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Regardless of the excessive criteria of protection in civil air delivery, aviation failures proceed to happen. This booklet examines the dangers with regards to air shuttle - human elements, the typical and operational environments, and man-made difficulties equivalent to sabotage - and indicates the place managers have succeeded and failed.
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These range from Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) that project a radio-magnetic beam aligned with the runway and down which an aircraft flies to a landing, through to Approach Light Systems and Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI), all of which have as a prime objective the removal of reliance on the real world visual 'cues' that must be used by pilots in the absence of such landing aids. The known existence of all these problems of imperfect human perception was a major factor in the development of automatic landing systems that place little reliance on what is seen or not seen from the flight decks of aircraft, save for the monitoring of the performance of the aircraft systems by the flight crews.
Technical activities of IATA are based at Montreal and administration is at Geneva. At ICAO, IATA is a recognised International Organisation, with permanent observer status on the Air Navigation Commission, a privilege of great importance. The only other organisation with the same privilege is the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations (IFALPA). Recognition by ICAO as International Organisations, enables IATA and IFALPA to participate in the work of almost all ICAO Committees, Panels and Secretariat Study Groups, but without having a vote.
At ICAO, professional airline pilots represent the Federation in the work of 28 Committees, Panels and Secretariat Study Groups, and a number of its representatives have additional professional qualifications that are of value in their chosen speciality subject. The Federation's 'permanent observer' participates in the work of the Air Navigation Commission and it is represented at almost all Divisional, Diplomatic and Regional meetings convened by ICAO. The President of ICAO, Dr Kotaite, when opening the 40th Conference of IFALPA, stated: 'This conference provides another opportunity for fostering the valuable professional contact and mutual understanding that is absolutely essential to the success of our cooperative efforts in furthering the safety and reliability of air transport.
Air Travel: How Safe Is It? by Laurie Taylor