For Immediate Release

July 13, 2013
Contact: Alison Duquette or Les Dorr
Phone: 202-267-3883


The Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) programhas access to 185 data sources including voluntary provided safety data.ASIAS partners with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) to monitor known risk, evaluate the effectiveness of deployed mitigations, and detect emerging hazards.

There are currently 43 Part 121 member air carriers and six corporate operators participating in ASIAS. It continues to evolve but has matured to the point that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry can now leverage voluntarily provided safety data representing 96 percent of U.S. air carrier commercial operations.  

ASIAS has access to Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs from 26 Part 121 air carriers and two corporate operators and Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) data from flightcrews, maintenance, and other employees from 43 Part 121 air carriers.  ASIAS also accesses reports in the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), which provides air traffic controllers with a way to report potential safety hazards.

Six of CAST's 76 safety enhancements have been based on non?accident data provided by ASIAS. Additionally, ASIAS partners with CAST teams monitoring the effectiveness of deployed safety enhancements. ASIAS currently has four CAST metric categories in active monitoring comprising 59 distinct metrics.

Aviation Safety InfoShare is a semiannual meeting of over 500 air carrier, government, and manufacturing safety professionals in a protected environment that facilitates sharing of safety issues and best practices.  It’s linked to ASIAS to help detect and analyze systemic safety issues.

ASIAS currently retains access to a wide variety of both public and proprietary data sources.  Each source provides information from different parts of the National Airspace System (NAS).  Current examples include—

  • ACAS (AirCraft Analytical System)
  • ASAP (Aviation Safety Action Program)
  • ASDE–X (Airport Surface Detection Equipment–Model X)
  • ASPM (Airspace Performance Metrics)
  • ASRS (Aviation Safety Reporting System)
  • ATSAP (Air Traffic Safety Action Program)
  • FOQA (Flight Operational Quality Assurance)
  • METAR (Meteorological Aviation Report)
  • NFDC (National Flight Data Center)
  • NOP (National Offload Program office track data)
  • SDR (Service Difficulty Reports)
  • TFMS (Traffic Flow Management System)

ASIAS uses FOQA and ASAP data from 43 air carriers that represent 96 percent of commercial operations in the NAS and includes ATSAP data.

Available data includes—

  • Current number of ASAP reports:  141,000
  • Current number of FOQA reports:  12 million operations
  • Current number of ATSAP reports:  56,000

The FAA plans to increase the numbers and types of participants following a phased expansion plan to include other parts of the aviation community. ASIAS will include domestic corporate general aviation operations, military operations, helicopter operations, manufacturers, and other government agencies.

ASIAS members

The public can access some data at www.asias.faa.gov.

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