This month marks a milestone for NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), the 35th anniversary of its monthly safety bulletin, Callback. Capt. Rex Hardy, a decorated U.S. naval aviator and test pilot, created the publication in 1979. His vision of a short, readable and informal format to present “lessons learned” (selected from the thousands of anonymous ASRS submissions by flight crews, air traffic controllers, mechanics and others) was an immediate success. Yesterday, current editor Don Purdy published Callback issue number 414.
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.