One important tool available to pilots is the Aviation Safety Reporting System or ASRS. Recently, a warbird pilot had an issue at an airport. Upon landing, he was instructed to call the control tower. The tower staff explained the issue and the pilot discovered he may have been in violation of a federal aviation regulation. By using the ASRS, the pilot filed a voluntary report and that information was used to help improve aviation safety. We encourage pilots to become familiar with the ASRS and use the system if and when appropriate.
The ASRS is an important facet of the continuing effort by government, industry, and individuals to maintain and improve aviation safety. The ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident/situation reports from pilots, controllers, and others.
The ASRS acts on the information these reports contain. It identifies system deficiencies, and issues alerting messages to persons in a position to correct them. It educates through its newsletter CALLBACK, its journal ASRS Directline and through its research studies. Its database is a public repository which serves the FAA and NASA's needs and those of other organizations world-wide which are engaged in research and the promotion of safe flight.
The ASRS collects, analyzes, and responds to voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident reports in order to lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents.
ASRS data are used to:
• Identify deficiencies and discrepancies in the National Aviation System (NAS) so that these can be remedied by appropriate authorities.
• Support policy formulation and planning for, and improvements to, the NAS.
• Strengthen the foundation of aviation human factors safety research. This is particularly important since it is generally conceded that over two-thirds of all aviation accidents and incidents have their roots in human performance errors.
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