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In September 2001 the Civil Aviation Authority held a safety forum called "Towards 2005 - The Aviation Safety Plan Forum". Another Towards 2005 forum was held in 2002, sub-titled "Implementing Solutions".

What's happening in 2003?

In September 2001 the Civil Aviation Authority held a safety forum called "Towards 2005 – The Aviation Safety Plan Forum". Its purpose was to identify problem areas in aviation safety, in order to achieve a reduction in accident rates. The Forum identified 18 specific problem areas.

Many of the problem areas were related to 'culture', and the CAA began a three-year strategy aimed at producing a 'culture shift' in the New Zealand aviation community. The CAA identified problem solutions which were already partially in place, and has started projects to identify further solutions to the problem areas.

Another Towards 2005 Forum was held in 2002, sub-titled "Implementing Solutions". The 2002 Forum included more work-shopping in order to identify solutions and the practical steps to implement those solutions.

Following the 2002 Forum there was enthusiasm for another Forum to be held in 2003. Deputy Director, Max Stevens, says that this year rather than hold another Forum, it has been decided to continue with the practical implementation work.

"One of our major efforts this year will be the Flight Instructor Seminars which will directly address several problem areas. We've decided not to hold another Forum this year, and use the resources to continue with our work on safety culture. It's likely we'll hold another Safety Forum in 2004, or 2005. Meanwhile, there are many more initiatives in the pipeline that involve working with the aviation community to tackle the problems identified in the first two Forums."

2002

Towards 2005 – Implementing Solutions

In 2001, the Aviation Safety Plan Forum, "Towards 2005", identified problem areas that cause safety failure. In 2002, aviation professionals who can directly influence safety outcomes met to discuss Implementing Solutions to those problem areas. The "Towards 2005 – Implementing Solutions" safety forum was held in Wellington on 21 and 22 October 2002.

Deputy Director of Civil Aviation, Max Stevens, says that the forum will be a practical exercise to develop outcomes that can improve safety performance. "Last year's forum was a great meeting of minds – participants from all sectors of the aviation industry identified where problems occur, and in November 2001 we published the 18 key problem areas. Since the last forum, the CAA has identified problem solutions which were already partially in place, and it has also started projects to identify further solutions to the problem areas.

"But it is largely industry who must address safety failure, and we're meeting with them to discuss what needs to be done, and the who, when and how of implementing solutions. This year, therefore, we are bringing together a representative group of industry senior persons who can directly influence safety attitudes and behaviour in their companies and organisations. Together, we'll develop a number of steps to continue work on implementing safety improvements," says Max Stevens.

The desired outcome is to improve safety performance, reduce aviation accident numbers, and ensure that the safety targets set for 2005 are met.

Background Information

CAA Aviation Safety Reports

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2001

Towards 2005 – The Aviation Safety Plan Forum

Early in September 2001 leading aviation community participants met in Wellington for two days to identify the safety measures that must be taken by the New Zealand aviation community to ensure the 2005 Aviation Safety Outcome Targets for New Zealand aviation are achieved.

New Zealand's first Aviation Safety Forum was particularly successful in bringing together participants from all sectors of the aviation community. Working in open discussion groups, participants freely and frankly expressed their views and collectively identified over 200 suggestions for future safety improvements.

Discussion from the Forum

Outcomes from the Forum

Director of Civil Aviation (Designate) - Addresses at Towards 2005

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