New Air Charter Safety Initiative
NATA Safety 1st Management System For Air Charter
Operators Is Unveiled At Teterboro Townhall Meeting
Alexandria, VA: Given the rash of high-profile air
charter accidents recently, the National Air
Transportation Association (NATA) has taken proactive
steps to assist air charter operators improve safety.
NATA President James K. Coyne unveiled NATA's new
Safety 1st air charter Safety Management System (SMS) at
a townhall meeting in Teterboro today, to approximately
50 aviation businesses.
The new air charter SMS builds off of the extremely
successful ground service SMS NATA launched in 2004.
The SMS approach involves five crucial steps to make
safety a systematic part of business operations.
These steps include:
1 Senior management commitment
2 Creation of a comprehensive safety manual customized
to each participating business
3 Web-based continuing education
4 Independent third party audits
5 Data collection and analysis
The air charter SMS initiative has been underwritten
by Air BP; Avsurance; ChevronTexaco; ExxonMobil; Global
Aerospace; Phillips 66 Aviation; Phoenix Aviation
Managers, Inc; USAIG; XL Insurance; and W Brown
Associates. Further details of the air charter SMS
initiative are attached.
"As an industry committed to safety, it is important
for us to look for ways to improve the already
exceptional record of on-demand air charter," said Coyne.
"Every day, hundreds of charter aircraft take to the
skies of America and it is imperative that the operators
of those flights have tools at their disposal to make
them safer and more profitable. The air charter SMS
"By lowering the number of accidents, air charter
operators will see a significant savings in insurance
deductibles, and a decline in insurance rates over time,"
Coyne said. "In addition to cost savings, safer operation
helps the entire industry to grow."
The program has the participation of some of the
largest air charter operators, who are also strongly
encouraging the participation of their vendors. These
Executive Jet Management
New World Jet
Million Air Salt Lake City
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA),
The Voice of Aviation Business, is the public policy
group representing the interests of aviation businesses
before Congress, federal agencies and state
governments. NATA's 2,000 member companies own,
operate and service aircraft. These companies
provide for the needs of the traveling public by offering
services and products to aircraft operators and others
such as fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, parts sales,
storage, rental, airline servicing, flight training, Part
135 on-demand air charter, fractional aircraft program
management and scheduled commuter operations in smaller
aircraft. NATA members are a vital link in the
aviation industry providing services to the general
public, airlines, general aviation, and the military.