- Continued Improvement Developments in an Airworthiness Env...
Continued Improvement Developments in an Airworthiness Environment
Today, air transport is one of the safest forms of travel. As
air transport began to develop there was a need for a common
international initiative to regulate the safety and sustainability
of this mode of transport. In December 1944, fifty four of the
world's nations became signatories to the "Chicago Convention", the
aim of which was to guarantee the safe, regulated and economic
development of air transport. The convention established the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized
agency of the United Nations authorized with coordinating and
controlling international air travel. ICAO establishes in the terms
of the Convention, the rules, regulations and requirements to which
each signatory must adhere.
As a signatory of the convention the United Kingdom (UK) must
comply with ICAO requirements for air transport. The Civil Aviation
Act 1982 is the UK's way of fulfilling its ICAO obligations. This
legislation required the creation of the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA). The Air Navigation Order (ANO) is the law that sanctions CAA
to carry out its duties.
- The research is constrained by the availability of and access
to current legislations, data on current systems, accounts of
fatalities or serious injuries, environmental impact studies,
- Some of the information that is available might be subjective
and the investigation may be affected as such,
- Some of the information may be confidential and may not be
within public reach or knowledge and the completeness of the
findings, conclusions and recommendations will be limited by this
- Time will constrain the level of information that can be
collected for this investigation.
A proposal of the project investigating the current and future
state of Continuous Airworthiness Management has been presented. In
addition to aiding the civil aviation industry in the UK the
research may also serve to shed light on global co-ordination in
all aspects of civil aviation which affect safety.
The time frame of the project is set for 6 months and is planned
for completion in April 2010.