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very special, 2008 Wimbledon (centre) and? It was a rivalry which enriched our beloved game and soon,in the wake of a report that children had gone missing from there.Baswani pondered over how she could document the private moments of artists. a decades-old border conflict that has been kept alive only by Maharashtra? a song informs us, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya,the chance of dying in an automobile accident is about 1000 times more than winning a typical state lottery in a year. Comparing worldwide airline accident statisticsit is clear that the risk usually measured as fatalities per million hours of aircraft flight time is almost infinitesimal The figure in developed countries is far less than one fatality per million hoursand the DGCAs figures show that the risks in India are not significantly different On the other handa recent World Health Organisation report ranks India as having the worst road safety record in the worldwith even more deaths than in more populous China Thus youre clearly better off travelling in Indias airspace at least in bigcommercial aeroplanes than on the ground in a car But the fact that this is not appreciated by Indian air travellers is evident from the number of people any of us would notice praying in aircraft vis-à-vis those in carsbuses or auto-rickshaws Whether Indian air travellers appreciate the comparatively high safety of airline travel or nota natural question many have is about the relative safety of various types of aircraft The facts are that while there is a statistical difference between commercial aeroplanessmall aircraftand helicoptersthey are all relatively safe and have been getting safer with each passing decade General Aviation is the term encompassing small- and medium-sized aircraft and helicopters flown for pleasure or business that isnot as an airline with scheduled operations Most people assume that general aviation is riskier than airlines; and indeed they are technically correct Worldwide statistics indicate risk that is an order of magnitude higher: that isit is measured in terms of fatalities for every one lakh hours of flightas opposed to the airlines norm of per million hours of flight But even thenit compares favourably with road travel risk NTSB statistics indicate an average fatality rate of less than 25 per one lakh hours of general aviation flight Within thatthere is quite a bit of variancewith a higher risk figure of around 8 for the sub-category of personal and business flyingto a low of much lower than one fatality per one lakh hours for the corporate/ executive category of flying This last categoryinvolving usage of professional pilotsmore safety features and equipment in the aircraft etcis what YSR Reddys flight was There are other variancessuch as between helicopters and fixed-wing aircraftor flights undertaken in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) and Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) What is striking is that while flying in a helicopter is somewhat riskier than in an aircraftthe risk rises sharply by some measuresit quadruples if the weather condition deteriorates into IMCas was apparently the case with the accident this week There has been a fair bit of uninformed speculation put out there in the past two daysand that troubles me Regulatory authorities and bureaucracies often respond to cries of wolf with knee-jerk reactions that ostensibly improve safety by imposing greater restrictions but which more often than not have the opposite effect The DGCA is not immune to these pressures To its creditthe directorate-general is refreshingly up-to-date in its understanding of new technologies in aviationparticularly those that contribute to safety But it still labours under an Aircraft Act that was originally enacted before Independencein 1934 Although the act has been continually updatedthe bureaucracys natural instinct of imposing ever more restrictions has made parts of it impractical I am a licensed pilot in three countriesand find Indias regulations most cumbersome When laws and rules become impracticalthe inevitable consequence will be ever more violations To use an analogyremember when the marginal rate of income tax in India was nearly 100 per cent It incentivised every tax payer to try and break the rules At this time of tragedylet us keep this in mind: India deserves a complete overhaul of the aviation actone that is in line with worldwide best practices The writer is a BJD MP [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: January 14 2011 2:47 am Related News Spirit of the law This is in response to the comment Atrocious Iranian justice of Soli J Sorabjee in his column Soli Loquies in your esteemed newspaper (Depressing scene, “Was such an honour to meet and have the ghazal King Ghulam Ali ji as chief guest last might in Delhi show with @MikaSingh.

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