FAA, Airlines, Unions and NTSB To Share Safety Data

 - November 12, 2012, 1:35 PM

The FAA, airlines and aviation labor unions have launched a partnership with the NTSB to share summarized safety information to help prevent accidents. The information to be shared through the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (Asias) will help the NTSB determine if an accident is unique or an indication of systemic risks.

Under Asias, airlines and unions already voluntarily share safety information with the FAA to identify trends. Asias uses aggregate, protected data from industry and government voluntary reporting programs, without identifying the source to proactively find safety issues, identify safety enhancements and measure the effectiveness of solutions.

Asias receives data from most U.S. airlines, while connecting 131 industry data and information sources into the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (Cast) process. Cast is a joint government and industry effort to reduce commercial aviation fatality risk in the U.S. and promote safety initiatives throughout the world. Along with new aircraft development and new regulations, Cast has reduced the fatality risk for commercial aviation in the U.S. by 83 percent between 1998 and 2008. Seven of Cast’s 76 safety enhancements have been derived from forward-looking data analysis in Asias.

The new agreement, announced on November 8, does not allow any of the parties to use aggregate Foqa, Asap, Atsap or other non-publicly available data to measure an individual data contributor’s performance or safety. The NTSB also plans to share its archived air carrier accident and incident flight data recorder information with Asias.