Aviation Safety Reporting Program


  • The Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP), as described in AC 00-46, has been established to stimulate the free and unrestricted flow of information concerning deficiencies and discrepancies in the aviation system
  • This is a positive program intended to ensure the safest possible system by identifying and correcting unsafe conditions before they lead to accidents

Aviation Safety Reporting Program:

  • The primary objective of the program is to obtain information to evaluate and enhance the safety and efficiency of the present system
    • The Administrator of the FAA will not use reports submitted to NASA under the Aviation Safety Reporting Program (or information derived therefrom) in any enforcement action expect information concerning accidents or criminal offenses which are wholly excluded from the Program
  • This cooperative safety reporting system invites pilots, controllers, flight attendants, maintenance personnel and other users of the airspace system, or any other person, to file written reports of actual or potential discrepancies and deficiencies involving the safety of aviation operations
  • The operations covered by the program include departure, en route, approach and landing operations and procedures, air traffic control procedures and equipment, crew and air traffic control communications, aircraft cabin operations, aircraft movement on the airport, near midair collisions, aircraft maintenance and record keeping and airport conditions or services
Aviation Safety Reporting Program Form Example
Figure 1: Aviation Safety Reporting Program Form Example


  • The report should give the date, time, location, persons and aircraft involved (if applicable), nature of the event, and all pertinent details
  • To ensure receipt of this information, the program provides for the waiver of certain disciplinary actions against persons, including pilots and air traffic controllers, who file timely written reports concerning potentially unsafe incidents
  • To be considered timely, reports must be delivered or postmarked within 10 days of the incident unless that period is extended for good cause
  • Reports can be submitted either via mail, or electronically
    • Mailed reports should be submitted on NASA ARC Form 277, which are available free of charge, postage prepaid, at the FSDO, FSS and from NASA, ASRS, PO Box 189, Moffet Field, CA 94035
    • Only reports can be submitted through NASA's Electronic Report Submission (ERS) system
  • The FAA utilizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to act as an independent third party to receive and analyze reports submitted under the program


  • Early reports help identify trends and procedures that lead to unsafe situations
  • These reporting procedures are industry standards:
  • Your report may be the one that identifies a flawed procedure that would have otherwise taken a death to discover