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CHAPTER 8 NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY Aircraft mishaps are unforgiving. The loss of one aircraft can cost millions of dollars. Therefore, aviation safety has been of concern since man began to fly. As a result, both civilian aerospace industries and the military have developed aircraft mishap prevention programs. Aviation personnel are exposed to many dangerous situations. In fact, many insurance companies rate flight line  operations,  and  in  particular  the  flight  deck environment, among the most dangerous jobs in the world. Naval aviation safety programs have existed since before World War II to reduce the danger of those jobs. These programs are incorporated into the training of all Navy pilots and aviation support personnel. In  this  chapter,  we  discuss  the  following  elements of the Naval Aviation Safety Program: Purpose of the program Objective  of  the  program Scope of the program Hazard   reports Aircraft  mishaps Pre-mishap plans Mishap  reports Mishap  investigations Mishap  investigation  reports Mishap  investigation  report  endorsements Mishap  and  Hazard  Recommendation  Tracking Program We  also  discuss  the  command  aviation  safety program  and  shipboard  aircraft  safety. THE NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY PROGRAM We will now discuss the purpose, objective, and scope  of  the  Naval  Aviation  Safety  Program. Remember, the goal of the safety program is to enhance operational readiness by reducing the number of deaths and injuries. In addition, the aim is to reduce the losses and  damage  to  material  from  accidental  causes. PURPOSE OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY  PROGRAM The purpose of the Naval Aviation Safety Program is  to  preserve  human  and  material  resources.  The program enhances operational readiness by preserving the  resources  used  in  accomplishing  naval  aviation missions. The human resources include professional pride, high  morale,  physical  well-being,  and  life  itself.  These resources  are  susceptible  to  damage  and  destruction  by mishaps. The material resources include various kinds of property, such as naval aircraft, ships, weapons, and facilities, that a naval aircraft mishap might damage. The  Naval  Aviation  Safety  Program  directly  supports all aspects of naval aviation. OBJECTIVE OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY PROGRAM Preventing damage and injury accomplishes the purpose of the Naval Aviation Safety Program.  Hazards are the potential causes of damage and injury. The elimination of hazards is the objective of the Naval Aviation  Safety  Program.  Setting  up  an  effective, aggressive,  and  continuous  mishap  prevention  program helps us achieve this objective. SCOPE OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY  PROGRAM The  Naval  Aviation  Safety  Program  encompasses all activities concerned with detecting, containing, and eliminating hazards in naval aviation. For example, these include, but are not limited to, activities involving the following areas: Aircraft  design,  research,  development,  testing, evaluation, procurement, modification, mainte- nance,  servicing,  and  operations Aircraft  support  equipment,  facilities,  supplies, and weapons 8-1

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