The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a risk management programme designed to halve within five years the number of ground-related accidents at airports, and stem the rising cost of insurance. NATA president James Coyne says the programme envisages creating a "zero tolerance culture" where safety on the ground equals that in the air.

NATA is creating a web-based system that will allow fixed-base operators, air charter operators, flight training providers and airline service companies to report incidents and accidents on the airport. "We will work with insurance companies to monitor and analyse the loss rate of the industry and hopefully bring down the number of incidents," says the Washington DC-based association. It adds: "For the first time aviation insurers have indicated a willingness to work with the association to create a standard sanitised database to track claims and benchmark progress." Claims information will be gathered quarterly and analysis distributed to the industry.


Source: Flight International