SKYbrary is a wiki created by the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the Flight Safety Foundation to create a comprehensive source of aviation safety information freely available online. It was launched[1] in May 2008 on a platform based on MediaWiki. The Flight Safety Foundation (a founding member) defines SKYbrary's goal as: capturing authoritative aviation industry information and create cumulative knowledge, especially with regard to critical safety issues.[2] HindSight Magazine related to SKYbrary received the Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award[3] in 2009 at the FSF International Air Safety Seminar (IASS).

SKYbrary's way of working

SKYbrary is driven by a risk based knowledge management approach,[4] meaning:

  1. Information must be in the right place at the right time.
  2. Managing knowledge helps ensure that organizations have appropriate capabilities in place (linking ability to innovate and capacity planning).
  3. Effective management of knowledge helps organizations share best practice more effectively, avoiding duplication of effort, whatever the daily operational constraints.

SKYbrary's Management and Quality Assurance process is described in detail on Skybrary Content Management.[5]

SKYbrary uses the Semantic MediaWiki extension to annotate semantic data within articles.

SKYbrary structure

The SKYbrary front page gives visitors access to aviation safety knowledge via three portals. Each portal then contains numerous categories of articles chosen because of their relevance to aviation safety professionals. Current categories in use:

Operational Issues

Enhancing Safety

Safety Regulations



  1. ^ EUROCONTROL Press Release
  2. ^ Flight Safety Foundation magazine, Aero Safety World about SKYbrary
  3. ^ Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award Archived 2010-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kruizinga, Eelco; Blajev, Tzvetomir (May–June 2008). "SKYBRARY: A WIKI FOR AVIATION SAFETY KNOWLEDGE". Knowledge Management Review. 11 (2): 18–23. ISSN 1369-7633.
  5. ^ "Skybrary Content Management". SKYbrary.