For every Airprox incident assessed, the Board determines one or more contributory factors. These tell us why events started in each instance and signpost the lessons to emerge. Attention paid to contributory factors is worthwhile because it is likely to deliver and promote better prevention of future incidents.
Contributory factors have been developed for each of the 9 mid-air-collision safety barriers, which provide a taxonomy for assessing the contributions of both the ground and flight elements of the incident. Although there are many nuances within each Airprox, categorising contributory factors using the standardised list below provides an ability to determine long-term trends and themes.
UKAB Contributory Factors - 2019
UKAB Contributory Factors - 2020
Risk level assessments are made on the basis of what actually took place and not on what may or may not have happened. There are four categories, A - D agreed at international level, and one UK category, E, as follows:
Guidelines on Contributory Factors and Risk - June 2019