The Federal Aviation Administration has paid close attention to the safety reporting systems of the airline industry over the last thirty years. The Aviation Safety Action Programs, housed at NASA, allow pilots and crews to report safety issues into a central database that tracks these reports and provides valuable knowledge to the industry on safety related issues. However extrapolating information that is pertinent to general aviation from these reports, specifically collegiate aviation, is difficult. One of the barriers to data collection is having a commonly understood language among reporters in order to ensure accurate information is reported. The goals of this project include steps to better understand the hurdles that have impeded safety initiatives at the collegiate level; identification of a common language with operational definitions that would be used in tracking safety information; and to conduct initial testing of the common language in a currently used reporting system.
Beaudin-Seiler, B. M.
(2011). Collegiate Aviation Safety Reporting Systems. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 577-582.