IATA has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to establish a Global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Center (SPARC) in Singapore.
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. 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,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO. “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 system-based, data-driven, predictive approach to preventing accidents, including analyzing the more than 10,000 flights that operate safely every day.”
Safety is aviation's highest priority and all stakeholders are committed to making flying even safer
Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, added that “the establishment of SPARC in Singapore is especially timely given the anticipated doubling of air traffic in Asia Pacific by 2036.”
Achieving the cutting-edge approach to flight safety risk management envisioned by the SPARC initiative will require a mindset change. Broad consultation and collaboration 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.