Safety Update!

First Quarter 2012

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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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Look for WINGS seminars coming to your town, via the FAA Safety Team's website. 




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.  




FAA Mobile has arrived! FAA Mobile is an easy-to-use mobile website that provides quick access to popular tasks for aviation enthusiasts on-the-go.





2012 Safety Fly-In  

Featuring USAIG's Director of Safety 

Our annual Safety Fly-In is at the Jim Hamilton - LB Owens airport in downtown Columbia on Friday afternoon, March 23rd. Three great speakers will be offering up helpful insight on aviation safety, including USAIG's Director of Safety, Paul Ratte.


Mr. Ratte joined United States Aircraft Insurance Group after completing a distinguished career as a U.S. Coast Guard aviator. His helicopter flying experience spans Atlantic, Alaskan, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes regions, and includes 9 years as a flight examiner. Astute leadership of aviation organizations punctuated his rise to the rank of Captain and he oversaw fixed and rotary-wing search and rescue, law enforcement, and maritime security operations across the southeastern US and Caribbean basin.


Mr. Ratte has over 5000 hours flying HH-3F, HH-60J and HH/MH-65 helicopters. Among the Coast Guard's most decorated aviators, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for lifesaving rescues in severe Alaskan conditions. He will be speaking on general aviation professionalism.


The day begins at 12PM with a free lunch, thanks to our hosts Eagle Aviation and the Jim Hamilton - LB Owens Airport. There will be several other aviation safety professionals available to mingle with and learn from, including Larry Lambert from the Office of Runway Safety. The seminars begin at 1PM. Reserve your space by clicking here and we'll see you on the 23rd. 

In-Flight Dangers of Lithium-Ion Batteries 


A Saab 340B got a recent scare when a passenger's iPhone began to emit dense smoke and glow from intense heat. A quick-thinking flight attendant used a fire extinguisher to cool the phone down but why did this happen?


Turns out, lithium-ion batteries can and do occasionally overheat in what is known as thermal runaway. While the odds of an occurrence might be rare, it is helpful to know more about the risk and what you can do to mitigate it - especially when you consider the exponential increase in cockpit and cabin use of these devices. As aviators we must always plan for the worst such as engine failure, electrical failure, and of course fire.


What will you do if you are flying single-pilot and you experience thermal runaway on your smartphone or iPad? Do you have a working fire extinguisher? Do you have non-alcoholic liquid on board to keep the battery cool and, finally, do you have a place to store the hot battery until you can get the aircraft safely on the ground? Council member Cliff Jenkins tackles these questions and more in a great article on the subject so you can learn more


FOD Focus Gains Traction 

The Safety Council is continuing to advocate for a "FOD-free Palmetto State" and the initiative is gaining momentum. One South Carolina airport is exploring a FOD pilot program and there is also a national effort underway with a team assembled by the FAA to address the matter. The Council's new Vice-Chair, Chris Eversmann addressed this in a recent white paper, available by clicking here!
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