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What is NASA/ASRS?

Reprinted with permission from the FAA Aviation News

The primary mission of the FAA is to promote aviation safety. To further this mission, the FAA instituted a voluntary Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), designed to encourage the identification and reporting of deficiencies and discrepancies in the airspace system. The FAA determined that the ASRP effectiveness would be greatly enhanced if the FAA accomplished by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) rather than the receipt, processing, and analysis of raw data. This would ensure the anonymity of the reporter and of all parties involved in a reported occurrence or incident and, consequently, increase the flow of information necessary for the effective evaluation of the safety and efficiency of the system.

To ensure your anonymity, NASA will return the identification strip to you once they are sure that no further information is required from you. The identification strip, stamped by NASA, is proof that you have submitted a report to the ASRS. Also, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations - 29.25 specifies that FAA will not use reports submitted to the NASA under the ASRP (or information derived there from) in any enforcement action except information concerning accidents or criminal offenses, which are wholly excluded from the Program. In addition, the reporter cannot have been involved in any enforcement action within the previous five years and the incident must be reported to ASRS within 10 days of the event.

This cooperative safety-reporting program invites pilots, controllers, flight attendants, maintenance personnel, and other users of the National Airspace System (NAS), or any other person, to report to NASA actual or potential discrepancies and deficiencies involving the safety of aviation operations. The operations covered by the program include departure, en route, approach, and landing operations and procedures, air traffic control procedures and equipment, crew and air traffic control communications, aircraft cabin operations, aircraft movement on the airport, near midair collisions, aircraft maintenance and record keeping, and airport conditions or services. The effectiveness of this program in improving safety depends on the free, unrestricted flow of information from the users of the NAS. Based on information obtained from this program, FAA will take corrective action as necessary to remedy defects or deficiencies in the NAS. The reports may also provide data for improving the current system and planning for a future system.

For more information on the ASRS, FAA Advisory Circular 00-46C is available on FAA's Web site at www.faa.gov or check the ASRS Web site at http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/.

Reporting Forms

The NASA/ASRS Reporting Forms (General, ATC Controller, Maintenance, and Cabin Crew) can be obtained free of charge from FAA Flight Standards District Offices, FAA Flight Service Stations, or from the ASRS Web site at http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/.

Click on the link for the appropriate form and you have two choices for submitting an incident report:

1. Fill out the form on your computer, print the completed form, attach all pages together, enclose in an envelope, seal, affix sufficient postage, and mail to ASRS at the address below, or

2. Print the uncompleted form, fill it out by hand, attach all pages together, enclose in an envelope, seal, affix sufficient postage, and mail to ASRS.

Please do not e-mail or fax an incident report or any incident information to ASRS! Electronic mail communication is not secure. Therefore, ASRS cannot accept incident reports by e-mail. ASRS is working on developing secure electronic submission of aviation safety incident reports in future. Mail your completed form to:

NASA Aviation
Safety Reporting System
P.O. Box 189
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0189