NTSB Now Has Access to Anonymous Safety Reports

Thanks to an agreement with the FAA signed last week, the NTSB now has access to data collected as part of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Program (ASIAS). A joint effort of the FAA, airlines and pilots’ unions, the program has been in place since 2007.

Its goal is to collect data on safety issues from the so-called “get out of jail free” forms that pilots voluntarily submit when they think they might have violated an FAR. The NTSB plans to use the data in determining if an accident may have been caused by an isolated incident or if the cause is part of a broader problem that needs attention.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said, “I am grateful to the FAA, industry and labor for their leadership.”

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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