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NEWS | Aug. 23, 2011

M-ASAP program enhances aviation safety

By 437th Maintenance Group

The 437th Maintenance Group is leading the way in aviation safety through adept utilization of the Military Aviation Safety Action Program. M-ASAP is an anonymous mishap reporting system program designed to enhance aviation safety by encouraging subject matter experts within affected work centers to report possible safety concerns.

This self-reporting system model is similar in design to many programs in place within the commercial airline industry. This system encourages voluntary reporting of operations and logistics safety issues and events.

Designed to provide a non-punitive environment for the open reporting of safety concerns, M-ASAP provides information critical to identifying precursors to accidents and may be observed or experienced by the submitter. The goal is to prevent mishaps by addressing unintentional errors, hazardous situations and events or high-risk activities not identified and correctable by other methods or through traditional safety reporting sources. Reported information is used to reduce mishaps through operational, logistic, training or procedural enhancements. M-ASAP offers significant potential for avoiding mishaps due to its capability to provide early identification of necessary safety improvements.

The following types of events are not normally reported or captured by other methods, but are highly encouraged to be reported through this program:
  • Personal errors which could have led to a mishap or incident.
  • Observed unintentional errors by others which could have led to a mishap or which resulted in a "close call." 
  • Errors committed by other individuals or organizations which adversely affected or could have adversely affected the safety of flight to include procedural errors, problems with standard operating procedures or aircraft systems or design concerns.
  • Any unsafe action, event or condition encountered during any portion of a flight or mission from mission planning, ground operations, mission execution or crew rest.
  • Observed hazards that may not have directly affected your operation, but may affect another's. 
  • Any event or series of events considered worthy of reporting to ensure aviation safety.
If you have questions about accessing the M-ASAP, contact your Unit Safety Representative or the 437th Quality Assurance office at 673-2413.