Posted February 11th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Aviation safety has to be taken more seriously than other modes of transportation
because planes crash very quickly, plus there ain't no floating around or waiting by the side of the freeway
until help arrives.
Lusitania sank very quickly -in 18 minutes
but I think most aircraft crash in more like 18 secs (OK maybe a bit longer).
Bear in mind what Sammy Davis Jr. quipped, when asked about his travel preferences...
Q: Ship or Plane, Sammy?
A: Let me put it this way,fella...I can swim a little, but I can't fly at all.
Sammy put it in perspective for us.
In the states we do an OK job here with the FAA for the most part. Europe has the JAA (Joint Aviation Authority) which is very much UN like in how it handles situations. They're all about the process and not about the final product. For example to get your license in the EU through the JAA you will sit through 10 or so writtens for each rating. Yet the actual practical tests are very simple. Now they've formed a new organization, the "EASA" (European Aviation Safety Agency) which I guess is supposed to be better who really knows. If they model it more after the FAA or one of the first world Asian authorities it'll probably make a difference but don't hold your breath with 'international governance'.
Back to the IMO though, as long as they have someone to scapegoat they're doing their job more than adequately. You want something done about piracy? You'll get a pretty piece of paper that sounds tough. Maybe some cute banners to fly but that's about it. SOLAS needs an update? Some things about fire codes that have been done already by companies own initiatives, but they'll still take credit and take a nice pat on the back.