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Air Travel: The Safest Mode of Transportation


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Air Travel: The Safest Mode of Transportation

Aviation safety is a term encompassing the theory, investigation, and categorisation of flight failures, and the prevention of such failures through regulation, education, and training. It can also be applied in the context of campaigns that inform the public as to the safety of air travel.

During the 1920’s, the first laws were passed in the USA to regulate civil aviation. Of particular significance was the Air Commerce Act of 1926, which required pilots and aircraft to be examined and licensed, for accidents to be properly investigated, and for the establishment of safety rules and navigation aids, under the Aeronautics Branch of the United States Department of Commerce. Despite this, in 1926 and 1927, there was a total of 24 fatal commercial airline crashes, a further 16 in 1928, and 51 in 1929 killing 61 people, which remains the worst year on record at an accident rate of about 1 for every 1,000,000 miles flown. Based on the current numbers flying, this would equate to 7,000 fatal accidents per year. The fatal incident rate has declined steadily ever since, and since 1997 the number of fatal air accidents has been no more than one for every 2,000,000,000 person-miles flown.

Another aspect of safety is protection from attack currently known as Security. The terrorist attacks of 2001 are not counted as accidents. However, even if they were counted as accidents, they would have added about two deaths per 2000,000,000 person-miles. Two months later, American Airline’s Flight 587 crashed in New York City, killing 256 people including five on the ground, causing 2001 to show a very high fatality rate. Even so, the rate that year including the attacks (estimated to be about four deaths per 1,000,000,000 person-miles), is safe compared to some other forms of transport of transport when measured by distance travelled.

Safety has improved from better aircraft design, engineering and maintenance, the evolution of navigation aids, and safety protocols and procedures. It is often reported that air travel is the safest in terms of deaths per passenger mile. The National Transportation Safety Board in 2006 reports 1.3 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles for travel by car and 1.7 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles for travel by air.

The Diamond Award of Excellence is the most sought after award when it comes to jet safety regulations and flight management.It is the highest recognition given to the aviation industry by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for maintenance training. Flex Jet is a company of private jet charters that has consecutively won the award for 14 years in a row. What is the secret behind their repeated onslaught of their success in bagging the prestigious award time and time again? According to them, it is consistency in management and the integration of new ideas towards staff progress. Apparently, it is also the only company that includes a fractional jet ownership program of private jet charters that has shown positive returns thus far and could be safely be deemed as a successfully established venture.

With the Diamond Award of Excellence given to Flex Jet, the Charter Flight Group, proud of placing a premium on safety along with service and luxury, congratulated the Flex Jet Division of Bombardier for achieving this outstanding award.