Aviation safety means the state of an aviation system or organization in which risks associated with aviation activities, related to, or in direct support of the operation of aircraft, are reduced and controlled to an acceptable level. It encompasses the theory, practice, investigation, and categorization of flight failures, and the prevention of such failures through regulation, education, and training. It can also be applied in the context of campaigns that inform the public as to the safety of air travel.
Aviation safety also encompasses the accident investigation aspect, allowing for better understanding of what happened so that future similar events may be prevented, through revised regulations, aircraft design, education and training.
Since the dawn of the aviation industry, aircraft accidents have been ever present. The first fatal aviation accident was the crash of a Rozière balloon near Wimereux, France, on June 15, 1785, killing the balloon’s inventor, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, and the other occupant, Pierre Romain. The first involving a powered aircraft was the crash of a Wright Model A aircraft at Fort Myer, Virginia, in the United States on September 17, 1908, injuring its co-inventor and pilot, Orville Wright, and killing the passenger, Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge
Aviation Safety, and the many components that comprise aviation safety are ever-improving. Since 1997 the number of fatal air accidents has been no more than 1 for every 2,000,000,000 person-miles flown, and thus one of the safest modes of transportation when measured by distance traveled
Constantly evolving aircraft designs, support systems (like air traffic management), Regulations, Flight Crew training and aircraft maintenance all contribute to improving aircraft safety.
Aircraft Maintenance is comprised of many aspects, one of which is ‘Maintenance Control’
Maintenance control falls under 2 categories. The maintenance control responsibility of the Air Operator (such as the aircraft owner) and that of the Approved Maintenance Organization (the AMO).
- The Air Operator is responsible to ensure that no aircraft conducts a take-off unless the aircraft conforms to its Type Design, and is maintained in accordance with the applicable standards of airworthiness, therefore meeting the conditions of its Certificate of Airworthiness.
- The Approved Maintenance Organization is responsible to ensure that any maintenance requirements specified by the Air Operator have been addressed by the AMO, in accordance with the methods stipulated in its Maintenance Policy Manual (MPM).
Although the requirements and methods for Maintenance Control differ greatly between the Air Operator and the AMO, they both require a system to manage their responsibility’s as well as policy in their respective Maintenance Control Manual (MCM utilized by an Air Operator) or Maintenance Policy Manual (MPM utilized by an Approved Maintenance Organization) that Transport Canada determines to be acceptable.
InspectAir has extensive experience and training developing Maintenance Control Systems for Air Operators and Approved Maintenance Organization, as well as developing the specific policy required in the respective MCM or MPM.
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