The GAJSC Kicks Off Project Team to Demonstrate Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)

March 28, 2014 – The GAJSC formally kicked off a project team to demonstrate capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) for the general aviation (GA) community.

GAJSC members met with the GA community in Phoenix, AZ to launch this demonstration project and discuss how different data sources can be utilized together to identify potential risks in GA. The GA pilot and flight instructor communities along with air traffic controllers and aircraft manufacturers will be working together to bring the GA community into ASIAS.

The team will now begin further outreach to frequent pilots flying within 40 nautical miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This area was selected based on its diverse range of GA users and significant volume of general aviation traffic.

Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing

In 2007, the FAA launched the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program to help transform safety analysis from a forensic approach, looking at accidents or incidents after they occurred, to a predictive approach, allowing for proactive discoveries of safety concerns before they lead to significant events.

Working with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), nearly 50 air carrier members now participate in ASIAS – this captures almost the entire commercial aviation sector. ASIAS members work within a clear governance structure and a non‑punitive sharing environment, and have contributed to the CAST’s work to reduce the commercial fatal accident rate by 83 percent.

Analysis shows that richer data sources from the GA community would provide for improved understanding of contributing factors to safety risks in the system. By expanding ASIAS to the GA community the GAJSC can gain a better understanding of safety risks and emerging threats. To date, the GAJSC developed 26 safety interventions to address loss of control.

The project will explore potential new information sources such as General Aviation Flight Data Monitoring, voluntary safety reports, manufacturer reports, and information collected from avionics using new common technologies such as personal electronic devices (for example, iOS and Android devices).

The GAJSC expects to complete and publish a report by 2015.

An FAA Federal Register Notice is published announcing the one-year demonstration project, more information at:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-28/pdf/2014-06960.pdf