Air traffic data to feed into FAA ambitious safety forecasting bid

A leading safety group aims to reduce the US commercial aviation fatality risk by 50 per cent over the next 15 years.
The Federal Aviation Admininstartion´s Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), is to move beyond its ‘historic’ approach of examining past accident data to a far more proactive approach that will focus on risk prediction and mitigation strategies through developing prognostic safety analysis using significantly more data sources – including air traffic data.
Voluntary programmes such as the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, and the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP) currently feed into the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) programme which connects 46 safety databases across the industry.
“The programme is evolving but has matured to the point that the FAA can now look at data from air carriers representing 92 per cent of US commercial operations and identify emerging vulnerabilities and trends,” said the FAA.
Between now and fiscal year 2013, the FAA intends to increase the databases ASIAS can access; expand ASIAS to include maintenance/air traffic information; increase membership by adding regional air carriers; increase community stakeholders to include general aviation, helicopter operators and the military; and increase the automated search capabilities.
CAST is co-chaired by Kenneth Hylander, Senior Vice President – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance, Delta Air Lines and Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA.
Government CAST members include the European Aviation Safety Authority, the FAA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Transport Canada Civil Aviation and the U.S. Department of Defense. Employee Group members include the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Industry members include the Aerospace Industries Association, Airbus, Airports Council International, Air Transport Association, Boeing, Flight Safety Foundation, General Electric (representing all engine manufacturers), National Air Carrier Association, Regional Airline Association, and various industry and government agencies.

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