The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many new safety issues and changes to safety priorities for operators. These changes may require adapting the scope of the Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) programmes and their way of operating.

This analysis document was presented at a FDM workshop of EASA SAFE360° – 2021 and covers the following topics:

  • What has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the FDM programmes?
  • What do the new safety issues brought by the pandemic mean for FDM programmes?
  • What is the foreseeable impact of a return to normal operations?

The document was prepared in collaboration with FDM experts from the aviation industry. It contains industry good practice. The document does not have the status of official EASA guidance.