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World safety summit calls for rethink on electronics bans

Posted 11 April 2017 · Add Comment

Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) said today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and  aviation analyst Alan Peaford - who is editor in chief or Arabian Aerospace - spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material.

The US and UK electronics bans implemented last month mean that passengers on certain flights outbound from the Gulf region are required to stow electrical devices larger than a smartphone in checked-in luggage. This has raised concerns over the fire hazards posed by Lithium-Ion batteries, with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, stating that US and UK authorities should work to maintain security without such measures being put into effect.

Hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), WASS 2017 brings together government officials, industry experts and business leaders to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the aviation safety sector and industry. The event kicked off today at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and concludes tomorrow, Wednesday April 12.

Khaled Al Arif, (Pictured left) Executive Director Aviation Safety and Environment at DCAA, welcomed delegates Tuesday morning, saying: “In its fifth edition with participation increasing every year, it is clear that the industry is looking to further its knowledge and ensure a safe and successful future for air travel.”

Michael Rudolf, Head of Aviation Regulations and Safety at DCAA, discussed the Authority’s latest procedures and application process for commercial drone operators, which includes detailed background checks and pre-authorized location selection. Rudolf highlighted that DCAA is working on signing an MoU with retailers to setup a process by which drone users must register their drone before being able to physically receive the devices.

Another theme throughout the Summit’s panel talks and keynote speeches was the discrepancy between reality and perception of aviation safety. While flying remains safest means of long-distance travel, high-profile incidents and other threats have affected perceptions.

Peaford went on to highlight a recent survey by Flightglobal Ascend, in which 47% of respondents felt that flight safety has either deteriorated or remained the same, despite the fact that aviation safety has improved five-fold globally over the past decade.

IATA figures identified that there were 10 fatal accidents in 2016, representing improvements to aviation safety and security across the board. The overall accident rate reduced from 1.79 per million in 2015 to 1.61 last year.

Among a series of other topics, the Summit will go on to discuss regulation requirements for private drone use, safety management systems and international best practices for wildlife management protocols.

 

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