Response to New York Times story on aviation safety
Yesterday the New York Times published a lengthy article on safety in the aviation industry. Titled ‘flight risk’ with the headline: “Airline close calls happen more frequently than previously known”, it gave a details of what it called an ‘alarming pattern’ of near misses and cited ‘chronically understaffed’ air traffic control facilities as a key cause.
Next week, Ideagen will be publishing their latest report Resilience matters: From survive to thrive, which reveals insights from over 500 CEOs in a range of regulated industries, including aviation. Speaking about the article, Ben Dorks, Ideagen CEO, said:
“Aviation bosses know this is an issue. We recently spoke to 500 CEOs from a range of regulated industries around the world and 47% of those in aviation said safety is a key investment priority over the next 18 months.
“But in order to have a thorough understanding of how to mitigate risk, you need a complete view of safety intelligence and our research also revealed that more than half (53%) were using a number of different systems to manage their compliance, safety and risk, and these weren’t integrated, so the picture is fragmented.
“That becomes even more important when you’re having to do more with less. The skills shortages are having a crippling effect across many regulated industries. In our research more than half of the CEOs we spoke to said mental health absence is their biggest risk to resilience and almost a quarter said staff shortages.
“There’s a recognition among the C-suite that this is something they need to address. Aviation can afford you a rewarding, valuable career, but it’s also incredibly high risk and that pressure is felt by those working in it. Technology is a real enabler here to do some of that heavy lifting, relieve some of that pressure and free highly-trained, skilled workers to add value where it matters most.”
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