How aviation safety has improved

In the meantime, the aviation sector carries on to innovate, most recently with the introduction of composite resources and the increasing use of electronic know-how and electronics.

“The new era of airliners are very impressive, but it will get time – at minimum many yrs – to see how resistant the products will be,” suggests Thomas Cahlik, Head of Mediterranean, Aviation, AGCS.

Lots of of the new systems have served make improvements to security, this sort of as improved cockpit instrumentation shows and fly-by-wire methods. Nevertheless, know-how has a
possible for making unanticipated consequences, according to Jon Downey, Head of Aviation – US, AGCS.

“Once, pilots relied on their ‘steam gauges’ and experienced pretty minimal are living information at their fingertips. Now the data readily available can be too much to handle,” he suggests.

Although ‘glass cockpit’ technologies gives significantly superior visible recognition it also raises challenges, as was found in the reduction of the Air France Flight 447 in 2009 with 228 people today on-board. Accident investigators concluded that the pilots grew to become perplexed by the plane’s instrumentation and took inappropriate action when the Airbus 330 flew into turbulence throughout a tropical thunderstorm above the Atlantic Ocean.

Fears around pilot’s reliance on automation in the cockpit ended up also raised by the Asiana crash in 2013.

“What we see now is an escalating reliance on know-how, that pilots may well not entirely fully grasp, that at some level this can diminish a pilot’s situational awareness and adhere and rudder skills,” states Downey.