Air Safety Group Archives

Scope and Content

Collection includes reports, Chairman's reports, meeting minutes and correspondence of the Air Safety Group.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Air Safety Group is a small independent body which was founded in 1964 for the purpose of drawing attention to aspects of safety which were receiving insufficient attention from the aviation industry and its regulatory authorities. The particular issue which brought the Group into being was the controversy concerning the relative safeties of the two Jet fuels, Jet A and Jet B.

Subsequently almost every issue affecting the safety of civil air transport has been considered and many acted upon, actions taking the form of correspondence with the authorities (Department of Transport, CAA, EASA, FAA, & lCAO), meetings with the CAA, questions in Parliament, letters to the aviation and daily press, and correspondence with numerous associations and individuals.

The Group is open to any individual interested in furthering safety in air transport. Whilst corporate membership is not permitted, the Group welcomes individuals from other associations and professional bodies as members in their own right. Membership includes engineers, pilots, cabin staff, doctors, Journalists and Parliamentarians. Many members are members also of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The Air Safety Group has political affiliates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords but it must be stressed that the Group is independent and is strictly non-party political.

The Group co-operates with other bodies with similar aims, and was pleased to record that in 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between itself and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. Under this MoU, the Group provides, as required, aviation safety advice to the Council. Joint Group/PACTS meetings are held two or three times a year.

The Group believes that, as a small, multi-disciplinary, non-establishment body, it can help to maintain and improve standards through a process of constructive criticism.

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