Published on May 24th, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA Annual Safety Review for Ireland 2014

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The Annual Safety Review for Ireland 2014 has been published and overall it was quite a good year for aviation safety in Ireland. There were no fatal aviation accidents during 2014 involving Irish registered or Irish operated Commercial Air Transport aeroplanes or helicopters nor were there any fatal accidents involving the General Aviation community. There were small numbers of non-fatal accidents and serious incidents involving both commercial air transport and general aviation operators, details of which are provided in the report.

An overview of the reports findings are below, the full report contains much more in-depth analysis.

General Statistics:

  • There were 1188 aircraft on the Irish register on 31st Dec 2014 which is slight decrease (2%) since 2013. Most sectors saw a slight decrease in the number of registered aircraft, the exception being the microlight fleet which has increased by almost 10% to 148 aircraft since last year.
  • The report reflects over 700,000 movements by the main Irish AOC Holders in 2014 which represents approximately 2% increase on last year.
  • The IAA received over 7,200 mandatory occurrence reports in 2014, over 96% of which were low risk. The IAA has engaged with reporting entities to help eliminate unnecessary reporting under the mandatory scheme and consequently there was a 6% decrease in the amount of reports received since 2013. Irish operators have one on the strongest reporting cultures in the EU based on an occurrence reporting survey of EU operators in 2013.
  • The number of arrivals and departures at aerodromes located within Ireland also rose during 2014. The flight hours and movements at the main Irish aerodromes licenced for public use both increased by approximately 15% since 2013.

Safety Performance Summary

  • The State Safety Plan for Ireland identifies key Safety Performance Indicators for both Commercial and non-Commercial air operations in the State along with associated tier 1 (accidents and serious incidents) safety targets. The safety targets are that there would be no accidents or serious incidents due to the key safety risks identified for Commercial Air Transport Operators and that the number of accidents or serious incidents is reduced for General Aviation.
  • The total number of accidents and serious incidents in 2014 involving commercial operators was 20, the same number as in 2013. In 2014 there were 9 accidents and 11 serious incidents in this sector, none of which resulted in fatalities or serious injury to persons and one of which resulted in minor injuries to passengers during disembarkation. The targets for accidents and serious incidents were achieved for all key risks identified in the State Safety Plan with the exception of Ground Operations (2 ground collision accidents in Ireland), Mid-Air Collision events (2 serious incidents) and Fire/Fumes related events (2 serious incidents). Fire safety is extremely important since you can never predict where and how a fire can start. Read about The Woolsey Fire – Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, CA to enlighten yourself about wildfires and arm yourself with all the right measures to avoid perishing from such a disaster.
  • There were 11 accidents and 2 serious incidents involving general aviation in 2014 over twice the number recorded in 2013. Half (6) of these occurrences involved foreign registered aircraft. Four of the accidents involved operations from airstrips and three accidents and one serious incident involved power loss on take-off. Both of these risks are specifically targeted for improvement in the State Safety Plan.
Total no. of accidents, fatal accidents and serious incidents involving GA:AW aeroplanes

Total no. of accidents, fatal accidents and serious incidents involving GA and AW aeroplanes

Total no. of accidents, fatal accidents and serious incidents involving microlight aircraft

Total no. of accidents, fatal accidents and serious incidents involving microlight aircraft

  • There were two non-fatal accidents involving commercial transport operations at the main Irish aerodromes licenced for public use. Both involved ground collisions and whereas no injuries were recorded substantial damage to aircraft occurred.
  • Four year trends were established on key safety indicators for air operations based on mandatory reports submitted to IAA from all sources. The vast majority of these reports are classified as low severity with minimal or no affect on safety
    • Decreasing trends for occurrences categorised as loss of control in-flight and birdstrikes
    • Steady trends for occurrences categorised as controlled flight into terrain, mid-air collision and runway excursion
    • Increasing trends for occurrences categorised as runway incursion, ground operations and laser attacks.

Four year trends were also established for key safety indicators in the Air Navigation Services domain addressing occurrences at Irish public aerodromes involved in international flights: – Decreasing trends for separation minima infringements – Increasing trends for runway incursions, deviation from ATC clearance, level busts and airspace infringements

  • During 2014 the three licenced parachuting clubs conducted over 13,000 jumps. A total of four parachutists sustained injuries (eg ankle injuries) during the landing phase that required medical attention.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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