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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Safety Has A Price…It’s Not What You Think

  There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Safety Management Systems (SMS). One of the largest of these is associated with the cost of getting an SMS established and keeping it running and functional. The beginning of an SMS conversation is usually exciting and motivating but eventually it shifts to “What is…

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