Flight Safety Division

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Brief introduction of Aviation Safety Division

The professional work of Aviation Safety Division includes:

I. Project studies on the incidents with significant impacts on aviation safety

In addition to aviation occurrence investigations, the ASC needs to compile, sort, and summarize the possible causes and types of major accidents investigated by the Council. Occurrence Investigation Division, Aviation Safety Division and Investigation Laboratory form a project study task force for each aviation safety improvement key item, to conduct studies on factors with significant impacts on aviation safety, such as human factors, fatigue, overrun and veering off the runway, safety management systems, the current situation of ultra-light vehicles, the improvement of the public aircrafts and so on. The reports of studies will be submitted to the Council for review. Then, if necessary, certain reports will be sent to the related agencies for reference.

II. Safety Recommendation follow-up

According to Article 27 of “Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act”, the government authorities concerned shall submit a management report to the Executive Yuan within ninety days after receipt of the aviation occurrence investigation report and send a copy to the ASC. The management report shall contain detailed and concrete implementation plans responding to the aviation safety improvement recommendations that are considered practicable. With respect to the recommendations considered impracticable, detailed reasons shall also be stated. The execution of the detailed implementation plans mentioned in the preceding paragraph shall be supervised by the Executive Yuan and tracked by the ASC. Should any government authorities fail to comply with the aviation safety recommendations within appropriate time and fail to rectify the shortcomings, the Executive Yuan shall impose appropriate sanctions.

III. Aviation Safety Trend Analysis

The Flight safety division is responsible to analyze the statistics of domestic aircraft operations and aviation occurrences. The data sources are CAA's aviation safety statistic data, the ASC's aviation occurrence investigation data, and aircraft fleet data of the Airborne Service Corps, few aviation occurrence data are collected from the archives of government authorities. The statistic data of aviation occurrences include all domestic aircrafts (other than military aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles), of which the categories include: our country's civil air transportation aircrafts, including turbojets and turboprops, our country's general aviation aircrafts, public aircrafts and ultra-light vehicles. The ASC releases the latest aviation safety statistics on its website every year.

IV. Establishment, maintenance and development of the ASC's information system

The ASC's information system aims to help investigators to obtain required information quickly while carrying out occurrence investigations.

To maintain the data security and confidentiality of the ASC's information system, the ASC has been using a multilayer software and hardware firewall protection system, to enhance system security, irregularly scan system vulnerabilities, prevent hacking, safeguard the safety of investigation data and maintain the normal operation of the system.

The ASC flexibly integrates and makes full use of existing resources through its information system, to satisfy the requirements of diverse and urgent situations when occurrence are under investigation, and continuously updates the information system, to make it more user-friendly.

On website, the ASC posted the occurrence reports, Safety Recommendations, the ASC's publications and News Release, and messages that should be made public on the website in accordance with the provisions of the Government Information Disclosure Act. The ASC website also links to the TAiwan Confidential Aviation REporting system(TACARE). The website is with full range of aviation safety information, providing the safety information and an area for the websites of government agencies, providing web links to governments' current important issues and decree advocacy, to help governments promote the related policies.

V. Plan and conduct the ASC's propaganda

The propaganda includes the promotion of the ASC's key publicity, the communication with the media about news events, coordination and contact with congressional representatives, and the contact with the international media.

The Chinese and English brief introduction and video produced may show the description of the ASC's businesses by printed media and multimedia when foreign guests visit the ASC or educating training is conducted. The ASC produces work report every year, well-documenting how the ASC's businesses were carried out in the past year.

If necessary, the ASC will conduct a survey. A questionnaire is issued to find out the public's perception of the ASC 's organization position, and to compare the difference of the perception levels among groups of various social backgrounds, to understand how they acquire the information about the ASC and their evaluation of the investigators and investigations. In addition, a questionnaire is issued to the aviation practitioners from time to time, to collect information about the civil aviation companies' understanding and satisfaction of the ASC 's operations and management and their improvement suggestions.

In order to strengthen the healthy communication with the media, the interactivity with the media is added to the annual key businesses and the exchange activities with the media are held regularly. Communication and contact with congress and other government departments is also handled on demand. The ASC also has established channels of communication with international media and public relations departments of the accident investigation authorities, and maintains good relations with them.

VI. Coordination and contact with domestic and international aviation safety organizations

The ASC has actively joined international organizations of aviation safety and accident investigation, such as International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and International Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), participate in the various annual safety meeting every year, exchanging technologies and experiences with professional investigators from across the world. By these measures, greatly helping enhance our country's visibility in the international community. The ASC has continued to collect the information about occurrence investigation and aviation safety, establish communication channels with international professional authorities, maintain and contact with the foreign accident investigation agencies that have signed a memorandums of cooperation with the ASC. The ASC continuous strengthen bilateral interaction and understanding, so as to enhance our country's image and influence in international aviation safety organizations.

VI. Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting

ICAO Annex 19 and our country's Article 5 of Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act all require the nation shall establish a "non-punitive" confidential aviation safety reporting system that "protects the sources of the safety information " . The confidential aviation reporting system is to collect information for reference to improve aviation safety and prevent occurrences from occurring and obtain the information that can not acquired through mandatory reporting system. In June, 1999, the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, NCKU commissioned by the ASC draft the establishment plan for "Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting System". The ASC established a "confidential, Non-punitive, independent , credible, professional" channel for collecting aviation safety information. From October of the same year to date, the "Taiwan Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting System" working group required to sign confidentiality affidavits, assuring they will never leak any reporter’s information or the reports contents. All reporter’ identities will be removed after completing the initial report handling process. " Taiwan Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting System Newsletter" published quarterly and shared with all aviation industries.