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Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident. In 2013 more than three billion people flew and there were 210 fatalities.

Regrettably, we have surpassed that number already this year; but even so, getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that one can do.

Safety continues to be our top priority and so we continue to work with airlines and industry partners in raising standards and implementing best practices.

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Below is IATA's strategy to make Aviation ever safer.

Six-Point Safety Strategy

Established in close cooperation with the member airlines and Strategic Partners through the IATA Safety Group (SG) and the Operations Committee (OPC) in 2013, the revised Six Point Safety Strategy is a comprehensive approach to identify organizational, operational and emerging safety issues. The Strategy focuses in six key areas:

6 Point Safety Program


Reduce Operational Risk

The area of reducing operational risks comprises safety issues related to:

Enhance Quality and Compliance

Another cornerstone of the approach to enhancing aviation safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), an internationally recognized program that is implemented consistently throughout the industry. The revised Six-Point Safety Strategy will also cover Oversight of Third Party Service Providers in conformance with ICAO Safety Management System (SMS) framework requirements.

Advocate for Improved Aviation Infrastructure

IATA Safety will continuously promote improved ATM infrastructure related to:

  • Phasing out NDB/VOR approaches and accelerating the implementation of approaches with vertical guidance (APV)
  • Airport (runway & ramp infrastructure)
  • Air Navigation harmonization and standardization 

Support Consistent Implementation of Safety Management System

Industry has been implementing the Safety Management System (SMS) framework elements for a number of years. The Six-Point Safety Strategy will support consistent implementation of SMS in

  • Safety performance monitoring
  • Analysis and dissemination of information
  • Safety promotion and facilitation

Support Effective Recruitment and Training

This section addresses: 

The IATA Training and Qualification Initiative (ITQI) seeks to modernize and harmonize the training of existing and future generations of pilots and maintenance technicians by focusing on competency and responding to evolving flight deck operational procedures needs.

IATA also offers several classroom and in-company training courses. The portfolio includes safety courses dedicated to airlines as well as diploma programs focused on safety management, workplace safety, and best practice for civil aviation.

Identify and Address Emerging Safety Issues

The Six-Point Safety Strategy comprises identifying and addressing safety issues related to:

  • Lithium Batteries
  • Safe Integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
  • GNSS signal interference - GNSS jamming and Space weather
  • Laser attacks

Global Aviation Data Management program

IATA Safety Data Management and Analysis activities are a part of IATA's revised Six-point Safety Strategy and are available via the Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) program.

The GADM provides IATA members and other eligible industry member with a wealth of information and acts as a gateway to the multiple sources and areas of aircraft operations.

IATA's GADM program now includes information from over 470 different organizations.  Over 90% of IATA members are contributing to at least one of GADM databases.


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