ATSB, DFSB renew partnership

The ATSB renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Defence Flight Safety Bureau (DFSB) during a brief signing ceremony in Canberra on 5 April.

ATSB-DFSB signing ceremony

The MoU provides a continuing framework for the ATSB and DSFB to cooperate in the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents, to provide mutual assistance, and to share expertise, training and resources.

Both organisations are committed to investigating accidents and analysing occurrence data under the ‘no blame’ philosophy, with the sole aim of preventing recurrences.

Under the MoU the two organisations can conduct joint investigations into aviation accidents and incidents, and assist with and participate in each others’ investigations.

Further, the MoU provides a mechanism for the Department of Defence to request ATSB assistance in areas of expertise such as failure analysis, cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder analysis, analysis of head-up display and maintenance data, and digital animations; while the ATSB can request of DFSB assistance in areas such as aviation medicine, flight safety, systems engineering, aircraft avionics, and logistical support.

Pictured is ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood and DFSB Director Group Captain Nigel Ward signing the MoU, witnessed by DFSB Deputy Director Safety Investigations, Wing Commander Sam Barnes.

Last update 06 June 2019