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What issues will ASCOS address?

ASCOS focuses on safety improvements in priority risk areas in the total aviation system. ASCOS will focus on safety enhancements that will lead to a reduction of fatal accidents due to:

  • Loss of control in flight
  • Aircraft system or component failure or malfunction
  • Aircraft ground handling aircraft damage
  • Air Traffic Management related incidents/accidents

It is well known that there exists little to no improvement of aviation safety worldwide from about 2004 onwards. Europe, United States and other ‘western’ regions show a similar trend. ASCOS will therefore ease the introduction of new operations and systems that have a significant impact on a reduction of the accident rate and a reduction of human error and its consequences in the ‘western’ regions.

Fatal accident rates over the period 1980 until 2010