ACSF Joins ASIAS
The Prospect of Great Safety Progeny
The Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Program (ASIAS) is an FAA-funded, joint government-industry collaborative aviation safety information sharing program, administered by the MITRE Corporation. It announced the addition of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) to its consortium of 46 commercial carriers, 2 MROs, 21 GA operators, 14 industry groups, 1 university and 5 governmental organizations.
ASIAS is the hub for the exchange of safety information among its stakeholders, providing a valuable resource for the aviation community. The ASIAS vision is focused on the establishment of a comprehensive network of safety information sources shared by stakeholders supporting the global air transportation system.
The ASIAS procedures, operations and analysis activities are governed by the ASIAS Executive Board (AEB). The AEB has representation from aircraft operators, labor groups, manufacturers and government agencies. The sharing of safety information and analytical capabilities is the essence of this consortium. It is the goal of ASIAS to provide a reliable source of information to the aviation community that will be used to impact safety decisions and reduce the risk of accidents.
The addition of ACSF is an important increment to the advancement and enhancement of aviation safety created by ASIAS. The numbers collected by that central conduit feed the brain of the SMS process. The Foundation constitutes a large, heretofore unrepresented segment of aviation; it (among other organizations) represents business, charter and fractional operators.
Aviation safety has transitioned from a reactive, tombstone safety sector to an industry/government collaborative environment which identifies and ameliorates risk in a proactive time frame. That sea change can be attributed, in large part to their reliance on Safety Management System’s disciple. That is a data-driven methodology which collects massive digits on information from an increasing universe of operators and then analyses trends at the early stages of a potential problem.
Many of ASIAS’ participants are large organizations (e.g. Delta, UPS, Republic Airlines, unions, etc.). By and large these sophisticated contributors have staffs which are dedicated to and can collecting and maintaining major data capturing systems. Equally, when the numbers are regurgitated in the form of figures of significance, their professionals can consume and comprehend the meanings of the ASIAS readouts.
ACSF has over 100 members, many of which are the aviation departments of larger companies and FBOs; none of the components are large enough to be able to carry an overhead dedicated to the data needed for SMS (not anywhere comparable to United’s or FedEx’s SMS support teams). The participation by a small Part 135 on demand charter operator to the level needed for true ASIAS commitment is not realistic.
Thus, the intercession of ACSF into this data collection and analysis flow is a VERY positive development. The benefits of these safety ameliorating numbers are high and the Foundation should allow its members to share in there proactive preventative processes.
The Part 135 Charter environment bears many challenges—irregular operations, a variety of departure/destination points and a number of other variants which complicate their platforms. No one such airline may incur a specific problem, but that difficulty may reoccur when the aperture of the information inclusion includes all of the carriers in a class. ACSF will receive its members’ numbers, send them to ASIAS and then may receive back a signal that this incident common among more than one carrier merits further examination. The amalgamated numbers, without individuation, create the trends which may save lives.
The inclusion of ACSF in ASIAS is an acronym union with the prospect of great safety progeny.