The Flight Safety is a complex of task which should be solved with the involvement of all the possible means and resources of both the state and the airlines. Today most of the large airliners already uses tools for recorders data processing and analysis. The FSIT provides the comprehensive approach to the problem of the flight safety assurance including the data readout, processing, analysis and presentation. The prevention of air accidents and incidents is one of the core elements of the business of any company and the FSIT solutions help to save money.
In 1999 the ICAO approved an intensively developing program FDA/FDM (flight data analysis), implying the extended use of the flight recorders information while the operation of heavy aircraft. This program has long been practiced in a number of airlines (in particular British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Delta, ...), in US known as FOQA, and has proven to be invaluable in improving safety performance and efficiency of the fleet and staff.
Standards and recommendations
Since January 1-st, 2005 the operators of aircraft with a maximum certificated take-off mass of over 27 tonnes were obliged to accept and carry out the flight data analysis program as part of their program of accident prevention and safety. The same is also recommended to operators of helicopters with take-off mass over 7 tonnes and with the capacity of 9 passengers and more. (Annex 6, International Standards and Recommended Practices ICAO). Same requirements were issued by FAA (AC 120-82), EASA (EU-OPS 1.037), IATA (IOSA Standards), and others.
Meanwhile, prototypes of the FDA programs were in power for years and years ago. For example the program for the processing of information from flight recorders in the former USSR was first adopted in 1972! Since this time a huge industry for the FDR and CVR data readout and processing has been built and developed in the USSR. For years instruments related to the flight data information use were created and modernised. The express-analysis ideology which allowed to process and analyse the data in automatic mode searching for abnormalities, failures and violations has been formed.
Today using modern technics the flight safety assurance programs received powerful tools of the data processing and statistical analysis, allowing to identify risks at early stages. The proactive and nonpunitive approach became a standard. An integration to the operator’s SMS became feasible with coming up of the software like WinArm32.
First of all, the modern flight information analysis program today should provide an operator with an accurate, reliable and understandable information about the flight safety level and about the efficiency of the air fleet use, about the level of training of flight personnel. Today it allows to provide the ability to make timely rational staffing, technical, marketing, financial decisions at a risk-based assessment manner.
The FSIT today provides customers with an excellent instrument for the secondary data processing allowing to see the whole picture of the flight safety
FDA today strongly contributes to increased flight safety and operational efficiency.