Aviation Safety Essay Research Paper Inflight aviation

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Aviation Safety Essay, Research Paper In-flight aviation complications have a nine in ten chance of having been prevented by FAA (Federal Aviation Association) safety measures both in use today and being issued in the near future (Sagun, 99). Some accidents are on a grand scale killing hundreds of people, while some are so small that passengers are unaware that they even happened. Meanwhile, the FAA is busy turning out new regulations, little attention is actually being paid to the jobs, making sure they are done, and done correctly. Aviation complications are not only time-consuming and annoying, but they could potentially put your life in danger. If the FAA doesn?t press for higher quality standards, conditions could impair the industry as a whole. It?s no wonder that so

many people complain of ?fear of flying?. Air travel is growing to one of the largest forms of transportation the world over. Almost every country on the planet is now accessible through private and commercial aircraft. American, Northwest, and United Airlines all have three to five year plans to substantially drop the fares on their domestic flights (Taylor, 99). This in turn will heighten traffic in the already overflowing business. ?Economical? or Valuejet like companies are more popular and more widely used than ever before. These companies also can fit more persons per aircraft than conventional airlines. Aviation is very widely used, and in the future more and more business will accompany more affordable prices. Airline business is growing, but this does not mean its

getting safer. The average aircraft of the big three (American, United and Delta) was built in the early 1970?s. Which means safety systems are constantly being outdated. In fact it takes a minimum of four years after a system is designed to pass through government tests and legislature. By this time the system its self is almost outdated. Another defect of older aircraft is their insulation. Almost all of the MD-80, MD-90, MD-11, MD-88, Boeing 719, and DC-10 aircraft have original insulation. This insulation was found by the FAA to be highly flammable and excretes potentially fatal toxins into the air. Also still in use are Radar systems that are so old, that they pick up impulses from nearby cellular phones and even on occasion project tall buildings as incoming aircraft. This

was true in a recent ?Ghost Radar Signal? at Detroit?s metro airport. Equipment must either be replaced or updated for systems to warn of danger like they were intended to do so. The FAA is doing a good job of creating new regulations for the industry; the problem lies on how they enforce the new regulations. ?There are plenty of rules and regulations out there made to keep people safe, the question is if they ever get followed up on, or just checked off and assumed done.? stated Capt. Tom Branchfeild of Northwest. The flammable insulation that was mentioned earlier is still aboard aircraft. The total cost of removal from all the aircraft came to a total of 398.7 million dollars. With a price so high, the FAA is granting breaks for deadline extensions to smaller commercial

companies. Most recently the FAA rejected a ploy for explosive detectors in small airports reportedly because of lack of cargo being transported through smaller airports (Taylor, 99). Three bombs were found on aircraft flying out of small airports all ready this year (Richards, 00). The FAA must enforce the regulations that are issued to protect against errors and faulty equipment. The problem of industry growth over the past decade has been over examined many times. More expensive companies such as United Airlines have increased the volume of their fleet to accommodate the new growth. Other companies such as former airline ValueJet increased the number of seats available by cramming in extra rows and decreasing isle space. While barely making it under FAA regulations, the