Information on the key safety risks relating to UK commercial air transport.
The CAA ‘Significant Seven’ safety risks were identified following analysis of global fatal accidents and high-risk occurrences involving large UK commercial air transport aeroplanes.
For each of these issues, joint CAA/industry task forces were created to study the safety issue in-depth and make recommendations on how their risk could be mitigated. Task force outputs were consolidated, prioritised and then shared and debated with industry at a Safety Conference in 2010.
|Loss of control:||Through improved flight control monitoring, use of aircraft automation and manual flying skills we are aiming to reduce the risk of loss of control occurrences.|
|Runway Excursion:||To help reduce the risk of runway excursions, we are aiming to reduce unstable/de-stabilised approaches, improve information broadcast to pilots on expected braking action on contaminated runways and improve safety areas around runways.|
|Controlled Flight into Terrain:||We are working to reduce the risk of serious incidents that occur during non-precision approaches (NPAs) through encouraging the replacement of traditional NPAs with Approach Vertical Guidance (APV) type approaches, and reviewing processes for gaining APV approval|
|Runway Incursion:||We are actively promoting the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions to reduce the risks of these occurring at UK aerodromes.|
|Airborne Conflict:||Through updating guidance on Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) training and working with ICAO to amend their guidance, we aim to reduce the risk of mid-air collisions associated with incorrect responses to ACAS warnings.|
|Ground Handling:||We are working with industry to raise awareness of the risks associated with ground handling. The primary aim is to reduce the risks of incidents linked to loading errors|
|Fire:||We are developing training campaigns to raise fire safety awareness and to reduce the risks of an in-flight hidden fire through a reduction of wiring related fire/smoke events.|