Zero Crash Rate Is Australia's Goal

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The Aviation Safety Foundation of Australia says it hopes to eliminate aviation accidents through a new education program. "Our aim is to reduce crash rates to zero," said Mark Riley, of Zauril Aviation, who developed the program. "This program has the power to change aviation safety in Australia like nothing else," he told the Border Mail newspaper. The program takes an airline-like approach to GA pilot proficiency, through recurrent training, and will be offered throughout the country starting later this year. Riley said there are eight modules covering flight skills, discipline, situational awareness, risk control and decision making. Foundation CEO Gary Lawson-Smith said the training was designed based on recent fatal accidents and the deductions of reports from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. "We know that 85 percent-plus plane crashes are caused by human error," he said. "Just like bad drivers; it's not the car that's at fault, it's the person behind the wheel and it can be the same with planes."