The Single Most Important Word in Aviation

  I was recently asked what I thought was the most important word in aviation. Interesting question with lots of options. Fortunately, this one was pretty easy for me to answer. One word immediately came to mind – Culture. Culture is certainly not the easiest to define though.  If we look at a basic definition,…

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Revisiting “Children of the Magenta”

  Many years ago, I was introduced to a safety video that has always stuck with me. It was a training class at American Airlines Flight Academy that took a specific look at the challenges of automation dependency and the issues that American flight crews were dealing with. Although it is over 20 years old,…

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Is Operational Control Flawed?

Let me start by saying that operational control is critical. If you are running an airline or charter company, it should be a big deal. Lots of legal issues tied to the Operations Specifications and the FAR’s that govern this topic. Also, full disclaimer – I am not a legal person. Like most people in…

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Why You Should Not Ignore Pilot Retention

Here are some of latest headlines – “US pilot shortage claims a casualty. Will more airlines shut down?” “Pilot shortage forces worlds biggest long-haul airline to cut flights.” “We have made the pilot occupation so unattractive, so tenuous and poorly paid that people have stopped wanting to do it.” The future continues to look challenging…

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