Safety Update!

August 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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FAA publishes a couple of great articles on general aviation professionalism in the July/August issue of FAA Safety Briefing. Issue also contains a good article about Mentoring on page 20. 




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




Free Fatigue Countermeasures Training Course available online and offers tools needed to improve your health, get better sleep and be safer on the job.   




FAASTeam CFI Workshops provide an opportunity for Flight Instructors, Designated Pilot Examiners, and Aviation Safety Inspectors to meet and collaborate for safety. Each CFI Workshop includes two modules of instruction along with time for CFIs and DPEs to exchange information and learn from each other. CFIs who attend all 8 workshops within the current two year cycle receive WINGS credit and may be eligible to renew their non-expired Flight Instructor Certificate. 



Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing System (ASIAS) allows the public access to a variety of accident and incident reports, as well as aviation safety studies and other subject matter.





Our focus this month is on complacency. Whether it is a hurricane that pops up next weekend or a fire you think you'll never have, we've included a couple of good reminders about proper preparation below. Don't forget the Southeast Aviation Show on Saturday, October 29th at the Greenville Downtown Airport - we'll look for you there!


Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Guard Against Complacency


A few seasons of fairly mild tropical activity can lull us into a false sense of security when it comes to hurricane preparedness. Here are some helpful tips to remember:


-Perform seasonal duties: Housekeeping to get rid of or secure surplus materials and trash; assemble hurricane kit(s) with proper provisions; check operation of emergency generators; review emergency plan and update contacts. Consider contacting local authorities to coordinate response plans in advance and research the best method for properly securing specific hangar doors.


-When a watch has been issued: Inventory and stock supplies with flashlights, fresh batteries, drinking water, foodstuffs, generator gasoline and cell phone charging capabilities. Survey property and adjoining properties to ensure that material blown from those areas will not endanger the life and property of others. Remove all trash and material of no value from premises. Lightweight and moveable equipment is placed under shelter or otherwise secured. Permanent appurtenances such as doors, signs, windows, fences, gates, etc. are checked and secured to withstand high wind velocities. (See that sufficient ropes, chocks and other necessary equipment is available.) Make preparations to relocate flyable aircraft to other geographical areas. Fire extinguishers and hydrants checked and conditioned as necessary.


-When a warning has been issued: Secure working equipment not already cared for above, including non-flyable aircraft. Where possible, move vehicles and equipment inside or otherwise tie down then waterproof ignition wiring systems. Relocate flyable aircraft, place under suitable shelter or secure as appropriate. Garbage cans, dumpsters, and signs secured or removed. Protect breakables such as light globes, windows, outdoor ceiling fans, etc. When boarding up, use good quality lumber and fasten securely. (Makeshift boarding may do more damage than no boarding at all.) Have strong bracing for outside doors. Tie-down or secure hangar doors as appropriate. Perform last-minute inspection of property and evacuate to safe location, releasing non-essential personnel from duty in time to allow them to safely arrive home before travel becomes dangerous. 

Hurricane Hunters

Fire Prevention and Safety
FAASTeam Offers Great Advice 


  • Do not store flammable liquids outside of a fire proof storage locker.
  • At the end of the work day or at break times, put the flammable liquids back in the locker.
  • Used shop rags should only be stored in small containers with tight fitting lids that are spring loaded closed.
  • Clean-up flammable liquid spills quickly using "kitty litter" or similar materials. The used clean-up materials should not be put in regular trash cans. Flammable liquid-soaked clean-up materials should be kept in a sealed container until proper disposal can be accomplished.
  • Promptly repair any defective electrical connections in the work area to prevent sparks.
  • Smoking in or near the hangar must not happen.


  • Assure fire extinguishers are maintained and are the correct type for the fires likely to be found in the aviation work area.
  • Make sure everyone know when to stand and fight or when to run from the fire.
  • Have a fire drill.
  • Always, always dial 911 and empty the building first then fight the fire! Small fires have a bad habit of becoming big fires quickly.

 For more references, check out the FAA's Fire Safety Website.


Safety Update! is a publication of the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council and is sponsored exclusively by:

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