Saturday, July 25, 2009

Air safety - aircraft hardware screws

Air Safety

Air safety is a term encompassing the theory, investigation and categorization of flight failures, and the prevention of such failures through regulation, education and training. Wikipedia)

Through research, learning from investigations of aircraft crashes, regulations, etc., the aircraft industry has made air travel relatively safe as you can see from the records of death per billion kilometers below:

Death per billion kilometers
Air: 0.05
Bus: 0.4
Rail: 0.6
Van: 1.2
Water: 2.6
Car: 3.1
Bicycle: 44.6
Foot: 54.2
Motorcycle: 108.9

The safe operation of an aircraft is to a large extend dependent on using the proper aircraft hardware such as threaded fasteners, quick-release fasteners, rivets, aircraft screws which despite their small sizes are hugely important for holding the aircraft parts together. It is absolutely essential never to try to save money and cut corners but to spend money on high quality aircraft hardware to ensure the integrity of the aircraft.