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Source:, Featuring John Krug

Subscriber question:

"What are good examples of when to submit a NASA form?" - Pat R.


"NASA maintains the Aviation Safety and Reporting System, commonly called the NASA form.

The program's goal is to identify any safety issues in the aviation system. The form should not be used to report aviation accidents.

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) receives, processes and analyzes voluntarily submitted incident reports from pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, and others. Reports submitted to ASRS may describe both unsafe occurrences and hazardous situations.

Basically, anytime that you see or experience any issue that you think may have an adverse effect on system safety, it should be reported.

Some examples of common issues that have been reported are:

  • confusing taxiway or runway markings
  • ATC radio interference
  • similar sounding call signs
  • defective navigation aid
  • aircraft system anomaly
  • confusing ATC procedure

The FAA considers the filing of a report with NASA to be indicative of a constructive attitude. They believe making a report will tend to prevent future violations. Although if eventually they find that you have committed a violation, the FAA will not impose a penalty or certificate suspension if a violation was inadvertent (not deliberate), there was no criminal offense, you had no prior FAA enforcement actions for the 5 years prior to the date of occurrence and you submit the report within 10 days."

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