It's Airshow Week At Aero-TV!
The last in a five part series, this week, continues with a
series of interwoven interviews in which we asked about a dozen
airshow professionals the same three questions... each of which was
the topic of its own program over the course of the week. In this
final installment, we asked a number of airshow luminaries
the following question... after a year in which there were a number
of tragic but unrelated accidents, are airshows as safe as they can
Over the last few days, we addressed the airshow industry's
ability to keep up with the times and the overall safety situation
we find ourselves in as 2008 gets underway in earnest.
Produced at the ICAS Convention just before the end of the year,
we were pleased to be able to tackle such important subjects as the
industry made ready to start another year... but we apologize for
some of the lighting, as we were stuck with some bad conditions and
had to make the best of it.
ICAS tells us that Airshows draw large numbers of
demographically attractive spectators - a well-educated, affluent
group of men, women and children of all ages. More than 70 percent
of the audience at an air show has had some college education.
Three quarters report household income of $35,000 or more. The
average spectator is just under 39 years of age, but more than 53
percent of spectators are between 30 and 50.
Safety has always been a major airshow concern but a series of
unrelated accidents, this past year, to too many performers brought
the topic to the forefront of discussion at the most recent ICAS
get-together. ICAS notes that Airshows offer a consistently and
historically safe environment for millions of spectators each year.
Since current rules were implemented nearly 50 years ago, there has
not been a single spectator fatality at a North American show
– an enviable safety record for any business. But... they're
not satisfied to leave it that. A 'small working group' of ICAS
members recently met in Dallas to begin work on a new Safety
Management System for the air show industry that will serve as an
important tool in improving air show safety. Using existing safety
management systems as models, ICAS members discussed the changes
and accommodations needed to effectively adapt the work already
done in other segments of the aviation industry to the particular
needs and circumstances of the air show community.
Conceived as part of the larger ICAS initiative to change the
culture of air show safety, the product of this effort is intended
to document processes and procedures that our industry can use to
manage risk, report incidents and accidents, participate more
actively in accident investigations, identify trends, communicate
the results of these investigations to members, and reduce the
number of accidents in the air show community.
So... On To Part Five Of
Conversation With The Airshow Industry
About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show
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