How Good is your Ability to Observe?

A person I knew stated,  “We learn on how to prevent mishaps by deriving from the investigations stemming from mishaps.” I agree that we learn by observing the mistakes that are made. That being said, I would add that we actually have a more superior ability to observe these mistakes as they are made onContinue reading “How Good is your Ability to Observe?”

Flawless operation or a Mishap Free Operation: What Should You aim for?

It has been said, “You seem to be convinced that a flawed world can be actually made flawless.” My response is this. Human error is part of our nature. However we can make our own flight operations mishap free by remembering Miller’s Rule for Safety Management: ALL SAFETY IS LOCAL. Any one safety manager cannotContinue reading “Flawless operation or a Mishap Free Operation: What Should You aim for?”

Just Culture: Why is Jailing Pilots a surprise?

Does not the person in charge of any vessel or organization bear some legal responsibility? If so, why would anyone be surprised to see a pilot jailed following an accident? Are we really just seeing the terribly weak legal profession just beginning to realize how much work has gone undone in the past 70 years.Continue reading “Just Culture: Why is Jailing Pilots a surprise?”

Flawed Investigations?

I cite a flawed investigation as the cause for re-occurrence because in aviation you have one chance to get it right.  You must gather the right facts, gather the right testimony, analyze the data, reach the correct conclusions and create recommendations for corrective actions. In the process you will find human error or human factors.Continue reading “Flawed Investigations?”

Grim Safety Forecast for Air France

The recommendation is contained in the latest BEA accident report investigating the loss of the Air France Flight 447, a document that outlines 10 new safety recommendations, including improved pilot stall-awareness training, the inclusion of cockpit cameras, and adding angle-of-attack readouts in the cockpit. But it’s the inclusion of a call for mandatory data streamingContinue reading “Grim Safety Forecast for Air France”