The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is jumping on the data-trend-analysis-to-support-safety-programs bandwagon. In April, EASA announced a voluntary and collaborative partnership, Data4Safety. The information platform will collect, aggregate and analyze shared data, changing the authority’s safety approach from reactive—based on accident and occurrence reports—to proactive and risk-based.
The announcement follows a 2015 feasibility study that explored technical requirements and a survey that gauged industry’s willingness to participate. A majority (92%) of respondents indicated support for a European-based data exchange program; a subsequent three-year “proof-of-concept” phase is testing potential information technology platforms with a small community of stakeholders.
According to EASA’s plans, Data4Safety would identify and assess safety issues. From there, the European authority will develop action items and programs to address potential risks. Task groups would be responsible for implementation and follow-up, referencing platform-generated safety performance data and benchmarks.
EASA’s big data program is supported by a growing list of companies including EasyJet, British Airways, Lufthansa, Airbus and Boeing. EASA anticipates that once completed, the platform will provide the impetus for a formal safety network and “mikeoff” information-sharing forums. Full Data4Safety deployment is slated for 2020.