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Monday, January 4, 2016

NATS to Assess European FAB Safety Culture

Juliet Van Wagenen

UK ANSP NATS has been contracted by Eurocontrol to asses FAB safety culture
UK ANSP NATS has been contracted by Eurocontrol to asses FAB safety culture. Photo: NATS

[Avionics Today 1-04-2016] Eurocontrol has contracted NATS to help assess aviation safety culture in Europe. Led by the company’s human factors department, whose objective is to maximize safe human performance, the work will contribute to the safety of future operations as the aviation industry enters a period of growth, change and development, according to NATS.

The contract runs until December 2018 and focuses specifically on the assessment of safety culture at a Functional Airspace Block (FAB) level across Europe. Work will include:
•    Conducting a survey to understand inter-cultural issues for FABs
•    Conducting diagnostic workshops with staff within each surveyed Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) to validate and explore survey findings
•    Development of improvement plans and the transfer of knowledge and skills regarding safety culture to ANSP/FAB employees, encouraging self-reliance and independence

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