By Jean-Francois Roulet
Improved aircraft technology, such as jet engines, protected circuits for all essential components (eg electronic engine and
flight controls), redundant systems, digital technology for cockpit instruments (“glass cockpit”), and fly by wire technology.
Improvements in Air Traffic Control Technology: Advances in GPS technology give controllers more accurate, real-time
information on airplane locations. advanced air traffic control systems make it easier to identify and dodge bad and
dangerous weather conditions.
Better training of pilots. Today’s flight simulators are far more realistic and involved than the past. The utilization and
technological enhancement of flight simulators allows, that a pilot can learn how to fly a plane without ever leaving the
ground. This ensures no passenger is ever subjected to an inexperienced pilot in the cockpit. Recurrent training, in which
pilots and crews refresh their skills and prepare for emergency situations, was initially introduced in the airline sector and is
now making a positive impact in all sectors of aviation.
Enhanced safety management systems and the safety culture in aviation industry have decreased the influence of the factor
“human error” in the cause of accidents as well. cockpit data monitoring systems – including digital audio and visual recording
equipment – are now widely used to identify safety trends that can be addressed by training.
Increased cooperation of IATA and the airline companies: Tapping into the potentially vast pool of data collected by more
than 27 million flights each year – rather than just the handful of flights where something goes wrong – will be key to
improving safety in the future, by using IATA’s Flight Data Exchange (FDX), which uses flight recorder data to identify systemic
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