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February 9th 2018

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On Wednesday, the International Air Transport Association director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) director general, Kevin Shum, signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to establish a global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Center (SPARC) in Singapore. Read More »

SPARC will utilize predictive analytics to identify potential aviation safety hazards and assess related risks by leveraging research capabilities in Singapore and operational flight data and safety information available under IATA’s Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) initiative.

End users across the industry can then work collaboratively at the system level to address and implement appropriate safety measures to mitigate risk, or even prevent the occurrences of safety hazards.

The first area of focus for SPARC will be runway safety, such as runway excursions, which are the most frequent category of accidents in recent years, IATA statistics demonstrate.

“The accident investigation process will continue to be a fundamental tool in improving safety. However, as the number of accidents declines, we need to take a system-based, data-driven, predictive approach to preventing accidents, including analyzing the more than 10,000 flights that operate safely every day,” said de Juniac.

“The establishment of SPARC in Singapore is especially timely given the anticipated doubling of air traffic in the Asia Pacific by 2036. SPARC’s predictive data analytics capabilities will help the aviation sector in Asia Pacific better anticipate, prioritize and address safety issues more effectively,” said CAAS’ Kevin Shum.

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