McMILLAN, AS CHAIR OF THE FLIGHT SAFETY FOUNDATION, SHOULD BENEFIT GLOBAL AVIATION SAFETY

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ARTICLE: David McMillan, EUROCONTROL Director General, Assumes Chair of Flight Safety Foundation

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The aviation industry is becoming increasingly global—aircraft ranges have shrunk the dimensions of the earth, the major airlines have formed alliances which have blurred boundaries and the future spheres of growth—the Far East, South America and Africa— point to geographic diversification. Even more pointedly, the implementation of satellite-based navigation systems should ultimately result in a single set of standards (interoperability) and avoid complexity/confusion that potentially lies with independent SESAR and NextGen systems. As the assets of aviation grow in all continents and as aeronautical manufacturing is no longer the exclusive province of North America and Europe, seeking standardization among the civil aviation authorities becomes a critical factor of worldwide safety and industry growth.

In that context, the SELECTION of David McMillan as the Chair of Flight Safety Foundation is prescient and points that organization’s focus at the international sphere. Mr. McMillan has roots as a diplomat in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth and further enhancement of aviation expertise as the Director General of the Civil Aviation and then Director General of EUROCONTROL. His last position made him most familiar with the difficulties of establishing common standards and rules across borders. FSF will be the beneficiary of that most recent challenge.

The addition of Mr. McMillan to FSF will add to the assets of the premier aviation safety private organization.

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