The responsibilities of the Flight Safety Division include:
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 Chapter 8 ¡¥Accident Prevention Measures¡¦ paragraph 8.3 mandate voluntary incident reporting system shall be ¡¥non-punitive¡¦ and ¡¥protect the sources of the information¡¦ for the improvement and prevention purpose and to overcome the deficiencies of the mandatory reporting system. In June 1999, ASC delegated Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, NCKU to establish ¡¥TAiwan Confidential Aviation Safety REporting System¡¦ (TACARE), the system was established ¡¥a confidential, anonymous, neutral, trustworthy and professional¡¦ channel to collect flight safety information. TACARE has been running since October 1999. All personnel participating in ¡¥TACARE¡¦ have to sign a confidentiality affidavit, a statement of assurance, that they shall never disclose any reporter¡¦s information and in the mean time, keep the content of the reports confidential. Any system damage cause from disclosure shall be imposed with the Criminal Code of the Republic of China Chapter 28 ¡¥Offenses Against Privacy¡¦ Article 317 Since the system was established, ¡¥TACARE¡¦ has been published Newsletter on a regular basis with positive responses and has functioned as a preventive measure to minimize flight safety events in an invisible way.
II. Safety Recommendations follow up
According to Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act Article 27, the government authorities, the operators shall implement improvement measures responding to the flight safety recommendations issued in the investigation report. After the investigation report is completed, ASC issues safety recommendations and submit them to the Executive Yuan, who sends them to relevant authorities and organizations. After receipt of the investigation report, those organizations and authorities shall submit a improvement measures report to the Executive Yuan and copy to the ASC within ninety days. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan shall also supervise and follow up each safety measures taken accordingly.
III. Flight Safety trend analysis
The Flight Safety Division is responsible to analyse the the national aircraft operation and aviation occurrences with statistic, the data sources are mainly from the CAA flight safety statistics, the ASC¡¦s aviation occurrence investigation data and the NASC¡¦s fleet data. few aviation occurrence data from earlier decades came from the government authorities archives . The annual flight hours and the number of the flights published by CAA is collected by the same method applied by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), that is, to take more than 15,000kg of the maximum aircraft weight turbojet planes with as the principal statistics. The statistics of the global aviation occurrences focus on large aircraft (the maximum total weight more than 15,000kg or 27,000kg) while the statistics of the national aviation occurrences contain both large- and small- aircraft with respective classifications. The statistics of the aviation occurrences cover all of the national aircraft (except military aircraft and unmanned vehicles) with classifications including national registered civil air transport aircraft, turbojets, turbo-propeller aircraft, national registered general aviation industry aircraft, government aircraft and ultra-light vehicles.
IV. Establish, Maintain and Develop ASC¡¦s Information System
The main purpose to establish the ASC¡¦s information system is to assist investigators to obtain the information required for investigation during the period of the occurrence investigation.
To maintain the security and the confidentiality of the data during investigation, the ASC¡¦s information system has multi-layer firewalls for the software and the hardware to enhance the system security, the system scan irregularly any leakage of the system to prevent hackers from hacking into the system so that the investigation data is secured and maintained to operate normally.
The ASC¡¦s system makes full use of the existing resources which are integrated with flexibility to supply demands in a versatile and urgent environment during occurrence investigation. Besides the system is developed into being more convenient and swifter, hoping that it may achieve the efficacy of ¡¥fast and easy, accomplished at the finger tips¡¦. The ASC¡¦s website provides relevant information, such as aircraft aviation occurrence investigation reports, flight safety recommendations, ASC¡¦s publications and bulletins; and the ASC follows the Freedom of Government Information Law to publish any website information that should be disclosed to the public. This website, with a link to TACARE, becomes a gateway to access overall flight safety related information, providing the public with a channel to know about the ASC¡¦s operation and the first-hand flight safety related information. The website also dedicates the ¡¥related sites¡¦ of related government departments to assist promoting relevant major issues and government policies. In addition, the sign-in system adopts the Citizen Digital Certificate for the ASC¡¦s personnel to log in. The design mechanism of the Citizen Digital Certificate is adopted to promote the security when the ASC¡¦s personnel use the system.
V. ASC¡¦s Public Relations
The ASC¡¦s PR promotion includes the ASC¡¦s highlighted propaganda, the handling of the press release, coordination and contact with legislative Yuan, contact with international media, the ASC¡¦s introduction to the industry¡¦s PR departments and the SOP of the post-event responsibilities.
The introduction brochures in Chinese and English and the video tapes produced by ASC may provide visitors or trainings of the third parties with the ASC¡¦s introduction in paper and multi-media. The yearbook records the ASC¡¦s annual operation. In addition, the video tapes illustrate how ASC conducts investigation in different phases.
When necessary ASC conducts surveys to the general public. From questionnaires, ASC may acquire the public¡¦s acknowledgement of the ASC¡¦s organization, compare the different levels of the acknowledgements from people with different social backgrounds, acquire the source of the ASC¡¦s information and the public¡¦s evaluation to investigators and investigation operations. In addition, ASC conducts irregularly surveys to the industry and authorities , the main purpose is to collect information of what the civil aviation industry know about the ASC¡¦s operation, management, working items, their satisfaction levels and their recommendations for improvement.
To reinforce a good communication with media, ASC from time to time annually host annual press conference with media. The communications with the National Assembly and other government departments are also conducted according to the requirement. ASC also establishes a communication channel with other media and the PR departments of the occurrence investigation organizations abroad to maintain a good relationship.
VI. Coordinate and Communicate with National and Foreign Flight Safety Organizations
Due to the characteristics of the expertise and the operation, ASC is different from the other administrative organizations. Investigators have to have expertise in investigation knowledge and management ,develop more in-depth expertise with the rapid development of the aircraft to meet the international standard, perform duties in an objective and impartial way to find out probable causes to improve flight safety. ASC sends personnel to attend trainings and international annual meetings ,visit international flight safety investigation organizations and authorities to collect information, learning and exchanging ideas.
ASC actively joins international flight safety and investigation related organizations (such as International Society of Air Safety Investigators and Flight Safety Foundation) and participate in annual meetings to exchange technique and experiences with professional investigators and promote the ASC¡¦s exposure to the international community. ASC continues to collect occurrence investigation and flight safety related information, to establish communication with international organizations, to maintain and reinforce the communications with those foreign occurrence investigation organizations who have signed MOUs with the ASC. Besides, to strengthen mutual inter-activities and understanding and to promote the national image and influence in the international community ,ASC also establishes cooperative relationships with other investigation organizations and countries with the destinations of the national registered aircraft.
Aviation Safety Council Privacy and Security Policy Tel: 886-2-8912-7388 Fax: 886-2-8912-7399 Address: 11th Floor, 200, Section 3, Beixin Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City 231, Taiwan (R.O.C.)