The Growing Importance of Airport Safety Measures

In recent decades, before the pandemic slowed down everyday life, general air traffic had significantly risen and an increasing number of passengers were choosing to travel by air. The high number of passenger flights meant high demands were placed on safety. This article discusses the safety measures that are crucial for flight safety.

The Growing Importance of Airport Safety Measures

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It is clear that technology has a major impact on the safety of passenger aircraft. All technical parts need to perform flawlessly, which means regular and precise maintenance and inspection work are necessary.

Aircraft technology, however, is not the only factor to consider when it comes to flight safety. For example, risks are also presented by the high density of aircraft in the airspace and weather conditions. The performance of pilots and air traffic controllers also impacts overall safety.

The runway condition is an additional factor. Structural defects can easily result in severe difficulties during landing and take-off processes. Regarding the runway, weather conditions are a further influencing factor. Strong winds and ice can pose significant risks to safety.

De-icing - Airplane -Airport Schiphol; Image data KLM / Airport Schiphol

De-icing - Airplane -Airport Schiphol; Image data KLM / Airport Schiphol. Image Credit: OTT HydroMet

Lufft CHM 15k and CHM 8k cloud height sensors are suitable for measuring networks for observation of flight weather.

Lufft CHM 15k and CHM 8k cloud height sensors are suitable for measuring networks for observation of flight weather. Image Credit: OTT HydroMet

The mobile road sensor Lufft MARWIS is also in use at Milan Bergamo Airport, Italy

The mobile road and runway sensor Lufft MARWIS is also in use at Milan Bergamo Airport, Italy. Image Credit: OTT HydroMet

What are the Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents?

Many people instantly think of airplane crashes when it comes to accidents where airplanes are involved. For example, most people believe that the use of a mobile phone in an airplane disturbs the on-board electronics, which in turn could result in technology malfunctions.

This is a misconception because there has been no proven scientific correlation between aircraft disasters and mobile phones. The prohibition of mobile phones, which has now been relaxed, is mainly connected to the well-being of passengers.

Airplane crashes that occur in the air are a much more severe source of danger. It does not necessarily have to involve two planes simultaneously because collisions involving smaller objects can have serious consequences.

For example, the US Airways flight 1549 in 2009 had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River because of a bird strike.

Approximately one-fifth of all flight accidents occur during the vehicle’s take-off. In this event, the most common issues encountered are when crossing the runway or if the plane crashes instantly after take-off.

The majority of collisions happen during the process of landing the plane.

Landing complications account for approximately half of all aircraft collisions. In several examples, the touchdown is too hard, or the landing runway is missed, which can result in serious collisions.

Aircraft collision on the ground is an additional type of accident. It is comparatively rare for two airplanes to collide on the ground in theory.

How Can Technical Solutions Help to Prevent Accidents?

The technical management of airport weather is an especially important factor related to the prevention of accidents. Using advanced weather sensors, harmful weather, such as ice or strong winds, can be detected in good time.

Due to this, several airports utilize mobile and stationary runway sensors as regular pieces of equipment.

Along with mobile and stationary runway sensors, special visibility sensors are the ideal solution to mitigate overshooting on runways. This type of sensor can quantify the amount of light that is scattered by dust or fog in real-time.

The sensor quality is a crucial factor for all types of sensors. The measurement equipment must be simple to use but also reliable over long periods of time and maintenance-free.

This is the reason that Lufft focuses on technical innovation and optimum quality when creating its products.

Conclusion

As it turns out, a significant number of flight safety concerns are specifically related to the ground level area. In particular, the runways of airports are critically important when considering safety and should be evaluated as precisely as possible.

Contact OTT HydroMet to learn more about aviation weather sensors.

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