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  • 2014 shows lowest airline fatal accident rate in history

    ​Calendar year 2014 has turned out to be the best year ever for airline safety, according to airline safety analyst Flightglobal Ascend. For many this may seem an unexpected result given the perceptions created by the high profile losses of two Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s and the crash of an AirAsia Airbus A320 just before the year-end.

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  • AirAsia crash mirrors other recent weather-related accidents

    The operational conditions affecting the missing AirAsia Airbus A320 before it crashed into the Java Sea with no...

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  • ANALYSIS: UAV studies warn of risks as industry burgeons

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  • AirAsia QZ8501 accident may reflect a trend

    News | 22 Jan 2015 09:41 | David Learmount

    ​Accidents to aircraft cruising through tropical or sub-tropical zones are repeating often enough now for the industry to have cause to refresh its pilots on the risks. There have been three other accidents in similar circumstances during the last ten years.
  • ANALYSIS: Accidents are not the only threat to safety

    News | 21 Jan 2015 09:32 | David Learmount

    ​If large numbers of passengers and crew die on a commercial airline flight because of an event that was not an accident, is it valid to exclude it from airline safety statistics? After all, passengers boarding a flight want to be assured their lives are not at risk from any cause.
  • ANALYSIS: Refining the MH370 search

    News | 19 Jan 2015 15:05 | David Learmount

    ​Since Capt Simon Hardy revealed in Flightglobal/Flight International his calculations about where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to have come to rest, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau – leading the MH370 search team – has spoken at length to him.
  • ANALYSIS: Modernising global airline pilot training

    News | 12 Jan 2015 14:18 | David Learmount

    ​Airlines and the world’s aviation authorities have been warned that if they miss the opportunity to modernise pilot training now, when International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation have finished preparing the ground for change, they may be stuck with 1950s-based training regulations for the foreseeable future.
  • ANALYSIS: Airline safety plans for 2015

    News | 09 Jan 2015 11:54 | David Learmount

    ​Several studies or projects aimed at reducing threats to airline safety are likely to come to fruition in 2015. In one of these, reacting to the French investigator’s recommendations in the report on the loss of Air France flight 447 over the South Atlantic in 2009, Airbus says it is preparing to fit deployable flight data recorders with embedded emergency locator transmitters in A350s and A380s. Airbus says there is more work to do yet, and at the same time there is debate in the industry about how practical this is. No aviation authorities – at present – are planning to mandate deployable FDRs (see Flight International 13-19 January for a study on this).
  • ANALYSIS: Airline safety performance in 2014

    News | 08 Jan 2015 12:10 | David Learmount

    Despite public perception, 2014 has been an extraordinarily good year for aviation safety – but the shadow of MH370, MH17 and December's AirAsia disaster cast a long shadow over the positive figures