IATA and the CAAS to Launch Predictive Analytics Research Centre

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to establish a Global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Centre (SPARC) in Singapore. The MoC was signed by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, and Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS.

The two organisations say SPARC will utilise predictive analytics to identify potential aviation safety hazards and assess related risks by leveraging the research capabilities in Singapore, and operational flight data and safety information that are available under IATA’s Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) initiative.  End users across the aviation community can then work collaboratively at the system level to address and implement appropriate safety measures to mitigate the risks, or even to 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, according to IATA’s analysis.

“Safety is aviation’s highest priority and all stakeholders are committed to making flying even safer.  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 analysing the more than 10,000 flights that operate safely every day” said Mr de Juniac.