Safety Update!

July 2011

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"Grass-Roots Leader in Aviation Safety"


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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FAA promotes as the resource for Mid-Air Collision Avoidance. The interactive map allows pilots real-time info regarding military flight activity. 




Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Briefing by F-15 pilots of Seymour Johnson AFB Saturday, August 20th at Southern Pines Airport.




Next week's Oshkosh Fly-In will help highlight new FAA and NTSB focus on experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft safety.   




FAA Risk Management Handbook is an excellent resource you can download and review online!



Mission Focus

At our Safety Council meeting yesterday we discussed the need to broaden our membership base so that key aviation disciplines can help "guide the discussion" and our resulting events and initiatives. I envision four (4) strategic focus areas for the Council: airports, flight operations to include training, maintenance, and manufacturing.  We are currently weak in the areas of maintenance and manufacturing in particular and will therefore be more intentional in our recruitment efforts to gain these areas of expertise.


We are excited about our new featured article series in the South Carolina Aviation Association's Palmetto Aviation and the upcoming Southeast Aviation Show scheduled for Saturday, October 29th at the Greenville Downtown Airport. This event, spearheaded by the SCAA, will bring together a wide variety of aviation interests for a day of education, networking and fun. The Safety Council will be one of many exhibitors so save the date now!


Look for more deliverables coming soon as we provide airport operators with a best-practice guideline for an effective foreign object damage awareness campaign and a simple safety management resource for general aviation pilots, building on the previously-launched flight risk assessment tool.


Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Foreign Object Damage Update
How to Make South Carolina a "FOD-Free" State 

"FOD control in civilian aviation is a joke." So says a retired military aviator. FOD leads to millions of dollars each year in turbine engine, propeller and tire damage. Causal factors?


-Ineffective or no FOD prevention program.

-Pavement deterioration.

-Un-vegetated, rocky, and/or sandy soil.

-Infrequent pavement inspections.

-Poor housekeeping.

-Unrestricted vehicle traffic on airport operations areas.


An effective FOD Prevention Program features the following:


-A decision by the airport to make it a priority!

-Involves airport management, all tenants and operators.

-Is formalized in writing, published and communicated.

-Includes pavement inspections and maintenance.

-Surrounding vegetation/soil inspections and maintenance.

-Housekeeping (pick up the trash).

-Consider inexpensive equipment such as sweepers, magnet bars for tugs, etc.


A FOD Prevention Program can often be implemented at low cost. An airport with an aggressive, visible FOD campaign will be set apart as a user-friendly airport. Our thanks to Council member and Hamilton-Owens Airport Director Chris Eversmann for his valuable work on this project!

Sump Your Aircraft Before Each Flight!
Excerpts from SCASC Article in Palmetto Aviation 

Three most common ways water or other contaminants are introduced into fuel tanks:


1) Filler cap. Contamination can occur merely by washing a plane that does not have properly sealed fuel caps.


2) Condensation. Over time, tanks can collect hazardous amounts of water just sitting outside or even in the hangar.


3) Refueling source. Without our knowledge, water can be introduced and contaminate tanks during refueling.


Knowing that even on a sunny day with a well-maintained aircraft the engine can still fail due to fuel contamination means pilots must be always vigilant. Sumping aircraft and looking for signs of positive detection are essential.



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