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.
In the July issue of News and Notes, we share a "virtual display case" with a sampling of documents from the Archives and the stories behind them. Recent resources on the web include Congressional committee hearings on commercial space transportation and FAA Air Traffic Controller training and staffing, as well as reports and information on safety of mixed-use flight operations, loss of control in-flight, and the Federal Air Marshall Service. Also citations for recent aviation safety articles on topics ranging from checklists and emergency procedures to accident risk assessment.
Starting 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of monthly or bi-monthly bulletins devoted to different aviation safety themes until 2006 when the bulletins were superseded by AeroSafety World.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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