Government and Industry Collaborate to Improve Safety through Data Sharing

August 2013
MITRE’s data analytics capabilities and secure data environments are playing a key role in a safety analysis and data sharing collaboration.
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The Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation community are improving aviation safety by using these capabilities to proactively analyze extensive and diverse data.

This collaboration is known as Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing, or ASIAS. Members of ASIAS include government agencies, aviation stakeholder organizations, aircraft manufacturers, and dozens of airlines and corporate operators.

Information Analysis

The initiative fuses internal FAA datasets, airline proprietary safety data, publicly available data, manufacturers' data, and other data sources. Once analyzed, the aggregated data helps to proactively identify safety trends and assess the impact of changes in the aviation operating environment.

Public data sources include air traffic management data related to traffic, weather, and procedures. Non-public sources include data (stripped of identification markers) from air traffic controllers and aircraft operators. These records include digital flight data and safety reports submitted by flight crews and maintenance personnel. MITRE safeguards the airline safety data in a de-identified manner to foster broad participation and engagement.

Governance agreements with participating operators and owners of specific databases provide ASIAS analysts with access to safety data. Governed by a broad set of agreements, ASIAS has the ability to query millions of flight data records and de-identified textual reports via a secure communications network.

Information Sharing

ASIAS operates under the direction of an ASIAS Executive Board (AEB), which includes representatives from government and industry. The AEB authorizes ASIAS to conduct directed studies, assessment of safety enhancements, known risk monitoring, and vulnerability discovery. To enhance aviation safety, ASIAS shares the results of these analyses with the participants.

ASIAS has also established key safety benchmarks so that individual operators may assess their own safety performance against the industry as a whole.

ASIAS serves as a central conduit for the exchange of data and analytical capabilities among its participants. The ASIAS vision is to establish a network of at least 50 domestic and international airlines over the next few years—currently it's the only such center of its kind in the world.

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