The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its expanded use of operational data which involves strengthening its Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) system and employing more data scientists.

IATA said its GADM programme is allowing for more informed decisions to be made increasing safety, operational efficiency, and sustainability.

GADM data originates from a variety of sources, including the Incident Data Exchange (IDX) and Flight Data exchange (FDX) programmes, with the latter presently including data from 15 million flights by 7,500 aircraft.

Currently, 198 airlines submit data to IATA’s GADM programme. This database will continue to increase daily as more data is acquired, stated IATA.

Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Operations, Safety and Security stressed how its advanced systems can predict aviation trends.

Careen said: “Enhancing GADM’s capabilities is contributing to data-driven insights and improvements for aviation safety, operational efficiency and sustainability. GADM is the industry’s most comprehensive database.

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“By applying better analytical tools, we are turbocharging its ability to inform critical business decisions. Individual users will be able to better compare their performance to industry benchmarks when making critical business decisions. And, at the industry level, we have been able to more precisely pinpoint operational trends, as well as emerging challenges and opportunities”.

Insights gained from IATA’s GADM programme include emerging safety risks, fuel efficiency measurements, aircraft emissions calculations and aircraft performance data.

As airlines operate in multiple jurisdictions, its crucial for stakeholders to accept responsibility for data security. IATA has previously emphasised a need for a data privacy framework to ensure the industry can abide to cybersecurity regulations.