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FISCAL IMPACT OF GROUND OPERATION INCIDENT INVOLVING
AIRCRAFT

Tan Poh Tiong, Sherman

AE6200 – Individual Project (Aircraft IEng)

27 April 2014

SUMMARY
For the year 2010 to 2012, ground operation incident involving aircraft has cost the
United Kingdom (UK) aviation industry an estimate of US$ 20 Million. It is estimated that each incident involving traditional aircraft (mainly metallic structure) would cost the Aircraft Operation (AO) close to US$ 1 Million in expenditure and if the aircraft is assumed to be of high composite ratio, the cost of each incident increase by 50% to
US$ 1.5 Million. Do note that this cost does not include damage to the facilities, equipment, or vehicles. Which mean the overall cost could be higher than the estimate. If damage were assumed in all ground operation incident report, the estimated cost would increase 3.5 times. And with high composite ratio aircraft becoming the norm, the cost could spiral upward in excess of more than 5 times. Thus, it is important these ground operation incidents are reduced.
Ground operation incident, occurs primarily due to human errors. Possible common reasons include insufficient training, complacency and environmental factors. There are also no detailed legislations in place to regulate the industry, unlike Maintenance
Repair Overhaul (MRO) organisations, which is governed by the Civil Aviation
Authority (CAA) of UK.
Since human errors aren’t a new problem, many researches have been conducted in the past. There are systems developed to address the issue of human error.
However, these systems, namely Safety Management System (SMS) and Fatigue
Risk Management System (FRMS) are not mandatory in ground operation.
In the era of electronics and computing, the industry should harness it capabilities to form a safety net.
Thus, in this report, 2 main recommendations are given…...

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