Most wanted improvements proposed by the NTSB1
This is the list of "most wanted improvements" for American aviation wished by the NTSB (20081). Although of American interest, it would surely have positive consequences for aviation, in general.
- Reduce dangers to aircraft flying in icing conditions:
- Require safer aircraft design for icing conditions
- Revise requirements for aircraft certification and aproval for those conditions.
- Set SOPs for activating deice boots as soon as the airplain encounters icing conditions.
- Improve runway safety:
- Install automatic systems to inform pilots of attempted takeoffs from taxiways or wrong runways.
- Provide immediate warning for collision or incursions to pilots.
- Require specific ATC clearance for runway crossing.
- Require landing distance assessment with adequate safety margin.
- Reduce accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue:
- Set working hours for pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers based on scientific research.
- Develop a fatigue awareness and prevention program for air traffic controllers.
- Improve the safety of emergency medical services flights:
- Conduct all these flights with medical personnel onboard.
- Develop and implement flight risk evaluation programs.
- Require formalized dispatch and flight-following procedures.
- Install terrain awareness and warning systems onboard.
Want to know more?
- NTSB Most wanted list for 2008
- Here is the NTSB's most wanted improvement for all transport modes, including aviation. You can also the original 1990 list and subsequent documents.