All command aviation safety programs must
include methods for checking the elimination of
hazards. Squadron, group, wing, ship, or other
command levels can identify recommended corrective
actions. COMNAVSAFECEN uses MISTRAC to track
completion of these actions.
COMNAVSAFECEN directs a MISTRAC pro-
gram designed to track recommendations. MISTRAC
files contain a record of recommendations submitted to
eliminate hazards. Individual MISTRAC files include a
summary of the related mishap or hazard, recommended
corrective actions, endorsement(s), and summary of
action taken. The responsible aircraft operations analyst
maintains the aircraft model files. He or she uses those
files to track recommendations to closure. Hazards
excluded from MISTRAC are as follows:
Near mid-air collisions (NMACs)
Mishaps and hazards not requiring endorsement
beyond the unit commanding officer
When corrective action is incomplete, a recom-
mendation becomes a mishap and hazard recom-
mendation (MISREC) if
1. it is assigned a risk assessment code (RAC) of I
or II and is favorably endorsed by a controlling
2. it is designated a MISREC by COMNAVSAFE-
C E N .
Since a MISREC is considered to have a special
status, it is given a separate tracking file. NAVSAFE-
CEN tracks each recommendation, regardless of the
RAC assigned. Closing out the referenced mishap or
hazard requires the action agency assigned to submit a
recommendation or MISREC. We consider recom-
mendations and MISRECs involving incomplete action
as privileged information.
Semiannually on 1 March and 1 September,
COMNAVSAFECEN provides action agencies with a
listing of all MISRECs under their responsibility. This
listing provides information those agencies can use to
update the MISREC files. This information includes the
MISREC that generated the mishap or hazard summary,
all endorsements, and all transactions that have taken
place to the date of the report.
COMNAVSAFECEN provides a listing of all
MISRECs to the controlling custodians semiamually (1
June and 1 December) to help in the overall monitoring
of MISRECs. COMNAVSAFECEN also updates
MISREC files based on information received from
action agencies, controlling custodians, pertinent
mishap data, and other DOD agencies.
COMMAND AVIATION SAFETY
The command aviation safety program promotes
aviation safety through the commands attitudes and
practices as well as through written policies, procedures,
and plans. The aim of a command aviation safety
program is to end hazards within the command and
within naval aviation. In addition, the program must
enhance the safety awareness of all personnel.
Safety is an inherent responsibility of command.
Thus, the chain of command carries out the program.
The command must generate and carry out safety
policies and directives based on instructions covering
the many different types of safety programs and
processes. The goal of the safety program is to enhance
operational readiness by reducing personnel deaths and
injuries and material loss and damage.
COMMAND AVIATION SAFETY
Although all aviation personnel are responsible for
carrying out the command aviation safety program,
certain command personnel have the primary
responsibility for the program.
The commanding officer of an activity appoints an
aviation safety officer (ASO) as specified in the
Standard Organization and Regulations of the U.S.
Navy, OPNAVINST 3120.32C. This instruction lists the
command ASOs responsibilities and how the ASO
should establish the program within the command.
Aviation Safety Officer
The aviation safety officer (ASO) acts as principal
adviser to the commanding officer on all aviation safety
matters. He or she advises and aids the commanding
officer in setting up and managing a command aviation
safety program. Providing safety education throughout
the command is a responsibility of the ASO. He or she
also ensures the incorporation of safety standards and