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Below are the five most recent newsletters. All the content from previous newsletters can be located
in the Aviation Safety Resource Library.
November 2013 | OSHA is Coming to General Aviation
General aviation operators have always been subject to OSHA regulations, but have historically been under the radar of regulators, who have bigger fish to fry. Also, in some respects it has been unclear to regulators and operators alike whether OSHA or the FAA have jurisdiction in certain aspects of aircraft operation. Recent news releases, however, report that our community will be getting greater scrutiny in the near future.
October 2013 | The Security Management System is Coming!
Building in structure and standardization within a dynamic landscape. Aviation security has evolved into a well-coordinated, forward-looking program, capable of assessing persistent as well as evolving threats.
September 2013 | Emergency Response and Fast-Moving Media
As fast as air traffic controllers can raise the alarm about an aircraft accident, a news hound monitoring radio frequencies can churn a transmission into a breaking news story. By Tweeting, posting on Facebook or using other social media tools, information can be broadcast to the general public in minutes.
August 2013 | Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?
When Jim Lara had a new up-to-date avionics suite installed in his Baron last December, he faced a task even more daunting than selecting, installing and paying for the glass cockpit components: learning how to operate them.
July 2013 | Take the Fight to the Enemy: Combating Human Error is Still Our Top Challenge
A few years back, after the publication of Blue Threat: Why to Err is Inhuman, I was interviewed on the topic of human error. With the rash of human error mishaps in the news recently, I thought it might be timely to revisit the number one enemy of aviation safety and how we can get past the old adage that “to err is human.”
June 2013 | Can an Effective SMS Enhance Employee Job Satisfaction?
The Safety Management System (SMS) initiative has been widely accepted for the last decade, and continues to grow within the aviation community. Operators have experienced benefits such as an improvement in procedures, cost reductions due to efficiencies, enhanced safety culture and increased management involvement. One benefit that is not widely known is an increase in job satisfaction.
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