Governance, Risk & Compliance

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March 30, 2011

NATA Launches RA Check Version 2.0



The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched the new and improved RA Check version 2.0, an online tool that combines highly comprehensive Federal Aviation Administration-endorsed Risk Assessment with the automation in order to make its use quick, easy, and accurate.

In a press release, David Vernon, director of Technology Initiatives at NATA, said, “So far, more than 100 companies have utilized RA Check to make over 300,000 automated safety checks, and today this tool becomes even more convenient and accommodating with its second major release.”

RA Check has accomplished a very important role in safety management programs with the perfect combination of sound safety risk assessment methodology and convenient automation features. Tools like RA Check are greatly improving the business balance between safety and productivity. Some of the features of the RA Check include: it can be used as a stand-alone tool without integrating with Computing Technologies for Aviation's Flight Operating System (FOS); and it enables to customize criteria settings that means operators can set parameters to their own specifications and even eliminate and add criteria as necessary.

Benefits of the RA Check include: a streamlining process; creating situational awareness by focusing only on factors that pertain to each particular flight; alerting crewmembers to proactive safety measures for a particular flight; reducing training time, standardizing results and removing subjectivity; setting realistic operational thresholds; and easy implementation of comprehensive Risk Assessment methodology.

One of the users of the tool, Jet Aviation’s vice president of Flight Logistics, Matt Feinstein, said, “Risk assessment is not new to our operation, but RA Check’s automation makes it a good fit for us. The RA Check interface is easy, Web-based, and integrated with our scheduling system, three factors that have led to quick acceptance by crewmembers and other employees who use the system.”


Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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