Martin Maurino

Safety, Efficiency and Operations Officer, Air Navigation Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization

Marty Maurino began his career in aviation as cabin crew at Air Canada.

In 2006, he was appointed Manager, Safety Analysis at the International Air Transport Association (IATA). As head of Cabin Safety at IATA, he managed the Cabin Safety Working Group, comprised of Cabin Safety and Training Managers from over 60 major airlines worldwide.

He went on to joint Transport Canada Civil Aviation, as Civil Aviation Program Manager, working on the implementation of safety management systems. 

In 2010, Marty joined the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He is responsible for all of ICAO’s Cabin Safety activities, and acts as Secretary to the ICAO Cabin Safety Group, composed of representatives from States, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and international organizations.

He holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, specialising in Human Factors and Ergonomics, from the University of Montreal.

New Brace Positions for Cabin Crew and Passengers: Optimizing Survival in an Accident

Survivability in an aircraft accident is dependent on multiple factors. Passengers’ survival rates are improved when they are informed about the correct use of equipment and the actions they should take in the event of an emergency situation. ICAO standards address the need for passengers to receive safety information on board aircraft. The new ICAO Manual on Information and Instructions for Passenger Safety (Doc 10086) provides guidance on the safety-related information and instructions that airlines should provide to passengers. The manual also provides new recommendations for cabin crew and passenger brace positions, which were developed in collaboration with the International Board for Research into Aircraft Crash Evaluation (IBRACE). The goal of the brace position, is to reduce an aircraft occupant’s injuries during a crash sequence. Results from internationally recognized research studies on the brace positions were used to determine the recommended brace positions presented in the new ICAO manual.