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Reducing Aircraft Ground Damage

Management Solutions for Airside Operations



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Reducing Aircraft Ground Damage by Mario Pierobon

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Aircraft ground damage, particularly in view of the airline industry's thin profit margins, is a significant financial, operational and safety issue. The Flight Safety Foundation several years ago estimated that ramp accidents cost major airlines worldwide at least $10 billion a year. These accidents affect airport operations, result in personnel injuries and damage aircraft, facilities and ground-support equipment. The Foundation also estimated that 27,000 ramp accidents and incidents - one per 1,000 departures - occur worldwide annually. Ground damage is associated with safety risks that cannot be underestimated. About 243,000 people are injured each year in ground-occurrence accidents and incidents; the injury rate is 9 per 1,000 departures. This book addresses the issue of ground-damage reduction at the level of a single service provider. Several industry bodies have tried to address the problem by launching a number of programs and promoting a number of initiatives. However, the industry has lacked what this book now offers: guidance on how to manage airline ground operations more efficiently from an aviation management perspective. It deals with many of the causes of ground damage not contemplated by the existing programs, such as the low sophistication of an average ground-handling company's management system, the infrastructural constraints at airports, the airline enforced policy of fast turnarounds, the insufficient training of personnel, the lack of human factors awareness, the high turnover rate of personnel and thus their low motivation in the performance of duties. Reducing Aircraft Ground Damage sets out to fill the void in the literature, targeting those causes of ground damage under the reasonable control of an organization's management which the existing ground-damage reduction initiatives fail to address. The readership will include ground-handling managers at an executive level, ground safety managers and station managers. The book c

Author Biography

Mario Pierobon works in business development and project support at Great Circle Services Safety Solutions and is an aeronautical journalist writing for AeroSafety World, Aviation Week & Space Technology and Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance. Mario holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from City University, London which he was awarded following the authoring and dissertation of a thesis on The case for implementing Risk Management in Airline Ground Operations . The thesis was developed while working in the Safety, Operations and Infrastructure division of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Montreal. During his time at IATA, Mario was involved with the ISAGO audit program, the IATA Ground Operations Manual, the development of IATA's ground-damage database and the administration of a survey concerning the degree of familiarization of the ground-operations industry with risk management. While in Montreal he attended several ground-operations industry meetings including meetings of the IATA Ground Handling Council, the airside safety group and the ISAGO Oversight Committee.
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February 28th, 2019
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
CRC Press
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