Sample Aviation Research Paper on Seminar

National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB)

            While aviation related accidents continue to occur in our airspace, the government also implements control measures through oversight bodies that in a way monitor the causes, giving recommendation on how to avert aircraft crashes. In this, the National Transportation and Safety Board has been in the limelight on aircraft crashes with the body coordinating joint missions, investigations and control measures to enhance aircraft safety. Commonly called NTSB, the board is an independent government agency with the authority to investigate aviation accidents including others in different modes of transportation, such as pipelines, ships with the sole aim of solving mysteries concerning these accidents.

            The Board, since its inception in 1967 has conducted various and many instances of accidents, majorly within the aviation sector with the current one being the Malaysian Flight MH 370 disappearance. Its main mission since its formation is to investigate, determine and report on the causes of accidents in the aviation world, and also to help implement a raft of measures and enforcement actions to curb such eventualities (United States General Accounting Office, 1996).

How has the organization evolved to be this very large?

            The unprecedented growth of the agency to the world’s major body in charge with investigating some of world’s mysterious accidents has been due to various occurrences in terms of legislation. This dates back in 1926 during the early years of the Air commerce Act, in a period where the Unites State’s airspace was unregulated. This caused many accidents which brought unease in the aviation industry. This made the authorities to establish ways of protecting and safeguarding the aviation airspace, at a time where there was little involvement in terms of legislations to enact laws meant to bring decency in civil aviation.  

At this time, the raft of measures bore the Air commerce Act in 1926, with the public having much hope in this achievement. The enactment of this Act led to the establishment of some air traffic rules which were the beginning of a safer sky, majorly to airliners and other air users. This also established a framework on how civil aviation function would be carried out, and the establishment of several entities to oversee these functions.

            The Act gave the roadmap to the formation of other critical agencies that were deemed appropriate to control and enact aviation laws, which would govern how systems, processes and people in the aviation industry would behave. In 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Board was created under the stewardship of the U.S congress and the U.S department of commerce with the broader aim of performing investigative functions particularly in aviation related accidents.

            In further developments as envisaged by the American government, a new independent and federal agency under the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) was established, the current National Transportation and Safety Board to conduct investigations and enhance safety in the aviation, marine, pipeline and other accidents resulting from the transportation of hazardous materials. 

            Currently, the agency has conducted over 130,000 cases related to aviation accidents, with the majority being in the transportation sector. It not only concentrates on the investigative elements in the United States alone, but also extends its expertise to other countries and agencies charged with enacting aviation laws aimed at safeguarding the aviation industry. This is of immense importance currently to the world, with thousands of rafts of measures aimed at enhancing safety during transportation having been implemented in largest aviation companies.

The National Transportation and Safety Board continue to envision its future and strategic roles in mitigating and safeguarding the skies. This has been made possible with the support and involvement of the various arms of administration, in charge of aviation safety, highway and marine issues, engineering and research including those charged with issues relating to hazardous transportation of substances in ships, pipeline, road and rail. These departments have been critical in understanding, analyzing, reporting and giving recommendations on thousands of cases the agency has worked on.

Why the success of the federal body in carrying out its work?

            The National Transportation and Safety Board continue to offer expertise as an oversight and regulatory body to help stakeholders to understand the various causes of accidents. This has been made possible through the approach that it uses in preventing future calamities. In this regard, the safety body employs a strategy where its recommendations are based on actual analysis of an occurrence, commonly called the reactive strategy where safety measures and laws are based on past occurrences and analysis in to help prevent other fatalities. This helps the agency to offer the oversight role of giving recommendations to aircraft users on possible dangers before they occur, and ensuring they are enacted to reduce future catastrophes which would have been prevented by the simple implementation of a recommendation.  

The agency’s view pertaining investigative approaches

            NTSB’s view in investigative approach is that safety studies are critical in solving mysteries related to accidents. These when well implemented, may serve as a springboard of containing safety lapses recorded by major airliners, carriers and transportation entities in the marine sector, pipeline and rail such as the one regarding the Union Pacific Freight train derailment.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

            Associations continue to play a moderate role yet sensitive in nature. This is because they are geared to achieving certain business goals aimed at enhancing the welfare of the participants. In this role, the National Business Aviation Association has been a predominant catalyst in terms of advocating for its members priorities and rights in regards to corporate aviation business (Sheehan, 2013). Established in 1947, and based in United States Washington D.C, the organization plays an important role in advocating for adequate and balanced regulative laws to streamline the corporate business aviation industry. One of the priorities of the association is to modernize and advocate for aviation laws that promote access to airspace.

What is the good thing attributable to the association’s advocacy programs?

Minimal negative impact on the environment

The association’s role cannot be underestimated. There have been numerous programs worth mentioning that have changed the role of the aviation industry, from a service oriented role of carrying passengers to an environmental conservation role. In this, the association continues to advocate for the use of improved aviation technologies in the construction of aircrafts in order to minimize toxic emissions of harmful substance to the environment. The association has won in its advocacy role by putting various considerations, such as a non-partisan position in order to win global trust, and to be a global champion in the use of efficient fuel combustion techniques in aircrafts. Such a non-partisan stand has helped the organization to achieve its mandate in minimizing negative impact on the environment, rather than seeking for only positive programs which promote the aviation business.

Other Positive impacts of the organization to aviation stakeholders

NBAA advocacy programs on safety issues

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) continues to advocate for a number of programs aimed at safeguarding the interests of stakeholders in the aviation industry (Cannon & Richey, 2012). In this, the association works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) to assist in the implementation of a number of safe operating practices aimed at reducing accidents in the transportation sector. The association has managed to advocate for safety in programs such as:

The Safety Standdown Event

            This is an annual event advocated and sponsored partly by the national business aviation association to help address emerging issues on safety. Conceived in 1996, the event has been organized a number of times with major aircraft manufacturing companies such as bombardier using the platform to address and share their safety concerns with other aviation stakeholders in the aviation business (Bombardier Celebrates Safety Standdown 20th Anniversary, 2016). This handles many safety issues some which include human factors by helping pilots gain knowledge and skills aimed at reducing aviation accidents. The program also advocates for various safety enhancement approaches in the work environment, supported by the United States department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration.

NBAA Professional development program

In enhancing the broader element of safety and advocating for safe practices, the association has professional development programs aimed at increasing skills of people in the aviation business. Through its professional development programs: certified aviation manager and young professionals in business aviation aims at developing and mentoring your career professionals with keen interest to maintain and streamline the aviation industry, by ensuring that safety practices are adhered to in the earlier possible times. The organization sees this as a form of developing professionals to help influence the future of aviation, towards zero aviation accidents.

Young Professionals in Business Aviation

            The association through its program, the young professionals in business aviation (YOPRO), is a well-established aviation development program aimed at developing, mentoring and equipping young people interested in business aviation. The program acts as an advocacy platform for professionals in their early years, to help spread its mission in regards to safety in aviation within the fast-growing aviation industry.

Current involvements of the association

             The association is the lead champion in the aviation business mainly through its media channel, the business aviation insider magazine, where it highlights its achievements and also discusses a variety of aviation issues mainly related to operations and safety with it leaning towards an entire aviation community. This has had an impact on the operations of the aviation community members, where experiences are shared and questions asked to help better the aviation business.

            In current times, the association’s President Ed Bolen has highlighted the several commitments in the association’s path towards advocating for aviation policies to help develop a better system, the NextGen aviation system. This is an aerospace based system that will be used in the entire United States to transform America’s air traffic control approach, to help minimize flight delays, enhance capacity and efficiency, all towards building a safer sky for the betterment of all aviation stakeholders. In this, the association will jointly coordinate efforts with the joint planning and development office to ensure that the interests at the heart of the association are addressed.    

References

Cannon, J. R., & Richey, F. D. (2012). Practical applications in business aviation management. Lanham, Md: Government Institutes.

M. T. (2016, September 27). Bombardier Celebrates Safety Standdown 20th Anniversary. Retrieved March 12, 2017, from http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2016-09-27/bombardier-celebrates-safety-standdown-20th-anniversary

Sheehan, J. J. (2013). Business and corporate aviation management. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

United States. (1996). Aviation safety: New airlines illustrate long-standing problems in FAA’s inspection program. Washington, D.C: The Office.