Safety Culture & Promotion


Pilot Error Accidents: There Is More To the Story

April 5, 2021, Alex Coffman, Research Assistant, Fireside Partners

Working directly with an aviation emergency response firm gives me unique insight into the complex and often cascading factors involved in understanding accident causation. Although pilot error is an often-cited root cause, it is easy to see it is rarely, if ever, that simple.


SMS Policy Review: Is Your Safety Culture Adaptable, Flexible and Resilient?

April 1, 2021, Mark Myers, Senior Safety Manager, Baldwin Aviation Inc.

As the early months of 2021 unfold, this is a gentle reminder that it is time to dust off the SMS manual and perform your company’s annual policy SMS review. While our current work days continue to go sideways with pandemic-based tasks, this might be a perfect opportunity to get some quality Zoom time with your accountable executive (AE).


When Systems Fail: Overcoming Systemic Comfort Zones and the Rebirth of Self-Reliance

March 1, 2021, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

In the last week, I found myself smack dab in the middle of the plunging polar vortex that took power, heat, water and the ability to travel away from millions of people in Texas (including my family). This has become the focal point of a national debate about electrical grid reliability across the nation.


Was There a Decrease in Runway Excursions in 2020?

January 29, 2021, Advanced Aircrew Academy, Aircrew Training, Advanced Aircrew Academy

We now know that a global pandemic affects different industries in different ways. Retail liquor stores, package delivery companies and online meeting software all saw COVID-related bumps in sales. Restaurants, bars and most of aviation have experienced a COVID slump.


Enhancing Aviation’s Value & Relevance in Today’s Pandemic Environment

January 12, 2021, Jim Lara, Principal and Founder, Gray Stone Advisors

The COVID-19 pandemic has violently disrupted nearly everything we previously considered “normal.” Who could have imagined that during the middle of March 2020, the business world would be so dramatically and radically changed?


Your Pandemic Operating Plan: Process vs. People

November 25, 2020, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

By now, most organizations seem to be well on their way to developing their pandemic operating plan, how they will continue to do business in a pandemic environment. In business aviation, the plan must detail how you will move people from location to location, stay compliant, and meet your responsibility and defensibility goals.


Empirical Safety Data Finally Emerges Regarding Masks and Face Coverings. It May Not Be What You Expected.

August 28, 2020, Donald J. Chupp, President, Fireside Partners Inc.

More than six months have now passed since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became an international household word. Paradoxically, only until recently has any demonstrable evidence surfaced to evaluate the recommendations coming from the health community.


The “New Normal” in Aviation Safety

August 3, 2020, Steve Brechter, Senior Advisor of Operations, Gray Stone Advisors

Much is being written these days about the shifting of “normalcy,”’ given the global COVID-19 pandemic. What we have come to understand as “normal” in business aviation today has changed dramatically in just a few short months.


Reimagining Mastery Through Anaheim Peppers

June 1, 2020, Tony Kern, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance

Downtime used to be hard to come by. Remember just a couple of months ago when the pace of operations…


Culture: The Foundation of a Safety Management System (SMS)

March 26, 2020, Steve Brechter, Senior Advisor of Operations, Gray Stone Advisors

Detection vs. Prevention Much has been written about the key elements of a Safety Management System (SMS). According to the…

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