Published in 1999, the pre-eminent concern of the air transport industry and aircraft manufacturers at the present time is safety in the air. It is also the foremost priority of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The basic strategic objective of the ICAO Strategic Action Plan, which was adopted by the ICAO Council in 1997, is to further safety, security and efficiency of international civil aviation.
This book discusses the causative factors which may adversely affect the safety of civil aviation and analyzes the regulatory process which has been set in motion by the ICAO and the regional civil aviation bodies – AFCAC, ECAC and LACAC – in order to ensure the safety of international civil aviation and effectively manage the factors which may threaten the safety of air transport. It also offers self-contained conclusions after the examination of each instance, calculated to ensure the safety of aviation.
The book will prove useful to lawyers, government agencies, airlines, economists, social scientists, politicians and journalists.
Table of Contents
Part 1: History and Commercial Trends 1. Competition Rules in Commercial Aviation 2. Free Trade in Air Traffic Rights and Preferential Measures for Developing Countries 3. Liberalized Trading in Air Transport and the ‘Safety Net’ 4. Distribution of Computer Reservation Systems 5. Airline Ticket Auctions on the Internet 6. Outsourcing and the Virtual Airline 7. Franchising in the Airline Industry 8. The Aerospace Plane and its Implications for Commercial Air Traffic Rights 9. The Automated Screening of Passengers and the Smart Card Part 2: Safety and Air Carrier Liability 10. Safety in International Aviation 11. Liability for Personal Injury and Death 12. Air Carrier Liability for Negligent Acts of Cabin Crew Members 13. Exposure of Air Crew to Cosmic Radiation 14. The Use of Civil Aircraft and Crew for Military Purposes 15. Management of the Warsaw System 16. The Millennium Bug Part 3: Conclusion 17. General Conclusion.
Ruwantissa I.R. Abeyratne works as a senior professional with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada, co-ordinating air transport programmes of the Organization. He is also Chairman, Advisory Joint Appeals Board of ICAO. Previously he worked with Air Lanka as the airline's Chief Co-ordinator and Head of International Relations and Insurance, holding both positions concurrently, until he joined ICAO, in 1990. He holds the degree of Doctor of Civil Laws from McGill University, is a masters graduate in law of Monash University, Australia and a law graduate of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr Abeyratne has published several books and articles on international law and air law.