30 Aug 08 NASA ASRS Callback August 08

From NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System Issue 344 August 2008

"Short Takes from ASRS
To make a long story short: a review of ASRS database reports reveals that the word "short" is a staple of many aviation incident narratives ("short" appears in more than 17,000 ASRS narratives). Just as the film world has its "short takes”"(brief but memorable movie moments), ASRS reporters frequently employ the word "short" to describe a variety of situations, from operational restrictions to time-critical decision-making.

Pilots describe short takeoffs or landings, short approaches, short finals, hold-short incidents, cockpit short-cuts, short announcements, and landings short of destination. Aircraft technology reportedly has its shortcomings – especially when it short-circuits. And then there are commentaries from air carrier pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, and air traffic controllers about short layovers, short rest, short breaks, short staffing, and short-sighted management policies.

This month we offer a sampling of "short takes" submitted to the ASRS. Go directly to CALLBACK:
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29 Aug 08 NASA, Challenger Center Join Forces To Promote Education

Space Act Agreement Focuses On Science, Mathematics

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in, Alexandria, VA announced Thursday a cooperative Space Act Agreement to work together to encourage students to focus more on science, technology, engineering and mathematic studies and programs.
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Through hands-on interactive educational activities, NASA and the Challenger Center will engage students, their teachers, their families, and the general public to help increase overall science and technology literacy.
"We are overjoyed with the signing of this agreement with NASA," said Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Challenger Center Founding Chairman. "When Challenger was lost, the families came together to look for a fitting legacy to honor those we lost -- and to carry on with their mission.”
This agreement with NASA will benefit the ongoing mission of the Challenger Center as well as allow the Center to work with America's space program.
The Challenger Center for Space Science Education was founded in 1986. Today, the network of 50 Challenger Learning Centers across the US trains more than 25,000 teachers annually to incorporate project- based learning and use the theme of space exploration to engage students in critical thinking, decision-making, communication, and teamwork. Over the past 22 years more than 8 million students have participated in Challenger Center programs.
FMI: www.nasa.gov, www.challenger.org
Source: aero-news

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28 Aug 08 NTSB Weather Safety Alert

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently posted Safety Alert 011, warning pilots about instrument flight in areas of thunderstorms. Highlights include:

· IFR pilots need to actively maintain awareness of severe weather along their route of flight.

· Recent NTSB investigations have identified several accidents that appear to be wholly or partly attributable to in-flight encounters with severe weather.
· Each pilot [in these accidents] had readily available alternatives that, if utilized, would have likely prevented the accident.

· ATC training and briefings to controllers have not been sufficient to ensure that pilots receive the weather advisories needed to support good in-flight weather avoidance decisions.
Read the entire Alert

Fly Smart, use your resources and remember that weather avoidance is your responsibility.