Sharing Knowledge and the History of Aviation Safety

The Archives is a repository for unique or rare, primary materials relating to aviation safety and security. These collections are available to university users and outside researchers.

In addition to being available on-site, a growing number of documents from the collections can be accessed online through the ASASA Digital Library. The Digital Library contains documents including thousands of photographs, letters, reports, and other items, most of which offer full text.

Contact us for reference services–we'll be happy to help you find what you need, and we can often provide electronic copies of documents for personal use.

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October marks the anniversary of the 1960 Boston Electra accident which brought attention to the need for research into risks associated with turbine engine bird ingestion. This month's featured item from the collections is a 1965 FAA Circular on "Bird Hazards to Aviation." Recent online resources include papers discussing the idea of safety intelligence, information for pilots about medication, weather impacts on airports, and the NTSB's recent release of 2015 statistics for aviation. Also in this issue- recent aviation safety citations and "This Month in Aviation History".

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Pilots Safety Exchange Bulletin, 29 December 1955

ditching illustrationStarting in 1948, Flight Safety Foundation published a number of monthly or bi-monthly bulletins devoted to different aviation safety themes until 2006 when the bulletins were superseded by AeroSafety World. Published from 1954 to 1988, Pilots Safety Exchange Bulletin is an example of just one of these bulletins. The issue highlighted here contains an article originally published in the MATS Flyer. It tells the story of the ditching of a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) C-54 in the stormy Atlantic Ocean. This bulletin also includes a list of ditchings that occurred between 1952 and 1955.

From the Flight Safety Foundation Jerry Lederer Aviation Safety Library (MS-016).

Previously featured highlights from our collections can be found here.

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