NASA today released 16,000 pages of data compiled as part of an $11.3 million, 4-year survey of airline and general aviation pilots regarding safety.
Public access to the surveys, which include more than 25,000 responses from commercial airline pilots and 4,000 general aviation pilots, became a highly politicized topic in the third quarter. NASA officials had denied several requests by reporters to release the survey data, stating the information had the potential to harm public confidence in the aviation system and hence air carriers’ economic viability.
Speaking to reporters today, NASA administrator Michael Griffin again stated that the agency’s earlier denial contained “inappropriate” language, and said the information is now available on NASA’s website for the broader aviation community to consider.
NASA originally launched the project in 1998, long before
Taken at face value, the surveys infer that certain incidents, including engine failures, occur much more often than revealed in US FAA databases.
“If there are four-times as many failures for high-profile items, that brings into question the reporting mechanism,” he says.
“One can’t retroactively peer review scientific and technical work,”
“The FAA has simply moved on from NAOMS,”
Asked if he’d seen anything in the data of concern to him as an airline passenger,