Iata Training In Ma

Written by Shirley Parker
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IATA is the increasingly well-known acronym for the International Air Transport Association. As of April 2005, the organization will be 60 years old. In today's ill-tempered world, IATA could not have been founded where it was in 1945, that is, in Havana, Cuba. Those days of cooperation may yet return, but it is a different world of air transport. It is estimated that the industry is now at least 100 times bigger than it was upon IATA's birth.

Today's more than 270 members from around the world would seem quite an astonishing number to the 57 members who started the association. In effect, they took over from the International Air Traffic Association that had been founded in 1919 in The Hague. IATA's head office is in Montreal, Canada; however, the main executive office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

IATA's earliest emphasis, which continues today, has been on promoting safety, reliability, coordination of regional air navigation, and vital standardization of documentation and procedures. Without IATA's input, international conventions would have developed much more slowly, since air transport law in the United States was its own entity. Essential to healthy and just competition was the establishment of fares and rate patterns, baggage allowances, ticket design, and more.

IATA, Dangerous Goods Regulations, and Live Animals Transportation

Cargo containers, also called Unit Load Devices, were developed to technical specifications set down by members of IATA, which also keeps track of their whereabouts. This is exceedingly important, particularly when dangerous goods are being shipped; anything that is flammable or toxic or corrosive falls into that category.

An accredited training school network has been established, but schools applying must meet rigid standards. Currently, an IATA endorsed school exists in Massachusetts to serve the entire New England region. The school offers training courses at all levels that teach the full scope of the IATA regulations.

Standards for the in-flight well-being of live animals were also developed by IATA, though such transport is also monitored by animal welfare agencies. Certain species of animals are much more difficult to transport safely than others, from the standpoint of both humans and the animals themselves. Thus specific guidelines were developed to ensure the safety of every person and animal involved.

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