Can General Aviation utilize tools, such as ASIAS, to drive down accident/incident rates?
Yes – GA-FDM data can be migrated into ASIAS-like databases and be analyzed in the aggregate to identify threats and develop mitigation strategies to improve safety for all of the General Aviation Community.
“Driving the accident rate even lower, however, will require a different approach. “We have so few accidents right now that we need more data points,” Gunther said. That’s where ASIAS comes in. ASIAS combines data from a number of sources, including Flight Operations Quality Assurance programs, Aviation Safety Action Programs, the Aviation Safety Reporting System, the Air Traffic Safety Action Program for air traffic controllers, the national offload program, radar track data and data from ASDE-X. In all, ASIAS draws from 46 government and industry databases with plans to grow this to roughly 64 by 2013.”
Of interest, in August of 2009, CAPACG was subcontracted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop and conduct a workshop on General Aviation Flight Data Monitoring and GAFDM’s applicability to programs such as ASIAS. The final conference report is available here or for individual conference presentation, visit the CAPACG on-line reference portal and scroll down to FDM conference 2009 information.