Today, 7th of December, is an International Civil Aviation Day, an official United Nations celebration, commemorating the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization. A specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created on 7th December 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. Since then, the ICAO has been respobsible for setting standards and regulations for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity among its 191 contracting states.
Due to ICAO‘s declared theme for this year’s celebration – "Assistance and Cooperation for Globally Sustainable Air Transport“ – Baltic Aviation Academy urges airlines to put extra emphasis on their globally exposed human resources, including programme adaptation to different geografical regions, crew resource management, work and rest regime and aviation English issues.
According to Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI), details of 75 fatal airplane accidents showed that over 70% of the accidents involved pilots’ human factors. The most common human factor declared to be related to poor judgments and decision making.
Over the past 10 years (2001-2010), the category LOC-I (loss of control in flight) accounted for the highest number of fatalities, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) reported. Events assigned under LOC-I involve the momentary or total loss of control of the aircraft by the crew, possibly resulting from reduced aircraft performance or because the pilots flew the aircraft outside its control capabilities.
“Throughout the decades, civil aviation has changed the quality of the human lives incredibly. On this beautiful occasion we want to put extra emphasis to those to whom the sky is not the limit, the sky is home. We encourage all the community to spend 5 minutes off the daily routine and think how to make the aviation personnel lives better in this globally challenging environment. Be it additional English trainings, extra crew resource management training or simply making your employed pilot a cup of coffee – all of us should be grateful to all the world pilots and stewards who changed the world incredibly. Nowadays it is hard to imagine going to United States once was floating along on a boat for a week,” commented Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO at Baltic Aviation Academy.
According to Boeing’s Current Market Outlook (CMO) 2011 released in Paris Air Show on June 16th, a $4 trillion market for new aircraft is projected over the next 20 years with a significant increase in forecasted deliveries. The company’s annual commercial aviation market analysis foresees a market for 33,500 new passenger airplanes and freighters between 2011 and 2030.
ICAO is a United Nations agency that works closely with other United Nations members including the World Meteorological Organisation, the International Telecommunication Union, the Universal Postal Union, the World Health Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation.