What is CAHRS?
Confidential Aviation Hazard Reporting System is a voluntary, non-punitive, confidential reporting system established by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). It provides a channel for the voluntary reporting of aviation occurrences or hazards while protecting the reporter's identify.
The CAHRS system does not eliminate the need for mandatory reporting of aircraft accidents and incidents to the AIID under the existing aviation regulations. Reporters are urged to report accidents and incidents to the AIID On-Call Investigator on AiidInbox@caa.co.za /+27 (0) 60 991 9915.
Who can file a CAHRS report?
Anyone who wishes to report a hazard or system deficiency voluntarily and confidentially. This includes members of the public or those involved in aviation. Reporters are encouraged to make use of their organisation's internal SMS voluntary reporting system where applicable, unless they have no access to such a system or the hazard is deemed beyond the scope of their organisation's purview.
What may be reported with CAHRS?
Note: the list below is not exhaustive:
What is not a reportable safety concern?
Unlawful aviation activities. If you wish to provide information about unlawful aviation activities, you should contact the SACAA enforcement on email@example.com. For suspected fraud contact the SACAA Fraudline 0800 997 263
The objectives of CAHRS
What is confidential?
Personal information about the reporter is confidential. It is encouraged that the reporter keeps his/her identity confidential, by not copying in personnel from within or outside the reporter's organization to the report.
Is an anonymous report via CAHRS acceptable?
Anonymous reports, i.e. without a name or phone number, will be accepted. However, less significance may be attributed to such a report, as the reporter cannot be contacted for further relevant information, which may be required for analysis.
What are the possible outcomes from a CAHRS report?
Why is it important to report hazards?
Reporting of hazards assist in identifying aviation hazards, risks and trends that might lead to potential incidents and accidents. In certain instances these are overlooked and only picked up when a loss of life and damage to property, have occurred.
How to report a hazard
CAHRS reports can be submitted by the online form. Click here to access the form; or obtain Confidential Aviation Hazard Reporting System (CAHRS) forms from the SACAA offices.
Complete the forms and submit them to the SACAA Building 1 or 2 receptionist: 16 Treur Close, Waterfall Park, Bekker Street Midrand.
Electronic copies may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens after your report has been submitted:
How to report an accident
Guidance Material and information
How to become an investigator
Aircraft accident reports
Occurrence reports & graphs
Report an Accident or Incident