IATA and CAAS to launch Global Safety Pre­dic­tive An­a­lyt­ics Re­search Cen­ter in Sin­ga­pore

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - TOURISM/AVIATION -

The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) and the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity of Sin­ga­pore (CAAS) an­nounced the sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Col­lab­o­ra­tion (MOC) to es­tab­lish a Global Safety Pre­dic­tive An­a­lyt­ics Re­search Cen­ter (SPARC) in Sin­ga­pore.

The MOC was signed by Alexan­dre de Ju­niac, IATA’S Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and CEO, and Kevin Shum, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of CAAS.

SPARC will uti­lize pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics to iden­tify po­ten­tial avi­a­tion safety haz­ards and as­sess re­lated risks by lever­ag­ing the re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties in Sin­ga­pore, and op­er­a­tional flight data and safety in­for­ma­tion that are avail­able un­der IATA’S Global Avi­a­tion Data Man­age­ment (GADM) ini­tia­tive. End users across the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity can then work col­lab­o­ra­tively at the sys­tem level to ad­dress and im­ple­ment ap­pro­pri­ate safety mea­sures to mit­i­gate the risks, or even to pre­vent the oc­cur­rences of safety haz­ards.

The first area of fo­cus for SPARC will be run­way safety, such as run­way ex­cur­sions, which are the most fre­quent cat­e­gory of ac­ci­dents in re­cent years, ac­cord­ing to IATA’S anal­y­sis.

“Safety is avi­a­tion’s high­est pri­or­ity and all stake­hold­ers are com­mit­ted to mak­ing fly­ing even safer. The ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion process will con­tinue to be a fun­da­men­tal tool in im­prov­ing safety. How­ever, as the num­ber of ac­ci­dents de­clines, we need to take a sys­tem­based, data-driven, pre­dic­tive ap­proach to pre­vent­ing ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing an­a­lyz­ing the more than 10,000 flights that op­er­ate safely ev­ery day. The Sin­ga­pore Gov­ern­ment and the CAAS have been strong part­ners of IATA and we look for­ward to work­ing with them through SPARC to help to take avi­a­tion safety to an even higher level,” said de Ju­niac.

Kevin Shum, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of CAAS, added, “CAAS and IATA have de­vel­oped a strong part­ner­ship over the years. To­gether, we con­tinue to work closely with the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity to en­hance safety and fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able avi­a­tion growth. The es­tab­lish­ment of SPARC in Sin­ga­pore is es­pe­cially timely given the an­tic­i­pated dou­bling of air traf­fic in the Asia Pa­cific by 2036. SPARC’S pre­dic­tive data an­a­lyt­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties will help the avi­a­tion sec­tor in Asia Pa­cific bet­ter an­tic­i­pate, pri­or­i­tize and ad­dress safety is­sues more ef­fec­tively.”

Achiev­ing the cut­ting-edge ap­proach to flight safety risk man­age­ment as en­vi­sioned in the SPARC ini­tia­tive will re­quire a mind­set change. Broad con­sul­ta­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion for knowl­edge shar­ing will iden­tify the most ef­fec­tive ap­pli­ca­tions of the safety in­for­ma­tion pro­duced.

In the com­ing months, the SPARC project team will be work­ing closely with the in­dus­try and its stake­hold­ers to de­velop safety pre­dic­tive mod­els to en­sure that the out­put gen­er­ated meets the in­dus­try’s cur­rent and fu­ture needs.

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