Recommendation R20020247

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020247
Date issued: 15 November 2002
Safety action status:

See ATSB report BS/20010005,

"Investigation into Ansett Australia maintenance safety deficiencies and the control of continuing airworthiness of Class A aircraft".

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority review the structure and procedures of the major defect reporting system to ensure that:
* all relevant defect information is received from operators in a timely manner
* defect information received is monitored, processed, and analysed
* defect information and information derived from subsequent investigations is disseminated to all relevant parties and made publicly available.

Initial response
Date issued: 30 January 2003
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

The Authority acknowledges the intent of this Recommendation. It has taken a number of steps to address past problems and is implementing procedures to make the Major Defect Reporting (MDR) system, now known as SDR, more effective and efficient.

As the Bureau is aware, in 2002 the Authority commissioned an independent consultant to conduct a safety assurance review on the backlog of Service Difficulty Reports. The aim was to review the backlog of MDRs and, inter alia, identify and leave open all MDRs which included possible critical safety-of-flight issues. A further beneficial outcome of the project is that a substantial compendium of safety data is available which will be invaluable in future investigations.

As a consequence of this review, the Authority has implemented a number of significant measures that address the points raised in the Recommendation.

To ensure that SDRs are actioned in a timely manner, the Authority:
* requires monthly reports on outstanding SDRs to be provided for the information of the Executive;
* provides regular reports for consideration by the CASA Executive through the Executive Operations Committee;
* has established procedures to ensure that Principal Maintenance Specialists review all incoming SDRs and allocate them to relevant Technical Specialists;
* has trained Principal Maintenance Specialists and Technical Specialists in associated information systems;
* is implementing more effective consultation mechanisms for regional and central office staff; and
* is developing a SDR Workflow Management System, including new information technology applications, which will result in appropriate workflow management and the timely actioning of SDRs.

ATSB response:

The ATSB will continue to monitor the implementation of CASA's proposed safety action.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 31 October 2006
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

In October 2006, CASA issued Notice of Proposed Rule Making NPRM 0604MS, A Proposal to Modernise and Harmonise Rules for the Maintenance of Australian Aircraft and Licensing of Aircraft Maintenance Personnel for industry comment by 27 November 2006.

The NPRM addresses the policy outcomes of adopting a regulatory style similar to that proven by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and would amend Parts 42, 66, 145 and 147 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs).

ATSB response:

The NPRM, as proposed, should address the issue in the recommendation.

Last update 03 April 2012