Air Travel: How Safe is It? by Laurie Taylor

By Laurie Taylor

Regardless of the excessive criteria of safeguard in civil air delivery, aviation failures proceed to ensue. This e-book examines the hazards on the topic of air shuttle - human elements, the average and operational environments, and man-made difficulties comparable to sabotage - and indicates the place managers have succeeded and failed.

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However, with work on FANS almost complete, the organisation is taking steps to resume earlier activities, and there are encouraging signs that important air safety programs are being reinstated. A defect ICAO shares with other international organisations, is that it can only recommend to sovereign member states that they adhere to Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) in important matters such as Security. No solution exists for the problems that arise when a state does not adhere to SARPS, but the record of ICAO in achieving its major goals is excellent, and far better than that of almost any other international organisation.

In 1996, IATA proposed a < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 study of culture/safety relationships. Even in the same country when airlines merge, serious and unforeseen difficulties can arise. The most extreme example of airline awareness of this problem is in Southwest Airlines USA, where part of the selection procedure includes an interview with a group of airline employees. Trends in Airline Pilot Training Doubts are expressed as to whether the best possible training is given to airline pilots by airlines, after considering that more than 60% of accidents are human-factor oriented as a result of improvements in aircraft and systems not being matched by a similar improvement in crew performance.

1). In each case the same value to be read was provided with no interpolation being necessary. 1 The errors committed by 60 people who took part in the dial experiment (Courtesy of RAeS Aerospace). With such large discrepancies in performance, it is clear that great care must be taken to ensure that the best choice is made in the design of flight instruments, if serious and perhaps fatal, instrument reading errors are not to be made by pilots. Some states permit the use of three-pointer and drum-pointer altimeters in civil aircraft, although both types have been shown to be conducive to dangerous reading errors and to have been a factor in fatal aircraft accidents.

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