Toolkits & Resources
This is your portal to the world of aviation safety inside and outside Flight Safety Foundation. Here you will find links to past and present projects and initiatives. New resources will be posted here as they become available, so check back often. This is a good starting place for most of your research.
Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions (GAPPRE)
Runway excursions are the most frequent accident type in aviation and frequently are identified as one of the most serious risks for large and small aircraft. GAPPRE was developed over a two-year period by an international team of more than 100 aviation professionals from more than 40 organizations. The initiative was coordinated by Flight Safety Foundation and EUROCONTROL, and the recommendations and accompanying guidance and explanatory material were validated by the Airports Council International, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the International Air Transport Association.
COVID-19 Crisis Resources
Flight Safety Foundation, working with its advisory committees and other experts, developed a safety roadmap and related punch lists for safety and aviation professionals in flight operations, air traffic services, airports, ground operations and maintenance, as well as for regulators and manufacturers as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The Foundation also published An Aviation Professional’s Guide to Wellbeing.
The FSF Go-Around Decision-Making and Execution Project was launched in 2011 as a joint effort of the Foundation’s International Advisory Committee and European Advisory Committee.
- Fatigue Management
- For decades, Flight Safety Foundation has taken a leading role in fatigue management projects. Most recently, the Foundation joined with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Business Aviation Council to present the Fatigue Management Guide for General Aviation Operators of Large and Turbojet Aeroplanes, based on the work of the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Systems Task Force. In 2014, the Foundation, working with the National Business Aviation Association, released Duty/Rest Guidelines 2014 for Business Aviation, an updated version of a 1997 document produced by the FSF Fatigue Countermeasures Task Force.
- Flight Path Monitoring
- A Practical Guide to Flight Path Monitoring: Final Report of the Active Pilot Monitoring Working Group is available for download.
- Functional Check Flights
- In 2011, the Flight Safety Foundation–led FCF steering team, comprising Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, organized a symposium to discuss challenges to be addressed and current best practices for conducting functional check flights. After the symposium, the Foundation and the FCF steering team continued their work and created the Functional Check Flight Compendium.
IASMS Research Roadmap, Version 1, 2025-2040 [88 pages, PDF]
This document describes a long-term research roadmap for the In-Time Aviation Safety Management System (IASMS), looking at key research needs supporting the evolution of IASMS capabilities between now and 2045. It is a high-level roadmap, designed with the intent of providing readers with a broad understanding of the overall research landscape rather than any detailed research plans or maturation approaches. The Foundation expects to periodically update this document to reflect current community feedback as well as to incorporate changes in the status of research, development and implementation efforts. If you’d like to provide feedback on this Roadmap or have other ideas to share with us regarding IASMS, please email us at Technical@flightsafety.org.
- Jerry Lederer Library
- The Jerry Lederer Aviation Safety Library was created by Flight Safety Foundation as an independent source of aviation safety information for FSF members, as well as the news media and the public.
- Learning From All Operations
In an increasingly interconnected and complex aviation system, it is imperative to learn not only from things that rarely go wrong but also from things that go right. Data collection needs to expand from a focus on hazardous events to analysis of routine operational data. The Foundation believes it is time for a fundamental shift to learn from all operations and events — not just from those that are unwanted.
- Lithium Battery Flight Crew Guidance
Past Safety Initiatives
Since its founding in 1945, Flight Safety Foundation has launched numerous technical initiatives that have contributed to improvements in aviation safety around the world. In addition to organizing the first civil aviation accident investigation workshop and sponsoring the first international air safety seminar, the Foundation is responsible for the first computer modeling of human reactions to accident forces, which led to improved passenger-seat restraints; the first international civil aviation safety-oriented anonymous pilot safety-reporting systems; and worldwide efforts to prevent accidents involving controlled flight into terrain.
Pilot Training and Competency
Flight Safety Foundation issued a position paper urging the global aviation industry to embrace a data-driven approach to pilot training. In the paper, the Foundation said the industry has reached a crossroads in determining how pilots need to be selected, hired, trained and mentored for career growth, and that changes need to be made if the industry is to continue its stellar safety performance in an era of expected rapid growth in many regions of the world. The paper includes the Foundation’s related recommendations.
Leading aviation safety experts are interviewed on a variety of aviation safety topics.
- Special Reports
Besides its regular publications, the Foundation from time to time takes on a big theme and examines it top to bottom. Some have been published as special issues of Flight Safety Digest, others as stand-alone productions. Some have been commissioned from outside sources and issued as part of an industry initiative.
- Special Reports
- Unreliable Airspeed
- Historical and recent accidents and incidents have highlighted the risk associated with unreliable airspeed (URA) events. These events are normally transient in nature and can cause multiple, seemingly unrelated warnings and failures.