Use of recorded data to improve safety
Operational Integrity & Assurance Manager – Air New Zealand
Alan joined the RNZAF in 1975 as an aircraft engineer before moving to the aircrew ranks in 1984 as a Flight Engineer on the C130 then the Boeing 727. In 1995 he joined Air New Zealand as a Flight Engineer on the B747-200 before shifting to the UK in 1999 to join Virgin Atlantic. In 2000 Alan hung up the headset, finished flying, and moved to the Virgin Atlantic Safety Department as the Flight Safety Manager. In 2003 Alan became Head of Safety Services of Safety Services and was responsible for all aspects of Flight, Cabin and Ground safety at Virgin Atlantic.
In late 2005 Alan re-joined Air NZ, this time in the role of Operational Integrity Manager. At the time the role was responsible for the development of both the flight data (FOQA) and operational risk management programmes within Flight Operations at Air NZ. In 2006 Alan picked up the investigations portfolio and today he is involved in all aspects of the Air NZ Safety Management System, in particular the operational safety investigations, the flight data programme, operational risk management and safety promotion and training. In 2012 Alan was awarded the Cecil. A. Brownlow Award from the Flight Safety Foundation as Editor of the best global safety publication. In 2016 Alan was the winner of the Air New Zealand ICON Award for the Flight Operations Division.
Alan has a particular focus on continuously improving all elements of the company’s safety culture, in particular Just Culture where he is an Air New Zealand Just Culture champion and trainer.