Safety Update!

December 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 Atlanta on January 30th.




Do you know the Aviator's Model Code of Conduct? Check it out today!




FAASTeam's Maintenance Hangar is dedicated to providing info and courses specifically geared for AMTs.  




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





I'm Now "Somebody Else"  


It always happens to "somebody else," right? At least that's what I thought as I was staring at the plume of oil making its way out of the engine and onto the windscreen of our CE182. I couldn't declare an emergency fast enough before diverting to McEntire JNGB and its wonderful 9,000 feet of concrete that happened to be within gliding distance. Apart from some Providential protection, I attribute the relatively successful outcome to this: Deliberate practice.


Human Factors expert Dr. Tony Kern discussed the concept of deliberate practice at the recent NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. He identified it as key to overcoming the complacency that sets in when we start believing good enough is good enough (in the flying business at least, it's not). During my last CE182 recurrent session this fall, one of our company flight instructor's main recommendations was to "go play." What he meant was, don't keep driving planes from point A to point B just for the sake of getting there. While you're at, incorporate some deliberate practice into the routine so that should things ever become unroutine, you'll be ready.  


I encourage you to make deliberate practice a habit. Keep training, keep challenging yourself and stay current. You never know when you too might become "somebody else."   


Safe Flying,

Eric W. Barfield, Chair
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
2012 Safety Fly-In Lands in Columbia! 
March Event Features Three Great Speakers at KCUB 

Join us Friday afternoon, March 23rd for our annual Safety Fly-In at the Hamilton-Owens Downtown Airport in Columbia, SC. This FREE event begins with lunch, courtesy of our hosts Eagle Aviation and Hamilton-Owens Airport.


USAIG's Director of Aviation Safety Programs Paul Ratte will lead the day's safety content with a discussion of the importance of professionalism in general aviation. Airwolf flight school owner Michele Rash will then bring us some safe practices for GA pilots and AOPA national panel attorney Keven Kenison will provide an insightful look at what we can learn from airman enforcement actions.  


In addition to providing useful information to keep us safe, these seminars will qualify for WINGS knowledge credit. Sign up today at our Safety Fly-In page.  

The More Things Change...
...The More You Need to Think Safety


Change Management. It may sound like a boring 201 college course but actually it is a very valuable discipline for making sure safety is not left in the supersonic wake of today's technology and process changes. For example, did you start using an iPad in the cockpit this year? Did you first stop to think about how you would preflight it? What is your plan for a backup? Do you know how to fully utilize needed features before launching into the murk? How will you make certain the proper updates are uploaded and stored on the device? Will you incorporate its proper use into initial and recurrent training? 


When you address questions like these, regardless of the new technology or processes, you are on your way to effectively managing change.    

FOD Seminar Coming to Myrtle Beach
Breakout Session Planned During SCAA Annual Conference

Council member Chris Eversmann will be a featured presenter at the 2012 SC Aviation Association conference where he will discuss how to develop an effective airport FOD prevention program. Check out his white paper recently published in Palmetto Aviation and let's keep striving to make South Carolina a FOD-free state!

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