On behalf of the aviation industry in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council HATES Foreign Object Debris (FOD)!
An effective FOD-management program is simple… Too simple…
See / pick up / dispose / repeat
In fact, it’s so simple, that it routinely falls below everyone’s notice and this basic aspect of effective airport management and aviation safety gets ignored or left for “somebody else” to concern themselves with.
At the Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport (CUB) in Columbia, we try to keep this easy task on everybody’s radar by conducting an annual FOD audit at the end of each Fiscal Year (July 1st – June 30th) and then publishing a poster showing FOD collected by the Airport Director during his airfield checks over the past 12-months. It’s not THE answer, but it’s a piece of the puzzle that will help you effectively manage FOD at your airport.
By Leo R. Berube, Board of Directors – SC Aviation Safety Council, FAASTeam Representative, Aviation Safety Counselor, MEI
Palmetto Airmen attended six dynamic aviation safety presentations at the 2015 Southeast Aviation Expo held June 27 – 28, 2015 and hosted by Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) in Greenwood, South Carolina. As a result, over 130 licensed
aviators gained numerous procedural insights and earned their FAA Wings Program Knowledge Credits.
Saturday, June 27th
Presentation #1 – Cecil Tune, ATP USAeroFlight, Chief Instructor: Making Sense of Aviation Weather Hazards
Cecil identified and graphically illustrated numerous ‘not so obvious’ weather hazards that continue to entrap airmen. As a retired Navy F-8 Crusader aircraft carrier pilot and faculty member at Bob Jones University (BJU), Cecil provided a full
hour of invaluable CFI insights to aviators attending our first session. Great audience interaction and a lot of note taking.
Presentation #2 – Isaac White, IA/A&P iDoc Aviation, Owner: ADM from a Maintenance Point of View
We often think of the infamous Accident Chain as something that only occurs during flight. However, looking at the bigger picture, aviators and aircraft owners learned to identify both preflight and equipment maintenance items that could be potential links in the Accident Chain. Isaac walked though numerous real-life examples, shared conclusions and discussed FAR Part 43 considerations.
Presentation #3 – Colonel Charles “Randy” Myers, USMC (ret): What Influences Our Aeronautical Decision Making?
ADM is defined as ‘a systematic approach to the mental process used by pilots to constantly determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances.’ Randy provided a litany of ADM choices and illustrated each with convincing NTSB case file videos. A powerful and succinct presentation.
Sunday, June 28th
Presentation #4 – Wally Moran, Designated Pilot Examiner and FAASTeam Representative: Applying ADM to Real Life Scenarios
Having flown Lockheed Constellations through Boeing 747’s in addition to holding positions of Director of Flying and VP of Safety and Engineering with TWA , Wally has held a CFI certificate for 54 years and was presented the FAA Wright Brothers
Master Pilot Award. Wally is a pilotworkshop.com Instructor and has authored the Airmanship Series which is designed to elevate an aviator’s flying skills to a professional standard. Wally presented two, well attended, high-impact IFR Mastery scenarios. Scenario training is a very effective method of instructing. I have found pilotworkshop.com to offer the very highest level of on-line training. I personally subscribe to PilotWorkshop.com, LLC and recommend it to all aviators.
Presentation #5 – Michelle Rash, CFI-I FAASTeam Lead Representative: www.1800wxbrief.com
Weather briefings are mandatory for all VFR and IFR flights. Michelle walked us through a real-time presentation of Lockheed Martin’s on-line Flight Service. She created an actual flight plan and then clearly demonstrated all available features
including: Flight Plan Aids; In-flight Electronic PIREP Submission; Adverse Condition Alerting Service and Next Generation Briefings (NGB). Very well organized and exceptionally well presented.
Presentation #6 – Fred Kaiser, ATP FAASTeam Program Manager: Weather or Not: Plan to Live or…? What Alaska Bush Flying Taught Me…About Risk!
With numerous responsibilities as a Lakeland Florida Area Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA Aviation Safety Team Program Manager for Florida and South Carolina, Safety Media Development and Production Manager for FAA events, we are delighted that
Fred was able to attend this weekend. Having served in Alaska as a Designated Pilot Examiner and with over 35,000 hours flight time, Fred cited numerous examples of ADM and risk management. Again, lot’s of shared wisdom; lot’s of
audience note taking. Here’s an example and only the tip of the iceberg:
- “NEVER depart into approaching weather”
- “Look at the 300 and 500 Millibar Charts to get the BIG PICTURE in 3-D”
- “There are NO emergencies, ONLY A CHANGE IN PLAN”
- “PLAN, PLAN, PLAN: Never leave the ground without a PLAN”
In summary, I offer a big ‘thank you’ to Cecil, Isaac, Randy, Wally, Michelle and Fred for knocking the ball out of the park once again. Each speaker shared their valuable experiences, timely insights and challenged their audiences with thought provoking questions. To our attendees, I also offer my sincere thanks for actively participating in these Aviation Safety Programs. You are the reason we offer these presentations! If there is anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local FAASTeam Representatives, SCASC members and SCAA members.
Until next time, wishing each of you blue skies and tailwinds!
The FAA is requesting comments on the removal of the current exception for gliders from the transponder requirement for aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). This is part of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that is being conducted in response to recommendations from members of Congress and the NTSB. For more information on the ANPRM or how to comment see: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-16/pdf/2015-14818.pdf
June 30- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted the second video designed to further enhance airport safety. Entitled The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update, the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports.
The video also discusses the FAAs collaborative partnerships with other federal agencies and organizations to reduce wildlife strikes, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institutions Feather Identification Lab, and Bird Strike Committee-USA. To view the video, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/.
The FAA launched the safety information video series last year to provide the airport community with information to help them continue to operate the nations airports safely and efficiently. Please visit faa.gov/airports and sign up to receive an e-mail alert when FAA releases a new safety video and the topic.
The Charleston, SC, area recently received its newest representative of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Team, known as the FAASTeam. Charles “Randy” Myers was recently appointed as a FAASTeam Representative. Randy retired from the U.S. Marines in 2004 after 26.5 years of active service. Career highlights included flying combat missions during Desert Storm from the USS Nassau, two tours as a tactical jet flight instructor, and squadron command of VMAT-203, the AV-8B Harrier training squadron. Randy accumulated over 3500 hours of tactical jet time and amassed over 300 sea-based landings during his Marine Corps flying career. Today, Randy enjoys flying his Mooney M-20C and teaching Crew Resource Management to Marine and Air Force pilots and crew members. In addition to assuming his new FAASTeam responsibilities, Randy is a board member of the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council. The Safety Council’s mission of promoting aviation safety throughout the state aligns with that of the FAASTeam. The FAASTeam’s mission is to improve the Nation’s aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community. FAASTeam Representatives are aviation safety volunteers who wish to work closely with FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) to actively promote safety. These volunteers receive training and are supported by the FPM with equipment and materials. According to Valerie Palazzolo, FAA Safety Team Manager, the FAASTeam serves as an educational outreach arm of the FAA and is committed to serving the General Aviation community and making our skies even safer.