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To Declare or Not To Declare

Due to a greater prevalence of “critical events” compared to higher-status “emergency response plan-activating events,” we propose that critical events pose a powerful opportunity for practicing and refining emergency response procedures. We also feel organizations should “over-respond” to critical events out of an abundance of caution.

Posted on October 4, 2022
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Developing Escalation Thresholds for Emergencies

Your view on what constitutes an emergency is significantly shaped by your education, training, life and career experience and by the scope of your responsibilities and job functions.

Posted on May 2, 2022
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High-Consequence Decision-Making: The Data is Telling an Important Story

As an industry, we are very good at examining aviation accidents after they result in injury or tragedy. Regrettably, we fail to take advantage of the proactive learning opportunities—those found…

Posted on September 8, 2021
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Aviation Travel Risk Management

Recent high-profile events have raised a lot of questions regarding travel safety. The downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 and the outbreak of the novel coronavirus have raised concerns for those who travel and operate in those regions. In today’s volatile environment, an integrated travel risk management solution is both a business imperative and a best practice.

Posted on February 3, 2020
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Confidence as the Foundation for Effective Emergency Response

Flight departments regularly reach out to Fireside Partners for help with facilitating an emergency response exercise. “I want you to really hit us hard on this one,” they often say….

Posted on February 7, 2019
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sUAS Crisis Management: Ensuring Successful Communications During Crisis Response Operations

In 2017, the United States endured many natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other forms of destruction. Throughout these national crises and incidents, the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) industry launched…

Posted on January 5, 2018
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After all the Industry Hyperbole, Conferences, and Congressional Hearings—Is Business Aviation Any Closer to Reliability In Aircraft Tracking?

GPS in every cockpit. Drones delivering pizza. Autonomous gliders trained to find thermals on their own. With the current state of aviation technology, surely a chief pilot sitting in the…

Posted on September 12, 2017
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The Question Game

There is a gap in our market…we see it and you see it. It’s 3 a.m. A company aircraft carrying the CEO just diverted to an airport 45 miles away…

Posted on April 10, 2017
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Emotional Buy-In to Your Emergency Response Program

On an intellectual level, having a comprehensive Emergency Response Program makes sense. That is why I have seen countless Program owners (Aviation Directors, Safety Managers and the like) attempt to…

Posted on November 9, 2016