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November 13, 2012
By Jim Moore
Data collected from airline operators through a voluntary reporting system can now be shared with the NTSB, following an agreement with the FAA and participating operators and unions.
The Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Executive Board has, since 2007, served as a clearinghouse for voluntary reports and data collected from 131 sources, including 44 participating airlines that represent 95 percent of commercial air carrier operations. That information has long been shared with the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, a government-industry partnership, and used to identify trends and recurring patterns, and develop solutions including procedure and training enhancements. Analysis of the data, which is stripped of information that would identify specific reporters, has led to several safety enhancements.
Under an agreement announced Nov. 8, the NTSB will be able to access summarized information that will help NTSB determine if an accident or incident is unique, or part of a larger pattern of risk.
“The nation’s impressive safety record is in part due to an unwavering commitment by government and industry to work together to monitor data and identify trends to prevent accidents,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta in a news release. “More than 90 percent of air carriers use voluntary reporting programs and this has led to significant training, operational and maintenance program improvements.”
The sharing will work both ways: NTSB has agreed to provide to ASIAS archived air carrier accident and incident flight data recorder information on request.
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The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
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