On January 1, 1914 a single passenger rode in this Benoit from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tampa, Florida. The published fare was $1, but as a precedent to today’s ancillary revenues, the passenger bid $400 for the privilege of occupying the first seat. IATA brought a model of this airplane to its annual convention in Doha, Qatar. The association’s director Tony Tyler mentioned that today’s airlines will fly 3.3 billion passengers and 52 million tons of cargo over 50,000 routes this year. In his address, Mr. Tyler mentioned several important issues but his primary theme was the need for global cooperation on safety issues.
He noted that his members in 2013 operated 29 million flights with Western-built jet aircraft and only 12 hull losses. “Flying is incredibly safe. And we are determined to make it safer,” said Tyler. He further elucidated on his global theme by saying that the aviation industry can better fulfill its potential if governments regulated his members with a long-term view, aided by global standards and focused on taking the best advantage of aviation’s role as a global economic catalyst. “If we can establish this global mindset approach with all our government partners, we will be on solid footing for aviation’s second century,” said Tyler.
The efforts of ICAO, IATA, EASA and FAA to achieve global safety standardization are laudable . It must be distressing for the world’s Civil Aviation Authorities to be subject to so many reviews. Perhaps ICAO could lead an effort to reduce these multiple audits to a single, effective examination and to help fund the CAAs found to be deficient.