Aviation safety refers to a system or organization where the risks associated with aviation activities, whether direct or indirect risks, are minimized or controlled to a point that the safe operation of an aircraft is obtained.
Aircraft safety is paramount, but in the event of an accident, aviation safety also encompasses the investigation of flight failures, allowing for better understanding of what happened, so that future similar events may be prevented, through the institution of stricter regulations, education and training of the required individuals.
Since the dawn of the aviation industry there have been accidents. In 1926 and 1927 there were 24 fatal commercial airline crashes, while in 1928 there were 16 more, and in 1929 another 51 resulting in the deaths of 61 people. In fact, 1929 remains the worst year on record, with an accident rate of 1 for ever million miles flown. If such a streak were to continue today, that would result to approximately 7000 fatal aircraft incidents today.
In fact, the rate today is approximately 0.6 fatal accidents per 1 million miles flown. This low number is the result of years of study, recommendations and training for all involved in the airline industry.
Aviation Inspectors are a large reason for this. An aviation inspector helps by responding to aircraft incidents, analyzing what happened, and producing recommendations to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
While a large part of ensuring aircraft safety has to do with the aircraft themselves, there are other aspects which we may not consider.
For example, maintenance crews are extremely important. Not only maintaining the aircraft, but also maintaining the records kept in relation to the maintenance.
Navigation systems – both on-board and on the ground further improve aircraft safety. Radar used by aircraft to navigate the skies are also used to help ground crews understand what is happening in the airspace around them.
Even the marker beacons – the flashing and strobing lights on planes – have a specific use and purpose.
These many things are just a small part of how aircraft safety has evolved and improved over the years.
Many of these advancements in aircraft safety can also be attributed to the countless aviation inspectors throughout time and around the world who’s knowledge and understanding of the aircraft industry have helped ensure lower and lower aircraft fatality rates around the world.
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