Safety Update!

May 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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An Evening with Controllers and Pilots from Pope AFB coming to Fayetteville, NC May 23rd. Reviews ATC procedures and mid-air collision avoidance.  




Columbia Metropolitan Airport, May 24th: Aviation Maintenance Technician Day set to honor some of the "faces behind safety." Free lunch!  




CFI Workshops coming soon to Charleston and Greenville.




Free, online copies of FAA Safety Briefing Magazine available here.



Enhance your aviation training experience by enrolling in online safety courses, many of which are FREE!

Fatigue North of Forty?

I've been experimenting with our recently introduced Flight Risk Assessment Tool, trying to customize it to fit my slightly, uh, unique flying habits. One item I took note of during a flight to Atlanta last week was to more seriously consider the "Fatigue Assessment" column on afternoon flights. Turns out, all the industry talk about fatigue is actually starting to mean something to me. A bit north of forty now, depending upon your definition of "bit," I find myself fighting more fatigue demons than ever, particularly in the afternoon. That's when the alert meter is definitely less accurate, I suspect through a combination of pure tiredness and mounting task saturation as the day wears on. I also suspect I'm not alone and we should all pay some respect to this "sleepy" - but very real - risk factor, regardless of our age.

When I first started flying, I had a tendency to stop flying the plane once off the active runway. Then a wise, old forestry pilot reminded me to fly the plane "chock-to-chock." I now think it should be "doorstep-to-doorstep" and give thoughtful contemplation about things that are happening long before arriving at the airport. Thanks to Vice-Chair Cliff Jenkins for having the foresight to design our FRAT with this in mind.

We've got you covered with great safety events, information and tools for spring and summer so be sure to drop our always-updated website onto your favorites toolbar today!    

Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Incident Reporting - Not Enough to Go On?
Safety Reporting Component Difficult for Small Operators 

Ask many experts and they will insist an effective aviation safety program includes a feedback component for reporting weather, airports, air traffic control or other pilots that could compromise safety for future flights. This can be a challenge for pleasure pilots or small operators that do not generate much operational data upon which to build this feedback. One easy and economical idea is to incorporate the Aviation Safety Reporting System, administered by NASA, into your aviation safety arsenal. 
For years, the ASRS has been capturing confidential, voluntary safety reports in a non-punitive way then analyzing and disseminating useful information to the aviation community. Begin by signing up for CALLBACK, their monthly online safety publication, then take some time to mine their database for the following:
-- Reports by your type aircraft.
-- Reports by weather conditions.
-- Reports by location.
-- And much more!

Why not learn from other pilot's, controller's, mechanic's, flight attendant's and dispatcher's close calls and take advantage of this free resource today!  

Aviation Safety Day: Myrtle Beach 
SMS / Safety Culture Seminar Featured July 29th 

Dr. Robert Baron of The Aviation Safety Consulting Group will host two related and highly relevant courses in a one-day training event in Myrtle Beach on Friday, July 29th:  

--  Safety Management Systems Overview
--  Safety Culture Defined  


Registration is only $150 and includes lunch. Seats will go quick so get more info by clicking here.  

OSHA / EPA Training in Spartanburg 

Stratus Management will host Global Jet Services' OSHA / EPA Training Course, August 2nd and 3rd at the Spartanburg Downtown Airport. This course provides the necessary subjects to satisfy the instructional requirements indicated in 14 CFR Part 145 for Aviation Repair Station employees, supervisors and managers to become familiar with good shop safety practices as pertaining to OSHA and EPA requirements.

More details on this fee-based course are available here.   
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