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Aviation Business Continuity following the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 in 2020 The current measures – as of the third week of March – that are in place across the world to contain and reduce the effects of the Corona virus COVID-19 place aviation in uncharted waters. The reduction of flights has reached over ninety...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2019: A Year Of Difficult Questions

To70’s annual Civil Aviation Safety Review examines accidents to large passenger aircraft used by most travellers. It includes all causes, whether technical failure, human error or unlawful interference. Despite a number of high profile accidents this year’s fatal accident rate is lower than the average...

Optimising Bow-Tie Use in Complex Organisations

How can an organisation get the most benefit from using the bow-tie methodology, especially when that organisation is quite complex? By integrating the tool fully into the company’s way of working, it becomes a powerful medium for obtaining relevant and broadly useful insights into the...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2018

Sadly, the historical lack of fatal civil aviation accidents involving large turbojet-powered passenger aircraft in 2017 was not to be continued in 2018. In fact, the number rose to slightly above the most recent five-year average. Whilst aviation is still one of the safest modes...

Could Schiphol’s future be at sea?

Relocating Schiphol Airport from the Netherland’s densely populated west coast into the North Sea is an idea that comes up from time to time, most recently from Schiphol’s own CEO. If anyone can engineer a large offshore island airport, it’s probably the Dutch. However, engineering...

No need to be blinded by solar panel benefits

If you have ever glanced out of an airplane window during a landing, chances are you have seen sunlight reflecting off water, buildings or – these days – even solar panels. More and more airports are constructing solar panels airside to help achieve their environmental...

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...

The dangerous relationship between wind turbines and aviation

Wind turbines are becoming increasingly popular as sources of renewable energy. And just as with airports, the preferred locations are far enough away from populated areas to minimise nuisance. If placed too close to airports, however, they create hazards to aviation, only some of which...

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...

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...