For Immediate Release
December 29, 2017
Contact: Les Dorr or Marcia Alexander-Adams
For the past 10 years, the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program has connected a wide variety of safety data and information sources across government and industry, including voluntarily provided safety data. The ASIAS program works closely with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) to monitor known risk, evaluate the effectiveness of deployed mitigations, and detect emerging risk.
There are currently 46 part 121 member air carriers, 63 corporate/business operators, 10 universities, five manufacturers, and two maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations participating in ASIAS. The program continues to evolve, but has matured to the point that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry can leverage voluntarily provided safety data from operators that represent 99 percent of U.S. air carrier commercial operations.
ASIAS partners with CAST to monitor the effectiveness of deployed safety enhancements. ASIAS has established metrics that enables CAST to evaluate the effectiveness of the mitigations.
ASIAS also supports the GAJSC by using de-identified general aviation operations data to help identify risks and evaluate the effectiveness of deployed solutions. The GAJSC is reaching out to the GA community through stakeholders to demonstrate the benefits of sharing safety data with ASIAS in a protected, non-punitive manner.
ASIAS also partners with the industry-sponsored Aviation Safety InfoShare meeting, which facilitates the sharing of safety issues and best practices in a protected environment. This partnership enables ASIAS to gain insight into safety issues and leverage its data repository to identify emerging systemic safety issues within the National Airspace System (NAS).
ASIAS retains access to a wide variety of public and proprietary data sources. Each source provides information from different parts of the NAS. Current examples include:
- 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),
- MOR (Mandatory Occurrence Reports),
- NFDC (National Flight Data Center),
- NMAC (Near Mid-Air Collisions),
- NOP (National Offload Program office track data),
- SDR (Service Difficulty Reports), and
- TFMS (Traffic Flow Management System).
The FAA is increasing the quantity and types of participants as part of a phased expansion plan, such as expanding participation in the corporate/business and small general aviation communities. It will also expand into the rotorcraft and unmanned aircraft systems communities in the future.