The nineteenth report of the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) was published today. It covers statistics for all of 2007 together with findings on recorded Airprox incidents within UK airspace between July and December 2007.
During the last six months of 2007, 79 Airprox were reported and investigated, 21 fewer than the average of comparable figures recorded in each of the previous five years. The total number of Airprox in 2007 was 154 compared with 159 in 2006. Of these 154 incidents, 65 involved at least one Commercial Air Transport (CAT) aircraft compared with 74 in 2006. Five of the 65 incidents were judged as risk-bearing, the lowest number recorded in the period 1998 to 2007. For the second year running there were no Category A (actual risk of collision) events involving CAT aircraft recorded in 2007. Peter Hunt, Director UKAB, said: Todays report reveals that the improvements in flight safety of recent years are being maintained, and in many cases bettered, which is to be welcomed. Im sure that everyone involved in aviation, whether it be commercial, military or general aviation, will do their utmost to ensure this trend continues. UKAB reports, produced jointly for the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force, are principally aimed at UK pilots and air traffic controllers, both civil and military. Their purpose is to promote air safety awareness and understanding by identifying and sharing the lessons arising from UK Airprox incidents. The bi-annual UKAB reports are distributed in hardcopy and CD format. They are also downloadable from the UKAB website www.airproxboard.org.uk All Airprox reports are also published on the UKAB website some six to eight weeks after assessment by the Airprox Board.