Research Projects

Tool for Sharing Experience on Successful Airport Safety Initiatives and Programs

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Based on research of best practices by the industry, plan and design a tool to support sharing of experiences among airports. The tool should be user friendly for those posting their experiences, as well as for those searching for best practices related to airport safety.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The sharing of safety information and effective approaches to managing airport safety risk has been a key challenge since the movement toward safety management systems (SMS) began. A result is that airports are often left to their own devices to search out on a hit or miss basis to discover the most effective safety processes that will best fit into their operational model. There are a number of barriers to that sharing of safety information, to include applicable laws, privacy concerns, and reservations by many to air perceived "dirty laundry." Many airports have developed innovative safety programs and methods for improving safety performance. Other airports are interested in a means to share safety performance information by which to gauge their efforts in relation to airport of similar sizes and complexity of operations. While airport safety information is mostly held in-house, having a means to share ideas, approaches and outcomes would benefit the industry. This research would develop a safety information sharing tool for the industry. The tool would require the means to protect and de-identify certain parts of shared information. Methods for sharing this type of information in aviation exist in the form of ASIAS and ASRS. These effective information programs could serve as models for airports.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report with guidace on best practices by the industry and a user friendly tool to support sharing of experiences among airports.



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