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Do You Think You’re Ready? An Inside Look at Gaining the Most Benefit From an Audit

After a recent independent operational safety audit conducted on a high-profile flight department, the director of aviation commented that he and his team learned more about their “books” and contents…

Posted on May 9, 2018
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Doing Something is Better Than Doing Nothing…Or is It?

There is an old saying, “Doing something is better than doing nothing.” However, doing “something” isn’t always the best or correct thing to do. Circumstances are situational and require different…

Posted on August 7, 2017
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Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Unmanned Aircraft Operations

In June 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its long-awaited rules governing the commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). The rules…

Posted on August 10, 2016
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FAA Proposed Rules for Small UAS Fall Short

In February 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). The proposed rules outline both…

Posted on August 3, 2015
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Just Another Look… The Argument for Independent Assessments and Audits

Validating your organization’s efforts to assure safety and operational integrity. The identification and management of hazards affecting the integrity of your operation is a fundamental objective of flight departments or…

Posted on July 2, 2014
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OSHA Update at a Glance: Workplace Safety & Cabin Crew

Enhancing Safety & Well-Being Through Training & Prevention In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Policy Statement to enhance occupational safety and health in the aircraft cabin by…

Posted on April 3, 2014
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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…

Posted on November 7, 2013
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Does Compliance Imply Safety?

Our aviation industry is heavily regulated. At least, that’s how it appears to those of us on the inside. Governments in all corners of the globe create rules that seem…

Posted on April 1, 2011


If you have a significant aviation accident or incident, it is probable that the NTSB, and perhaps the FAA, will become involved. Both agencies have responsibility for monitoring and improving…

Posted on February 15, 2010