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LOSA (Line Operations Safety Audit)

Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) is a powerful and well-established methodology for using jumpseat observers to assess normal line operations.

Endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the aim of LOSA is to identify operational risks before incidents occur.

A small, select group of line pilots from your airline are trained to be LOSA observers and they collect data in a de-identified manner. The Line Operations Safety Audit therefore collects detailed information on real line performance, as opposed to the “best case” performance recorded during line checks.

Clockwork Research has extensive experience conducting LOSAs for airlines including easyJet, Cathay Pacific and OMNI Helicopters International.  We undertake the training of observers and provide ongoing support to ensure the integrity of the information collected.

Clockwork Research can also assist by undertaking a thorough analysis of the data to outline operational risks, with findings detailed in a comprehensive report.

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We have been working closely with Clockwork since 2013. They have been instrumental in the airline successfully setting up an effective fatigue programme, through an in-depth analysis of the airlines operations and produced excellent training materials to improve the crew understanding of fatigue. The staff at Clockwork are extremely knowledgeable and professional, making it easy to achieve good results in reducing the risks associated with fatigue in our very complex environment.open quote

Russel Ellis

Director, Operations Control

Air Astana

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Clockwork’s insights and experience enabled us to improve our data collection rates and their analytical skills offered invaluable insights into operational issues. It is fair to say that Clockwork has caused us to completely rethink our LOSA process, turning it into a true added-value proposition.open quote

Norman MacLeod

Human Factors Manager

Cathay Pacific Airlines

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We embarked on a complex project with Clockwork and the team at Clockwork were receptive to our ideas and made sure they immersed themselves in our own company culture. This relationship building gave us the ability to give open and honest feedback from both parties which resulted in an excellent programme that our cabin crew could use that was appropriate to their roles and easy to relate to.open quote

Matt Whipp

Manager SEP, Security & AvMed Training

Virgin Atlantic Airways