Seal for the National Commission on Miiitary Aviation Safety. NCMAS

National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

About Us

Congress created the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The Commission’s purpose is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress, and the Defense Department for improving aviation safety and readiness in the military.

While each service has its own safety program, and has previously investigated its own mishaps, we have a broad charter to examine aviation mishaps across all of the services to reveal safety trends, identify shortcomings, and highlight best practices.

We are reviewing and analyzing the findings from aviation mishaps occurring between 2013 and 2018.

We are looking for aggregate trends from previous mishaps, including lessons learned and how they are being incorporated into current operations, training, and maintenance procedures.

We are reviewing organizational and supervisory influence, human factors, training, physiological effects, maintenance, operational tempo, and outside aviation environmental factors.

We are hosting a series of focus groups and town halls with service members from a variety of backgrounds, including aircrews, mechanics, and logisticians. We are seeking input from those with specialized backgrounds, experiences, and skills applicable to military aviation safety.

Photograph of Commission Chairman Cody, Vice Chairman Healing, and Commissioner Donnelly listening to a presentation of soldiers in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade phase dock hanger, with AH-64 Apache helicopter in the backgroundWe are visiting service safety centers and operational commands. We are visiting maintenance, training and flight centers. We are looking at supply chains and visiting depots. We are also seeking out best practices in civil aviation.

We will submit our report to the President and to the congressional defense committees in 2020, in which we will outline our findings and propose recommendations to improve the safety and readiness of military aviation.