Revised Aug 31 2006
The success of the HPAC Accident
Reporting system in Canada can be measured by the fact that a large percentage
of serious accidents are reported every year. This is largely attributable
- good attitude amoungst
- the Confidential
Accident Reporting System in Canada; and
- the confidential manner
in which report information de-identifies those involved.
Accident Reporting, while mandatory
in aviation law, is based on the "Honour System" in Canada. Throughout
aviation, the onus is on pilots to be straightforward and honest about
filing their own reports directly. There is no "Air Police."
do I measure our reporting success? I believe that very close to
100% of accidents are reported by our members. We are also getting a significant
proportion of minor "incident" reports, which often provide very useful
and educational information. (Albeit it is quite common for a number of
you to take well over a year to file your reports!) The one thing I would
like you to provide is more information on "contributing factors" and "remedial
action taken." That's the information we really need to prevent a
recurrence, and that's really the point of filing an accident report.
Transportation Safety Board Act,
Regulations and HPAC Policy all require Accident and Incident reports to
be treated as confidential. No information will be released that could
identify any individual (other than a fatality) without prior written authorization
from the pilot. So the top part of the form HPAC
Accident & Incident Reporting Form (.doc) contains information which identifies the Pilot,
Witness, Reporter, Passenger, Crew and / or Victim. This section is cut
off and destroyed or returned to the sender upon request or if warranted.
No written record is kept which can identify any person. My "active database
file" includes the names of the parties involved, but once the case is
considered closed, it is archived in a separate database, deleting all
record of any names and addresses.
Transport Canada is implementing
new regulations in the near future, expected to have positive results for
our safety programs. These include:
and Non-Punitive Reporting Programs"
- More manuals coming!: TC
outlines the direction it is going on on non-punitive reporting programs
here) (and more
Management System Requirements"
- (Transport Canada System Safety's Safety
Management Systems Manual is pretty much written for us already!
(Just cut out sections that do not apply to us.) Civil Service with the
emphasis on "Service!"
Our primary method of informing you
about recent incidents and trends is the Accident
Statistics section on the HPAC website. Club
Safety Officers are encouraged to contact me to obtain statistical
reports and trends analysis for any flying regions and / or sites in their
As for intensive investigation of
accidents, we, like the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) only investigate
the most serious of accidents. I will be working with my Safety
Team this spring to implement standards for investigative processes,
based on the BHPA "Board of Inquiry" model. At the conclusion of this,
we will begin work on a "Club Safety Audit" based upon SAC's
model. (rtf file)
I would like to thank you and congratulate
you all on how forthright you are in filing reports. The success of our
accident reporting system is the envy of many other national associations,
and many (by design, good fortune or... great minds think alike?) are copying
our programs and database formats.
Have a safe year ahead of
you. This last one was pretty good, with few serious accidents, perhaps
partly due to the late start of the season (Insurance delay) and to the
fire closure that shut down most of BC this summer.
To my Safety Committee Team:
A word to notify you that the year ahead of us appears to be a busy
one. Lots of interesting items will be coming your way for committee review.
I think it will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Club Safety Officers and I, if warranted, are available at any time
to any member for safety advice and information. Please feel free to ask.
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