World Civil Aviation Report

The annual publication highlights the work undertaken by the Organization to address some of the challenges facing civil aviation today. ICAO sets the Standards and Recommended Practices that assist States in managing air navigation, communications, aerodromes, accident investigation and the transport of dangerous goods by air.
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) is the Organization responsible for issuing the standards for machine-readable passports and for erasing smiles from the photographs used in passports. ICAO's Core Principles on Consumer Protection publication States use these to regulate assistance to passengers in cases of travel disruption (passenger assistance regulations related to travel disruptions).

Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) are being used in a variety of applications such as:

RPAs also serve to provide humanitarian relief, medical assistance and response to crises and public health emergencies. As described in the Report, one of the main challenges of RPA is the need to integrate these activities into the current regulated flight environment. The use of drones has generated a need for States to implement an air traffic management system for flights below 1000 feet where these vehicles operate. As identified in the Report, ICAO serves as the global facilitator and forum for the coordinated development of national regulations and supporting efforts towards the conceptualization and implementation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system (The buzzing skies: very low altitude operations).
The fatal accidents of Air France flight 447 and Malaysian Airlines flight 370 highlighted the limitations of the current air navigation system. As a result, the aviation community led by ICAO developed the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS). The new System, described in the Report, keeps an up-to-date record of the aircraft flight progress and in case of a crash, the exact location of survivors, the aircraft and recoverable flight data.
Given that this edition is published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of ICAO, the Report starts by reviewing the history and future prospects of the Organization, and underlines the importance of the development of careers for women in aviation in order to meet the future demand for qualified personnel.

In addition, the ICAO Report brings to the forefront other initiatives undertaken by the Organization in response to current challenges such as:

The World of Civil Aviation Report takes a whimsical look at current technological innovations and how these could be applied to civil aviation today.

With regards to aviation statistics, it looks at: