The ATO strives to ensure that its aviation activities are conducted as safely as possible. This means flying with airworthy aircraft operated by competent airmen after a good flight preparation. Furthermore, the ATO complies with all applicable aviation regulations to limit the risks inherent to flying as much as possible.
The goal is to minimize incidents and accidents, and that is why the ATO encourages a growing knowledge of safe aviation among ATO members, post holders and staff, and an environment in which safety has priority. The ATO deploys all necessary resources to achieve this. This includes the introduction and application of a Safety Management System (SMS).
An SMS entails that all ATO’s members, pilots, students and post holders systematically and continually improve the ATO in the area of safety. To this end a Safety Manager is appointed who implements and maintain the SMS.
An important part of an SMS is having the right culture within the organization. The ATO creates a culture in which learning from incidents and accidents, and the honest reporting of mistakes, is seen as an opportunity to increase the safety of its aviation activities.
When researching incidents, it is the identification of the cause of the incident which is the focal point, and not the individual. This allows to identify and correct the cause and to prevent the same incident from happening again. The issue of guilt is therefore not relevant, unless there are indications of negligent and reckless behavior. The ATO takes firm action against willful violations of aviation legislation and regulations.
In order to learn from incidents, it is necessary that incidents are reported. The ATO urges all its members and post holders to report identified hazards and guarantees anonymity of the person filing the report. The ATO publishes results of all investigations of incidents and identified hazards, and the measures taken on the notice board and on its website for everyone’s benefit. Additionally, the ATO presents those results at safety meetings, at least twice a year.
A safe environment is created by all!