GE Aviation has integrated its C-FOQA (Corporate Flight Operations Quality Assurance) program with Polaris Aero's safety management system, Vector SMS. GE called the collaboration the first of its kind, enabling flight data to be automatically forwarded to Vector SMS through GE Aviation’s application programming interface.
Launched in partnership with Flight Safety Foundation in 2005, GE’s C-FOQA program enables operators to analyze and routinely review recorded flight data to better identify and eliminate potential hazards. The program uses GE analytics software that takes into account meteorological information, navigation data, and terrain mapping to identify safety events and measurements.
Vector SMS, an app on Polaris Aero's VOCUS Safety Intelligence platform, meanwhile, was released in 2013 to provide a simplified approach to report, analyze, audit, and trend safety concerns, and facilitate engagement throughout an organization.
C-FOQA and Vector SMS combine for more than 400 Part 91 and 135 customers, GE Aviation said.
"This new capability streamlines the safety process and makes it easy for users to identify the underlying causes of safety events,” added Chris Connor, co-founder and CEO of Polaris Aero. “By understanding the C-FOQA events and being able to link them to root causes in Vector SMS, flight departments can go from safety compliant to best-in-class.”
The integration saves time and reduces workload, enhancing safety in an organization, Ben Ivy, senior product manager for GE Aviation, further said.