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Sleep Deprivation Chamber
8th Jan 2006, 04:54
The transport ministry has worked out a draft framework for revising the Aviation Law to require airline operators to report minor problems such as engine component trouble, according to ministry officials.
The revision -- planned to be implemented in the fall -- is aimed at establishing measures to prevent accidents by collecting information on various problems and analyzing their causes, officials at the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said.
Under the current law, airplane captains are only required to report accidents and serious incidents such as overshooting the runway.
The ministry also plans to require airlines to report mechanical glitches and when an aircraft fails to fly at the altitude assigned by air traffic controllers, according to the draft.
Airlines would be required under the revised law to compile internal rules on safety management, including a manual on reporting blunders to the ministry and within the company.
The ministry plans to limit companies that can work on aircraft maintenance to those certified by the transport minister, amid increasing outsourcing of maintenance work overseas, they said.
Last year, Japanese airlines experienced a series of problems, with a Japan Airlines plane trying to leave an airport without obtaining permission and an All Nippon Airways plane flying 1,600 meters higher than instructed.
The Japan Times: Jan. 8, 2006

Sick Squid
8th Jan 2006, 15:15
Interesting. Some intelligent data-mining of the information could lead to an early spotting of serious trends. Could be a very good move this one, if implemented correctly. Will be interesting to watch develop. Or is the reporting framework lax at the moment, and this is bringing things in Japan up to the standard of the reporting elsewhere?

Sleep Deprivation Chamber
8th Jan 2006, 16:41
Probably depends if they make the reporting penalty-free. If pilots have to report and then they end up with a mark on their record, companies will do what happens often here when problems occur--try to sweep it under the rug and hope it dissapears.

BTW (The media is now reporting that two JAL planes had reversers were locked and did not deploy on landing --one today, one last July). No end in sight for JAL's woes. . .:ugh: