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Abstract

Most aviation authorities in the EU have, in different ways, collected information about aviation incidents and accidents. Since these authorities had proprietary data-formats (electronic or paper-based) mutual access to information was almost impossible. To improve the situation the European Commission started an activity called ECCAIRS (European Coordination Centre for Aviation Incident Reporting Systems) and subsequently proposed a directive on Occurrence Reporting in Civil Aviation. The objective of both related activities is to contribute to aviation safety through early detection of potentially hazardous situations in a secure, integrated, EU wide collection of incident and accident (occurrences) reports. At the heart of the ECCAIRS network an information system integrates, disseminates and assesses data and information at the European level. At the other nodes (the national civil aviation authorities and/or accident investigation bureaux of the EU Member States), data is collected and assessed locally. Because of the compatible data-formats Member States can also mutually exchange data on a peer-to-peer basis.

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Authors: POST W, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Technological and Economic Risk management, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Aviation Safety Reporting System conference Organised by: Italian Flight Safety Committee Held at: Rome (IT), 12 April 2002
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