Pilots making submissions to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) should be aware that two people cannot receive immunity with a single submission.
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The National Air Transportation Association and NBAA have reacted swiftly to the FAA’s warning that the agency might withhold funding for the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) due to "budgetary shortfalls." In a June 16 letter to FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Nicholas Sabatini, the two trade groups said "the ASRS program is a tremendous safety benefit to all users of the aviation system.
A 757 crew did not get the response they expected when they declared an “emergency” instead of “mayday.” According to an incident filed with NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, the crew found that the word “emergency” didn’t get the desired results outside U.S. airspace. The crew diverted to an airport in South America and declared an emergency, but the non-English-speaking controllers didn’t recognize what that meant.
After discussing the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) with people involved in many different aspects of aviation, NASA has come to believe there are several misconceptions concerning the filing of reports. For example, a number of people thought that direct involvement was necessary to report an incident, and many expressed a belief that a person can submit only one ASRS report within a five-year period.
NASA disclosed last month that flight crew, ground crew, air traffic controllers and others involved in aviation operations can now securely submit electronic reports to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). Previously, NASA required users to mail reports to the ASRS offices in California. For more information, visit http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/forms_nf.htm.
NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) recently marked its 30th anniversary. Established in 1975 under a memorandum of understanding with the FAA, the program has received more than 474,000 reports from flight crews, air traffic controllers, mechanics and others. According to ASRS officials, no reporter’s identity has been breached and no reporter has been prosecuted solely on the basis of the information reported.
Callback, the monthly safety bulletin from the people who run NASA’s aviation safety reporting system, was 25 years old in July. In its 300 issues to date, Callback has published hundreds of lessons-learned by pilots, controllers, mechanics and others who have filed more than 600,000 ASRS reports since the program started in 1979. In celebrating a quarter century of publishing, the ASRS team praised the late Capt. Rex Hardy, decorated U.S.
General aviation pilots who report weather encounters to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) between April and September might receive a follow-up request to participate in a voluntary written survey. ASRS officials will use the survey to generate a special study to gain data for developing preventive measures.
The FAA has reiterated its request that pilots submit information on wake turbulence encounters that occur in domestic RVSM airspace, including the U.S., offshore airspace and the San Juan flight information region, via the NASA-operated Aviation Safety Reporting System.
According to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), pilots might expect to receive priority handling after telling ATC they have “minimum fuel,” but ATC is actually under no obligation to provide priority handling unless the pilot declares a “fuel emergency.” A recent ASRS report underscored the issue dramatically.
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