Safety

The challenge of integrating risks

The foundation of any safety management system (SMS) is the use of a robust methodology for risk assessment. No aviation organisation would consider their SMS complete without assessing the chance certain events will occur and how severe their consequences. But what do you do when...

Helicopters, platforms and offshore windfarms

Continuing the topic of wind turbines and aviation from our last blog, this time we take a more in-depth look at some of the aspects that affect helicopters operating offshore. Specifically, we examine both operational and business issues surrounding offshore wind farms, their proximity to...

Corporate management’s role in aviation safety

Aviation safety has moved from an engineering challenge to a management one over the years. It is an evolution that has brought the aviation industry to a point where the accident rate is so low that it is no longer an accurate indicator for safety...

A balanced approach to the passenger journey

Improving passenger experience is a hot topic in the aviation industry. Too often, though, it results in the optimisation of a singular efficiency aspect. That approach is simply too narrow to improve overall passenger satisfaction. A balanced approach between efficiency and experience that considers the...

Leveraging technology for aerodrome safety

To handle Singapore’s projected air traffic growth in the next decades, Singapore Changi Airport is undergoing extensive development works on runways and a new terminal. Construction work is being carried out daily near fully operational runways and taxiways. Maintaining the safety of airport operations in...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2017

The past year has been another exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety. With only three fatal accidents to passenger airliners, all involving small turbo-prop planes, 2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year’s remarkable...

The challenge of preventing aviation security threats efficiently

As those looking to cause harm are getting more creative, and the aviation security regulations to stop them more numerous, the complexity and cost of threat prevention for airport operators expands exponentially. Better technology can help improve security, but it can also have disadvantages. The...

Aviation safety is not necessarily a numbers game

A Dutch newspaper recently labelled Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport the ‘record holder for dangerous incidents’ after comparing numbers of runway incursions reported at airports of similar size. This immediately prompted politicians demanding explanations. Whilst the article itself covered only runway incursions, that headline does give food...

Learning from other modes of transport

In the world of transportation, continuous innovation is taking place in virtually every mode. Ideas spread quickly, influencing other modes in different forms. Is this cross-pollination just being copy-pasted, or is it coupled with a culture of learning from the other sector’s experience? This is...

Defining Meaningful Safety Performance Indicators

Safety performance indicators within management systems are useful tools for allowing an organisation to measure progress – and continuous improvement – of safety topics. This is as true for airlines and airports as it is for national oversight bodies. Although these indicators are extremely useful,...