NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System

$300.00

Source National Aeronautic and Space Administration
File Size 740 MB
Dates Covered 1988 – Dec 2013
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $300
  • Members $100
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Description

The Aviation Safety Reporting System database consists of anonymous reports about air safety. Anyone is eligible to file an ASRS report, including air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants and passengers. Pilots appear to be among the most frequent filers. All reports are submitted to NASA and entered into the database, which began in 1988. The database at NICAR includes incidents through Dec 2013 with more than 170,000 events documented. Most reporters use this data to identify particular incidents to use as examples in their stories, while gathering quantifiable data from other aviation datasets.The reports are anonymous. They do not include the name of the filer. Reports may include month, year and day of week, but not the exact date. They do include location. They do not include flight numbers. Some journalists have been able to get more exact information about ASRS entries by looking at various FAA databases, talking with sources, and checking news reports.

NASA does not keep the information in a traditional database format of columns and rows. It is more like a report, making it difficult to run summary queries. There are many fields, but not every report includes information for each option.

NASA made significant changes to this database in 2000, eliminating the codes that were used in the past. Instead they use phrases and some abbreviations. In addition, they split the information into two tables – one consisting of the basic data and the other of the narrative information.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (readme.txt) 12.1 KB
Main table data sample (MAIN.xls) 20.0 KB
Remarks table data sample (remarks_sample.xls) 30.5 KB
Record layout (Layouts.txt) 2.0 KB

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