Why are safety and security so important in the aviation industry

by Kevin on May 10, 2017

Aviation is one industry where safety and security is very important.

Is it any wonder?

Let us look at a few of the factors that make it a high security and safety industry.

High speed transport

Aviation is a high-speed form of transport. Here, it is very common to see speeds in the vicinity of a few hundred kilometres per hour. At such high speeds, even the smallest of faults can prove to be fatal for those in the air and those on the ground. Look at the history of air travel and the reasons for some of the major crashes. It is astonishing to see that just a few bolts being off in a critical part like the engine have caused crashes in the past. Aircraft makers choose critical components such as skybolt fasteners, bolts, and bearings from the best of suppliers.

Transporting large number of passengers or valuable cargo

Well, factually speaking, aviation is not necessarily associated with transporting a large number of passengers every time, consider example of single engine Cessna’s cargo planes. Having said that, the bulk of passenger aviation is dominated by aircrafts that fly scores of passengers. Besides, in the case of cargo planes, even though there are few or no passengers, the cargo is highly valuable. Planes carry a variety of cargo, including electronics, perishables, equipment and goods, equating to millions of dollars in market value. Hence security and safety aspects are critical for cargo planes also.

International aviation crosses borders

While the domestic aviation sector does not have to bother about passports, visas and aviation regulations pertaining to different countries, planes that fly across international borders have to. This adds another dimension to the importance of safety and security. If there are any issues related to safety and security for an aircraft, it has the potential to affect international relations and also have cross border effects in one country out of aviation events in another country. This is the primary reason why countries have visa-related requirements for international aviation practices.

Nature of aviation

There are certain operational aspects that are unique to aviation, when compared to other types of transportation. This is due to the fact that planes spend vast majority of active time in the air. As a result, many of the regular avenues of help that are available on the ground are not available in the case of aviation. For instance, consider the case where a car suffers a breakdown on the road. The person can pull over to the side and call 24×7 assistance. Within half an hour, a mechanic can be at the spot to do the necessary repairs. In the case of aviation, help is often delayed, and even totally non-existent. Any contingency encountered in the air has to be dealt with, in many cases, while the plane is in the air. This adds a new dimension to the need for safety and security.

Air-Transporting Valuable Cargo and Influential People – No Mean Affair

Without sounding disparaging to domestic aviation sector, it’s noteworthy that international aviation sector caters to movement of high net worth individuals, leaders, corporate decision makers, and celebrities from all fields of work and life. Also, international cargo movement via aircrafts is a vital nerve network in the whole functioning of global trade.

All the factors fuse together and translate into the reality that aviation industry operates within the strictest of security and safety concerns. The operation practices, supply chain management, procurements and vendor relations, and customer experiences – all are shaped in accordance with these forces.

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