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NTSB Introduction and Overview. David L. Mayer June 13, 2014. Overview. NTSB overview Investigative process Party process Other collaborative activities Observations about collaboration. The NTSB. Established as part of DOT in 1967 Established as independent agency in 1974

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ntsb introduction and overview
NTSB Introductionand Overview

David L. MayerJune 13, 2014

overview
Overview
  • NTSB overview
    • Investigative process
  • Party process
  • Other collaborative activities
  • Observations about collaboration
the ntsb
The NTSB
  • Established as part of DOT in 1967
  • Established as independent agency in 1974
  • Five modes: Aviation, Rail, Marine, Highway, Pipeline
  • Investigate accidents
  • Make recommendations
other functions
Other Functions
  • Court of appeal for airmen, mechanics, and mariners
  • Special studies of transportation safety
  • Assistance to victims and families
independent
Independent
  • Not a part of any otherfederal entity
  • No regulatory role
  • Priority over other federal investigations
  • Political independence
safety focus
Safety focus
  • Primary product: Safety recommendations
  • Issued to organizations that can implement
  • Goal: Improve transportation safety
    • Prevent accidents
    • Reduce injury, impact
    • Improve emergency response
  • No requirement to implement recommendations
  • Tracking, follow-up, advocacy
ntsb most wanted list
NTSB Most Wanted List
  • Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations
  • Advance Passenger Vessel Safety
  • Eliminate Distraction in Transportation
  • Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving
  • Enhance Pipeline Safety
  • Improve Fire Safety in Transportation
  • General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather
  • Implement Positive Train Control Systems
  • Promote Operational Safety in Rail Mass Transit
  • Strengthen Occupant Protection in Transportation
investigative process
Investigative Process
  • Notification and response, transparency
  • Organize investigation, name parties
  • Onsite phase, laboratory support
  • Fact finding
  • Technical review
  • Hearing
  • Report development, analysis
  • Board meeting, adoption
parties
Parties
  • Agencies, companies, and associations whose employees, functions, activities, or products were involved in the accident,

and

  • Who can provide suitable qualified technical personnel actively to assist in the investigation.
  • Not claimants or insurers.
  • Not anyone in a legal position.
parties1
Parties
  • Participate in fact finding
  • Contribute technical expertise
  • Share information
  • Avoid talking to media
  • Access to all evidence
aviation safety public private partnerships
Aviation Safety:Public / Private Partnerships
  • NTSB Party Process
    • Organized for each investigation
  • Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS)
    • Confidential reporting system
  • Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST)
    • Data driven, focused partnership
  • Aviation Safety Information Analysis & Sharing (ASIAS)
    • Big data for aviation safety
goals
Goals
  • Cooperative, non-adversarial process
  • Establish agreed-upon set of facts
  • Make all facts public
  • Conduct separate analyses
  • Fair, balanced, independent report
  • Explain
    • Why the accident happened
    • How to prevent
contact
Contact

David L. Mayer

Managing Director

202-314-6318

[email protected]

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