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FAA Kicks Off General Aviation Data Demonstration ProjectMarch 31– The FAA today announced the start of a one-year project to demonstrate the capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the general aviation (GA) community.  Voluntary data will be collected from GA pilots within 40 nautical miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The FAA and industry are working together through the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies. The demonstration project is the next step towards expanding ASIAS, already successfully used in commercial aviation, to the GA community to help identify safety risks and emerging threats. The project will collect public sector and proprietary data which will be protected.  The data will not be accessed or used for FAA enforcement.  The project will also explore potential new voluntary information sources such as digital flight data, pilot safety reports, manufacturer reports, and information voluntary provided from personal electronic devices.

Currently, ASIAS has access to 185 commercial aviation data sources including voluntary provided safety data. ASIAS partners with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) to monitor known risk, evaluate the effectiveness of deployed mitigations, and detect emerging hazards.  ASIAS has matured to the point that the FAA and industry can now leverage voluntarily provided safety data representing 96 percent of U.S. air carrier commercial operations. 

More information is available in the Federal Register.