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03 Air Transportation and Safety

Includes passenger and cargo air transport operations; airport ground operations; flight safety and hazards; and aircraft accidents. Systems and hardware specific to ground operations of aircraft and to airport construction are covered in 09 Research and Support Facilities (Air). Air traffic control is covered in 04 Aircraft Communications and Navigation. For related information see also 16 Space Transportation and Safety; and 85 Technology Utilization and Surface Transportation.


Air Transportation – The conveyance of cargo and passengers by means of airplanes, helicopters, and other airborne vehicles. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Aircraft Safety – Techniques used to prevent aircraft failures or accidents; the degree to which an aircraft is free of the risk of malfunction or accidents. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : All information dealing with air transportation, flight safety, aircraft accidents, and aircraft operating problems.

Selective Interest : Land transportation information that deals with transportation and safety to, from, and at airports.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • accidents and emergencies (aircraft)
  • air piracy (incident or safety aspects)
  • air safety
  • air transportation
  • aircraft accidents
  • aircraft aging (safety)
  • aircraft ditching
  • aircraft durability
  • aircraft emergencies
  • aircraft health management
  • aircraft in-flight collision
  • aircraft licensing
  • aircraft near miss
  • aircraft operating problems
  • aircraft safety
  • aircraft search and rescue operations
  • aircrew licensing
  • aircrew training
  • airport noise
  • airport operations
  • airport security
  • airworthiness
  • baggage handling (aircraft)
  • bird collision (air transportation and safety)
  • bird ingestion (air transportation and safety)
  • cargo air transport operations
  • cargo handling (aircraft)
  • cargo transportation (aircraft)
  • clear air turbulence (aircraft safety)
  • collision avoidance (aircraft safety)
  • crashworthiness (aircraft)
  • ejection systems and seats (air transportation and safety)
  • emergency locater transmitters
  • escape systems (aircraft)
  • explosions (aircraft)
  • fail safety systems (aircraft)
  • fire (aircraft)
  • flight hazards (aircraft)
  • flight safety (aircraft)
  • flotation devices
  • foreign object damage (FOD)
  • foreign object ingestion (air transportation and safety)
  • icing (aircraft)
  • inspection (aircraft safety)
  • lightning discharge on aircraft
  • parachutes (personal and aircraft applications)
  • passenger air transport operations
  • passenger handling (air transportation)
  • passenger transportation (air)
  • public nuisance implications
  • restraint harness (aircraft)
  • runway safety
  • safety systems (aircraft)
  • search and rescue operations (air)
  • seat belts (aircraft)
  • severe storms (aircraft safety)
  • shoulder harness (aircraft)
  • survival (aircraft operations)
  • taxiing (aircraft)