What Has Made Flying So Safe?
Although all of us have that little fear when we’re travelling by plane, air travel, in reality, is one of the safest ways of transportation nowadays. In fact, many studies show that recreational flying is safer than walking across your local street or driving your car.
Back in 2015, statistics reveal that significant airline accidents only happened once in at least 3.1 million flights according to the IATA or International Air Transport Association. This number was worse compared to 2014, but still marks a 30% improvement in the last five years. There were 136 fatalities recorded in 2017, but that still means that about 3 and a half billion individuals still arrived at their destination without major problems.
Here are several more reasons why flying is safer than other means of transportation.
Airline pilots undergo rigorous training in order to pass and receive certifications to fly various types of aeroplanes. A lot of these pilots have also retired members of their respective Air Force and are thus very experienced. Furthermore, one needs to attend flight school to get their license. Most of these airline companies also require their pilots to have at least two years of college attended.
Pilots will be required to do a minimum of 150 flying hours, and that is simply to get their own commercial pilot’s license. For a commercial pilot to pass for Qantas, a total flying time of 10,000 hours is needed!
In comparison to land vehicle technology today, the technologies that are being applied to airline transport are so advanced they make others look obsolete. Technology is one of the main things that control an aeroplane especially during flight.
According to a travel magazine, planes have a system that detects turbulence and are able to predict the altitude, movement and intensity of incoming turbulence. Aside from that, advanced runway technology is able to communicate between planes to give the pilots a warning in case other vehicles are on their way. Such technologies control almost all aspects of flying an aeroplane and the pilot’s responsibility of steering a plane is almost non-existent anymore.
Finally, aeroplanes undergo numerous and very strict testing even before they’re allowed to be on the runway. Plenty of pre-checks and maintenance needs to be done, and the pilots are also checking every system consistently. There are other emergencies that the planes are being tested for as well such as with low fuel and lightning strike scenarios. All these are mentioned to give you an idea of just how crucial safety is for aircraft manufacturers and for the airline operators. Rest assured you’re plane won’t be leaving the airport until everything is in top condition.
We at Bunbury Flying School provide people with private and commercial pilot training. We have license courses from commercial to recreational flying and we also have a range of Operational Ratings including instrument, instructor and multi-engine class ratings.
If you’re looking for a qualified and topnotch flying school today, be sure to check us out at Bunbury Flying School right now!