012/20

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
CAA
Text
The Commission recommends that the Director of Civil Aviation review the parachute accident and incident reporting system under Civil Aviation Rule Part 12 and Advisory Circular AC12-1, in conjunction with the Part 115 and Part 149 organisations’ requirements, to provide a more effective national resource to manage the sector’s safety.
Reply Text
I can confirm that the Authority accepts recommendation 012/20. We are implementing the recommendation by:
• expanding the data descriptors of a parachute malfunction and recording specific information such as a line twist or tension knot.
• asking participants to provide more specific detail in the CAOOSSKYDIVE form.
• updating Advisory Circular AC 12.1 to ensure there is an appropriate level of guidance for parachute occurrence reporting.
• reviewing the parachute accident and incident reporting system under Civil Aviation Rule Part 12, with a particular focus on Part 149 organisations’ reporting requirements to provide a more effective national resource to manage the sector's safety.

As referenced in the Civil Aviation Authority's letter to Lois Hutchinson, Chief Executive on 11 December 2020, we have already made significant progress on this work by adding additional data descriptors to our safety systems and updating the CAOOSSKYDIVE form in 2019. We also worked collaboratively with the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association to improve their data collection.

Further, we have now commenced the review of Advisory Circular AC 12.1. We will notify your office when the updated draft is made available for public consultation.
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