5 Aviation Trends That Are Making Traveling Safer for You
Despite the fact that there are more and more passengers traveling by plane, aviation is still undoubtedly the safest way to move.
According to the aviation safety organization To70, during 2017, there were no deaths reported on jet-powered commercial passenger jets. In fact, their report showed that (on average) there is merely one death per 16 million flights.
The statistics show that 2017 was the safest year for flying — ever.
In other words, aviation’s safety record is outstanding — and it is only going to continue to improve as new technologies and trends will ensure that these safety standards are maintained.
Here are five aviation trends that are making traveling safer for you.
1. Superior crew training
All across the board, crews are receiving better training:
- Pilots are developing their skills
- Regulators are implementing upgraded oversight
- Accident investigators are producing high-grade judgments about the decreasing number of accidents
- Flight attendants are improving evacuations
- Dispatchers have excellent tools to make weather forecasts and dispatch decisions
- Maintenance technicians have developed procedures to enhance reliability and safety
Additionally, the arrival of crew resource management (CRM) and aircraft line maintenance, for example, and other valuable improvements to the culture, hierarchy and oversight of the aviation industry are making a considerable difference.
All in all, the professionals in the aviation industry are committed to continuous improvement, and to achieving the reality of zero fatalities, despite those who say it can’t be done.
2. Better-built planes
In addition to better crew training, manufacturers are also building better and safer airplanes with improved design and performance. And aircraft parts distributors around the world are producing and distributing parts at a higher level every year.
These improved aircrafts include technologies such as TCAS, wind shear detection, and cargo fire suppression, to name a few.
Furthermore, increased cockpit connectivity will assist the aviation industry in sustaining these safety standards.
3. Collaborative efforts are welcomed
Over the past few years, air carriers, regulators and groups have been working towards more collaborative efforts. Despite these people and organizations often having incredibly differing purposes and priorities, they have worked tirelessly to find a way to collaborate.
From standardizing runway markings to air traffic control protocols and mental health programs, the specifics are varied and expansive, but they are working.
Additionally, the aviation industry is now embracing the use of external auditors to ensure that operations follow industry best practices.
Emphasizing the importance of proactive measures in safety is becoming the norm.
4. Greater passenger awareness
It is hard to think that, once upon a time, passengers would dance and smoke cigarettes while traveling on a plane. Fast forward to 2018, and countless frequent travelers can quote the safety demonstration by heart and recognize that it is necessary to buckle their seatbelt while seated (even when the sign is not illuminated).
The fact that more people are flying more than ever before means that there is a higher number of people presented the airline safety briefings.
It also means that passengers are more equipped to notice strange behavior from other passengers and have a greater understanding of what to do in case of an emergency.
5. Focus on cybersecurity
One of the biggest challenges airlines and airports face is cybersecurity. Due to the utilization of innovative and emerging technologies, and the digitalization of the air transport industry,
airlines and airports have to concentrate on keeping their systems secure.
Over the coming months and years, airlines and airports are going to be continuously spending and investing in significant programs for their cybersecurity initiatives.
These trends and technologies have helped make the aviation industry the safest one around, and this year, the developments are only going to continue.
From the domination of AI and digitization to more novel and exciting methods for changing the manner in which standard procedures are carried out, there are many developments in the works.
The next couple of years will also see greater connectivity and planes, airports and passengers becoming even smarter — impacting not just the safety of your journey, but also your passenger experience.
Viktoria Grokhovskaya is an independent aviation expert currently working within the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry in the UAE. She received her bachelor’s degree in Management and a Specialist Diploma in Economics and Management at the Enterprise from Astrakhan State Technical University.