Title

Early Morning Concurrent Session: Aviation Management and Operations: Presentation: Increasing General Aviation Safety through Data Analysis

Location

San Marcos Ballroom B

Topic Area

GENERAL AVIATION

Other Topic Area

Data Analysis

Abstract

The incredible safety record experienced by commercial flight operations is in part related to their ability to analyze patterns in their flight operations data. That is, both the operator and regulator have the capability to examine flight data parameters captured through programs such as FOQA and ASIAS. These data can be viewed from both the perspective of discovering developing trends and the identification of specific parameter exceedances. Thus, these data offer insights into commercial flight operations that can guide training curricula, improve specific flight operations and increase overall safety by providing both safety departments and the regulator with a tool to look for emerging trends related to operational concerns from a proactive position before an incident or accident occurs.

To date, general aviation flight operations have no similar data source or analytical tools available to individual pilots. Because of this absence, GA pilots are left to decide for themselves, based on anecdotal experience, which area of their flying may need practice or help from a certified flight instructor. A general aviation safety database, if developed, will offer pilots the opportunity to examine their individual flights and compare them to known standards that are either regulatory or community driven. Here we describe from a use case perspective some of the requirements for consideration in the development of such a tool that will benefit both the user and regulator in enhancing general aviation safety.

Start Date

16-1-2016 8:00 AM

End Date

16-1-2016 9:15 AM

Chair/Note/Host

Chair: Hon. Robert Sumalt, National Transportation Safety Board

Keywords

Aviation, Aviation Safety, Data Analysis, General Aviation Safety

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Early Morning Concurrent Session: Aviation Management and Operations: Presentation: Increasing General Aviation Safety through Data Analysis

San Marcos Ballroom B

The incredible safety record experienced by commercial flight operations is in part related to their ability to analyze patterns in their flight operations data. That is, both the operator and regulator have the capability to examine flight data parameters captured through programs such as FOQA and ASIAS. These data can be viewed from both the perspective of discovering developing trends and the identification of specific parameter exceedances. Thus, these data offer insights into commercial flight operations that can guide training curricula, improve specific flight operations and increase overall safety by providing both safety departments and the regulator with a tool to look for emerging trends related to operational concerns from a proactive position before an incident or accident occurs.

To date, general aviation flight operations have no similar data source or analytical tools available to individual pilots. Because of this absence, GA pilots are left to decide for themselves, based on anecdotal experience, which area of their flying may need practice or help from a certified flight instructor. A general aviation safety database, if developed, will offer pilots the opportunity to examine their individual flights and compare them to known standards that are either regulatory or community driven. Here we describe from a use case perspective some of the requirements for consideration in the development of such a tool that will benefit both the user and regulator in enhancing general aviation safety.