UKAB is responsible for:
Making Safety Recommendations when appropriate, aimed at reducing the likelihood of a recurrence of any given Airprox event;
Communicating the findings set out in UKAB's formal Reports to the widest possible audience in the UK’s civil and military flying operation centres and air traffic control units;
Delivering presentations on the UKAB and its work to civil and military aviation audiences and influential groups associated with the aviation community; and
Identifying, analysing and alerting the CAA and the MoD to the prime causal factors of Airprox.
Board Members together form a team of highly experienced practitioners with first-hand civil and military ‘know how’ on Air Traffic Control disciplines; Commercial Air Transport (CAT) and General Aviation (GA) rotary, fixed wing and glider flying and military flying undertaken by the RN, Army, the RAF and UK-based USAF aircraft.
Board Members are selected for acknowledged expertise in their particular field of aviation. Members are nominated by civil/ military organisations, sitting as experts in their own right and not representing any group or organisation.
Advisors attend Board meetings to provide expert advice on their particular specialisation. Advisors from areas such as the CAA's Airspace Regulatory, Flight Operations and Air Traffic Services Investigations teams, the MOD's Military Aviation Authority (MAA), Military ATC Operations specialists, and NATS attend the Board routinely, whilst those from other associations and agencies come along as and when their specialist knowledge is required.
A small Secretariat supports the work of the Board. The three Inspectors in the Secretariat have considerable experience in flight operational and air traffic control disciplines.
The Director UKAB chairs the Board and leads the Secretariat, thereby providing a managerial link between the two teams. The current Director learned to fly in the University Air Squadron whilst at Leeds University and has been involved in aviation throughout his entire career. He was a fast-jet pilot in the Royal Air Force, rose to the rank of Air Commodore, and spent many years involved with operational command and control. Having now retired from the Royal Air Force, he enjoys keeping his hand in as a budding glider pilot.