22 Jan 11 FAA Mandates Crew Resource Management Training For On-Demand Charters

Affected Carriers Have Two Years To Establish Procedures

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From Aero-News: The FAA has finalized a rule that requires non-scheduled charter airlines and air taxis to train pilots and flight attendants in Crew Resource Management (CRM), a well-established concept that helps reduce human error in commercial aviation by teaching pilots, flight attendants and other aviation workers to act as a team.
Air carriers affected by the final rule must establish initial and recurrent CRM training for crewmembers within two years of the effective date of the rule. The training must address the captain's authority; intra-crew communications; teamwork; managing workload, time, fatigue and stress; and decision-making skills.
"This type of training is critical for the safety of flight crews and passengers," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
The FAA has required CRM training for air carriers operating larger airplanes since December 1995.
"I know the value of making Crew Resource Management part of the safety culture from my days as an airline pilot," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "A crew that works as a team is a better crew, regardless of the size of the plane or the size of the airline."
CRM training focuses on the interactions among personnel including pilots, flight attendants, operations personnel, mechanics, air traffic controllers and flight service stations. This training in communications and teamwork can help prevent errors such as runway incursions, misinterpreting information from air traffic controllers, crewmembers' loss of situational awareness, and failure to fully prepare for takeoff or landing.
This final rule responds to a 2003 National Transportation Safety Board recommendation that is currently on the Board's "Most Wanted" list of safety improvements.

FMI: CRM, FAA, CRM Developers

Editor: Swing by our seminar in March and meet some of the world's top CRM experts, Captain Neil Krey, Dr Anthony Ciavarelli and Curt Lewis!

Fly Smart,

21 Jan 11 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH May 2-5

Keynote by Dr. Key Dismukes, image credit ISAP

Keynote by Dr. Key Dismukes, image credit ISAP
From ISAP: "The International Symposium on Aviation Psychology was first convened by Dr. Richard Jensen at the Ohio State University Aviation Psychology Laboratory in 1981. This symposium series is offered for the purposes of :

  • presenting the latest research on human performance problems and opportunities within aviation systems;
  • envisioning design solutions that best utilize human capabilities for creating safe and efficient aviation systems;
  • and bringing together scientists, research sponsors, and operators in an effort to bridge the gap between research and application.
Although the symposium is aerospace oriented, we welcome anyone with basic or applied interests in any domain to the extent that generalizations from or to the aviation domain are relevant."


Editor: My colleagues Dr Dismukes and Dr Burian will be there, and Key is encouraging operational personnel from all communities to attend, to help bridge the knowledge gap between research and operational applications. Come on out to Dayton and enjoy the seminar and the great Air Force Museum.

Fly Smart,

21 Jan 11 Aviation Human Factors and SMS Seminar III, Dallas Texas Mar 29-30

Seats are filling up fast for the March Seminar in Dallas, about 1/3 are full already. We have 16 speakers scheduled over 2 days in a great venue, the Frontiers Of Flight Museum at Love Field. Don't miss out on this high quality, low cost seminar.

FMI: Seminar 2011

I'll be facilitating the seminar again, drop me an email if you need more information!

See you in March!

01 Jan 11 Happy New Year!! ||
Clark in Pensacola
|| || Clark in Pensacola ||

Wishing you a safe and prosperous New Year. Keep the shiny side up!