WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Transportation Safety Board is pleased that Delta Air Lines has reinstated its Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
Under ASAP, pilots, mechanics, and dispatchers receive immunity from disciplinary action when they voluntarily report any safety-related incidents.
"ASAP is a major component to aviation safety," says NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We are hopeful that other carriers, who have recently suspended their ASAP will also see the importance and value of these programs and quickly reinstate them."
The Safety Board believes that proactive safety programs, which encourage voluntary disclosure of safety issues, are critical to ensuring aviation safety and identifying problems before they lead to accidents.
The memorandum of understanding signed between the carrier, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Federal Aviation Administration will identify and correct safety issues, and prevent accidents.
The overall safety of the system needs the information that only mechanics can give us
Some carriers look to discontinue ASAP program.
A news report earlier this month mentioned how the union representing mechanics at one of the regional airlines in this country decided to suspend their involvement in the Aviation Safety Action...
The information, shared through an initiative called the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Executive Board, will help the NTSB determine if an accident is a unique event or an...