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rabble (22388) writes "According to a report out of Washington, DC's WTOP, NASA wants to avoid telling you about how unsafe you are when you fly. According to the article, when an $8.5M safety study of about 24,000 pilots indicated an alarming number of near collisions and runway incidents, NASA refused to release the results. The article quotes one congressman as saying "There is a faint odor about it all." A friend of mine who is a general aviation pilot responded to the article by saying "It's scary but no surprise to those of us who fly.""
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What NASA won't tell you about air safety.

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  • Why would NASA do this vs say the FAA? Yes they have an Aeronautics mandate too but they aren't the ones most people associate with airline safety.

    Where did the data go and who did it benefit? A 4 YEAR study can't have been too cheap so you'd hope that someone got benefit from it....
    • Congress gave NASA a lot of responsibility for aviation safety recommendations and aviation incident/accident reporting precisely because the FAA is associated with aviation safety and regulation -- so people who have done something wrong, or may have done something wrong, won't tell the truth to the FAA because they stand to get in so much trouble. (The advice of every aviation professional is: if you have *any* reason to talk to the FAA about anything, get a lawyer. In contrast, since NASA can't initiat
      • by BLKMGK (34057)
        Thanks for the informative response - makes sense. Sad that folks have to be so scared of the regulators as to only speak to others but I guess it is whatit is...
        • It is, but it's a very leveraged situation: if you have *any* FAA enforcement action on your record, at all, even if it ended up being what amounts to a slap on the wrist, nobody will hire you ever again. Your flying career is over. So people have an incredibly high incentive to fear the FAA. Added to that is significant discretion given to individual FAA inspectors for assessment of wrongdoing, a history of backing up those inspectors' decisions no matter how bad they are, and absolutely no recourse or
    • Yeah, this seems to go beyond the responsibilities of NASA. The FAA I can see handling this, but if it doesn't have to do with satellites or space travel, I can't understand why NASA is investigating
  • NASA already runs the ASRS (Aviation Safety Reporting System), a safety program that relies on anonymity and voluntary submissions, withe the carrot being immunity from FAA enforcement action for certain transgressions, as long as they are reported.

    This project appears to be a data-collection effort aimed at assessing and improving the ASRS or creating a new system to collect accident data.

    The safety community really needs to drill deep to find the cause of the next accident. Airline safety is at a very hi

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