Raising its game

Is the aviation industry slowly getting better at safety? For decades, Flight International and other industry bodies have been tracking airlines’ safety record. Although six-monthly snapshots can be misleading - with  relatively so few incidents these days one big accident can completely skew the figures – the long-term trend is encouraging.

Once again, in our 30 July issue, available this week, David Learmount, our operations and safety editor, has been looking at what we can read into and learn from the statistics. We also detail all fatal accidents and significant non-fatal accidents and incidents for the period, and review reports from investigators that have been published during the six months too.

Stephen Trimble also reports from an Air Line Pilots Association forum on the latest thinking on pilot behaviour, training and recruitment. Aircrew still tend to be judged on their flying and interpersonal skills. That is all very well, but what is missing, many believe, is an assessment of how well they monitor the aircraft’s performance in all phases of flight.

Accidents and safety also figure large in our news section this week, with stories on how Sukhoi is shrugging off the latest incident to affect its Superjet regional jet – a gear-up mishap at Reykjavik – and the investigation into the UPS Boeing 747-400 crash at Dubai.

Defence editor Craig Hoyle was also at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. His report has news about the “over-delivering” multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon and Airbus Military’s C295 pitch to the UK. There is also a stunning two-page photo spread.

Plus we have the latest on German diesel aero engine maker Thielert, rescued from a five-year spell in administration by China’s AVIC.

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