Aviation safety has always been and will remain a top priority within the industry. Training programs for pilots and crew continue to evolve to ensure they can properly utilize the technology and safety features available to them. Technology has even improved air traffic control practices.
As a result of these advancements in materials, technology, and training, crashes have steadily decreased since the 1950s, even with the increase in air traffic. As innovations continue, we expect to see a continued decline in fatal aircraft accidents, especially with planes getting faster and becoming more fuel efficient.
Flying is generally considered the safest way to travel. The Civil Aviation Authority reports that the fatality rate per billion kilometers traveled is 0.003 for airplanes; meanwhile, it’s 2.57 for automobiles. Even train accidents, at 0.27 deaths per billion kilometers, are more dangerous. In fact, statistics show you’re more likely to die while riding a bicycle than while flying.
Advanced Aerospace Technology at Tex Tech
Rightfully so, aviation safety regulations are rigid and demanding. At Tex Tech, we rise to meet those demands with customized, high-performance engineered fabrics. We offer more than 7,000 products that appear in industrial applications and the aerospace industry: military planes, commercial aircraft, business jets, and even space travel. As a leader in the industry, we’re committed to developing the highest-quality materials to improve aircraft safety and efficiency and continuing to innovate to meet ever-changing trends and demands.
We have a wide variety of products that meet FAR 25.853 or FAR 25.856, including:
- Burnthrough Insulation
- Cabin-Divider Linings
- Carbonized Rayon
- Carpet Underlayments
- Fire-Blocking Layers for Seating
- High-Temperature Ducting Insulation
- Moisture-Absorbing Felts
- Over-the-Frame Blankets
- Thermal Ablatives
- Thermal Acoustic Insulation
You’ll find products like these in the fuselage and the cabin as well as in seats, safety vests, and more. We engineer our products for the highest level of durability, abrasion resistance, thermal resistance, and overall product integrity to meet international standards. We’re proud to lead the way in an industry where there is no room for error.
New Materials to Improve Aviation Safety
The drive to create more fuel-efficient airplanes has encouraged the development of lightweight yet strong and durable materials. These materials need to withstand extreme environments: heat, cold, wind, pressure, and more, without adding unnecessary weight to the aircraft. Thermal acoustic materials, for example, insulate the cabin and the cockpit from temperatures on the skin of the plane that may range from -60°F to 160°F. At the same time, it blocks excess noise to ensure comfort for the passengers and crew. This insulation must also feature fire protection in the event of an accident, and it must not absorb moisture or conduct electricity. Bringing all those features together is a tall order, but it’s what is required for safety.
Eventually, there may be a shift toward hybrid or solar-powered aircraft, new aircraft designs, and advanced techniques for takeoff and landing. Until then, innovative electronics—such as improved cockpit instrumentation display—and composite materials are improving aviation safety one flight at a time.