No aircraft community is exempt from maintenance-related mishaps
So, when you look back and think about the Naval Aviation Mishaps
that occurred in FY-14, rather than thinking about these mishaps
simply as "preventable," think about how procedural failures made these mishaps
." Most if not all of this year's "needless mishaps
" would have never happened had we executed professionally and followed our established maintenance and operational procedures.
Are the factors that contribute to aviation mishaps
any different today than they were even 50-plus years ago?
[check] Launched upgraded version of WESS in July 2004 for improved fleet mishap
Of the 100 mishaps
reported by fixed-wing units, 44 (44 percent of them) were attributed to maintenance error.
TO RE-EMPHASIZE REF B POLICY, CHAPTER 1, SEC 1005, PARA 8.E REQUIRES THAT COMMANDERS, COMMANDING OFFICERS, MASTERS, AND OFFICERS-IN-CHARGE SHALL DIRECT THE INVESTIGATION OF ALL MISHAPS
AND REPORT MISHAPS
, NOT INVESTIGATED BY A SAFETY INVESTIGATION BOARD, AS OUTLINED IN CHAPTER 3 OF THE REFERENCE.
When fully implemented, WESS captures reports and identifies the who, what, when, where, how, and why of mishaps
cost associated with the foreign objects introduced to the engine area prior to taxi ...
WE PERIODICALLY DO a simple analysis called "mishap
binning" to trend material failures, overall human factors and aircrew human factors.
To some extent, this data reflects the fact that during a cruise, the opportunities for off-duty mishaps
are less because--Duh!--Sailors are usually at work while the ship is out steaming around the ocean.
A preliminary review of these mishaps
indicates that 50 percent were maintenance-related, 12 percent were aircrew-related, and 38 percent were weather- or material-related.
Reaching the 50-percent mishap
reduction point isn't going to be easy; nevertheless, we must reduce the human factor issues related to aircraft mishaps
Let's focus on 2015 for a moment; there were a total of 15 mishaps
. Nine were missile mishaps
(6ea Aim/ CATM-9s, lea AGM-65, and 2ea CATM-120s).
Naval aviation history is rich with lessons learned from mishaps
that have resulted in changes to the way we do business.
Mid-Year Update: The Navy and Marine Corps had a small spike in mishaps
during a six-to-eight week period recently, particularly in aviation.