NBAA Publishes Air Safety Policy

Association explains its commitment to the safety committee’s efforts.

NBAA Alone in the Cockpit
A video created by NBAA highlights the significant risks to pilots operating high-performance aircraft when they are the only aviator aboard.YouTube/NBAAvideo

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) released a statement outlining its safety policy designed to cement the extensive efforts of the association’s safety committee with those of the real world of business aviation. The new policy recognizes safety as the cornerstone value of business aviation and its critical importance to the association’s mission and purpose.

NBAA said topics such as “fitness for duty, safety leadership, risk management, professionalism and technical excellence are foundational elements of safety and it hopes all business aviation professionals share the responsibility for ensuring a positive safety culture and positive safety outcomes.”

Over the years, NBAA’s safety committee has collaborated with both industry and government teams, such as the GA Joint Steering Committee, to identify the significant business aviation risks by using data to analyze situations and create recommendations to help deal with the risks the teams identify, as well as monitor the progress of those recommendations to be sure they’re successful at improving business aviation safety.

The safety committee recently conducted a deep dive into procedural non-compliance that highlighted just how often professional flight crews fail to conduct pre-takeoff flight control checks. In another, the committee's single-pilot working group created and produced a video — Alone in the Cockpit, which can be watched below — highlighting the significant risks to pilots operating high-performance aircraft, especially turbine-powered, when they are the only aviator aboard.