Industry must remain vigilant on safety: AAPA

Safety performance across commercial aviation is at an all time high, with a major accident rate of just one in every three million flights, but the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned of the need to remain ever vigilant in further improving standards, identify continuing risks and implementing new safety initiatives.


Industry must remain vigilant on safety: AAPA


Safety performance across commercial aviation is at an all time high, with a major accident rate of just one in every three million flights, but the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned of the need to remain ever vigilant in further improving standards, identify continuing risks and implementing new safety initiatives. AAPA technical director Martin Eran-Tasker, at a recent safety conference in Singapore, highlighted some of the Asia Pacific region’s safety priorities in 2012. “This year the region will need to focus on a number of factors that can still pose a higher safety risk, including controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), runway safety and wildlife hazards. “Particular attention also needs to be paid to turboprop and smaller aircraft operations, which often provide services in more challenging environments and experience relatively higher accident rates,” he added. On the issue of recruitment of the next generation of aviation professionals, Eran-Tasker said: “Recognising that Asia is destined to be the world’s largest air transport market, we need to ensure that the industry continues to attract talented individuals to support future growth. Training programmes must also evolve, to incorporate the new technologies and work processes that underpin the industry’s commitment to safety.” He added: “Maintaining an effective safety management system is not just about being in regulatory compliance, it is important to appreciate and understand the processes involved, and ensure that the management of safety is embedded in the operating culture of every organisation.”