Flight Data eXchange (FDX) can identify systemic issues and trends by using a massive collection of aggregated de-identified flight data, provided by participating airlines.
The program also allows airlines to benchmark their safety performance against the industry and both identify existing safety risks and risks at potential new destinations.
FDX identifies issues that are systemic, and IATA can then work on mitigation strategies
FDX—which is part of IATA’s Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) program—has 57 contributing airlines and data from more than two million flights has been de-identified and processed.
As an industry tool, the current focus is on analysing five areas: misconfigured take-off, mid-air collision risk, loss of control risk, controlled flight into terrain risk, and approach and landing risk.
More areas of focus will be added as FDX expands.
“FDX identifies issues that are systemic, and IATA can then work on mitigation strategies, including advocating for changes or investments," said Bruno Ochin, Manager, IATA Flight Data Analysis.
"And, backed by data that demonstrates a common problem, we can bring convincing arguments.”
FDX has already shown its worth in Latin America.
The more carriers participate, the more valuable FDX becomes
The system highlighted an area of airspace that posed a “latent risk” of a mid-air collision, IATA was then able to approach the relevant state, and airspace modifications were made to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
“The more carriers participate, the more valuable FDX becomes,” added Ochin, urging more airlines to take part.