FAA launches general aviation data demonstration project

3 April 2014 (Last Updated April 3rd, 2014 18:30)

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a project to prove the capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) programme for the general aviation (GA) community.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a project to prove the capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) programme for the general aviation (GA) community.

The one-year project will enable the FAA to gather voluntary data from GA pilots within 40nm of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Through the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), the FAA and industry are working together to use data to identify risk, exactly point out the trends leveraging root cause analysis and develop safety strategies.

"The one-year project will enable the FAA to gather voluntary data from GA pilots within 40nm of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport."

ASIAS, which has already been successfully used in commercial aviation, is to be expanded to the GA community as part of the project. The mutual information sharing programme is used to promote an open exchange of safety information, for the continuous improvement of aviation safety.

The project will collect public sector and proprietary data, as well as potential new voluntary information, including digital flight data, pilot safety reports, manufacturer reports and information voluntarily provided from personal electronic devices.

ASIAS allows the aviation community and the FAA to jointly view different data sources and analyse the aggregate data, advancing safety initiatives and discovering vulnerabilities in the air transportation system.

The collected data will be protected and will not be accessed or used for FAA enforcement. ASIAS currently has access to 185 commercial aviation data sources, such as voluntarily provided safety data.

In order to monitor known risk, assess the effectiveness of deployed mitigations and detect emerging hazards, ASIAS has joined hands with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST).