Safety climate assessment in a Naval Reserve Aviation maintenance operations
Oneto, Todd J.
Schmidt, John K.
Read, Robert R.
Whitaker, Lyn R.
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Naval Aviation's annual Class A' Flight Mishap rate is commonly used as a measure of safety effectiveness. Interventions implemented over the past four decades greatly reduced mishap occurrence by focusing on aircrew and supervisory error. Less attention has been paid to the role maintenance plays in Naval Aviation mishaps, though it is consistently responsible for approximately 16 percent of all Class A' Flight Mishaps. In 1998, a Maintenance Climate Assessment Survey (MCAS) was developed to evaluate safety concerns from the perspective of an aircraft maintainer. This thesis utilized the revised MCAS to assess its validity and utility as a diagnostic tool to access several aircraft communities within the Naval Reserve. It proved useful in aiding Commanders and Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) in evaluating their maintenance operation's safety posture. The results of this study produced a finalized MCAS for fleet wide distribution. The findings will serve to encourage proactiveness within aviation maintenance in the areas of safety awareness and risk management. This tool will also aid the monitoring of ongoing safety programs or implementation of new ones
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