Critical Decision Making (CDM) Seminar

Next Session:  Saturday, 19 March 2016,  Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU)

54 Watson Aviation Rd, Greenville, SC 29607  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

CDM seminars take an intensive look at general aviation safety, analysis of past accidents – including some Cirrus accidents – and create a formal method of conducting individualized safety routines for each of our pilots.  Developed by the Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (COPA), this is a highly interactive seminar with lots of thought provoking discussion and analysis. We want to encourage broad Cirrus pilot (and partner) participation. Non-COPA members are invited. If you know some Cirrus pilots who don’t participate here and/or are not members, please invite them!

Do you know how risky your last flight was? Or how risky the one you are about to take is? Do you think anyone who ended up in an NTSB report didn’t expect to arrive? Do we necessarily have to live with increased risk because we fly?

Cirrus pilots fly an incredible plane with fantastic safety features on board, yet our statistics to date, aren’t any better than that of general aviation. We know from commercial airline statistics that it isn’t the act of flying nor the capabilities of aircraft that cause accidents. IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE OUR FLYING AS SAFE AS COMMERCIAL AIR TRAVEL? We believe that answer is YES.

A Critical Decision Making (CDM) event is not a seminar but rather a facilitated interactive hangar flying session where the group looks at general aviation and Cirrus statistics, reviews case studies of Cirrus accidents, and participates in the reenactment of an actual accident.

Although we discuss and set minimums, our decisions aren’t usually black and white, but often quite gray. Combined with a lack of appreciation for risk and the confluence of otherwise benign risk factors (no one thing in the flight meets the NOGO criteria), our human nature minimizes risk or leaps to wishful expectation that everything will be alright. The seminar concludes with the group understanding and quantifying the various factors that add risk to a flight and how to minimize or eliminate the risk.

This isn’t just for low time pilots. Higher time pilots often add useful experience to the discussion. And, although lower time pilots often lack the experience that aids judgment, higher time pilots often use experience to justify risky behavior. Almost half the accidents in Cirrus, to date, have been by higher time pilots.

Lunch is included and the seminar is free (though donations are encouraged to benefit the event, and COPA’s Education and Training Foundation).  Donations are tax deductible

CDMs are conducted throughout the country. We have qualified facilitators who can come to your location if you volunteer to organize the local logistics (facilities and food). Because of demand and geography, we are also looking for more facilitators.

To register for the free session, use the website page for the event:  https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1797976

If you have any questions, contact Gerald Gaige:  gegaige@gmail.com

Session Leader:     The leader for this session is Trip Taylor, Director of the Education and Training Foundation for COPA and an internationally known flight instructor, having founded Adventure Flight Training based in Suwanee GA  http://advflighttraining.com/adventure_flight_training_home

Trip developed this course, teaches and mentors other session leaders to provide this important session through regional COPA members across the United States.  We are very fortunate to have him in Greenville for this session…. Don’t miss it!

Please join us for the rescheduled Safety Fly-In on Friday, March 11th!

Please join us for our rescheduled annual Safety Fly-In on Friday, March 11th! WINGS Credit sessions are listed below. A FREE lunch will be provided as well as the annual general membership meeting of the SC Aviation Safety Council.

1000 – 1100 – “Real World Weather” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute
1100 – 1200 – “See and Avoid” Panel Presentation and 20th Fighter Wing Civilian Aviation outreach – Col Randy Myers, USMC (Ret), SC Aviation Safety Council and FAA Safety Team Representative and Capt “Rain” Waters, USAF, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC
1200 – 1230 – Lunch break
1230 – 1300 – SCASC Annual General Membership meeting
1300 – 1400 – “Close Calls: Lesson Learned” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Fly in – to Eagle Aviation at KCAE for a FREE (five-minute) shuttle ride to the venue

Drive in – Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Exit 113 off I-26 towards KCAE / Turn right onto Boston Avenue / Exit right from traffic circle onto Lexington Drive / Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus will be on the left

Please RSVP at http://scaviationsafety.org/safety-fly-in/

See you there!

SAFETY FLY-IN CANCELLED DUE TO STATEWIDE FLOODING EMERGENCY

Due to extensive and catastrophic flooding throughout the State and in the Columbia area specifically, the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council’s Annual Safety Fly-In scheduled for Friday, October 9th at the Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College is cancelled. The event will be rescheduled at a future, to-be-determined date.

Annual Safety Fly-In on October 9th / USAF participation added / RSVPs being received

Come join us for our annual Safety Fly-In! WINGS Credit sessions are listed below. A FREE lunch will be provided as well as the annual general membership meeting of the SC Aviation Safety Council.

1000 – 1100 – “Real World Weather” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute
1100 – 1200 – “See and Avoid” Panel Presentation – Col Randy Myers, USMC (Ret), SC Aviation Safety Council and FAA Safety Team Representative and Maj Matt Schrorer, USAF, F-16 Pilot/Wing Flight Safety Officer at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC
1200 – 1230 – Lunch break
1230 – 1300 – SCASC Annual General Membership meeting
1300 – 1400 – “Close Calls: Lesson Learned” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Fly in – to Eagle Aviation at KCAE for a FREE (five-minute) shuttle ride to the venue and a $0.30 / gal fuel discount

Drive in – Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Exit 113 off I-26 towards KCAE / Turn right onto Boston Avenue / Exit right from traffic circle onto Lexington Drive / Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus will be on the left

Please RSVP to:
eversmannc@rcgov.us
(803) 767-1789

See you there!

Safety Fly-In Speakers announced!

Come join us for our annual Safety Fly-In! WINGS Credit sessions are listed below. A FREE lunch will be provided as well as the annual general membership meeting of the SC Aviation Safety Council.

1000 – 1100 – “Real World Weather” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute
1100 – 1200 – “See and Avoid” Panel Presentation – Col Randy Myers, USMC (Ret), SC Aviation Safety Council and FAA Safety Team Representative
1200 – 1230 – Lunch break
1230 – 1300 – SCASC Annual General Membership meeting
1300 – 1400 – “Close Calls: Lesson Learned” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Fly in – to Eagle Aviation at KCAE for a FREE (five-minute) shuttle ride to the venue and a $0.30 / gal fuel discount
Drive in – Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Please RSVP to:
eversmannc@rcgov.us
(803) 767-1789

See you there!