Air Transport Association (ATA)
None CRQ 6
Air Transport Association (ATA), currently known as Airlines for America, gives a definition of “aircraft ground damage” as the damage of the exterior part of an aircraft, which can be caused by either personnel or equipment and requires any corrective action that is beyond inspection as well as sign-off that is often considered primarily under the control of ground operations personnel at the time of occurrence of damage. Aircraft ground image can occur during aircraft service operations such as loading or unloading of baggage or cargo.
To prevent aircraft ground damage, it is imperative for all stakeholders in the aviation industry to remain alert at all time. They should also try as much as possible to avoid horseplay and negligent behaviors. Another way of preventing aircraft ground damage is encouraging employees and every other person in the aviation industry to work with efficiency. The involvement of local leadership is essential, and they could prevent an occurrence of the same by reminding employees the importance of working safely and following procedures. Most importantly, those operating equipment should drive slowly especially when they are nearing aircraft.
The common causal factors in ground damage events include human factors such as voluntarily driving equipment into an aircraft, air traffic management errors, hazardous environments such as poor weather, malfunction of equipment around aircraft, and deficient maintenance of aircraft.
Lockout/tagout is another name for the OSHA Standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy, and it is used in aircraft maintenance serving the purpose of specifying requirements for the isolation of sources of energy with an eye on maintaining or protecting employees form danger posed by energy sources.
The primary responsibility of the Director of Safety in an aviation organization is to ensure the safety of every stakeholder in the organization from passengers to employees and managers.
Foreign object debris (FOD) refers to a substance that is considered alien to a particular system, and there is likelihood of such a substance causing damage particularly in aerospace settings. FOD includes tools or other items used in the repair and maintenance of aircraft, and they can get on the ramp when the responsible personnel forget to remove them from aircraft. One way of preventing damage to aircraft and equipment form FOD is ensuring that unnecessary tools and items are removed from an aircraft before takeoff.
Ground damage could interfere with an aircraft thus endangering the lives of everyone on board. Besides, ground damage increases the maintenance and repair costs for aircrafts and thus ought to be reduced.