IATA reveals four-step program for airline safety

Pilot and engineer training, operational safety audit enhancements, group operations efficiency and harmonisation of regulations will be under focus over the next year as part of IATA’s new air safety regulations.

Announced this week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s 2012 Operations Committee said it had reached an agreement of four main priorities to lead the organisation’s safety initiatives over the next 12 months.

Topping the list this year is pilot and engineer safety, a priority IATA hopes to facilitate through its new Quality and Training International Civil Aviation Organisation, the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations and encouraging regulators to shift to a competency-based approach to training.

As well, IATA said it was looking to promote mutual recognition of standards for pilots and engineer licensing and certification.

An enhanced Operational Safety Audit program is also in the cards this year, with the plan expected to include recommended practises for quality control processes as well as self auditing in between the two-year audit cycle.

“Safety remains the top priority. We have a full agenda to make an already safe industry even safer,” IATA senior vice president for safety, operations and infrastructure Guenther Matschnigg said.  

“Industry and governments have always cooperated to achieve our common goals based on global standards and harmonization.

“The need to take those even further in the areas of training, ground safety, and auditing will be our priority over the coming year.”

As well efficiency improvements on ground operations will also be looked at this year while the airline Group also hopes to harmonise the implementation of targeted safety measures in place of adding costly regulations that “do little to improve safety”.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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