How Safe is it to Travel by Air?
Flying machines have illustrated the proverb of our youth, ‘what goes up must come down.’ This doubtful comment was released in the Times of May twenty fifth, 1908, just one or two years after the famous flight by the Wright siblings. The writer, clearly still dubious about the way forward for flight, announced that the vision of air travel may never be realized.

It shows just how misleading that predication turned out to be at the end. Flying is now as common as steam ships were back in the days. Inside only one century, air travel has been transformed from the delicate gadgets at the turn of the 19 the century to the graceful jumbo computer-equipped jetliners we see today that travel quicker than the rate of sound.

Aviation has indeed transformed the twentieth and the 21 st century into another world. Some still wonder just how safe air travel really is. Let us see how safe aviation is and what precautions are brought about to guarantee its safety is maintained.

For one, an aircraft is safer in comparison to an automobile. About half a million folks die on roads annually compared to less than two thousand from airline accidents. Actually, only traveling by bus in the U. S. is regarded safer. What makes planes safer? For one thing, planes do not fly in a convenient position. A different reason is because of the fact that airline crews are highly trained and have a more professional approach when it comes to their responsibilities. As an example, a captain of a Boeing 747 is anticipated to have around 30 years of flying experience and will often be in his fifties. Such standards can be discovered in all members of the crew and this significantly decreases the chances of anything going wrong.

In fact, lives are on the line here. On the flight deck, all the instruments to ensure a safe flight are cloned, both for the captain and for the copilot. This makes sure that in case something happens to the captain, the copilot has total control over the aeroplane. Another flight precaution taken is that both the copilot and the captain can monitor one another’s instruments to make sure that they are giving the same indications.

The biggest threat concerning perception of safety probably derives from the media coverage of events. Whilst the crash landing of flight 1549 in early 2009 was a story to be covered, whether it was worthy of weeks worth of stories is questionable.

Such stories of heroism, whilst serving one purpose to celebrate the actions, does also sow seeds of doubt for those with a fear of flying. If more were made of how well the aircraft performed having been struck by birds, or how well the hull of the craft held up to the forces of landing on the water, perhaps people’s fears may have reduced.

But that isn’t the case with air disasters. It is always about apportioning blame and covering the negatives of the disaster. That you a safer in the air than on the ground at most times of your life, seem to be put to one side as soon as a fatal accident occurs. And then the worries for many start all over again.

The captain and the copilot are also anticipated to have different meals so that in the event of food poisoning, just one of them would be influenced. To guarantee control over transportable parts like landing gear, there is often a doubling or a tripling of hydraulic systems in case there happens to be a failure. Doubtless to say that air travel is taken very seriously and you can rest assured next time you take a flight.



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