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IATA and Civil Authority of Singapore to establish a Global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Center

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Authority of Singapore (CAAS) are collaborating to launch a Global Safety Predictive Analytics Research Center (SPARC) in Singapore.

With safety being pegged as the foremost priority in aviation, this new endeavor between the two organizations seeks to bring aviation safety to new heights and facilitate sustainable aviation growth.

Under the Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC), SPARC will use predictive analytics to pinpoint potential aviation safety hazards and evaluate the associated risks.

An area of focus that SPARC will turn its attention to would be runway safety, such as runway excursions, which are the most common category of accidents in the past few years, according to IATA’s data.

IATA Director General, Alexandre de Juniac said that SPARC aims to be “a system-based, data-driven, predictive approach to preventing accidents, including analyzing the more than 10,000 flights that operate safely every day.”

SPARC makes use of research proficiencies in Singapore as well as operational flight data and safety information that are made available under IATA’s Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) initiative 1.

End users all across the aviation community can then work in tandem at the system level to tackle and implement appropriate safety measures to reduce the risks, or even to prevent the occurrences of safety hazards.

CAAS Director-General, Kevin Shum, remarked:

“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.”

SPARC sets out to enhance flight safety risk management. To do so, it would engage the rest of the aviation community through consultations for knowledge sharing to find out what the most successful applications of the safety information are.

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