AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2020 - 106

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Filing an ASRS report

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Lessons learned are an interesting byproduct

B Y A DA M M E R E D I T H
P R E S I D E N T, A O PA F I N A N C E

BY CRISTINA ZAMBRANA
ANY SITUATION that could affect safety in

the National Airspace System (NAS), other
than criminal activities and accidents, may
be confidentially reported to the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) through the Aviation Safety
Reporting System (ASRS) program. This
program was implemented by the FAA after
the investigation of an airline crash in 1974
revealed a lack of information sharing among
various parties in the NAS. FAA Advisory
Circular 00-46E explains the procedures for,
and protections available from, ASRS.
While there are many reasons to file
an ASRS report, pilots often file a report
to avail themselves of the waiver of sanction in FAA enforcement cases. One of the
requirements to be eligible for the waiver of
sanction is that the report is filed within 10
days of the date of the violation or the date
when the person became aware or should
have been aware of the violation. However,
even though the waiver of imposition of
sanction prevents the FAA's proposed penalty (for example, a certificate suspension)
from taking effect, the finding of violation
from the enforcement action will still go on
the airman's record.
Airmen are often the sole-source
reporter of unique events in the NAS. These
sole-source reports may alert others to

issues that might otherwise come as a surprise, such
as the pitfalls of operating unusually lightly loaded
aircraft, and thus improve safety in the NAS. It's
important to note that airmen are still eligible for
the waiver of sanction even when the FAA becomes
aware of a possible pilot deviation through another
source or before the airman files an ASRS report,
such as when ATC issues a Brasher Notification
("possible pilot deviation" followed by a phone
number to call), or ATC telephones the pilot who
forgot to close the IFR flight plan.
All information that might help identify persons
filing ASRS reports and parties named within are
deleted by NASA, and FAR 91.25 prohibits the FAA
from using ASRS reports in any enforcement action,
except accidents or criminal actions. Individuals
may avail themselves of the data NASA has collected and the various ASRS resources (alerts,
database, publication bulletin, focused studies)
that NASA makes publicly available. ASRS Research
Papers offer published research in specific topics,
while ASRS Operational Issues Bulletins are timely
published for important topics. ASRS Directline
offers publications significant to crew of complex
aircraft, and ASRS Callback is a monthly collection
of "lessons learned" topics using anonymized examples from real ASRS filings.
aopa.org/pps
CRISTINA ZAMBRANA is an attorney with the AOPA

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