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I have recently been talking to the AAIB in some detail about the recent conversation on this forum regarding what is a reportable event.

To be clear, it is always better to give them a quick call to find out if your event is a reportable one by law on 01252 510300

In a nutshell though, a loose bolt found on a paramotor on the ground under pre flight inspection is not considered a reportable event.

The AAIB will respond on this forum once they have fully read the thread.


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It is important to note that the AAIB's job is to deal with aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK.

There is a system for the reporting of incidents which is defined in CAP 382 Mandatory Occurrence Reporting Scheme.This system normally applies to Public Transport Turbine operations but there is a provision for GA and therefore paramotoring.

It is important to note though the intention of the inclusion of this provision. Swamping the system with reports that fall outside the following advise is something to avoid.

CAP 382 / 5.4.4 It is of great importance to the success of the Scheme that the reporters keep firmly

in mind the concept of 'endangering' or 'potentially endangering', as used in the above definition, when deciding whether or not to submit a report. The primary objective of occurrence reporting is to monitor, disseminate and record for analysis, critical or potentially critical safety occurrences. It is not intended to collect and

monitor the normal flow of day-to-day defects/incidents etc. The latter is an important part of the overall flight safety task but procedures and systems already exist to carry out this function.

In the main these comprise industry responsibilities monitored overall by the CAA. When appropriate, such systems also provide the necessary records for statistical purposes. In order to achieve the above objectives for occurrence reporting, the criteria for a reportable occurrence need to be set above, in terms of the effect on safety, the normal day to day defects or minor incidents.

Over enthusiastic reporting of such items which fall below these criteria will involve unnecessary duplication and work to both the reporters and the CAA and will also tend, by sheer volume of data generated, to obscure the more significant safety items. Reporters should ensure that the content of their reports meets with the criteria and guidance laid out in Appendix B. Particular emphasis should be paid to ensuring that day to day operational anomalies, technical defects and routine reliability issues are dealt with via the normal organisational systems and procedures

Guys, I have put this note here just to develop an appreciation of the system that exists so that we can better understand it and use it where necessary. The note has no other purpose.

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