Safety Update!January 2011
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The South Carolina Aviation Safety Council is a volunteer, non-profit organization of aviation industry representatives whose aim is to complement the FAA Safety Team.

Based upon our collaboration with individuals, companies, associations and governmental entities at the state, regional and national levels, we bring safety events and initiatives to the local aviation community where impact is most effective.

The SCASC is dedicated to changing the conscious attitudes and behavioral awareness toward aviation safety in South Carolina and beyond.

The Council believes that by making aviation safety a "first priority" and spreading that attitude and awareness, we can make a positive change toward a safer tomorrow.


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Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of Safety Update!

This resource is designed to provide helpful aviation safety information that can be used as part of a monthly safety focus in your operation - regardless of the type aircraft or industry niche in which you work.

Another great resource you'll want to keep track of is our new website. We are continually uploading relevant safety content, useful tools, accident reviews, and event information.

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Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Safety Fly-In Set for March 26 @ UZA!
Featured Speaker: Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB

The inaugural SC Aviation Safety Council Fly-In is set for Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Rock Hill / York County Airport (UZA). Hosted by the Rock Hill Airport and Skytech, Inc., this event will provide world-class safety seminars from prominent aviation experts. Come learn the "SOPs" of Aviation Safety Excellence - Safety Leadership, Operational Discipline and Professionalism.

The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB Board Member, will be one of four featured speakers at this day-long learning event. He will be joined by Chuck Long who served as Flight Engineer aboard TWA 843, an L-1011 that crashed on takeoff from JFK with remarkably no fatalities. Bill Garvey, editor of B/CA Magazine and Bob Thomason, President of The Twin Cessna Flyer group will also provide their unique perspectives on general aviation safety.
The Safety Fly-In seminars and static display are free of charge with on-site lunch available for purchase. The day begins at 8:30AM.

For more details and to register for this event, please visit and click on the "2011 Safety Fly-In" page!
This Month's Safety Focus:
Foreign Object DamageFOD
Council Encourages FOD Awareness

Whether it is a blown tire or bent turbine blades, foreign object damage costs the aviation industry (that's us) millions of dollars each year. It can also cause fatalities as was seen with the tragic Concorde accident. Have you ever looked at the ramp in front of your hangar or FBO? Several operators were stunned at the debris they found when they elected to conduct a "FOD walk" at their local airport (see picture inset).

FOD can set up a disastrous chain of events and deserves attention. Before your next preflight or shift, why not take a close look at the hangar floor and ramp to see what you may have been missing? This is one area of aviation where you don't "see and avoid" - if you see FOD, pick it up and help make South Carolina a FOD-free state!
Safety Update! is a publication of the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council and is sponsored exclusively by:

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