Preliminary First Quarter Safety Performance

Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IATAThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary first quarter 2015 (January 1-March 31) commercial aviation safety performance data. The preliminary results are subject to revision based on the determination of the Accident Classification Task Force.






“Flying is safe. The industry has become so reliable in its safety record that relatively small variations in performance from year to year can skew the numbers. The safety performance over one quarter is insufficient to come to any conclusions. However, as the data fits within the five-year trend of improvement it reassures us that the industry strategy is driving us in the right direction,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.



Aviation is never complacent in its approach to safety. Accidents are rare and each is thoroughly investigated to derive insight on how to make flying safer. Action following three recent tragedies illustrates this point:



Strategy and Global Standards

Historically, the major thrusts for safety improvements have come through the well-established system of air accident investigations. As accidents become ever rarer, it is clear that sustainable future gains will come from a systemic, data-driven approach to safety that builds on continuous improvement supported by cooperation and partnership among safety stakeholders. A global perspective that develops standards through the sharing of expertise is vital to this strategy.



Adherence to global standards and recommended practices are a pre-requisite to safety. To strengthen IOSA, the global standard for measuring operational safety, IATA is transitioning this year to Enhanced IOSA, which introduces continuous monitoring across the two-year audit cycle. This is moving IOSA from a once-every-two-year snapshot to a continuous management process.



IATA has also launched the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA), which is intended for operators that are not eligible for the IOSA, either because they operate aircraft that have a maximum take-off weight below the 5,700 kg threshold for participation in IOSA or because their business model does not allow conformity with IOSA’s standards.

Audit programs such as Enhanced IOSA and ISSA are an important element of IATA’s Six Point Safety Program, a comprehensive data-driven approach to identify and address organizational, operational, and emerging safety issues:




“While we must always try to be ready for the unexpected, future safety gains will come increasingly from analyzing data from all flights, not just the infinitesimal percentage of flights where something goes wrong. GADM will guide us to apply our resources where they can have the biggest impact on safety.” said Tyler.


Source:- IATA


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