Safety in numbers

This week’s Flight International has our annual analysis of the previous year’s commercial aviation safety record, with David Learmount and our colleagues at Flightglobal’s Ascend consultancy examining the statistics and accident details for signs of long-term trends or important lessons that are not being learned.

It makes fascinating reading. On the plus side: 2012 saw the lowest number ever of airline accident deaths. However, there is a concern that this represents a statistical anomaly rather than a step-change in safety awareness. Although the industry’s safety record remains excellent, there are still worries that pilot misjudgment accounts for a high proportion of the crashes that occur. As Learmount urges, the solution seems to be that a fundamental review of the knowledge and skills required by the modern airline pilot is required. Sadly, that does not appear to be happening.

Elsewhere in the issue, there is a special feature on MRO in the Middle East, ahead of that region’s main event for that sector. Among the areas Michael Gubisch looks at are the ambitions of industry players – both OEMs and local providers – to establish engine maintenance capability in the Gulf, and prospects for EgyptAir’s technical division, which is rebuilding its market two years after the disruption of the country’s revolution.

In news we look at Embraer’s plans for its revamped E-Jet range, the Dreamliner backlog and the three-way contest for the UK’s SAR contest.

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