Target: Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the International Civil Aviation Organization
Goal: Implement new regulations for monitoring planes and training regulations to increase aviation safety
Recently AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared over the Java Sea. Rescue operations are having a difficult time tracing the path of the plane as it fell, which would lead to clues about what went wrong on the flight. A similar devastating event occurred just nine months before when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. These two devastating incidents are prompting aviation operations personnel to implement changes in aviation trafficking.
Many individuals have expressed exasperation that while satellites are utilized to provide passengers with Internet access, there is no real-time tracking to determine the exact location and condition of the airplane itself. Experts have voiced the uselessness of having real-time tracking on every plane, since it would cost billions of dollars and it would be difficult to constantly track the tens of thousands of planes that fly every day.
In addition to the lack of real-time plane monitoring, another concern for the successful flying of passenger planes is the training of personnel involved with aviation tracking. It took aviation personnel tracking the AirAsia flight hours before they declared it an emergency. The same delay occurred with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, only months before this current incident.
These concerns were brought to the attention of the International Civil Aviation Organization, who was slow to move forward with these considerations since the costs would be great and plane accidents rarely occur. The International Civil Aviation Organization is a specialized agency under the United Nations that codifies the regulations of international air navigation.
By signing the petition below, you are urging the International Civil Aviation Organization to implement increased monitoring of passenger planes and better training to aviation tracking personnel. Although plane accidents rarely occur, it is necessary to help prevent these tragic accidents and to expedite rescue searches.
Dear Dr. Aliu,
The tragedy of AirAsia flight 8501 is felt throughout the world. Measures to prevent this kind of accident from occurring again are a necessary step to take. These concerns have been brought to the International Civil Aviation Organization and we are waiting for you to take further action. Although the cost of increasing monitoring of passenger planes will not be cheap, the safety of planes’ crew and passengers are vital, and any measure taken to increase their safety should be seriously considered.
Please look into increasing monitoring of passenger planes by enabling real-time plane tracking, and increasing aviation personnel training. Doing so would increase the safety of everyone involved, and help prevent another tragedy from occurring.
[Your Name Here]
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