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NTSB ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY AGENDA FOR PUBLIC AIRCRAFT FORUM



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                      NTSB PRESS RELEASE

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National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2011

 

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NTSB ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY AGENDA FOR PUBLIC AIRCRAFT FORUM

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today

announced the preliminary agenda for a two-day Public

Aircraft Oversight Safety Forum which will begin at 9:00

a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and continue through

Thursday, December 1st. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman

will chair the forum and all five Board Members will

participate. The forum is open to all and free to attend

(there is no registration).

 

Public aircraft are operated by a federal, state, or local

government for the purpose of fulfilling governmental

functions such as firefighting, search and rescue, law

enforcement, aeronautical research, or biological or

resource management. Government organizations conducting

public aircraft operations supervise their own flight

operations without oversight from the Federal Aviation

Administration (FAA).

 

The goals of the forum, entitled "Public Aircraft Oversight

Forum: Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions", are to (1)

raise awareness of the importance of effective oversight in

ensuring the safety of public aircraft operations; (2)

identify where responsibility lies for oversight of public

aircraft operations; and (3) facilitate the sharing of best

practices and lessons learned across a number of parties

involved in the oversight of public aircraft operations.

 

All of these areas will be explored through presentations by

invited representatives from federal, state, and local

government entities, aviation industry trade associations,

and civil operators contracting with government agencies. At

the conclusion of all presentations for each topic area,

presenters will take part in a question and answer

discussion with Board Members and NTSB staff.

 

Below is the preliminary forum agenda:

 

Wednesday, November 30

 

-     Welcome and Opening Remarks

-     Defining Public Aircraft

-     Defining Oversight

-     The Role of the FAA in Public Aircraft Oversight

-     Oversight of Government-Owned Aircraft

 

Thursday, December 1

 

-     Oversight of Contracted Aircraft

-     Contractors' Perspective on Public Aircraft Oversight

-     Role of Organizations Representing Public Aircraft

Operators and Contractors

-     Closing Remarks

 

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released

closer to the date of the event.

 

Organizations and individuals can submit questions for

consideration as part of the question and answer

discussions. Submissions should directly address one or more

of the forum's seven topic areas (identified by the panel

titles) and should be submitted to publicaircraft@xxxxxxxx.

The deadline for receipt is November 25, 2011.

 

The forum will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference

Center, located at 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington,

D.C. (directions may be found here:

http://www.ntsb.gov/about/contact.html).  The public can

view the forum in person or by webcast at www.ntsb.gov.

 

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NTSB Media Contact: Bridget Serchak

202-314-6100 (Washington, D.C.)

Bridget.serchak@xxxxxxxx

 

NTSB Forum Manager: Georgia Struhsaker

808-329-9161 (Hawaii)

Georgia.Struhsaker@xxxxxxxx

 

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