Are “Passenger Lithium-ion Batteries” the same as “Cargo Lithium-ion Batteries?”

Recent passenger jet fires involving B787 Dreamliner have made news, but is it really new news? FAA and other regulators have dismissed the dangers of lithium-ion batteries when carried on cargo aircraft because. Why? Well, perhaps it is because fires on on cargo airline aircraft result in “no significant loss of life?” Isn’t this theContinue reading “Are “Passenger Lithium-ion Batteries” the same as “Cargo Lithium-ion Batteries?””

Safety versus Everything Else not SMS

Safety Managers can sort through legalities by remembering what safety is and what safety is not. Safety is about prevention, human factors, reporting and investigating, fixing the problem, communicating and looking forward. Safety is not about criminal law, civil law, administrative law or regulatory law; it is not about public administration or zoning around airports.Continue reading “Safety versus Everything Else not SMS”

Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward?

Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward? The Safety Purpose seeks the cause of mishaps and tries to determine procedures to immediately and forever prevent a re-occurrence. The Legal Purpose on the other hand attempts to find fault or blame for injury andContinue reading “Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward?”

Is Safety Guilding the Lily or Is Safety Making Necessary Operational Improvements?:Who has the better argument?

I think that we have to rethink this logic ladies and gentlemen. Safety recommendations do one very special thing that no other recommendation does. Safety recommendation give us SOP modifications, checklists and limitations that help us to do our operation more correctly. Some of you may say, “Don’t you mean more safely?” I would respondContinue reading “Is Safety Guilding the Lily or Is Safety Making Necessary Operational Improvements?:Who has the better argument?”

Cost and Benefit Analysis vs Successful Safety Programs: Is the FAA and A4A Using Flawed Logic to Manage Safety Improvements? Do Pilots Actually Know Safety Better?

Air Transport Association (ATA), or now Airlines for America (A4A) and the FAA can not claim all of the credit for the huge improvement in airline safety over the last decade in my opinion. As a matter of fact and record, both the FAA and ATA now A4A, opposed, and opposed with great vigor, virtuallyContinue reading “Cost and Benefit Analysis vs Successful Safety Programs: Is the FAA and A4A Using Flawed Logic to Manage Safety Improvements? Do Pilots Actually Know Safety Better?”

More Questions Asked by Flight Crew Members Regarding AF 447

More questions have been raised by fellow safety minded pilots regarding AF Flight 447. Here are several: 1. Why were they flying through that nasty convective weather? 2. Why did the captain leave the cockpit just prior to the flight’s arrival to this area? With respect to the questions asked, here is my take. 1.Continue reading “More Questions Asked by Flight Crew Members Regarding AF 447”