Being proactive has served the Department of the Interior (DOI) well. In 1975, the DOI recorded its first annual aircraft accident rate, of 18.87 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. This rate became the benchmark from which all subsequent accident rates would be measured. In FY22, the annual aircraft accident rate was 3.77% per 100K flight hours. A historical analysis demonstrates a decrease in accident rates over the last decade, a milestone in the improvement of DOI aviation safety. By working cooperatively to reaffirm our commitment to safety, the goal of zero aircraft accidents is attainable.
The DOI has also implemented an Aviation Safety Awards Program, which recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations for exceptional acts or service in support of aviation safety and aircraft accident prevention. The program consists of the following awards: In-Flight Action, Safe Flying, Airward, Significant Contributions to Aviation Safety, and the Departmental Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety.
It is an OAS philosophy that no mission is so important that people should be exposed to unnecessary risk and that, "safety should be first, each and every time, in everything we do."