Aviation “safety’s in a rut,” Dr. Tony Kern told attendees at the Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita this fall. The key to getting out of that rut, he said, is to make pilots realize they can’t rest on today’s safety record. Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance, a Colorado-based human-performance consulting company, and the author of seven books on human performance.
The independent Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., now has a member on the NBAA Safety Committee and NBAA plans to appoint a member to the FSF’s Business Advisory Committee, which addresses the concerns and challenges of corporate and business aviation. Peter Stein, chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, is the foundation’s representative on the Safety Committee. NBAA official has not yet announced who will be its representative on the FSF committee.
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) hosted its air medical safety summit last month in Washington, D.C. Topics covered at the event included enhancing professionalism, data collection, coordinated communications, technology and developing a low-altitude infrastructure that supports the helicopter EMS community.
Bombardier’s popular Safety Standdown program will return to Asia for its third edition in conjunction with next week’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The seminar, to be held on April 15 at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao, is free to all participants but advance registration is required at www.safetystanddown.com. Topics to be examined include pilot fatigue and health, safety management system integration, safety culture, and criminalization in aviation. Among this year’s presenters will be U.S.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) began its annual safety symposium with an attention-grabbing slide. It shows the accident rates for U.S. Part 121 airlines and all Part 135 operations for the years 2007-2011. The accident rate for all Part 135 operations is 0.60 per 100,000 flight hours, approximately four times worse than the airlines’ 0.159 per 100,000 flight hours.
In advance of this month’s Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium, one of the event’s speakers, Robert Carraway, wrote about the difficulty of developing a working safety culture in any industry.
Next year’s Heli-Expo show in Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2013) will include the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) new safety education initiative called the Rotor Safety Challenge. The seminar series will offer 30 different safety topics designed to enhance safety in the rotorcraft industry worldwide. The 60-minute sessions–offered at no charge to attendees–will focus on four different safety tracks; flight operations, maintenance, safety culture and leadership and safety management.
Ph.D. aviation safety researcher Meng-Yuan Liao is surveying pilots about the cultural differences about aviation safety between pilots operating in the Far East and those flying in Western countries. Taiwan-based Liao plans to publish the results of his efforts in an international safety magazine, as well as share them with AINSafety. “The importance of developing a safety culture is vital to good safety management,” he told AIN.
The NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Awards have been awarded to a number of member companies, the oldest of which, ExxonMobil, has flown 268,819 safe hours over the past 80 years. The top four recipients in the corporate category for the year 2011 are listed below, with the number of years of safe flying and the number of safe hours flown. AIN interviewed representatives of these companies to find out more about their operations and their safety successes.
80 years, 268,819 hours
Steve Buckner, a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University, is hoping you can help with research for his dissertation, titled “Examination of Safety Management Systems and Aviation Technologies in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Industry.” His anonymous survey examines the opinions and associations, if any, of air medical rotory- and fixed-wing pilots regarding their organization’s safety culture, the support of safety by management, and use of technology to enhance operational safety.
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