ACID - Air Cargo Incident Data
Better data for better decisions
Part of Simplifying the Business Cargo (StB Cargo), the Air Cargo Incident Data (ACID) project aims to collect and report on de-identified airline incident reports which would offer a secure environment for airlines and ground handlers to pool safety and operations information, supporting a proactive data-driven approach for advanced trend analysis, predictive risk mitigation and improvement programs.
The air cargo industry has been looking to IATA to establish some form of industry incident tracking mechanism to record and develop intelligence on incidents related to: lithium batteries, other dangerous goods, general cargo, and ULD’s.
This kind of insight would enable IATA and the industry to see which areas need attention, as well as track if incidents reduce following campaigns and actions by IATA, ICAO, and others
Not re-inventing the wheel
In the desire not to overburden industry with reporting and to ensure we don’t do something in parallel to that which may be best performed elsewhere, IATA Cargo is working with IATA SFO division on their Safety Incident Database project, which aims at modernizing the GADM program, using or enhancing the existing GDDB / STEADES to record such data.
Objectives for 2018
The ACID project has two phases. Phase I aligns completely to the GADM project scope and timelines. Phase II will explore the other expectations raised through the ACID industry survey and provide recommendations on the way forwards:
- Ensure Cargo related incident
- Understanding industry needs, limitations and opportunities to evolve towards a global incidents database, surveying the industry
- Identifying steps needed to develop such a data collection mechanism and identifying IATA’s role
The Industry supports ACID vision
In June-July 2017, IATA surveyed airlines and ground handlers to understand their needs, expectations, capabilities and limitations to evolve towards a global Air Cargo Incident Database.