System Safety Management contains activities that enable development and implementation of policies, processes and analytical tools that the FAA and industry will use to ensure that changes introduced with NextGen enhance or do not degrade safety while delivering benefits.
Timeline for Achieving OIs and Capabilities
1 Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) is realigning enabling activities based on a new 5-year plan, which refines the original five capabilities listed in the 2012 Appendix B into seven new capabilities that better defines the development work. The new enabling activities are Expanded ASIAS Participation, ASIAS Data and Data Standards, Enhanced ASIAS Architecture, Upgraded and Expanded ASIAS Analytical Capabilities, Vulnerability Discovery, ASIAS Studies and Results, and ASIAS Collaboration Capabilities. They replace Enhanced Query Capabilities, Airspance Facility Data, General Aviation Flight Data, Enhanced Stakeholder Access, and Enhanced Data Standards.
Selected Work Activities
1 OI 109304: Enhanced Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (2013-2015)
- Supported by NextGen System Development and ASIAS
- Completed: Deployed capabilities that fuse text and digital data from proprietary and government sources
- Completed: Developed a prototype of an information retrieval and indexing system that demonstrates the ability to detect National Airspace System (NAS) risks that have a one in 3 million chance of occurrence with a probability of 95% using multiple ASIAS data sources and a single search directive
- Completed: Incorporated NAS facility performance and additional data into ASIAS database, i.e., outage data, traffic management data, sector complexity data
- Completed: Established agreements with two of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research members Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of North Dakota to include digital data from general aviation aircraft
- Demonstrate use of aggregate high-end general aviation data to identify, measure and track general aviation-related safety risks
- Deploy track visualization tools on ASIAS portal to provide search interface and additional data for ASIAS participants, such as weather, runway configurations and threaded track
- Develop a Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) sampling plan to ensure statistically significant representation of aircraft types and equipage in the ASIAS FOQA archive
- Incorporate general aviation data into the ASIAS data set
- Report on data currently being captured by aircraft sensors useful to safety analysis that should be incorporated into the revised FOQA standard, including data from new technologies
- Demonstrate the ability to link available voice recorder data to other data sources for retrieval, e.g., given a threaded track, find the associated voice tapes
- Deploy capability to detect anomalies from aggregated views of track data and other FAA data sources for identification of safety risks
- Deploy the capability to query multiple databases with a graphical interface, both FAA and proprietary, with one search directive to retrieve information of interest to safety analysts in an efficient manner
- Prioritize known risk monitoring metrics specifically for NextGen system changes based upon risk prioritization assessment framework and timeline for changes
- Establish required data standards for all voluntary safety reports used by ASIAS, including ASAP for all domains and ATSAP reports
- Develop a plan to ensure statistically significant representation of maintenance, dispatch, and cabin safety voluntary reporting programs in the ASIAS archive
- Deploy portal based capabilities organized by airport of "airport scorecard" for selected airports based upon the risk assessment framework
Descriptions of OIs and Capabilities
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Expanded ASIAS Participation
To date, ASIAS has been focused on key domestic Federal Aviation Regulation Part 121 operators. In upcoming years, ASIAS will work toward expanding participation to enhance safety throughout the NAS.
ASIAS Data and Data Standards
Each ASIAS data source must support established data quality standards. Data quality standards are unique for each source and are based on the identified purposes and use of the data source as outlined in the ASIAS Data Source Assessment. This enabling activity continues to enhance the data available for ASIAS in addition to implementing data standards within the ASIAS community.
Enhanced ASIAS Architecture
This enabling activity will continue to evolve the ASIAS architecture toward a more centralized model to achieve operational cost efficiencies and data fusion capabilities when data is stored in a central archive.
Upgraded and Expanded ASIAS Analytical Capabilities
The enabling activity will upgrade and expand ASIAS capabilities in the areas of dashboards and visualization, metrics and monitoring tools, information management and retrieval, text/digital data fusion, voice recorder to data linkage (including fusion of voice data with threaded track data), development of customized data mining and extraction techniques and enhanced query tools and techniques (including the capability to query and extract voice data).
This enabling activity will develop enhanced risk assessment techniques and will enhance the timeliness of NextGen safety analysis results through improved data access, reduction and management techniques.
ASIAS Studies and Results
Under the direction of the ASIAS Executive Board, ASIAS conducts various studies including directed studies, safety enhancement assessments, known-risk monitoring and benchmarking. This enabling activity will support sharing of the results of these studies throughout the FAA and the ASIAS community.
ASIAS Collaboration Capabilities
This enabling activity supports the sharing of ASIAS results and capabilities with and among ASIAS participants, the FAA, and the global aviation safety community.