Safety Update!

June 2011

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SAFETY IS OUR ONLY MISSION
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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.

 

For more information, please visit:

www.scaviationsafety.org

 

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FAASTeam  

 

First Responder FAA safety training for small aircraft or helicopter accidents now available online. 

 

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport, June 23rd: Stabilized Approach & Landing seminar starts 7PM!

 

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Approach & Landing Accident Reduction Strategies coming to Myrtle Beach July 21st at 9AM.  

 

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Checkout the FAA series
"On Landings":

 

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Enhance your aviation training experience by enrolling in

online safety courses, many of which are FREE!

 

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Running Out of Runway

A claims adjuster recently told me he was busier then ever. When asked with what, he replied, "botched landings." It seems springtime winds, among other factors, were more than some pilots bargained for and thus they ended up off the sides or end of a runway with a cracked up airplane to prove it.
  
The FAA recently announced a 90% decrease in runway incursions over the last ten years - a remarkable improvement. However, as we've been proclaiming, runway EXcursions are still a big problem. We are therefore pleased to help promote a couple of South Carolina seminars about stabilized approaches and landings as the aviation industry continues to "wake up" to this significant accident factor. It will also be a featured safety seminar at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention this October.

We are continuing our push to also raise awareness about airport FOD and promote the use of a Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) by every pilot prior to flight. These safety initiatives are bearing fruit but there is still plenty of work to do. Give some thought to joining the Council and see how you can help.  

Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Visual Descent Points
Using Them Helps Stabilize Approaches - Find Out How 

VDP: "A defined point on the final approach course of a non-precision, straight-in approach procedure from which normal descent from the MDA to the runway touchdown point may be commenced, provided the approach threshold of that runway, or approach lights, or other markings identifiable with the approach end of that runway are clearly visible to the pilot."

 

A normal descent from the MDA to the runway touchdown point is key to the definition of a VDP above. During a straight-in, non-precision approach the VDP will be located prior to the Missed Approach Point if one is in fact published. The reality is that if a pilot reaches the missed approach point he may not be in a position to land when he sees the airport. This is especially true for higher performance aircraft like jets and turbo props, but this does not exclude slower general aviation aircraft. A pilot attempting to dive at the runway can destabilize the approach, especially at night with low visibility, and non-stabilized approaches are a leading cause of accidents. The Visual Descent Point allows for a 3 degree descent to the runway, and thus a stabilized approach. Read more here. 

What the Data Says
Runway Excursion Reports Last 10 Days Alone: 

6/21 AIRCRAFT WENT OFF THE RUNWAY (FL)
6/21 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY (ND)
6/21 AIRCRAFT ON A GO-AROUND, WENT OFF THE RUNWAY INTO THE BUSHES (WA)
6/20 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING STRUCK A RUNWAY LIGHT (CA)6/18 AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF WENT OFF THE RUNWAY INTO A FIELD (AZ)
6/18 AIRCRAFT LANDED AND GROUND LOOPED (NJ)
6/17 AIRCRAFT LANDED AND WENT OFF THE RUNWAY (OR)
6/18 AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, CRASHED IN A DITCH (IL)
6/18 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, STRUCK A TREE & FENCE (KS)
6/15 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY (TN)
6/15 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED (VA)
6/14 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A DUMPSTER (CA)
6/13 AIRCRAFT WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY INTO A DITCH (NC)
6/13 AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, WENT OFF THE RUNWAY (NM)
6/12 AIRCRAFT TAXIING, VEERED OFF TAXIWAY INTO DRAINAGE DITCH (AZ)
6/12 AIRCRAFT LANDING, VEERED OFF RUNWAY, TIPPED ONTO NOSE (WA)
6/12 AIRCRAFT TAKE-OFF, VEERED OFF RUNWAY, FLIPPED OVER, STRUCK VEHICLE (MS)
6/11 AIRCRAFT LANDING, VEERED OFF RUNWAY, LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED (FL) 
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