News: Exhibition of safety investigation memorabilia

A new exhibit installed at the ATSB’s Canberra offices explores the past and present of transport safety investigation in Australia.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood, with Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO, and Dr Steven Kennedy, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

On Tuesday, 2 October 2018, the Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO, and the ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood, formally unveiled the new display in the foyer of the ATSB’s Canberra headquarters.

The exhibition is designed to not only capture the agency’s history through showcasing past investigations, but to also be contemporary in that it displays a range of new developments and techniques in how transport safety investigations are conducted.

On prominent display is the pursuits of Dr David Warren AO, who introduced the use of recorder technology to assist with aviation safety investigations. Several items trace the evolution of the ‘Black Box’ flight recorder, through to the flight data and cockpit voice recording devices in use today.

The exhibition also looks at new developments and techniques in transport safety investigation. On display are items exploring the ATSB’s growing use of forensic information-recovery from smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and GPS navigation devices.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood said the preservation and display of transport safety investigation history is important for the ATSB.

“This exhibit showcases the history of transport safety investigation in Australia,” said Mr Hood.

“Australia has been at the forefront of transport safety for many years. It is important that we preserve and display our history, and this exhibition shows just some the work of the ATSB and our predecessors have undertaken to improve safety for the travelling public.”

The display is located in the foyer of the ATSB’s headquarters at 62 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, and is open to the public during regular business hours.

 

Last update 16 November 2018