At the College of Aviation, safety is not just a rhetorical exercise. Rather it is a very practical exercise in risk identification, measurement and mitigation. The focus on safety is broad in scope in that it extends from the classroom to the laboratory to the flight line to the skies above them all. The culture of safety touches every individual in the college, the type and quality of equipment used by the college and the manner in which those individuals use that equipment. Safety is at the core of what we do.
A key element of the safety program is the Collegiate Aviation Safety Reporting System (CASRS) that enables any member of the college, faculty, student or staff, to conveniently report safety-related events. Based on methodologies employed by major airlines, the web-based system automatically generates e-mail messages to appropriate individuals at key points in the process. Protocols have been established to determine event causation and, where appropriate, remediation without retribution. Finally, the collected data, which is retained in both identified and de-identified forms, is stored in such a way as to facilitate easy trend analyses leading to risk identification and mitigation.