The International Air Transportation Association is a body of the world’s airlines; their collective perspective of aviation safety is a very valid assessment in that their airplanes fly under the flags of all countries. They know every CAA, either because their certificates are issued by one of the civil aviation authorities or their aircraft operate into all of world’s airspace. Every year their Operations Committee takes the time to reflect on the global state of aviation safety.
Their 2012 report identifies four priorities for the consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organization and its Member states. The IATA agenda highlights the following points:
- Pilot and Engineering—specifically IATA Quality and Training Initiative (ITQI), a program designed to match pilot skills and knowledge to the current cockpit.
- Enhanced IOSA—this is the most difficult challenge for ICAO; for it is an acronym which compels the UN body to assess the competence of the world’s CAAs. The EU has been most aggressive in suspending the privileges of some carriers to enter European airspace; so ICAO has some room to convince some of the less sophisticated nations to improve their standards and their enforcement of the rules.
- Ground Operations—this area of airport operations has historically received the least attention; making it a focus is an obvious safety gain.
- Harmonization— this is a code word for adopting the same safety rules in every jurisdiction. Reading between the lines of the below quote, the IATA Ops Committee sent a slight slam on the EU’s ETS rules:
“The OPC urged governments to focus on the implementation of targeted safety measures instead of adding costly and cumbersome regulations that do little to improve safety.”
These IATA meetings entail a lot of time and effort from very busy airline executives and the association’s staff and consequently, their work product is due some attention. These four points constitute a good agenda for 2012.Share this article: