Air Travel: How Safe Is It? by Laurie Taylor

By Laurie Taylor

Regardless of the excessive criteria of security in civil air delivery, aviation failures proceed to take place. This ebook examines the dangers on the topic of air commute - human elements, the average and operational environments, and man-made difficulties reminiscent of sabotage - and exhibits the place managers have succeeded and failed.

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Some airlines of non-English speaking countries require flight crews to use the English language at all times when in flight, and their manuals and check lists are produced in that language. That particular solution to the problem has been rejected by other airlines for reasons of national pride, and the possibility of serious misunderstandings of spoken communications between pilots, and between pilots and controllers therefore continues to exist. Aircraft Warning Systems Aircraft warning systems are used to provide information to flight crews, and the design and performance of some is a source of controversy between system designers and pilots.

A similar problem in South East Asia and affecting air traffic over Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea required a similar and successful mission. The shooting down of a South Korean airliner over the North Pacific, caused ICAO to mount a technical fact-finding mission in an attempt to diminish the long term consequences of the tragedy. All these activities reflect well on ICAO, its officers and secretariat. In common with other organisations, ICAO has suffered when member states, including the USA, have not paid their dues or have paid them in arrears.

At a 1995 IATA seminar on human factors, it was reported that one airline employed 250 pilots of 36 nationalities, with 60% being from Anglo countries. Difficulties arise when different cultures clash over such matters as the authority of a captain. In Anglo cultures, a copilot is more ready to advise the captain of an observed mistake than in other cultures where the captain is not corrected as 'It would shame both of us'. In 1996, IATA proposed a < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 study of culture/safety relationships.

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