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Contingency Lifecycle

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The contingency lifecycle breaks down the stages of a contingency into normal operations; emergency situations; degraded modes of operation; service continuity; recovery to normal operations and (back to) normal operations.


The objective of the contingency lifecycle is to provide a common point of reference for all stakeholders to identify common stages in the progression from normal operations through the intervening stages back to normal operations again. It provides a structure for contingency planning.


In the context of the International Civil Aviation Organisation( ICAO) and European Community (EC) obligations, the concept of contingency can be organised along a “Contingency Lifecycle”. A diagrammatic presentation of the Contingency Lifecycle is presented below: