No two flight operations are alike, but most Risk Assessment Tools (RAT) treat operators as if they are all the same. It is important to tailor and adapt your RAT to effectively capture your specific risk levels.
The Whole Operation
Risk assessments should include more than just the flight itself. In addition to flight, risk factors for private aviation can include maintenance and ground operations.
Using machinery and specialized equipment, hazardous chemicals, dispatching an aircraft after maintenance, or even small modifications can introduce risk to an operation. Evaluating these risks prior to dispatching an aircraft is vital.
Hangar rash, fuel spills, a bad-catering order, or oil on the hangar floor are just some examples of potential risks on the ground.
It is important for your system to have separate RATs for each area of your operation to reduce the length of each form and prevent personnel from having to look through factors that do not apply to them.