New FAA Safety Team Representative Appointed

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.

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