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Conference on “Aviation Safety and Passenger Rights: The Next Step”, 21/22 October 2014 in Milan

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The Fondazione 8 Ottobre 2001 – Per non dimenticare, a member of SOS Catastrophes network, organized last week, in cooperation with the City of Milan and Demetra Centro Studi of Rome, a two-day high level conference on flight safety and assistance to the victims and their families after an air crash.

Among the distinguished speakers were not only representatives of international organisations like the Flight Safety Foundation, ICAO, IATA or Eurocontrol but also people from the diplomacy and the university sector. Members or former members of the national bodies like the Safety Advisory Council of India or the American National Transportation Safety Board brought an added value to the debate. The contributions of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, the Italian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Italian Air Traffic Service Provider were both interesting and meaningful.
More than 300 people registered for the event with one third from abroad.

On the one hand, the conference provided an updated presentation of the main international and national laws and regulations. On the other hand, it aimed to identify possible concrete actions in an attempt to formulate new strategies to continuously improve flight safety and increase passenger protection.

During the conference, many speakers stressed the need to create a worldwide culture of security. They emphasized the necessity for getting all the air traffic actors to work together. They highlighted the similarities between many incidents and the importance to analyse them to prevent accidents.

They stated that the air traffic growth, which represents one of the biggest air transport security challenges, would require both corrective and proactive measures. All agreed with Paolo Pettinaroli, the Chairman of the The Fondazione 8 Ottobre 2001, when he said: “aviation safety must be a constant goal”.

At the conference, one of the speaker, Captain Samir Kohli received the Cecil A. Brownlow Award from Jon Beatty, President and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, for his book Waiting to… Happen: The Tragedy of Air India Express Flight IX812.

Moreover, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority presented its new leaflet Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families established in collaboration with The Fondazione 8 Ottobre 2001.

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