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Working Jointly as a Safety Manager: How does that work?

Captain David Williams and Captain Paul Miller at recent safety seminar.

So now you are probably asking, “Okay, how do I get 14 pilot association committees to work with me, the airline safety manager?”

I am so glad that you asked!!!

The key to success here is by working Jointly with the pilot association. What is that? Your airline does not have a pilot association? Hmmm, I wonder if the airline management has done everything possible to discourage a pilot union from forming? If so, they have really done the airline a great disservice. What is that? You say that this same airline management team has only provided the minimum of one person for the entire airline safety program? Wow! That same team has really done the airline a disservice!

In the case about which I previously spoke, our pilot union had 14 committees and well in excess of 100 people doing volunteer safety work on behalf of the union membership. But who also benefited?

Well of course the answer is that the company benefited greatly.

So, how many airlines have the model of a Joint Safety Program?

Not too many.

How many could have an exceptionally effective safety program at very little extra cost by working Jointly with the pilot group?

I would say, just about everyone could.