Students' Area

ASASI welcomes new members and encourages students to join the society.

Benefits of Membership

There are several reasons why you should join ASASI. These include activities, education, services and networking.

Affiliation with ISASI

ASASI is affiiiated with ISASI and membership of ASASI automatically provides membership of ISASI.

Annual Australia/NZ Seminar

ASASI hosts a biennial seminar in conjunction with the New Zealand Society of Air Safety Investigators (NZSASI). The seminar alternates between Australia and NZ and was held in Melbourne in June 2018 and will be held in Wellington, NZ in June 2019. Student members can attend the seminar at discounted rates.

Annual ISASI Seminar

The annual ISASI Seminar has become a focal point for aviation safety professionals throughout the world. Attendance has steadily grown and the presentations are meaningful and state–of–the–art. These gatherings have a full day of specific safety oriented tutorials and three days of multi-faceted presentations by internationally renowned experts. The annual membership meeting is held at each seminar to update attendees on the status of the society.

FORUM Magazine

The ISASI official publication, FORUM is published four times a year. The publication contains information and articles concerning the latest in accident investigation.

Rudolf Kapustin Memorial Scholarships

The ISASI Rudolf Kapustin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 to provide eligible college students with a $2000 grant to attend our annual seminars. Scholarship winners have been unanimous in their praise for the program and many are now gainfully employed in the industry.

History of The ISASI Rudolf Kapustin Memorial Scholarship

How to Apply Note that 2019 applications are not yet open.

Networking and Mentoring

Our corporate and individual members represent 70 countries and are a diverse group working in all facets of the industry worldwide. This presents a unique opportunity and access for personal and on-line networking. Student Membership if ASASI/ISASI is an acknowledgement of your interest in aviation safety.

Reachout Program

The Reachout Workshop Program was instituted to provide low-cost, subject-oriented, and locally sponsored seminars to a broader international community. The first Reachout Workshop held in May of 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic, was an unqualified success in attendance and content, and the dozens of subsequent workshops held since have been equally successful. These workshops provide our members with a unique opportunity to directly affect safety in areas where it will have the greatest return.



by John Guselli July 13, 2018

A380 nose
Modern aircraft are capable of capturing vast amounts of data. Photo: Steve Creedy

Some big ideas on Big Data have won a Singaporean Air Force officer studying in Australia a prestigious international award.

University of New South Wales final-year Aviation Management student and Republic of Singapore Air Force officer Ian Low looked at ways to capture and store complex data generated by aircraft during normal and abnormal operations.

Low’s paper, titled “Big Data – Thinking Big for Aircraft Accident Prevention”, focused on the concept of managing large volumes of complex and diverse data required to capture and analyze aviation safety information. This technique has been used successfully by major airlines to improve on-time performance, increase fuel efficiency, and manage maintenance requirements. The paper offered a new paradigm for aviation safety – a proactive data-focused approach to accident prevention. It offers an alternative quantitative approach to accident investigation that could analyze all available information, not just the factors which are obvious to accident investigators, This could result in investigators uncovering other accident causal factors which may have otherwise been overlooked.

Low was awarded the Rudolf Kapustin Memorial Scholarship for 2018 by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). He has maintained a high distinction average throughout his studies and has previously been awarded the RSAF Academic Scholarship from the Singapore government. He served 10 years as a military officer and is a qualified Sea Hawk helicopter pilot, specializing in aviation safety. The Singaporean’s award honours the memory of Rudolf Kapustin, a former senior investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board who oversaw the agency’s investigation of major air disasters until his retirement in 1986. Kapustin was an investigator in charge in the NTSB’s aviation division and senior member of its quick response “go team,” a rotating group of specialists who travel to the stark and grim sites of civilian aircraft crashes. He passed away in 2002.

The purpose of the Rudolf Kapustin scholarship is to encourage and assist college-level students interested in the field of aviation safety and aircraft occurrence investigation. It is funded through donations. It requires students to be enrolled as full-time students in a recognized education program, which includes courses such as aircraft engineering, operations, aviation psychology, aviation safety or aircraft occurrence investigation. Applicants must have major or minor subjects that focus on aviation safety/investigation. This award provides for funded attendance at an ISASI Annual International Seminar and a one-year membership to the ISASI. In addition, Low will receive tuition-free attendance at the highly regarded Cranfield University Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, at its five-day Accident Investigation course, at the Cranfield campus, north of London, UK. A further prize of a tuition-free course is also provided by the United States Government’s Transportation Safety Institute as well as tuition-free attendance to any scheduled Southern California Safety Institute course in the US.

John Guselli is the past Chairman of the Reachout Committee of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.