Aviation safety issues and actions

Limited evaluation of design process

Issue number: AO-2008-070-SI-06
Who it affects: All aircraft operators
Issue owner: All high capacity operators
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-070
Issue release date: 19 December 2011
Current issue status: Not addressed
Issue status justification:

No safety action was advised by any of the organisations associated with the investigation.

Safety issue description

In recent years there have been developments in guidance materials for system development processes and research into new approaches for system safety assessments. However, there has been limited research that has systematically evaluated how design engineers and safety analysts conduct their evaluations of systems, and how the design of their tasks, tools, training and guidance material can be improved so that the likelihood of design errors is minimised.

Last update 18 February 2014