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1Steve B SylvesterSchool of Aeronautics,Liberty UniversityAVIA 300: Aviation Safety Final PaperProfessor Joshua L Bulles12/12/2020
2The importance of communication in aviation safetyThe major input of communication in aviation is to increase the level of safety and reduceaccidents that could be prevented. Poor communication has contributed to a number of deadlyplane crashes since the beginning of modern air travel. Due to this, all professional elements inthe aviation industry have the responsibility to level up their level of communication in order tominimize the risks of catastrophic accidents that could be forestalled with adequatecommunication (Gilstrap, 2019). Communication is inherent in every human undertaking, and abreakdown is likely to lead to failure. Take the case of the Tower of Babel. The people we’re ableto build a majestic tower up to a point but when their communication was disrupted and theycould not understand each other, they failed to complete their construction (Genesis 11:9).Communication’s most important factor in aviation is to elevate the level of safety andreduce preventable accidents. During the early stages of aviation, it was a generally heldassumption that the sky was so expansive that there were zero to one chances for two planes torandomly collide. This held up until the terrific collision of two planes over the Grand Canyon in1956. The collision prompted the formation of the Federal Aviation Administration, whichmarked the beginning of improved aviation safety across all aviation aspects and this includedthe heralding of proper aviation communication (Gilstrap, 2019).Since the beginning of modern air travel, a number of plane crashes have been attributedto poor communication. Case in point, an instance had the flight crew reporting to Air Traffic
3Control that they were “running out of fuel”. This was in contrast to the industry standardsignaling of an emergency situation with the statement “Mayday”. Mayday is a specificphraseology for declaring an emergency. As much as stating that the plane was running out of

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Term
Spring
Professor
ERNIEROGERS
Tags
Federal Aviation Administration, Air safety, International Civil Aviation Organization, Aviation Safety Network, Communication In Aviation

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