Global Safety Information Project
Flight Safety Foundation Enhancing Aviation Safety Worldwide
Since 2012 Flight Safety Foundation has engaged in an effort which could dramatically enhance aviation safety around the world— the Global Safety Information Project (GSIP). It started with an agreement with ICAO and after research and iterations, FSF is now further improving its program via a series of webinars— “Controlling Risk in Aviation” Sept. 6 and 7 led by Foundation executives Mark Millam, Greg Marshall and Frank Jackman. The participants heard the results of the sessions covered 13 GSIP workshops in the Pan America and Asia-Pacific regions earlier this year.
That announcement resulted in further research about what GSIP is. CAAs and other organizations are collecting and analyzing data to improve operations, efficiencies and safety. As the statistical volume increases, the reliability of the resulting trend analyses increases exponentially. GSIP is designed to increase the data base and to insure the reliability of the inputs.
To reach this goal, GSIP is engaged in 6 tactical actions:
- Reduction of the existing duplication of effort
- That not just involves overlap of collections but also lack of coordination between parallel programs; so that the data is not congruently assembled and therefor is not easily collated.
- Develop and publish a globally focused “toolkit” to be used by states to develop their national system. This involves proper IT hardware and software to accept the data from the imputing entities a
s well as protecting from unauthorized use.
- Increasing the number of CAAs participatin
g in GSIP
- Expanding the “survey” of operators (size, operational variances, weather, equipment) provides a more robust data set from which to develop trends.
- Implement voluntary safety reporting—most CAAs are based on a punitive enforcement philosophy; such a posture deters the comparatively greater benefits from learning from these data.
- In some countries, legislation is needed to protect the data and to foster voluntary submissions without sanction.
- From a technical standpoint, the specific language used MUST be consistent. If the description of X differs from Country A to the words used in Country B, the data is not comparable. The proverbial GIGO:
GSIP will leverage data at an even higher level and should extend the preventative actions from which the US and Europe are already benefiting.
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