Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)

Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)

Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), also known as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) or Flight Data Analysis (FDA). It monitors and analyzes recorded flight data which help to identify trends and fully investigate abnormalities. Through investigations, it helps to take corrective actions by interacting with pilots based on the data.

We have introduced Flight Data Monitoring program in 2014 and we are the first domestic carrier to incorporate this program in Nepal. We have incorporated FDM for all our flights of ATR 42/72 and Beech 1900D fleets at a yearly subscription of more than USD 48,000 for continual service. Our Flight Data Analysis is a voluntary, non-punitive program and contains adequate safeguards to protect and maintain confidentiality of the data sources.

With the help of this program, we are able to analyze all our flights against the Standard Operating Procedure to identify areas of operational risk and quantify risks based on the level of severity to reduce or eliminate such risks from turning into major hazards. This helps monitor and improve the performance of Flight Crew, Aircraft and Flight Procedures.

The trends and statistical reports obtained from the FDM program are used to further analyze corrective and mitigative actions and update customized training programs as well as monitor the effectiveness of the proposed corrective actions.
A Flight Safety Foundation study found that airlines implementing FDM program have 50%
less accident rates. Our FDM process is used to evaluate or effect changes in the following areas:

  • Operational Safety
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Aircraft System Performance
  • Crew Performance
  • Company Procedures
  • Training Programs
  • Training Effectiveness
  • ATC System Operation, and
  • Airport Operational Issues

We are very proud that the entire organization including all the crew are on board in this voluntary initiation. It’s a helpful tool to enhance crew performances and the overall safety of the organization.

Buddha Air