Apr

20

Safety Management System (SMS) Overview

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I have created a presentation that will introduce safety practitioners
to the basics of Safety Management Systems (SMS).
We are front line aviation safety advocates.
We have a principal stake in improving the management of safety,
reducing the accident rate and driving down mishap costs.
We can do this by taking a quality approach to safety.
Check out SMS Overview
This is a Level Zero Overview and Outreach effort, meant as an introduction and guide to your own personal SMS.
Fly Smart
Clark

Apr

20

Factores Humanos

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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS FOR FLIGHT SAFETY AND HUMAN FACTORS
Cordoba, Argentina
May 10-12 2007
Por primera vez en Argentina se realizará un Congreso de Seguridad Aérea y
Factores Humanos en la Aviación con un nutrido y reconocido equipo de
disertantes que estarán presentes en Córdoba.
La capacitación y la toma de conciencia debe ser prioritario para
encaminarnos hacia los cambios pretendidos.
Su presencia en este Congreso será el primer paso hacia un cambio profundo
en la forma de actuar y dirigir utilizando métodos de probada eficiencia.
El equipo de profesionales estará a vuestra disposición para trasmitir sus
vivencias y experiencia en cada una de las áreas especificas.
Agradecemos a las empresas y organismos que con su aporte hacen posible la
realización de este Congreso.
Lo invitamos a visitar nuestra página www.cisafha.com.ar , sumarse a este
esfuerzo, concurrir y participar de esta rica experiencia.
T R MMR
Total Resource Management MR
CRM+Factores Humanos+Seguridad+Manejo del Riesgo+Calidad
Concepto integral para la verdadera reducción del error humano en aviación
(MR)
www.factoreshumanos.com
info@factoreshumanos.com
mosca elegante
Luis

Apr

17

New “WINGS” Pilot Proficiency Program

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FYI
FAASTeam
FAASTeam


FAASTeam News Release
FAASTeam News Release

Contact: James E. Pyles, National FAASTeam Outreach Program Manager
Posted On: April 11, 2007 The All New WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program . . . it’s no longer an “Award” program but a true proficiency program designed to help improve our skills and knowledge as pilots.
The All New “WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program”
by: James E. Pyles, National FAASTeam Outreach Manager

Regular proficiency training is essential to the safety of all pilots and their passengers. Each pilot must take a personal interest in their safety and that of their passengers. The WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program is designed to help each pilot construct an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It encourages pilots to continue their aviation educational pursuits and requires education, review, and flight proficiency in the Areas of Operation found in current Practical Test Standards (PTS) that correspond with the leading accident causal factors in the United States. Further, the program encourages participation of FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Industry Members to establish regular recurrent training programs within their organizations and areas of influence to help all pilots reach their highest potential and maintain a high level of safety and proficiency.
While the program is still in its final stages of development and final details are not yet releasable here are a few informational items about the new WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program:
  • Three Phases; Basic, Advanced, Master
  • Those maintaining the proficiency requirements for the Basic phase need not accomplish the flight review requirements of 14 CFR part 61
  • Flight Review date “moves” with you as long as you continue to maintain at least a Basic phase / level
  • Progress tracked on FAASafety.gov
  • Curriculum and Syllabi are designed from Practical Test Standards
  • Credits not based on time but on showing proficiency to applicable practical test standards
  • Designed to promote development of year-round training and contact with authorized instructors
  • Curriculum and syllabi for all pilots holding a U.S. pilot certificate
  • Industry encouraged to provide incentives awarding pilots for their participation in the program
  • Special emphasis on incident and accident causal factor areas of operation
  • Flexibility in requirements and subject areas allow for maximum effectiveness of program for each pilot no matter what kind of flight activities they conduct
  • Requirements include both knowledge and flight
  • Certificate, wallet card, and transcripts are downloadable and printable right from FAASafety.gov
  • For a very limited time pilots may earn credit for both the new program and sun-setting award program
  • Target nationwide launch date is June
As you can see it’s no longer an “Award” program but a true proficiency program designed to help improve our skills and knowledge as pilots. Watch for more information to be released about the WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program on the FAASTeam’s FAASafety.gov internet site.
James E. Pyles
National FAASTeam Outreach Manager (NFOM)
801-257-5071


Fly Smart
Clark

Apr

15

Boundaries and Centers

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I am reading Asaf Degani’s book Taming HAL, a discussion of human interaction with automation. One thing I have observed is that the foundation of a good safety management system is clear, defined boundaries of operating envelopes. Our body and our aircraft have limits, and while we can perform at the edges of these limits, doing so effectively removes any margin for error (envelope protection). Aviation is a dynamic, complex environment subject to multiple influences, but the system is designed to handle one change at a time. It is not designed to handle compound emergencies, and automation does not have the creative problem-solving skills that we possess. Automation is great at doing one thing, don’t ask it to do two, and don’t push it past the edge.
So let’s think about it before we go. Takeoffs are optional, landings are not. Operating away from a safe center begins to strip away defenses and leave no room for human or machine to recover. Let’s be sure we fully understand our capabilities and limitations (our machine’s too) and operate conservatively.
Fly Smart
Kent

Apr

15

Time Management

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Get things quicker on the ground and leave more time for the fun stuff…flying!
Lifehack

Apr

9

P-3 Recovery

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How many AN-124s does it take to fly a P-3 out of China?
P-3 Recovery
AN-124 and EP-3
AN-124 and EP-3

Fly Smart…and watch out for China…
Clark

Apr

6

Flying Safety for Dummies

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Try sailing. external image sailboat.jpg
If there’s no wind, row. Or head to the airport.
Clark

Apr

6

Defensive Posturing

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The main hazard during flight training (or any flying for that matter) is letting the aircraft get to an unrecoverable state, and the way to prevent that is defensive posturing. Defensive posturing is the mental attitude and associated physical actions that ensure that an aircraft never reaches an undesired state. Maintaining a defensive posture to manage threat and error is the key to flying smart.
Read Kent Lewis’ Article on Defensive Posturing.
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http://www.signalcharlie.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/school1_small.jpg

Special thanks to Barbara and David Mikkelson and Snopes for the amazing photos and story behind them.

Apr

4

Vintage Flying Museum

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Chuckie
Chuckie
Chuckie is the Vintage Flying Museum B-17, and her namesake is a fantastic aviation safety advocate. Chuckie could not fly without teamwork, one of the hallmarks of system safety.
Vintage Flying Museum

Apr

4

GA HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER FOR RUNWAY SAFETY

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From AOPA e-pilot
General aviation could provide a solution for the gnawing problem of runway incursions that affects every segment of aviation, AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg told the NTSB on March 27 during a “Runway Incursion Forum.” The forum marked the 30-year anniversary of the world’s worst aviation accident, the collision between two Boeing 747s on a foggy runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands. Landsberg was one of the featured panelists for the daylong forum in Washington, D.C. “Distraction remains enemy No. 1,” said Landsberg, “and multi-tasking makes you stupid. When the aircraft is moving on the ground, 100 percent of our attention needs to be focused on where we are and where we’re going.” The national system is averaging about 330 runway incursions a year, although only 10 percent of those were serious enough that they could have led to an accident. But as Landsberg pointed out, GA already has some solutions, including portable cockpit technology and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s //Runway Safety// online course, that could be adapted to all segments of aviation.

Apr

3

998 or 29.98?!

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Altimeter
Altimeter

Ah, look at the cute altimeter, it’s pretty! Did you know it can kill you if not you put the right number in the wrong window? Got a great tip on my last rotation about altimeter settings. When you read back and crosscheck the altimeter setting, use all of the numbers and if it is millibars, say millibars after the numbers. This will mentally help you remember to dial the setting into the proper window. Things will be “not so good” if you mistake “998″ mb for 29.98 inhg. Next time you’re preflighting, dial 998 into both windows and look at the difference between the settings. It’s almost 400 (yep, that’s a 4 plus two zeros) feet off. Think that will come into play, on final and in the goo? Avoid the error by managing the threat.
Fly Smart
Clark