News Briefs and Press Releases

GAJSC Approves Safety Enhancements for Power Plant Accidents

On October 15, 2015, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) approved Safety Enhancements (SE) proposed by the System Component Failure – Power Plant (SCF-PP) work group.

SE topics include improved training and education for pilots and mechanics, enhanced data sharing, and use of new technology to help mitigate the risk of power plant accidents. The power plant SEs and associated analytic report will be published on the GAJSC website by the end of 2015.

The GAJSC chartered the SCF-PP work group in 2013 to review fatal GA accidents between 2001 and 2012 that involved a power plant failure. The SCF-PP work group is the third deep-dive into fatal general aviation accidents conducted by the GAJSC since the committee’s revitalization in 2011. The first two analyses looked at loss-of-control accidents.

GAJSC Nominated for Robert J. Collier Award

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) was honored to be nominated to receive the Robert J. Collier Trophy – 2014 “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics… in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air… vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

The award is given annually by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). GAJSC was nominated “[f]or developing and implementing novel solutions to mitigate risks contributing to fatal general aviation accidents and leading the effort to proactively improve general aviation safety.”

For additional details about the Collier Trophy and 2014 nominees can be found here.

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