Aviation Safety: Global Concern, Global Reforms?

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The apparent spike of airline crashes and one still unresolved disappearances is prompting a revitalized search for greater safety, and most critically better tracking of planes. While the causes appear to vary from weather to pilot error to attack in conflict zones, in most instances cross-border solutions are necessary.

The International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN “Specialized agency” has been meeting this week at their HQs in Montreal to consider new safety measures and requirements. After the tracking of civilian airliners was exposed as inadequate by events this past year, the most noteworthy proposal was to provide for tracking every 15 minutes of such planes in flight. To learn more about this proposal and the work of the ICAO important to all travelers, link to ICAO’s “Planning for Global Safety Improvement.”

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