Safety Update!

October 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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Say Again? AOPA's Air Safety Institute's Radio Communications Done Right is coming to Greenville on November 1st.




CFI Workshop: Safety Trends & Risk Intervention. Asheville Regional Airport, November 8th.




Corporate Flight Operations Safety, sponsored by Duke Energy. November 15th. 




Find out how the WINGS program can help you construct an educational curriculum suitable for your unique flying.





Friday, March 23, 2012 for SC Business Aviation Safety Roundtable followed by SCASC's Safety Fly-In at the Hamilton Owens Downtown airport (KCUB) in Columbia, SC.   




October 28 & October 29


Two important dates this week at the Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU): Friday, October 28th will be our GA Safety Roundtable and Saturday, October 29th is the inaugural Southeast Aviation Show, featuring numerous vendors, presentations and aircraft on display.  


The GA Safety Roundtable discussion is led by Cliff Jenkins and Cecil Tune. It begins at 7PM and is free to everyone. Please click here to register. In addition, the Council will be exhibiting the following day during the SE Aviation Show, with AOPA President Craig Fuller serving as keynote speaker.


Plans our underway for the 2012 Safety Fly-In this March. This year's event will be on a Friday afternoon. We will kick things off with lunch, courtesy of our hosts Hamilton-Owens Airport and Eagle Aviation, followed by a great lineup of speakers on aviation safety topics. Go ahead and save the date: March 23rd.   


Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Night Currency
Regulations Matter

You can't regulate safety but safety is a main reason behind many of the FARs. With winter closing in on us, now is the time to consider your night landing currency since the days are shorter and it's easier to end up flying one hour after sunset. In order to carry passengers at night you must have completed three (3) takeoffs and landings to a full stop in the category and class within the preceding 90 days. And, yes, these landings must have been completed one hour before official sunrise or one hour after official sunset. Remember too that the 90-day currency rules - whether Day or Night - apply to category and class so if you happen to fly both single engine and multi-engine aircraft, make sure you are current in each accordingly.


While we're at it, don't forget your Instrument currency typically lasts only 6 months. If you've not done the requisite approaches and procedures within that time, you have a 6-month grace period to get them done with a safety pilot, CFI or in a simulator but you cannot file IFR and obviously can't fly in IMC until you've done so. If you go beyond 12 months, then the IPC is what gets you back current. This need only be accomplished in category (not class) though best practice is to stay IFR proficient in the type airplane you fly.

Single-Pilot Safety Standdown Highlights
Cessna Sponsored NBAA Event a Success


Kevin Clover, National FAASTeam: "Complacency is when everything is currently under control but you're not aware of lurking danger...Airmanship is skill and knowledge - applied to your present situation."


Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Air Safety Foundation (on Runway Excursions): "At 110 knots, about 180 feet of runway is being used up every second."


Don Baldwin, Baldwin Aviation: "We've got to report and track the 'potholes.' SMS helps identify the 600 seemingly minor potholes that, statistically, lead to 30 minor incidents which lead to 10 major incidents before ending up with the 1 fatal accident."


David Miller, Mustang Pilot: "A good mentor pilot is worth ten times what you'll pay him to fly with you."


Mike Cetinich, Jeppesen Aviation: "You must have a preplanned strategy for encountering unforecast weather."


Dr. Tony Kern, Convergent Performance: "Leaps in performance come from deliberate practice. Accuracy and precision matter. You never know when you're going to have to 'shoot a 99.'"

NBAA LBA Template Flight Ops Manual
New Resource Unveiled During Single-Pilot Safety Standdown

The NBAA announced its latest resource to promote light business airplane safety. The Safety Committee developed a template flight operations manual covering such areas as Safety Management Systems, Standard Operating Procedures, Training and Maintenance. The document is available on the NBAA website for member download.

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

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