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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
MAXIMIZING FLIGHT SAFETY
WHAT WOULD MAKE OUR FRAT PROCESS MORE EFFECTIVE? BY STEVE BRUNEAU
In the article below, Polaris Aero's Aviation VP offers
insightful commentary on the rationale for and benefits
of Flight Risk Assessment Tools (FRATs). Many tools and
methodologies-both commercial and operatordeveloped-are
in use today for this purpose. Among
them is Polaris Aero's VOCUS platform, support for which
is among the options eligible policyholders may select as
their annual USAIG Performance Vector benefit. Explore
USAIG's web resources for more info on Performance
Vector and the specifics of the VOCUS offer. Or talk with
your aviation insurance broker or underwriter.
provide them to make informed
decisions? Now we're getting
somewhere.
A critical piece of an
Why do we do flight risk assessments before a flight? Because we
want to identify latent hazards and have clear mitigations to
minimize or eliminate the risk on today's flight.
Unfortunately, many of the traditional methods of
developing a FRAT are laborious, can feel more like a checkthe-box
exercise, and really don't provide mitigation guidance.
Everyone has heard stories about FRATs being " pencil
whipped " to get the total trip score below the magic number
to avoid management intervention. Does this sound like risk
control that is helping you fly safely?
What if the process could automatically identify the hazards
with today's planned flight and remind the crew about the
most relevant safety information your flight department can
effective risk assessment is the
promotion of relevant safety
lessons the organization has
learned over time. This includes
knowledge about flying into
specific airports, issues with
certain airplanes under certain
weather conditions, awareness
of runway length, width, and
weight-bearing capacities,
and conventions ATC uses
during peak traffic hours at
particular airports. Simply
giving pilots and dispatchers
access to a haystack of
unsorted information might
be overwhelming and of
limited value. It is unrealistic
to expect people to know-or
remember-all the applicable
Image Courtesy of Polaris Aero.
Consider the graphic of safety reports being processed and reused above. This process enables a
safety knowledge management capability that will persist within the organization and inform the
crews flying today, next year, and a decade from now.
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