Please note that all times are in AKDT.
Date: September 6, 2019
Time: 0830-1600 AKDT
Location: Wendy Williamson Auditorium, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
This event will be webcast live. You can access the broadcast on the day of the event from this page.
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The NTSB continues to investigate multiple accidents involving Part 135 flight operations in Alaska each year. Since 2008, we have investigated 182 accidents involving fixed-wing scheduled/non-scheduled Part 135 operations in Alaska, resulting in 74 fatalities. Unique terrain conditions, challenging weather, and congested airspace are factors, but the NTSB believes many of these accidents could have been avoided if operators had implemented safety management systems (SMS), installed flight data monitoring (FDM) devices, and ensured pilots received comprehensive controlled-flight into terrain (CFIT) avoidance training—all the subject of
recommendations we have issued in the last few decades.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not require Part 135 flight operators to meet the same safety requirements as airlines. If the FAA and industry do not address these safety gaps, we will undoubtedly see more accidents involving the traveling public in Alaska.
“Improve the Safety of Part 135 Flight Operations” is an issue on the NTSB 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. That’s why we are convening a panel of Part 135 operators, safety experts, and government officials to
discuss what we can do to address Part 135 safety issues.
0830–0840 Welcome / Introduction - Robert Sumwalt and Kerry Long
0840–0900 Alaska Accident Statistics and Areas of Concern - Dana Schulze
0900–1000 PANEL 1: Training Solutions
1015–1115 PANEL 2: Risk Management Solutions
1115–1130 Audience Q&A
1300–1400 PANEL 3: Technology Solutions
1415–1515 PANEL 4: Infrastructure Solutions
1515–1530 Audience Q&A
1530–1600 Final Thoughts
Alaska Air Carriers Association
Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
GHS Aviation Group
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Transportation Safety Board
Tanana Chiefs Conference
U.S. Postal Service
University of Alaska