Safety in Norwegian aviation during the process of change
The Accident Investigation Board/Norway (AIBN) has been commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, to investigate how aviation safety will be maintained in the light of the major change processes taking place in the Norwegian civil aviation sector. The AIBN has chosen to limit the investigation to the period from 1 January 2000 up to the current date (July 2005), because there have been especially comprehensive changes in this period. At the New Year 2000, The Aeronautical Inspection Department (Luftfartsinspeksjonen) was split from the then Civil Aviation Administration (Luftfartsverket), which is now Avinor AS, and was established as an independent supervisory authority named the Civil Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authorities (Luftfartstilsynet). In addition, in the same period, the major aviation players in the state sector, infrastructure operators, air traffic services and aircraft operators have also implemented comprehensive and demanding processes of change. These are changes that are unique in international aviation, especially because they are taking place concurrently and, in some cases, at very high speed. This means that maintenance of safety in the air must be given a high priority, and be documented at all levels in the affected organisations.