ASRS staff is very excited to announce that over the next
few months we will be introducing several new automated
ASRS products and processes. The first change you will see,
and are invited to be a part of, is the opportunity to receive
CALLBACK on your computer.
award-winning publication CALLBACK is presently mailed via
"snail mail" to more than 90,000 subscribers and
is read by more than 150,000 aviation professionals and
enthusiasts. The associated printing and postage costs are
close to a quarter of a million dollars per year. In an
era of tight budgets and limited resources, ASRS is doing
its part by providing an automated CALLBACK e-mail subscription
be encouraging readers to sign up for the e-mail service
(still FREE) in lieu of the printed copy. We will continue
to offer a print version for those who want to continue
receiving paper copies.
for an announcement in the November CALLBACK that will provide
information on how you can sign up to receive a fully automated,
extended range, fly-by-wire, interactive, digital display,
e-mail version of CALLBACK!
CALLBACK distribution is just one aspect of the ASRS "upgrade"
program. Some other enhancements include:
Report Submission (ERS) is close to roll out. In addition
to the obvious benefits for reporters, ERS will streamline
report handling for greater efficiency and reduce ASRS processing
principal concern has been security, the ability for the
ERS system to detect and defeat spyware, keystroke monitoring,
and other confidentiality and security concerns. In the
670,000+ reports received to date, ASRS has never breached
reporter confidentiality. NASA is applying sophisticated
new technology to ensure that this record remains intact.
has been receiving airline ASAP (Aviation Safety Action
Program) reports for several years. In 2004 over 16,000
of the 38,000 total reports received at ASRS were from pilot,
maintenance, cabin crew, and dispatcher ASAP programs. ASAP
reports will represent an even a larger percentage of the
approximately 42,000 reports we expect to receive this year.
Of the 24 ASAP programs with 15 airlines currently submitting
reports to ASRS, eight ASAP programs for six airlines are
sending reports through secure, electronic data transmission,
and several more are working on coordination with ASRS.
ASRS remains the only entity that can integrate all ASAP
and non-ASAP data for a comprehensive perspective and which
can publish incident-based safety information and alerts
covering the full spectrum of the air transportation system
(including airlines, controllers, corporate, government,
general aviation, and military).
major effort (that goes hand-in-hand with Electronic Report
Submission) is that of streamlining report processing. Further
enhancement of computer-based report analysis will minimize
paper-based form handling, permit rapid data entry, allow
a major increase in efficiency and timeliness, and significantly
reduce report production costs. Of course, the ASRS corps
of Expert Analysts will continue to thoroughly evaluate
each and every report received. ASRS is refining a set of
sophisticated data mining tools, including Perilog (which
permits relevance ranking though textual search), to facilitate
database query and record extraction tasks.
access to the ASRS database will be available through a
browser-based, cross-platform "Web Query" tool
developed by ASRS and currently used in-house. Web Query
will retrieve records by searching on many fields, including
location, aircraft and operation type, and anomaly. Researchers,
pilots, controllers, dispatchers, cabin crew, ASAP managers,
government agencies, and others will be able to access specific
data from the world's leading repository of aviation safety
of these enhancements are intended to support ASRS' primary
mission - a joint sharing of safety information for the
benefit of the entire aviation community. The timeline for
completing these system enhancements is dependent upon program
funding through Fiscal Year 2006 and beyond.
training by competent personnel is the basis for safety
and proficiency in all aspects of aviation. As an ongoing
process, training helps controllers, dispatchers, flight
attendants, maintenance technicians, and pilots maintain
a high skill level and also ensures that they are familiar
with the latest developments in equipment and procedures.
But, by its very nature, the training environment can be
susceptible to mishaps. As the following ASRS reports show,
when distraction and fixation enter the picture, especially
in flight training, an unintended lesson may result.
Out and Gear Up
following two incidents involve simulated engine-out approaches
in which the student pilot was trying to extend the aircraft's
glide. Since it is easy for the student to fixate on mastering
a skill or resolving a problem, the instructor has to be
able to multi-task to monitor the student and the aircraft,
and to maintain situational awareness.