A Comprehensive Approach to Ground Safety

For more than 20 years, the ATA and international members of the aviation industry have convened at the Symposium on Human Factors in Maintenance and Ramp Safety to develop safety initiatives and solutions unique to ground operations.

In addition to “How to Conduct Ramp LOSA,” the ATA Maintenance and Ramp Human Factors Task Force has also recently released other similar safety publications, including “Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance Operator’s Manual” and the “Human Factors in Airport Operations Operator’s Manual.” The latter includes information on procedural compliance; injury prevention; human factors training; fatigue/alertness management; shift/task turnover; event investigation, auditing and assessment sustaining; and justifying an Airport Operation Human Factors (AOHF) program.

Events such as these and the ongoing work of ATA and its member airlines are proof that our industry isn’t willing to rest on its laurels. Safety — whether on the ground or in the air — is a responsibility that we take very seriously. ATA plays an essential role in bringing aviation stakeholders together to make airline operations even safer.

If you are interested in interacting with human factors experts, regulatory authorities and airlines from around the world on these and other issues, consider attending the symposium in 2009. Together, we will continue to ensure that flying on US airlines remains the world’s safest form of transportation.

ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all US airline passengers and cargo traffic. For additional information about the industry, visit www.airlines.org.

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