Mrs. Lyn S Romano established
the International Aviation Safety Association (IASA) on March 4, 1999.
Lyn’s forty-four year old husband, Mr. Ray M Romano, was one of the
229 people killed when a Swissair operated MD-11 crashed off the coast
The Aviation Safety Void
It soon became apparent to Lyn that this crash highlighted a number of aviation safety issues that were well known among the aviation community - some had been the subject of discussion for more than 20 years. Although Lyn appreciated that the crash would be the subject of a full and thorough investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) she realized there were a range of safety issues that would not form part of their enquiries. What was needed was a truly independent global organization that could tackle a broad range of safety issues free from commercial or political pressures. This was the birth of what would eventually become known around the world as the International Aviation Safety Association (IASA) – a global, politically and financially independent, organization concerned in all aspects of aviation safety.
One of Too Many Issues
If the crash of Swissair flight 111 highlights one safety
issue in particular it would be the safety hazards associated with
aging wiring in aircraft. This has always been the principal focus
of IASA’s work and IASA remains as committed to this issue as she
ever was. In a
These concerns have been given further momentum by the issuance
of a number of safety recommendations by the TSB culminating in the
IASA has briefed governments and regulators worldwide on this and other issues, including, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), the UK CAA, the US National Transportation Safety Board, the US General Accounting Office, the UK House of Commons, Transport Canada and the (European) Joint Aviation Authorities.
In May 2002, IASA was invited by NASA to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to inspect the wiring on the space shuttle Discovery during “her” 20-24 month maintenance mode. The inspection was carried out by Lyn alone and formed the center-piece of a memorable trip. IASA had the opportunity to observe “best practices” in operation and discuss wiring issues in a professional, candid and frank manner with a world-respected organization that prides itself on its “safety first” approach. In Lyn’s words “NASA has shown me, not in words, but by their aggressive action they do whatever is humanly possible to ensure the safety of their crew”.
The terrorist atrocities of
Aviation Safety is a global matter. This has been one of
the corner stones of our work and it is for this reason that IASA’s
offices are strategically located around the world. With principal
offices in the
“One life lost is one too many. One life lost needlessly is reprehensible.”
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