Aviation Safety Division
- Aviation Safety Division Overview
What does the Aviation Safety Division do?
The Aviation Safety Division of TS conducts diverse Aviation Safety research studies and administers air workers’ qualification tests to prevent air accidents in both civil aviation and lightweight aviation.
- Introduction to the Aviation Safety Division
The aircraft is a relatively safe mode of transport than rail or vehicles, but a single accident is associated with extremely high mortality, counting up to hundreds of lost lives if the aircraft involved is a large passenger aircraft, not to mention enormous property damage. Thus, TS has the Aviation Division conducting diverse safety-oriented activities to prevent accidents in both civil aviation and lightweight aviation.
- Aviation Safety Research
Despite its internationally recognized aviation safety system, Korea sees a continuous stream of aircraft accidents and quasi-accidents. Moreover, the recent surge of small and leisure aircraft also means the constant presence of risks, but there are no sufficient fundamental solutions to prevent the recurrence of human errors and potential risk factors. Thus, TS supports the aviation safety policies of the government through diverse research studies focusing on practical issues.
Operation of the aviation safety voluntary report system and the aviation security voluntary report system. For any condition and/or situations wherein air security and safety are endangered by an aviation worker or any human or property-related factor and an aviation worker/operator voluntarily files an aviation safety voluntary report about the situation, the system analyzes and disseminates the details to eliminate preemptively any risk factor to prevent aviation accidents. The aviation safety voluntary report system was launched in 2000, and the aviation security voluntary report system was implemented in 2014 by TS.
- Airman qualification Test
The safe, efficient operation of aircraft requires engaging numerous people in many different fields. Especially pilots, aircraft maintenance mechanics, air traffic controllers (ATC), and flight dispatchers are essential in having an airplane in the air. TS has set up the All-time Remote Testing System (ARTS) and successfully completed its pilot operation for training aviation workers with excellent qualities in a timely manner.
- Research and management of aviation greenhouse gas
Industrial activities have drastically increased since the 20th century, with a proportional surge of fossil fuels that cause climate issues such as hyperthermal weather, torrential rain, typhoon, drought, and floods around the world. Today, global warming and climate changes are not just issues that only scientists are afraid of but also some of the biggest challenges of humankind. Thus, TS conducts tasks related to low carbon green growth of the aviation industry, such as research on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and calculation, operation of carbon offsets and emission trading, and technical support for voluntary GHG reduction policies of airlines.
- Designation and management of items prohibited on aircraft
TS designates items completely banned on aircraft and provides advice on transporting such items safely by air in order to ensure the safety of airports and aircraft. When traveling by air, no one is allowed to carry items such as weapons, swords, explosives, poison, and highly flammable substances as announced by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport or those listed on the prohibited item information system (avsec.kotsa.or.kr) of TS.