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industry

An introduction to
the Aviation Safety
Action Program
S T O R Y

D

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L I N D S E Y

oes your organization participate in the Federal
Aviation Administration's Aviation Safety Action
Program? Advisory Circular 120-66B explains ASAP
and states the objective of the program is "to encourage air
carrier and repair station employees to voluntary report safety
information that may be critical to identifying
potential precursors to accidents."
"A good ASAP helps drive and improve
a company's safety culture," said Russ
Lawton, director of safety and ASAP
program manager for the Air Charter
Safety Foundation. "ASAP can build
a safety culture by recognizing good
work and sharing lessons."
ACSF, a nonprofit organization,
has entered into an agreement with
the FAA to enhance safety by providing
a systematic approach for employees of
on-demand charter operations, fractional
program managers, and Part 91 flight departments
to identify and correct potential safety hazards. ACSF acts
as host and program guide for its ASAP participants. The
ACSF ASAP now includes 128 participants, including Part
91 flight departments, air charter operators and some aircraft
manufacturers.
An ASAP is not a substitute or alternative to a safety
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management system. In fact, ASAP is an excellent
complement to an SMS.
ASAP is for the voluntary reporting of safety information
through a partnership with the FAA and certain certificated
entities. ASAP is available to Part 121, 135 and 145 certificate
holders, as well as certain Part 91 operators. Over 200
certificated entities participate in ASAP.
The certificate holder must contact its FAA
certificate management team and request to
participate in an ASAP. The certificate holder
and the FAA then sign a memorandum of
understanding before starting the program.
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
encourages expansion of ASAP to more
entities and may further simplify the process
for entering the program.
In most cases, ASAP is the voluntary
reporting of errors, with the intent of a
cooperative, nonpunitive approach to resolving errors.
Let's say a crew decides an approach is unstable and
executes a go-around. The crew reports the unstable approach
and go-around through the ASAP web-based software, typically
within 24 hours of becoming aware of the issue. The ASAP
process requires the company to conduct a root cause analysis
and develop a corrective action plan for mitigating the risk of
making the same error in the future. This process is completed in



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