Improving aviation security is an ambitious task which requires a holistic approach. Key elements of such strategy are stepping from a reactive perspective to a more proactive and predictive one, integrating threat assessment, risk management, differentiation, unpredictability, randomness with global and harmonised solutions. In this paper, ECA maps out the key areas for aviation security today and tomorrow as well as the pilots’ perspective on improving aviation security.
Safe, fast and affordable air travel is a common desire of any passenger. To achieve this, the legislator set the ground for the airlines to compete freely with each other. Nonetheless, while ‘competition’ has become the name of the game, “unfair” is the term that has started to creep in – to the detriment of the industry, its employees and the long-term future of the sector.
There is a paradox. Few factors affect air operations as much as weather. But the meteorological information available to pilots before and during their flight has not dramatically changed over the last two decades. With the aim to raise awareness and provide stakeholders with a practical tool, Europe’s professional pilots put together excerpts from policy recommendations, regulations, and project findings, along with an in-depth classification of the charts which are essential and highly useful.
Inadequate regulation, enhanced pilot training, pilot fatigue and the need for a true safety culture to prevent accidents are the four most pressing emerging issues identified by European pilots. While some of these issues, such as pilot training and fatigue, have already made headline across the world, others still tend to fall off the radar. ECA’s new publication, “Flight Plan to Safety”, offers a unique overview on the future (threats) for commercial aviation from the pilots’ perspective.
The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig explosion, the Alaska Airlines flight 261 crash and the 2008 financial crisis are at first glance three unrelated tragic events. Yet, they do have one thing in common – these are telling examples of what can happen if management and oversight authorities are not up to the task of maintaining safety. Aviation, as a safety critical industry, requires great attention to how rules are developed and enforced. As part of ECA’s “Flight Plan to Safety”, civil aviation legislation and oversight are the topic of the second one in a series of publications identifying the key challenges to commercial air transport.