Aviation Safety Resources

Here you will find some of the most forward-looking ideas in aviation safety today, written by thought leaders in the industry. These articles are written from the perspective of the real-world experience of the SM4 Partners. The authors’ expertise covers a wide range of topics, everything from safety management systems (SMS) improvement to addressing the human factors involved in fostering a safety culture. These valuable resources are meant to be shared with your staff as part of your safety promotion efforts.

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Eliminating Confusion within your SMS – SPIs, SPTs vs KPIs

December 8, 2017, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

For those operators within IBAC’s IS-BAO and IS-BAH programs who are voluntarily developing and implementing a Safety Management System (SMS)…

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The Need to Ensure Skill Proficiency in Oxygen Mask Use

December 8, 2017, Paul W. Buza D.O., F.A.C.N., Medical Director, Southern AeroMedical Institute

All pilots have undergone emergency mask training in accordance with the high altitude endorsement (HAE). This training is performed in…

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Instructor Diversity: Is it Good for You?

December 8, 2017, Kevin Sandlin, Chief Pilot, Prevailance Aerospace

Within the aviation community, no two pilots are alike. Each has strengths and weaknesses, good and not-so-good techniques, and their…

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Commitment vs. Compliance: How to get your team from “I have to do it” to “I want do it!”

November 3, 2017, Jim Lara, Principal and Founder, Gray Stone Advisors

As a business aviation leader, how do you help each of your team members choose to be totally committed vs….

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Road Safety While on the Road

November 3, 2017, MedAire (used with permission), An International SOS Company, MedAire

Road safety is one of the top travel risks for business travelers and crew members while at destination. Whether as…

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Cyber Security and Business Aviation: What Flight Departments Need to Know About the Biggest Issue Facing Business Aircraft Today

November 3, 2017, Josh Wheeler, SD Cyber Security Team, Satcom Direct

For being what IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls ”the greatest threat to every company in the world,” it’s surprising how…

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Angle of Attack (AoA) Management

October 6, 2017, John Owens, CEO, Prevailance Aerospace

It’s hard to manage Angle of Attack (AoA) if the dynamic information isn’t directly available to the pilot. This is…

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Fruit Flies, Circadian Rhythms, and Fatigue Risk Management

October 5, 2017, Daniel Mollicone, PhD, CEO and Chief Scientist, Pulsar Informatics, Inc.

Recently, it was announced that this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three scientists for their research on…

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After all the Industry Hyperbole, Conferences, and Congressional Hearings—Is Business Aviation Any Closer to Reliability In Aircraft Tracking?

September 12, 2017, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

GPS in every cockpit. Drones delivering pizza. Autonomous gliders trained to find thermals on their own. With the current state…

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Pavlov’s Dogs Had it Right

September 8, 2017, Pat Daily, President, Convergent Performance

Note: In the 1890s, a Russian psychologist named Ivan Pavlov noticed that his dogs began salivating even before they were…

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What is the Real Cost of Realism in Training?

September 7, 2017, Larry Slade, Chief Operating Officer, Prevailance Aerospace

The ongoing debate over the merits of training on-aircraft or in a flight simulator continues. Flight simulation has reached extraordinary…

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Doing Something is Better Than Doing Nothing…Or is It?

August 7, 2017, Sunshine McCarthy, Director of Training, Baldwin Safety & Compliance

There is an old saying, “Doing something is better than doing nothing.” However, doing “something” isn’t always the best or…

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Why is it ALWAYS the Pilot’s Fault?

August 7, 2017, Vanessa Christie, Vice President, Strategic Development, Prevailance Aerospace

Read any given NTSB accident investigation and you will find that the pilot is at least partially responsible for the…

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Crew Resource Management: Two Critical Mask Donning Checklist Items

July 11, 2017, Paul W. Buza D.O., F.A.C.N., Medical Director, Southern AeroMedical Institute

Following a cabin depressurization, the successful donning of a mask should be added to the emergency protocol. Incorporating these two…

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Why Angle of Attack (AoA)?

July 11, 2017, John Owens, CEO, Prevailance Aerospace

Aviation authorities around the world, including our own FAA, have made conquering Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) a top priority….

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How to Address the Top 4 Challenges Faced by Most Flight Departments

June 12, 2017, Jim Lara, Principal and Founder, Gray Stone Advisors

If your flight department operates one-to-three aircraft, you’re likely facing resource constraints. And depending on how you manage them, they…

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UPRT Skills Transferability: Effectively Addressing the #1 Killer in Aviation Today

June 12, 2017, Vanessa Christie, Vice President, Strategic Development, Prevailance Aerospace

Why would I train in an aerobatic airplane when I normally fly a corporate jet? Or a twin turboprop? These…

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Fatigue Risk Management – Valuable for Safety, Good for Business

May 4, 2017, Daniel Mollicone, PhD, CEO and Chief Scientist, Pulsar Informatics, Inc.

Aviation has embraced a safety culture and a desire to mitigate risk on a continual basis. In 2016, IS-BAO added…

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Medical Advisory: Safe Sleeping, Best Seats and More Safety Tips for Air Travel with Children

May 3, 2017, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

Let’s face it, traveling with children can be stressful. Whether on a commercial aircraft or a private flight, one of…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Prevent Skills Atrophy

May 2, 2017, Abigail Greenwell, Marketing Consultant, Prevailance Aerospace

Congratulations, you’ve finally earned every certificate you’ve ever wanted.  Well done!  Unfortunately, you have already begun to experience “skills atrophy”,…

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Protecting Your Data While in Flight

April 11, 2017, Rich Pilock, Vice President, Network Solutions and Strategy, Satcom Direct

Many think their data can’t be hacked—until it is. The Problem: Data theft or disruption of network systems is costing…

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The Question Game

April 10, 2017, Ronald Berry, Managing Director, Fireside Partners Inc.

There is a gap in our market…we see it and you see it. It’s 3 a.m. A company aircraft carrying…

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Upset Training Without Getting Sick!

April 10, 2017, Audrey Kovesci, Instructor Pilot, Prevailance Aerospace

Both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognize on-aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Training…

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

March 13, 2017, Pat Daily, President, Convergent Performance

Lt Kaffee: “I want the truth!” Col Jessep: “You can’t handle the truth!” That’s the famous interchange from the movie…

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Training to “Startle”

March 2, 2017, Dean Castillo, Chief Pilot, Prevailance Aerospace

The “Startle” response, common to all mammals, reptiles, fish, and humans – including pilots of any and every skill or…

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Training Investments and Protecting Assets

February 2, 2017, Vanessa Christie, Vice President, Strategic Development, Prevailance Aerospace

On-aircraft Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is being presented across the industry as a supplement to recurrent academic and simulator training.

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Achieving Simplicity in a Complex World of Safety

February 1, 2017, Sonnie G. Bates, Vice President/COO, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Effective leaders deliver simplicity in response to complexity. (Harter, 2006, p. 77) Although anyone can be a leader in any…

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Slow Onset Hypoxia Represents the Highest Risk of Fatality

February 1, 2017, Paul W. Buza D.O., F.A.C.N., Medical Director, Southern AeroMedical Institute

The current training standards for rapid or explosive cabin depressurization have served the commercial aviation industry well. Over the last…

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Maximizing the Benefit: Applying Risk Management Tools to Achieve Operational Excellence

January 10, 2017, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

One of the benefits of an effective, enterprise-wide risk management program is the opportunity to break down pre-existing barriers between…

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Experiential Learning and the Importance of On-Aircraft UPRT Programs

January 10, 2017, Larry Slade, Chief Operating Officer, Prevailance Aerospace

You fly to a simulated abeam position in the landing pattern with your instructor, and you begin to pull power…

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Emotional Buy-In to Your Emergency Response Program

November 9, 2016, Ian McAllister, Emergency Operations Director, Fireside Partners Inc.

On an intellectual level, having a comprehensive Emergency Response Program makes sense. That is why I have seen countless Program…

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Centers of Gravity (Living Ones)

October 6, 2016, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Pilots are all familiar with the concept of center of gravity (CG), the fulcrum point around which thrust, drag, lift…

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Focused IEP for Small Operators

September 12, 2016, Sonnie G. Bates, Vice President/COO, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Internal control dates back to when operational complexity required one person to have custody of assets belonging to others (Wilson,…

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Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Unmanned Aircraft Operations

August 10, 2016, Josh Olds, Vice President of Operations, Unmanned Safety Institute (USI)

In June 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its long-awaited rules governing the commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft…

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Medical Advisory: What is the Zika Virus?

July 7, 2016, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

As the international headlines tell us, mosquito-borne diseases are having a global impact. Annually, 700 million people become ill with…

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Mitigating the Loss of Control In-Flight Epidemic

June 8, 2016, Vanessa Christie, Vice President, Strategic Development, Prevailance Aerospace

The FAA and NTSB consistently write, speak and regulate in an ongoing effort to mitigate the Loss of Control-Inflight (LOC-I)…

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How Many Flight Crew are Needed to Operate Safely?

May 3, 2016, Jim Lara, Principal and Founder, Gray Stone Advisors

The topic of appropriate pilot and flight attendant staffing levels can be a delicate, even emotional, subject. Virtually every business…

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The Airport Risk Manager’s ERM/SMS Dilemma

April 4, 2016, Louis A. Sorrentino and Mike Natale, CEO, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

So many projects, so little time…and money, and staff and resources and…. This may apply to two of the biggest…

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Emergency Response Program: A Holistic Approach

March 7, 2016, Owen Woodland, Operations Specialist/FAA Certified Dispatcher, Fireside Partners Inc.

In light of recent corporate aviation accidents and significant world events, I have seen many business aviation operators look solely…

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Crushing Groupthink in Pursuit of Safety: A Case Study

February 8, 2016, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

I recently had the wonderfully unique experience of working with a group of experts who didn’t give a damn about…

Topics: Human Factors

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Safety Culture…Continuous Nurturing Required

January 11, 2016, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Culture is to organizations what personality is to individuals—every person has one and every organization has one. Whether that culture…

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Sorry, There’s No App For That

December 3, 2015, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

Experiential Learning and Achieving Cerebral Retention Since when did we become an industry of passive learners, perfectly content to sit…

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Emergency Response Planning – Integrating a Family Assistance Service Provider

December 3, 2015, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

Ask any organization with a solid culture what they would do if faced with an aviation accident, and the answer…

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A Source of Stability Amidst a Torrent of Change

October 30, 2015, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Our industry is on the bow wave of some of the greatest change in the last 50 years. Tens of…

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A Brief History of Upset Training

October 2, 2015, Zach McCarley, Test Pilot, Calspan Aerospace

On March 3, 1991, a Boeing 737 crashed near the approach end of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport runway 35. The…

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How Supply Chain/External Vendors Can Impact Your SMS Performance

September 8, 2015, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

For companies that have implemented a Safety Management System, the word “audit” has become an integral part of day-to-day operations….

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FAA Proposed Rules for Small UAS Fall Short

August 3, 2015, Waypoint Global Strategies, Co-authored by, Alex Mirot and Anthony Galante

In February 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on rules for…

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On Approach with ASIAS

July 7, 2015, Chris Nielsen, Manager, Safety Share Programs, Baldwin Aviation Safety and Compliance

If we pause, take a look back and see how far we have come in our safety programs, we have…

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Medical Advisory: Just How Important Are Travel Immunizations?

May 29, 2015, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “progress towards the global vaccination target for 2015 is far off track “and…

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The Missing Component of a World-Class Flight Department

April 30, 2015, Ian McAllister, Emergency Operations Director, Fireside Partners Inc.

Your business aviation professionals represent a high-caliber, safety-conscious demographic. Your flight department hires only the best pilots, with flight time…

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Professionally Uncomfortable

March 27, 2015, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Adapted from Dr. Kern’s column in Skies magazine I usually take great care not to talk about recent mishaps, and…

Topics: Human Factors

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Upset Recovery Training Crucial to Addressing Loss of Control

February 27, 2015, Zach McCarley, Test Pilot, Calspan Aerospace

Air Asia 8501 looks to be another data point painting the ugly picture of the Loss of Control problem in…

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Quality System Oversight to Improve Safety and Operational Integrity: The Most Important Tool for Executive Leadership

January 30, 2015, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

The practice of quality system oversight is emerging as one of the most effective diagnostic tools for all aspects of…

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Safety Culture for Small UAS Operators

January 9, 2015, Alex Mirot, President, Unmanned Safety Institute, LLC

With the upcoming release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) governing small “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)”, there is increased…

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To Share or Not to Share?

December 4, 2014, Donald Baldwin, President, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Modern, technology-based safety systems like SMS depend on data. Lots of data. Presumably, the more data, the better the system….

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Are You Prepared to Manage a Communicable Disease within Your Flight Operation?

November 6, 2014, MedAire (used with permission), An International SOS Company, MedAire

With Ebola and other communicable diseases in the current international headlines, it’s a good time for everyone to review the…

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Key Considerations When Building a Family Assistance Team

October 9, 2014, Brian Manubay, Director, Humanitarian Response, Fireside Partners, LLC

“This is what you do for a living? Why on earth would you subject yourself to this over and over…

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Overcoming Temptation

September 9, 2014, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

True professionals rarely need to deviate from technical limits, policy or procedure for mission essential purposes, but there are certain…

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Dutch Roll – Friend or Foe?

August 5, 2014, Kevin Prosser, Senior Test Pilot, Calspan Aerospace

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the Dutch roll as “a combination of directional and lateral oscillation of an airplane.” This would indicate…

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Just Another Look… The Argument for Independent Assessments and Audits

July 2, 2014, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

Validating your organization’s efforts to assure safety and operational integrity. The identification and management of hazards affecting the integrity of…

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Safety Culture: How Does Your Culture Grow?

May 7, 2014, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Since the advent of safety management systems (SMS) at the beginning of this century, there have been many articles written…

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OSHA Update at a Glance: Workplace Safety & Cabin Crew

April 3, 2014, MedAire (used with permission), An International SOS Company, MedAire

Enhancing Safety & Well-Being Through Training & Prevention In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Policy Statement to…

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Beyond Notification and Family Assistance

March 4, 2014, Jean Mckie-Sutton, Managing Director, Fireside Partners, LLC

Organizations that make it a top priority to take care of people after an accident are to be commended for…

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Why We are Losing the Safety Battle

February 5, 2014, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

As I reviewed the past couple of years worth of depressing safety statistics, it became clear to me that if…

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Automation and Upset Recovery

January 15, 2014, James Priest, Engineering Test Pilot, Calspan Aerospace

With ongoing advances in aircraft automation, current and future pilots are becoming well versed in all aspects of technology on…

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Preventing Flight Crew Back Injuries

December 10, 2013, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

Lifting, bending, pushing and pulling – it’s all part of the job for most crew members. Unfortunately, such repetitive movements…

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OSHA is Coming to General Aviation

November 7, 2013, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

General aviation operators have always been subject to OSHA regulations, but have historically been under the radar of regulators, who…

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The Security Management System is Coming!

October 11, 2013, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

Building in structure and standardization within a dynamic landscape Aviation security has evolved into a well-coordinated, forward-looking program, capable of…

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Emergency Response and Fast-Moving Media

September 5, 2013, Brian Manubay, Director, Humanitarian Response, Fireside Partners, LLC

“Reporters thrive on the world’s misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that may dismay…

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BOOK REVIEW – Automation Airmanship: Nine Principles for Operating Glass Cockpit Aircraft

August 28, 2013, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

By Christopher J. Lutat and S. Ryan Swah McGraw Hill Education; 253 pages; ISBN 978-0-07-181586-4   Appropriate for: Directors of…

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Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?

August 8, 2013, Used with Permission of NBAA, National Business Aviation Association, NBAA

When Jim Lara had a new up-to-date avionics suite installed in his Baron last December, he faced a task even…

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Take the Fight to the Enemy: Combating Human Error is Still Our Top Challenge

July 9, 2013, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

A few years back, after the publication of Blue Threat: Why to Err is Inhuman, I was interviewed on the…

Topics: Human Factors

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Can an Effective SMS Enhance Employee Job Satisfaction?

June 4, 2013, Sunshine McCarthy, Director of Training, Baldwin Safety & Compliance

The Safety Management System (SMS) initiative has been widely accepted for the last decade, and continues to grow within the…

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Medical Advisory: Travel Safe, Travel Smart

May 15, 2013, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

It turns out that your mother was right. The things she always told you—wash your hands, be prepared, get plenty…

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From Where I Sit: Unexpected Bed Fellows

April 9, 2013, Kevin Darcy, Director, RTI Forensics

Periodically, we receive notes and letters from industry safety experts. This one challenges us to step out of our comfort…

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NIMS Resource Management

March 13, 2013, Lori Hardin, Senior Coordinator for Victim Recovery and Identification, Fireside Partners, LLC

Welcome back to our continuing discussion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). We first introduced you to NIMS in…

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Sacred Ground: Walking the Path of Potential

February 12, 2013, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

I recently spoke at an annual safety stand down, held by an aeromedical evacuation company on the anniversary of a…

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SMS…Some More Stuff to Do!

January 9, 2013, Sunshine McCarthy, Director of Training, Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Happy New Year! With a new year come resolutions to do things differently. We vow to eat healthier, exercise more,…

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Medical Advisory: Preventing Influenza During Travel

December 11, 2012, Paulo M. Alves, MD, MSc, Global Medical Director, Aviation Heath, MedAire Worldwide

Like it or not, many passengers traveling on your aircraft will bring more than their hand luggage on board with…

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Tigers and Ducks

November 16, 2012, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

A U.S. Navy pilot once wrote, “In aviation you very rarely get your head bitten off by a tiger –…

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The True Meaning of Proficiency

October 9, 2012, LCdr. Pat Smith, Retired-United States Navy, The Naval Safety Center

I had been on an extended break from the Navy reserves to train with a new airline. When I got…

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Gaining Situational Awareness in your EOC

September 18, 2012, Ian McAllister, Emergency Operations Director, Fireside Partners Inc.

You don’t need to look at too many NTSB Probable Cause Reports to see this alarming and reoccurring text, “…loss…

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Just for You – What Is A “Just Culture”?

August 14, 2012, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

In many workplaces people are hesitant to take notice of, or speak up, about conditions that cry out for improvement.

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The Wake Up Call

July 10, 2012, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Every once in a while, you get a jolt of reality that puts your preparation status, or lack thereof, in a new light…

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FAA Airports (ARP) SMS Desk Reference

June 20, 2012, Suzanne Keneally, AVP, Manager Communications and Marketing, Global Aerospace, Inc.

On June 12, 2012 the FAA released the FAA Office of Airports Safety Management System Desk Reference. This document supplements FAA…

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The New Normal—IOSA and SMS

June 12, 2012, Louis A. Sorrentino III, CEO & Managing Director, Aviation & Marine Safety Solutions International

Best Practices for Safety Programs There is no absolute, never-to-be-improved-upon, standard for a safety program. We apply what works, what…

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‘Plan-Test-Respond’ Travel Safety Programs Are for Real-Life Events

June 1, 2012, Denio A. Alvarado, Global Director, Aviation Security, MedAire, Inc.

Understanding the who, what, where, when and why of the resources you have at your fingertips during a medical or…

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Improving Post-Incident Communication and Coordination

April 10, 2012, Lori Hardin, Senior Coordinator for Victim Recovery and Identification, Fireside Partners, LLC

Welcome back to our continuing discussion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). We first introduced you to NIMS in the…

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Blue Threat: Why To Err is Inhuman

March 19, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Tony Kern 1st Edition 256pp. $21.95 US ISBN 978-0-9842063-0-8 You can’t fault me for being nervous. I’m providing commentary on…

Topics: Book Reviews

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Switch

March 19, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Broadway Books) 1st Edition 305pg $26 IBSN 978-0385-52875-7 I’ve seen a lot of good…

Topics: Book Reviews

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Operational Risk Management

March 16, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Not to be confused with Safety Management Systems (SMS), Operational Risk Management (ORM) is a Risk Management philosophy used in…

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Just Culture

March 16, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Creating and maintaining a Just Culture as part of your organization is key to effective safety management. Although it is…

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Convergent Debrief Card

March 15, 2012, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

What is the Two Minute Debrief and why should I care? The two minute debrief was developed by Convergent Performance…

Topics: Human Factors

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Safety Culture

March 15, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) is a leader in safety science and safety management. Download a PDF copy of…

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Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) Tools

March 15, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Here are several links to tools and discussions related to Fatigue Risk Management. Included on the site is a “Return…

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Professionalism Pledge

March 15, 2012, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Convergent Performance, a veteran owned small business located in Colorado Springs, has made a bold proclamation in support of aviation…

Topics: Human Factors

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Safety Management Systems: Beyond the Theory

March 13, 2012, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

In the 10 years since the introduction of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), more than 620 general…

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Everybody Contributes to SMS And Everyone in the Organization Benefits

January 1, 2012, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Aviation departments that exclusively focus their safety program on pilots are not optimizing the potential of their other employees. A…

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Professionalism 101: Why We Must Re-Address Professional Ethics

January 1, 2012, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Professional ethics is a deceptively complex issue. It is personal, volatile and potentially a legal powder keg. It makes people nervous. This…

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Using NIMS to Improve Your Emergency Response Plan

January 1, 2012, Lori Hardin, Senior Coordinator for Victim Recovery and Identification, Fireside Partners, LLC

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) makes it easier for governmental and private sector agencies to work together to respond…

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From Where I Sit: NTSB Resources to Enhance Safety

January 1, 2012, Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., Member, National Transportation Safety Board

For many, the NTSB conjures up an image of investigators in blue windbreakers with big yellow letters combing an accident…

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Book Review: Going Pro The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism

January 1, 2012, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

By Dr. Tony Kern Pygmy Books, 1st Edition, 318 pages; ISBN 978-0-9842063-1-5 In this companion piece to his 2009 book, Blue…

Topics: Book Reviews

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Are You Living Up To The Promise of Safety Assurance?

October 1, 2011, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Safety Assurance is a pillar of a Safety Management System and carries a heavy burden of responsibility. Management should focus…

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Aren’t We All Professionals? The cult of self-esteem is getting people killed.

October 1, 2011, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Recently, a pilot buddy in a position of authority shared a story of what occurred when he tried to provide…

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The National Incident Management System

October 1, 2011, Lori Hardin, Senior Coordinator for Victim Recovery and Identification, Fireside Partners, LLC

FEMA’s Mandated Approach To Incident Response In responding to acts of crime and terrorism, hangar mishaps and facility disasters, it’s…

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From Where I Sit…These Are Good Folks To Know

October 1, 2011, Kevin Darcy, Director, RTI Forensics

The International Society of Air Safety Investigators, better known as ISASI, is a unique group of professionals pursuing excellence in…

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Planning Basics

July 15, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Because your organization is unique, your response to an aviation accident or incident will also be unique. It will reflect…

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Legal Issues

July 15, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

An aviation accident or incident can create significant legal challenges. Your response plan should address the strategies and tools that…

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Understanding SMS

July 15, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

The “Safety Management System” approach began in the late 1980s and early 1990s as an effort to immediately improve safety…

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SMS Training

July 15, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

A true SMS, a system that meets regulatory requirements and actually improves your safety profile, is complex. It includes the…

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IdentIfyIng and DevelopIng Your SMS

July 15, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Effective safety management systems are comprehensive processes that utilize identified and dedicated resources to optimize your safety potential. The SMS…

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Tremors

July 1, 2011, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

A mass casualty aviation mishap caused by a lack of professionalism has yet to strike; but it’s clear that tremors…

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Clearing the Air on Family Assistance, Part III: If The Unthinkable Happens, Will We Be In It Alone?

July 1, 2011, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

In your response plan development, you should decide whether to provide family assistance on your own, entrust assistance support to…

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Promoting Safety Communication Within the Aviation Department

July 1, 2011, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Whether it is to get the passengers to their destination on time, return an aircraft to service before its next…

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From Where I Sit…Flight Deck Automation. Have We Gone Too Far?

July 1, 2011, Jim Weaver, MBA, ATP, Assistant Director of Operations, Flight Options, LLC

Our cockpits continue to be increasingly automated. Autopilots, flight directors, flight management systems and electronic flight information systems (EFIS) glass…

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Book Review: Implementing Safety Management Systems In Aviation

July 1, 2011, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

By Alan J. Stolzer, Carl D. Halford and John J. Goglia Ashgate Publishing, First Edition, 430 pages; ISBN 978-1-4094-0165-0 Do…

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Maximize Your Training Opportunities Spending the time to coordinate and customize

April 1, 2011, Dan Boedigheimer, Ph.D., Consultant/Instructor, Convergent Performance

Cost control is a focus for many of us in the current economic environment. Initiatives to reduce fuel costs, delay…

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Clearing the Air on Family Assistance, Part II: Family Assistance. So What IS It?

April 1, 2011, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

“When it comes to working with survivors and family members, I recognize that there are resource limitations, cultural sensitivities and,…

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Does Compliance Imply Safety?

April 1, 2011, Bob Conyers, Sr. Manager, Safety Management, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Our aviation industry is heavily regulated. At least, that’s how it appears to those of us on the inside. Governments…

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From Where I Sit…We should never grow tired of dealing with fatigue

April 1, 2011, Donald Hitch, Treasurer, Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association

Fatigue: A battledress or uniform worn by military for use in combat as opposed to “display” dress or formal uniform worn…

Topics: Human Factors

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The Care of Survivors and Families

October 15, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

The plan for your response to survivors and their families is one of the most important parts of your program….

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SMS is good for everyone…So what’s in it for me?

October 1, 2010, Donald Baldwin, President, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

A Safety Management System is visible proof of organizational professionalism and commitment. Many organizations are implementing SMS because they believe…

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Clearing the Air

October 1, 2010, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” “…and I said, ‘Mr. President, we had an accident…

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Eat this Fly Better

October 1, 2010, Keri May, Senior Project Manager, Convergent Performance

No one would argue against the statement that insufficient sleep impairs a pilot’s ability to focus and react to stressful…

Topics: Human Factors

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Book Review: Our Wake Up Call COMM CHECK: The Final Flight of the Shuttle Columbia

October 1, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Even smart, well-intentioned people are capable of negligence. In their book, The Final Flight of the Shuttle Columbia, co-authors Michael…

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Sustaining Your Safety Management System

April 1, 2010, Donald Baldwin, President, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

Recently, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt stated: “The cost of SMS is far less than the cost of an accident.” Saying…

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A Culture Of Readiness And Responsibility

April 1, 2010, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer,German theologian In the preceding SM4 newsletter we…

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Minding The Gap

April 1, 2010, Dan Boedigheimer, Ph.D., Consultant/Instructor, Convergent Performance

Your phone rings and one of your captains reports he had an altitude deviation during the JAKIE arrival procedure into…

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From Where I Sit…

April 1, 2010, Dana Siewert, Director of Aviation Safety, University of North Dakota

When Global Aerospace told me that they hoped students would participate in SM4 and use its resources, I listened closely….

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Book Review: Safety Management Systems In Aviation

April 1, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Typically, I don’t go out searching for textbooks to review. Just reaching for a textbook can result in postgraduate flashbacks….

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Accident Scene: Protection/Investigation

February 15, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

You have the responsibility to safeguard the accident scene if your aircraft is involved. That responsibility continues until local authorities…

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Record Keeping

February 15, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

There are two subsets of post accident record keeping. Your response plan should address your strategies for recording all the…

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Public Relations

February 15, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

Experts in public relations often remind us that it is a mistake to believe that we have a “friend” in…

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FAA and NTSB

February 15, 2010, Richard Keltner, Safety Specialist, Global Aerospace, Inc.

If you have a significant aviation accident or incident, it is probable that the NTSB, and perhaps the FAA, will…

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