The pilot program mirrors existing voluntary safety
reporting programs for other FAA lines of business. For
example, the Air Traffic Safety Action Program, through
the Air Traffic Organization, allows air traffic
controller and other employees to voluntarily report
safety and operational concerns.
“The FAA has
a workforce dedicated to the agency's safety mission,”
said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta. “This program
will offer formal voluntary reporting opportunities to
even more of our employees.”
"The expansion of the AVRS marks an important step in
our many collaborative efforts with the FAA to
strengthen our commitment to improving aviation safety
through open, non-punitive reporting systems," NATCA
President Paul Rinaldi said. "It's another way the FAA
is growing the scope of its safety culture."
FAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NATCA,
which represents 338 of the 550 Airports employees. As
part of the agreement, a NATCA representative will sit
on the Board to address reports filed by NATCA
bargaining unit employees.
"It is nice to share the Office of Airports vision for a
safety reporting system that is collaborative and will
directly and comprehensively address the safety concerns
of both FAA and NATCA," said NATCA Regional Vice
president Mike MacDonald. "Removing the fear of
retaliation is an important step forward."
and managers will receive training on how to use the
online reporting system, information about the AVRS
process, and reporting timelines.