By controlling and reducing flight-related risks, the aviation industry has significantly improved the safety of air travel in the 21st century. Currently, the safest form of transportation in the world is provided by the aviation sector. However, aviation accidents that may be avoided nonetheless still happen in the industry. The aviation authorities and the industry are therefore working together to continuously enhance safety management. An important part of recognizing hazards and preventing accidents in aviation is the use of the flight risk assessment tool. We shall go into great detail about Flight Risk Assessment Tool in this blog post.
A flight risk assessment tool is the method by which pilots or other members of the flight safety team assess the risk level of an upcoming flight. Its abbreviation is usually used as ‘FRAT’. The flight risk assessment tool is also known as the ‘Aviation Risk Assessment Tool’ or ‘Flight Risk Assessment Form’ in some regions. Even if a flight risk assessment can be used in flight or after a flight, It is used before a flight in common to mitigate flight risks in advance.
Every flight has naturally some level of risk. In order to build a review process and create risk mitigation methods, pilots must be able to distinguish, in advance, between a low-risk flight and a high-risk flight. A flight risk assessment tool makes it possible to identify hazards in advance and can represent risk visually. It is a crucial tool that can help pilots in making better go or no-go decisions and should be used on every flight.
The broadest range of evaluation criteria can take into account factors including aircraft condition, weather, airport and runway condition, pilot condition, pilot fatigue level, and risk trends.
2.How does a conventional Flight Risk Assessment work?
In conventional Flight Risk Assessment Tools, in general, the pilot responds to several questions digitally or on paper. These questions relate to the weather/runway and the pilot’s condition. Each question has the predetermined value of influencing the final risk score. At the end of the evaluation, the scores are summed up and the pilot sees the final flight risk score. Usually, these scores are visualized as green-low risk, amber-moderate risk, and red-high risk.
What does a flight risk assessment score mean for pilots? If the risk score is in green, the pilot does not need to take any additional action. If the score is in amber, it is recommended that the pilot take some mitigation action to mitigate flight risk. If the score is in the red, it is advised that the pilot exercise extreme caution, take additional precautions, or cancel the flight.
While Safevix does not use the conventional assessment method, it provides the most accurate and fastest flight risk score with the power of advanced data analysis and artificial intelligence. In that way, Safevix offers the most advanced Flight Risk Assessment Tool to air operators and private pilots. You may check our How It Works? Page to have more detailed information about our Risk assessment algorithm.
3.Purpose of a Flight Risk Assessment Tool
As part of a Safety Management System (SMS), a flight risk assessment tool assists in the proactive detection of potential risks and the application of risk management methods to reduce risks. With the aid of these tools, air carriers/private pilots will be able to identify which flights pose the greatest risk and intervene to lower it when necessary. The main purpose of a FRAT is to identify the flight risk, analyze it, take mitigation actions and ultimately reduce the flight risk.
In this context, if the necessary mitigation actions cannot be taken after the assessment, it means that the FRAT has not been used effectively.
4.Benefits of using a FRAT for Private Pilots
There is no dispatcher, planner, or captain to assist a private pilot before the flight. In many cases, the pilot has to make many decisions on her/his own. Therefore, the pilot should use supportive tools as effectively as possible to ensure flight safety.
The key benefits can be listed as follow;
Solid go / no-go decision
Safer flight by reducing risk
Clear flight risk mitigation possibility
Improvement in flight safety
Improvement on self awareness
5.Benefits of using a FRAT for Air Operators
There is no doubt that safety should come first for a flight organization. Flight risk assessment is one of the pillars of safety management. Using an effective FRAT affects the safety culture throughout an air operator company. Performance safety may directly be impacted by safety culture. Workarounds, cost-saving measures, and risky actions or judgments will result if someone believes that safety is not really important, even temporarily. This is especially true when there is a tiny perceived risk rather than an obvious risk.
The key benefits of using effective FRAT for air operators can be listed as follow;
Reduces risk of accident/incident
Provides proactive risk mitigation possibility
Enables tracking the risk management performance
Enables to track pilot’s risk mitigation performance
Increases passengers and pilot’s trust in the organization
Improves company safety culture
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The FRAT is an easy and fast-to-use tool that should be used by both air operators and private pilots. Once a pilot decides to take off, they will encounter an environment and circumstances that are constantly changing. While some are quite well-known and manageable, others can be difficult and unfamiliar. They might even encounter very hazardous emergency situations. They can manage any circumstance the better prepared they are before the flight. It guarantees both their own safety and that of others who depend on them.