Helicopter LOSA


Helicopter LOSA

A Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) is a proactive, formal process that requires expert and highly trained observers to observe operations in real-time and to collect safety-related data on environmental conditions, operational complexity, and human performance in the cockpit. Numerous operator and environmental threats exist in the rotary wing environment. These threats can be due to weather, delays, maintenance, procedures, and more. A LOSA is an ideal way to identify these threats and understand pilot responses. LOSA also reveals how errors and undesired aircraft states are managed by pilots.

LOSA is not a checkride or a line check. LOSA is confidential and nonpunitive. A LOSA is conducted by a non-threatening company employee (typically another pilot) who rides along taking notes on what is happening during the course of a normal flight. Once all the data are collected then a report is written and recommendations are made to management to both reinforce the positives and improve the negatives. A LOSA enables organizations to manage threats and errors so that those threats and errors do not turn into accidents and incidents in the future. With LOSA, you are being predictive—which is the ultimate form of proactive safety!



LOSA Implementation Package
(we can do it all for you)

Our robust LOSA courses are designed to enable operators to implement a LOSA completely on their own. However, many operators choose our full LOSA Implementation Package. Our LOSA package includes:

  • Continuous access to the TACG LOSA team
  • Preliminary assistance
  • LOSA training for Steering Committee and company (internal) observers
  • Company (internal) observer calibration check/tweak
  • External observers (optional: we can conduct partial, or all, observations)
  • LOSA software
  • Data cleaning and integrity check assistance
  • Data analysis and report writing
  • Presentation of findings and delivery of final report to the Steering Committee
  • Line Operations Safety Audit Data Exchange (LOSADE)


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Helicopter LOSA Course
(we teach you how to do it on your own)




The 10 Operating Characteristics of LOSA:

  • Jumpseat Observations During Normal Flight Operations
  • Joint Management/Pilots' Association Sponsorship
  • Voluntary Crew Participation
  • De-identified, Confidential, and Non-Disciplinary Data Collection
  • Targeted Observation Form
  • Trained and Calibrated Observers
  • Trusted Data Repository
  • Data Verification
  • Targets for Enhancement
  • Feedback Results to the Line Pilots


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