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The human operator, the least reliable element of an aerodyne, but the most essential...!
Frank Caron (1991)

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26 September 2016

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Air Safety

What is safety?

Not an easy question and not a clear answer.

Let's trying an approach with an interesting example.

There is a huge company in Western Europe with a fleet of ultramodern planes, and its pilots are (should be) among the best in the world...

Its safety organization relies on an outstanding safety department and the safety standards meet the most stringent requirements in the international aviation industry (SMS, IOSA, quality system, no punitive policy, financial resources, highly trained and qualified safety personnel, etc.). The company has continuously working on improving flight safety which has always been one of its main priorities. And there is no way one can doubt about this.

But does this make a safe company? I do not have the authority to judge this here, neither to blame.

But the facts seem that this specific company safety statistics are those of a third division airline. This company is losing an aircraft every 4 years on average. The victims of these accidents rank this company well after the 60th best safe airline in the world and in the top 5 of the most deadly airline for passengers...

One more time, the objective is not to blame anything but to demonstrate that having an outstanding safety organization does not make a company safe...

The points here to consider are:

  1. the international aviation safety standards requirements are the basic step, and definitely a... MUST.
  2. on which should be added other steps specific to the company organization,
  3. every airline must think in highly innovative ways, trying everything possible,
  4. the company must accept seeing its safety as never fully achieved, therefore ALWAYS working to develop and improve it.

But here again, there is no really specific standards. And always remember there are no successful recipe that works without any hitch in any organization.

Therefore the objective of this page is to suggest different directions to approach safety in a different but more global and complete way(s).

The links below propose these suggestions.

5 steps to convince about safety

quick links

5 steps to convince about safety

Why air safety improvement is too slow (organisation)?

Why air safety improvement is too slow (culture)?

Why training is the main solution to human factors issues

Human factors still the current challenge of the industry

No limits for the understanding of human factors

Suggestions for a discipline committee

Too long briefings

Current CRM have reach its limits

Aviation safety international legal definitions

Two statements about fatigue every manager must know