The International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association (IAGSA) is a non-profit association supported by its members, whose mandate is to promote and enhance safety in the airborne geophysics survey industry. With initial backing from some of the leading companies in worldwide geophysics, IAGSA was incorporated in November 1995 and is currently working on developing standards and recommended practices for the industry.

Geophysical survey companies that operate aircraft form IAGSA’s core membership, but others such as mining companies that require the results of geophysical surveys and aviation companies that provide geophysical survey flying share a direct interest and responsibility for the overall safety of survey flying. The latter groups are actively participating as Associate members of IAGSA.

While the aircraft captain has the final responsibility for the safety of any particular flight, many of the parameters that have a direct bearing on flight safety have been predetermined by client company survey specifications, survey company data collection considerations and aircraft operating company requirements. IAGSA brings these different groups together to find common ways to advance safety.


IAGSA’s activities are aimed at promoting and enhancing safety, include the following:

  • Develop standards and recommended practices related to the operation of aircraft used in geophysical survey.
  • Provide a central clearing house for the exchange of safety related information within the industry.
  • Organize meetings and seminars to discuss and resolve safety issues.
  • Prepare a safety manual incorporating an industry-wide approach to airborne operations.
  • Maintain a central database on accidents, incidents and safety actions.
  • Analyze and distribute information on survey industry accidents and incidents.
  • Work with client and provider companies to develop common safety standards.
  • Maintain cooperative relations and represent the industry’s interest to regulatory authorities and facilitate a common approach to safety agencies.
  • Provide advice and consulting services to individual member firms related to safety issues.


The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. IOGP members produce 40% of the world’s oil and gas. They operate in all producing regions: the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian, Asia and Australia.

IOGP serve industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. IOGP also act as a uniquely upstream forum in which their members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

Although IOGP covers all aspects of the oil and gas production safety standards, Bell Geospace primarily use their resources for aviation standards and best practice for survey operations.


The IAGC provides a setting for member companies to address issues of industry importance. The ultimate aim is to achieve step-change improvement in HSSE performance in worldwide geophysical operations.

The IAGC has representatives from all major geophysical contractors including land, marine, electromagnetic, gravity, and magnetic, who are focused on being proactive in the areas of HSSE. The IAGC develops guidance documents that address security issues impacting the industry. It also supports and contributes to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) guidance documents.

The IAGC has several sustaining initiatives that provide significant value to its members in their pursuit of best practices. They provide access to a database of injuries and fatal incidents that occurred in the execution of geophysical activity dating to 1966. The data provides information about the cause, location, type of activity involved and environment. The purpose of maintaining this database is to assist our members in continual mitigation of hazards and risks, as well as improving practices that lead to fewer incidents.

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