoiding unsafe design practices.)

Regulatory standards may make safe VFR operations hazardous. Airspace misclassification and placement, operational rules and air traffic control procedures are examples.

Devise guidance to promote safe standards for VFR flight. Proper airspace classification and ATM procedures should be made priorities in this effort.

Excessive costs associated with weather briefings, aeronautical information, flight plan handling and enroute communications may cause pilots to avoid using these services, thereby contributing to unsafe operations.

Provide aviation safety-related information and operational services at no or low cost to encourage safe operations for general aviation, especially while flying VFR.

Controlled airports sometimes fail to provide separate GA and large aircraft traffic patterns and takeoff and landing intervals.

Revise/emphasize airport traffic separation standards to ensure adequate separation between large and small aircraft.

Costs associated with training, pilot currency, required equipment, airworthiness, air traffic routings and facilitation are all borne by the individual GA pilot or operator. Pilots/owners often fly less and may become less proficient as costs increase, thereby impacting safety.

Carefully consider the cost impact of each new or revised SARP by using cost-benefit analysis techniques to determine the potential safety implications for the worldwide GA community.

Runway incursions continue to be a significant hazard in airport operations

Continue runway incursion research and promulgate appropriate SARPS.

Aviation safety education and training for GA operations is not readily available in many parts of the world.

Devise and distribute aviation safety materials for GA operations.


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