Whilst the aircraft operator is ultimately accountable for the safety of its operation, the operator is dependent on the Type Certificate Holder for assurance that the aircraft type design continues to meet the required Airworthiness Safety Objectives through its service life. This is highly dependent on operators reporting to the Type Certificate Holder incidents that occur on its aircraft.
Aircraft Incident Reporting – For All Our Benefit
The model of regulation below shows how, in the European Union, operators are ultimately accountable for the safety of their operations and how that accountability is dependent on stewardship of the aircraft’s Type Certificate by the design organisation.
Other airworthiness authorities oversee similar models of governance.
EU Regulation requires that BAE Systems, as a Type Certificate Holder, has a system for collecting, investigating and analysing reports associated with failures, malfunctions or defects that cause or might cause adverse effects on the continuing airworthiness of the type-certificated product.
Any such deficiency in the design, or a manufacturing deficiency, requires that BAE Systems, supported by its equipment suppliers, determines the reason for and takes action to correct that deficiency. However, BAE Systems also recognises that preventing accidents and incidents on its aircraft types makes good business sense.
To enable this process, it is essential that aircraft operators submit aircraft incident reports associated with the aircraft type design to BAE Systems.
What information are we looking for?
Information on incidents for which the cause is, or could be related to:
- Aircraft design: might the incident have been caused by a deficiency in the design?
- Aircraft manufacture: might the incident have been caused by a deficiency in manufacture?
- Maintenance: is the published maintenance regime adequate?
- Aircraft operation: are the published instructions for operating the aircraft appropriate?
- Typically, we would expect an incident report to include the following information:
- Aircraft type and registration
- Date of incident
- Location of incident, including departure and destination airports
- Flight phase
- Weather conditions
- Description of incident (pilots’ report, maintenance report, etc.)
- Subsequent engineering or maintenance activity including rectifying actions
- TSO/TSN or CSO/CSN for associated equipment
- Any other information considered relevant to the incident
Most operators are required to report incidents to their national airworthiness authority and find it convenient to copy BAE Systems on these reports. Might this be convenient for you?
How do we use incident reports?
This diagram shows the process we use to assess your reports, investigate any unsafe condition with the aircraft type design and publish actions necessary to correct any identified unsafe condition. It also illustrates the efforts we make to inform reporters of this activity.
Our continued airworthiness process, which enables this assurance, is itself dependent on knowledge of in-service activity – we need your incident reports, click here to submit.