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Measure vs. Percentile

Carrier violations or crashes are weighted by time and severity to produce a measure for that carrier in each BASIC. The measure is then used to assign that carrier to a percentile rank containing carriers’ information in similar safety event groups. Expand for more information.

Carrier violations or crashes are weighted by time and severity to produce a measure for that carrier in each BASIC. The measure only considers individual performance based on 24 months of data, with a measure of 0 indicating best performance. The measure is then used to assign that carrier to a percentile rank containing carriers’ information in similar safety event groups. The graph below shows how the carrier’s measure correlates with its percentile rank over a selected period of time.

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Measure Percentile
0 0
0.08 1
0.10 2
0.13 3
0.14 4
0.17 5
0.17 6
0.20 7
0.21 8
0.23 9
0.25 10
0.26 11
0.29 12
0.33 13
0.34 14
0.35 15
0.38 16
0.41 17
0.44 18
0.50 19
0.51 20
0.55 21
0.58 22
0.63 23
0.67 24
0.69 25
0.72 26
0.77 27
0.80 28
0.84 29
0.88 30
0.90 31
1.00 32
1.01 33
1.02 34
1.04 35
1.10 36
1.15 37
1.17 38
1.21 39
1.26 40
1.29 41
1.34 42
1.40 43
1.40 44
1.43 45
1.51 46
1.52 47
1.59 48
1.64 49
1.67 50
1.72 51
1.75 52
1.76 53
1.81 54
1.88 55
1.93 56
2.01 57
2.03 58
2.09 59
2.15 60
2.22 61
2.26 62
2.34 63
2.34 64
2.35 65
2.44 66
2.51 67
2.57 68
2.63 69
2.69 70
2.78 71
2.84 72
3.00 73
3.02 74
3.04 75
3.15 76
3.26 77
3.38 78
3.50 79
3.52 80
3.67 81
3.81 82
3.93 83
4.03 84
4.20 85
4.34 86
4.51 87
4.67 88
4.80 89
5.02 90
5.25 91
5.46 92
5.71 93
6.02 94
6.38 95
6.86 96
7.34 97
8.22 98
9.68 99
22.83 100