Accident Survival – Research Paper Example
Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Promoting passenger safety Last January 14, the Federal Aviation Agency FAA issued a fact sheet due to the US Airways Flight 1549 bird strike which caused a commercial aircraft to execute emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009. Indeed, rules and certifications were set in place including a National Wildlife Strike database that can be accessed by the public . Moreover, continuous assessments of airports were being done all over the country to evaluate the risk of some airports which can be target of wildlife strikes. Surprisingly, the report revealed that “ 96 airports “( Fact Sheet, FAA, 2010) have already experienced these events but were not yet assessed which poses as a threat to passenger safety.
The importance of passenger safety and public interest is FAA’s concern that is why it issued this Fact sheet that educates all people concerned (especially those in involved in airline operations) about wildlife mitigation. The first major benefit the airline industry would gain would be the safety of its passengers. Section 601(b) of the FA Act specifies, in part, that when issuing certificates, the FAA shall give full consideration "to the duty resting upon air carriers to perform their services with the highest possible degree of safety in the public interest . . .". It is essential to realize that the cornerstone of safety management programs is not about accident , it is about prevention.
Important government agencies such as Department of Agriculture and the United States Air Force can assist FAA in researching about wild life strike. Although the Air Force has long developed radar systems, USDA can complement the effort by preventing farmers with tracts near airports to have agricultural produce that attracts wildlife. Along with this, the Smithsonian Institute helps by identifying species of birds that usually attack or hover near aircraft. Thus, by partnering with different agencies, FAA promotes the safety of airline passengers since it minimizes the risk in air travel.
Fact Sheet. ( January 14, 2010) Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved from http://www.sicomsystems.com/images/press/20100114_FAA_WildlifeHazardMitigationProgramUpdate.pdf on April 13, 2010.
Federal Aviation Act. Section 601 ( b).