IATA’s Ground Damage Database (GDDB) is critical to improving safety in ground operations.

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The GDDB provides numerous advantages to the industry. By integrating global data, the GDDB helps the industry to understand trends and performance and identify risks by their frequency and severity.

In turn, this will assist the creation of new policies and procedures for risk mitigation.

“It has a lot of good data and will drive positive change,” said Stuart Carmichael, Vice President, Network Health and Safety Standards, Menzies Aviation, at the Safety Performance Indicator session at the IGHC yesterday.

Approximately 120 airlines have reported damage to the GDDB to date, but the more data the GDDB has, the better it will work.

The GDDB has a lot of good data and will drive positive change

The GDDB can be manipulated in various ways by subscribers to get the information required. To date, for example, the areas of the aircraft most often damaged are the cargo hold and cargo door, although the damage isn’t usually severe. Unit Load Devices (ULDs) are the piece of equipment that most often cause damage.

Enhancements to the GDDB are ongoing, including the addition of new equipment. Most importantly, there is a proposal to add a cost model. This will allow a better understanding of the total costs associated with ground damage.

All data in the GDDB is de-identified and encrypted. Subscribers are therefore benchmarking against fleet type rather than a specific carrier.

Nevertheless, the analyses obtainable, which include seasonal and regional trends as well as human factors, allows the GDDB to drive at the root cause of incidents. Positive changes to standards, procedures, and oversight are thereby supported.