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Why Airplanes Crash : Aviation Safety in a Changing World - Clinton V. Oster

Why Airplanes Crash

Aviation Safety in a Changing World

Hardcover Published: 19th February 1992
ISBN: 9780195072235
Number Of Pages: 224

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This work examines the causes of airplane accidents and what private and public policies are needed to improve aviation safety. It begins by examining the safety record of the United States commuter airline industry in the post-deregulation era characterized by increased emphasis by airlines on cost control and growing pressures on the air traffic control and airport system. The authors go beyond the safety of the scheduled airlines to examine the reasons for accidents in the nonscheduled and general aviation segments of the United States industry, where the bulk of fatalities occur and where airline pilots increasingly receive most of their training and experience. They then turn to an examination of aviation safety throughout the world, first with a detailed comparison of Canadian and American aviation safety, and then with a look at air safety in all regions of the world and the safety performances of all the world's major airlines. Three emerging issues are then examined in greater detail: assessing the margin of safety, worldwide aging of all airline fleets, and terrorism.

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"To those concerned with aviation safety, this book provides a complete examination of the topic."--Policy Currents "This book should be on the desk of every airline and FAA executive concerned with safety; its conclusions should be the basis of a new aviation safety regulatory regime."--J.E. Murdock III, Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf "These widely recognized experts on aviation safety have provided some important analysis on the subject, putting to rest some concerns that airline deregulation has made the skies less safe, but raising some thought-provoking policy questions about the future of aviation safety in an increasingly globalized and technologically sophisticated air system. It is very readable and a must for policymakers, the aviation industry and all frequent flyers."--John E. Robson, Deputy Secretary of Treasury "Why Airplanes Crash reports the results of a careful analysis of myriad statistics developed over the years concerning civil aviation safety. The material is well-presented both in text and data and is equally accessible to the aviation professional and the interested layperson."--Aaron Gellman, Northwestern University "All true aviation professionals continually focus on safety. Safety relies on an integrated system of people, equipment, and procedures. A great deal of margin is built into aviation, so the key to safety is having the 'man-in-the-loop' well trained and continually vigilant. Why Airplanes Crash is a factual summary of the issues and incidents that have prompted more modern approaches to aviation safety in the cockpit, on the frontline, among our engineers, and in the board room."--T. Allen McArtor, President, FEDEX Aeronautics Corporation "To those concerned with aviation safety, this book provides a complete examination of the topic."--Policy Currents "This book should be on the desk of every airline and FAA executive concerned with safety; its conclusions should be the basis of a new aviation safety regulatory regime."--J.E. Murdock III, Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf "These widely recognized experts on aviation safety have provided some important analysis on the subject, putting to rest some concerns that airline deregulation has made the skies less safe, but raising some thought-provoking policy questions about the future of aviation safety in an increasingly globalized and technologically sophisticated air system. It is very readable and a must for policymakers, the aviation industry and all frequent flyers."--John E. Robson, Deputy Secretary of Treasury "Why Airplanes Crash reports the results of a careful analysis of myriad statistics developed over the years concerning civil aviation safety. The material is well-presented both in text and data and is equally accessible to the aviation professional and the interested layperson."--Aaron Gellman, Northwestern University "All true aviation professionals continually focus on safety. Safety relies on an integrated system of people, equipment, and procedures. A great deal of margin is built into aviation, so the key to safety is having the 'man-in-the-loop' well trained and continually vigilant. Why Airplanes Crash is a factual summary of the issues and incidents that have prompted more modern approaches to aviation safety in the cockpit, on the frontline, among our engineers, and in the board room."--T. Allen McArtor, President, FEDEX Aeronautics Corporation "A thorough analysis of the causes of airline and general aviation accidents throughout the world....The authors have done an excellent job in answering the question they set out to answer."--Journal of Economic Literature "The authors present a wealth of data, intelligently organized, about the relative importance and causation of risk factors in aviation."--Elizabeth E. Bailey, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "Why Airplanes Crash is a very useful compendium and analysis of air safety statistics and clarifies important policy issues. It deserves a wide audience among researchers, policymakers and passengers concerned about airline safety."--Journal of Regional Science "The authors have accumulated a wealth of information on American and Canadian airline safety and use it to provide a highly detailed account of commercial aviation practice."--Journal of Transport History

Tables and Figuresp. xiii
Risk in Air Travelp. 3
The Safety Record
The U.S. Airline Safety Record in the Post-Deregulation Erap. 19
Charter Service and General Aviationp. 41
A Comparison of Aviation Safety in Canada and the United Statesp. 61
The International Safety Recordp. 75
Emerging Safety Issues
The Margin of Safetyp. 103
Aging Aircraftp. 127
Aviation Securityp. 143
Summing Up and Looking Aheadp. 157
Measures of Safetyp. 169
Definitions and Rules for Assigning Causes to Accidentsp. 173
Carriers Included in the Canadian Analysisp. 179
Glossaryp. 181
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780195072235
ISBN-10: 0195072235
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th February 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.14 x 14.38  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.49

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