The paper illustrates the continual improvements in aviation safety and analyses the generic causes of fatal accidents. It argues that further improvements are needed in the safety of commuter aeroplanes, small twin-engined aeroplanes and helicopters and discusses areas where it is proposed that steps can be taken.

The development and role of the European Joint Aviation Authorities are described together with the influence of the European Community. The situation in Europe post-1992 is discussed, outlining the advantages to industry, progress towards a "level playing field" and some of the remaining problems to be resolved.

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