Safety

For 35 years, RAA has worked closely with other aviation stakeholders—labor, management, manufacturers, suppliers, legislators and regulators—to identify and share the best safety practices.

Over the last year, as part of their ongoing commitment to aviation safety, the nation’s regional airlines have increased their efforts to understand a wide range of issues, including pilot fatigue, in partnership with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

  • In June 2009, RAA launched a Strategic Safety Initiative (SSI) that pushes for advances in aviation safety and increased understanding of the human factors associated with recent incidents. As part of the Initiative, RAA:
    • Brought safety and operations experts together to share information about safety trends and best practices on an ongoing basis.
    • Established a direct relationship with NTSB so regional airlines could improve their understanding of the latest thinking about hazards and NTSB recommendations.
    • Launched an independent study through Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center to determine the impact fatigue and other risk factors have on pilot performance.
    • Created a Fatigue Awareness Management Program to identify best practices for managing fatigue that will be adopted across the industry. The developer of the RAA’s Fatigue Management Tool Kit, Dr. Earl Weener, has been nominated by President Obama to the National Transportation Safety Board.
    • Urged Congress to require the use of cockpit voice recorders, improved reporting of pilot errors, check ride tracking and analysis, and random fatigue tests to ensure that pilots are rested before flying.

Safety on Board, Across the Board

All U.S. commercial air carriers are subject to the same federal standards and requirements, and receive exactly the same level of safety oversight. Since 1995, the FAA has imposed one level of safety on the entire air carrier industry. Every regional airline meets or exceeds the federal government’s strict safety standards.

A Culture of Safety

Regional carriers have committed significant resources to the creation of a safety culture. They have adopted a number of voluntary safety programs involving pilots, flight attendants, and ground personnel. Every regional carrier makes a major financial investment in safety.

Learn more about the government sponsored and voluntary safety programs that regional airlines have adopted.

In 2009, Horizon Air received the FAA’s highest award for the 10th consecutive year. Established in 1991, the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program honors aviation maintenance personnel and employers who participate in training opportunities that exceed FAA regulatory requirements.

A Proactive Approach

Throughout its history, RAA’s member airlines have helped guide the valuable dialogue on aviation safety. In safety summits held across the country, RAA addressed its shared safety goals with associates in labor, in government and with mainline partner airlines. This cooperative commitment to safety is just one facet of the RAA’s promotion of the highest safety ideals.

In June 2009, RAA launched the Strategic Safety Initiative (SSI), going beyond FAA requirements to enhance safety across all regional airlines.

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