FlightSafety and GE Digital Team Up on FOQA for Training

Training programs that incorporate FOQA data can produce a higher level of safety—and also reduce costs. FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International and GE Digital have teamed up to share flight operations quality assurance (FOQA) data from actual flights to inform instructional programs at the training provider.

Under the agreement, GE Digital provides C-FOQA with insights derived from that data from corporate operators to FlightSafety. Then, FlightSafety will integrate those insights to enhance its training programs and ensure pilots are prepared for threats before they become real.

More than 300 operators and more than 1,000 aircraft are part of the C-FOQA community, and will be able to make use of automatic processing of flight data with a library of more than 200 events and 2,000-plus measurements that can monitor everything from aircraft limitation exceedances to advanced risk-based modeling.

The data goes through high-level analysis by aviation experts, who review the most severe events in order to tease out the critical risk factors.

“Actual flight data will allow us to tailor training to address safety threats before crews even experience them,” said Brad Thress, president and CEO of FlightSafety International.

“FlightSafety employs a risk-based approach to training and partnering with GE Digital for their C-FOQA data will have incredible applications for us on approach stability, touch down point control, procedure compliance and runway safety, among others,” Thress said.

FlightSafety’s executive vice president of safety and regulatory compliance Richard Meikle said, “We aim to train the most prepared pilots in the industry—proficient simply isn’t enough.

“Our partnership with GE Digital will provide evidence of threats to flight operations through the GE Digital Aviation Software data to construct precisely targeted scenarios to enhance safety. That’s much more than just checking boxes to complete requirements. This is a huge differentiator.”

“GE Digital is honored to partner with FlightSafety to bring data-based training to corporate aviation,” said Andrew Coleman, general manager of GE Digital’s Aviation Software business. “By applying our flight data expertise and airspace efficiency software to FlightSafety training, aviation professionals will be able to identify the safest way in and out of any situation.”

How the partnership works. FlightSafety International
Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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