The relationship between naval aviation mishaps and squadron maintenance safety climate
Brittingham, Cynthia J.
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Naval Aviation has been known for over half a century as being one of the most fascinating professions. Although aircrew may always play a role in the mishap rate, the Navy has shifted its focus to aviation maintenance safety climate as a possible indicator of a future mishap. The School of Aviation Safety developed and implemented a survey, the Maintenance Climate Assessment Survey (MCAS), to assess the safety climate of Naval Aviation squadrons. Researchers have begun reviewing the possible direct relationship between the maintainer, how they view their squadron's climate and aviation mishaps. This thesis examines the construct of squadron maintenance safety climate survey and its relationship to aviation mishaps. The raw data employed includes MCAS responses from 126,058 maintainers between August 2000 and August 2005. This study finds that the MCAS survey construction needs to be revised. The findings are substantial to verify that most questions are formulated to focus on the same factor. Since the survey requires reconstruction, the question of whether it can determine the likelihood of mishaps was never visited. Revising the survey, based on psychometrics, may produce more significant results and gauge maintenance safety climate based on separate and distinct factors.
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