Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers to Share Safety Data
Friday, September 24, 2010

By Steve Hansen

NATCA Safety Committee Chairman

Earlier this week, an agreement was finalized between NATCA, the FAA, United Airlines and United's chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that will allow us to confidentially share information gathered through our respective voluntary safety reporting programs; ATSAP (Air Traffic Safety Action Program) and FSAP (Flight Safety Awareness Program).

This unique program will, for the first time, allow for an integration of a pilot’s FSAP report and a controller’s ATSAP report on individual events providing an unprecedented look at safety events. It also provides a process that will allow the programs to work together to address systemic issues that may previously have been addressed without having the full picture.

The sharing of information under this program does not alter the acceptability of a report or the protections provided under ATSAP; nor does it impact the sole-source/non-sole source designation of a submitted report.

This is a demonstration program that initially runs for 18 months, and it is our belief that this program will prove beneficial and, thus, will be extended. We hope to finalize agreements with an additional two to three airlines in the near future, and we will let you know when they are complete.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Mike Blake at mblake@natca.net, or myself at shansen@natca.net.

Click here to view the MOU (unsigned version).