The platform for the rotorcraft community was developed by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), also referred to as R-ASIAS. ASIAS was introduced to the airline industry in 2007, with a mission to proactively discover safety concerns before accidents or incidents occur, leading to mitigation and prevention. FAA approvals continue to bring growth in the aerial business community.
Baldwin was one of the first to share relevant safety information with ASIAS in a similar agreement for the fixed-wing business aircraft community in 2016. GDIT has now developed the centralized data repository and operational infrastructure to securely share deidentified rotorcraft data within the rotor community.
Don Baldwin, President Baldwin Safety and Compliance, said, “We have been working with ASIAS for our fixed-wing clients for many years. I have always been a believer in the value of deidentified data-sharing and the best platform to accomplish this today is ASIAS. Rotorcraft’s different missions and procedures require a unique system, so there has been a push from the industry to create this R-ASIAS for quite some time. Our client, Global Medical Response (GMR), has been one of many operators pushing for this rotor specific platform and we are excited to work with them, as well as other rotor-wing clients that are anxious to participate in this highly sought-after data-share initiative.”
The data-sharing agreement with GDIT will allow data to automatically feed to R-ASIAS on behalf of their rotorcraft clients. Clients will simply identify which reports they want to share in the R-ASIAS portal. Baldwin will also have the authorization to study, compare and analyze specific deidentified aggregated safety information on behalf of the rotorcraft client and provide consults as requested.
Sean Mulholland, Director of Safety at Air Evac Lifeteam & SevenBar Aviation, commented, “The R-ASIAS is quite an accomplishment for the rotor community and will benefit large operations like ours, as well as smaller operations that don’t have the bandwidth and access to analysts to do this type of work. Having Baldwin serve as the third-party transfer organization is huge for us in terms of efficiency. All we need to do is determine what data we want to send. Now it is up to the rotor community to share their data.”