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Aviation Safety

A Guide to Selected Government Information Available at WIU's Government Publications Library

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Federal Government Information
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States

This report analyzes the security and intelligence failures that lead to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and makes recommendations for improvement, many of which haven't yet been followed. 2004
Y 3.2:T 27/2/FINAL;

The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attacks: Staff Statement No. 3

This paper to the 9/11 Commission describes the pre-9/11 aviation security system and its vulnerabilities and how they were exploited by the hijackers. 2004

Availability of passenger safety information for improved survival in aircraft accidents

This study found that increased passenger awareness of what to do in emergency situations was needed to reduce injuries in accidents. 2004
GOVWEB. TD 4.210:04/19;

Aviation Security: Flight and Cabin Crew Member Security Training Strengthened, but Better Planning and Internal Controls Needed: Report to Congressional Requesters.

This report found that participation in self-defense training was low due to the inability of pilots and crew to get three consecutive days off. (2005)

Lasers : a Hazard to Aviation Safety and Security

This hearing focuses on the trend of people on the ground pointing lasers at cockpits in an attempt to blind pilots. 2005
Y 4.T 68/2:109-6;

Preflight, Understanding Current Capabilities, User Requirements and Impacts

This 16 DVD set from NOAA focuses on meterological forecasting and its impact on aviation. 2003
GOVCDROM. C 55.54:AV 5/DVD DISC 1-16

The Status of the Air Traffic Controller Workforce

Due to the firing of 12,000 air traffic controllers in 1981 by President Reagan, their replacements, hired en masse, are due to retire over the next few years. 2005
Y 4.T 68/2:108-73;

Federal Aviation Administration's Oversight of Foreign Airline Safety

A hearing which presents findings regarding the adequacy of aircraft allowed into U.S. airspace. The data examines the aircraft of 30 foreign countries.Testimony is given by the President of the National Air Carrier Association, the Director of the International Airline Passengers Association, and others. 1995
Y 4.P 96/11: 103-73

9/11 Commission report: Review of Aviation Security Recommendations

This hearing describes how the 9/11 hijackers were able to gain control of the planes so easily and discusses the aviation security recommendations of the 9/11 Commission in detail. 2004
Y 4.T 68/2:108-84

Aviation Accident Statistics

This website contains statistics on aviation accidents, fatalities, accident rates, and accidents involving passenger fatalities.

Aviation Accident Synopses

This website provides monthly aviation accident statistics from 1987 to the present. Also given is an official statement explaining the cause of each accident.

Federal Aviation Administration

This website has links to safety programs, pilot handbooks for various craft including balloons, gliders and ultralights, and data on delayed flights, unruly passengers, and wildlife strikes.

This website has information about safety programs and a web-based learning center.

Safety Oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration

This hearing, in response to the crash of ValuJet flight 592, looks at smaller airline companies and how to improve the FAA's enforcement of safety issues in regard to those companies. Includes testimony from various senators, the Administrator of the FAA, the President of ValuJet, and others. 1997
Y 4.C 73/7: S.Hrg. 104-620

Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities Still Exist in the Aviation Security System

Focusing on two key areas, air traffic control computer systems and airport screening checkpoints, this Senate testimony from the General Accounting Office details the vulnerabilities within aviation security. An interesting look into the pre-9/11 state of aviation security. 2000

Illinois Government Information
Illinois Compiled Statutes - Air Transportation

Illinois law regarding aircraft and airports, including an act requiring zoning to reduce airport hazards.

Legal Information
U.S. Code Title 49, Subtitle VII - Aviation Programs

This is the federal statutory law governing aviation programs, including registration of aircraft, carrier operations, safety regulation and security.

Code of Federal Regulations. Title 14

These FAA regulations relate to topics such as investigative procedures, security control, certification, etc. Everything you ever wanted to know about the law on aviation and then some.

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