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Who Changed the Clock?

03.19.2014 | Post by Glenn Harmon

We recently changed to daylight savings time here in the United States on March 9. That means spring forward and lose an hour of sleep. Driving to work Monday morning it was dark, and my brain didn’t like that, or … (more…)

Sunset at mauna lani cape

An Eventful Year for Safety Standdown

12.19.2013 | Post by Janet Schiebelhut

The Year of Change 2013 will be remembered as the “Year of Change” in Safety Standdown history. From changes in leadership to last-minute surprises with seminar curriculum there were plenty of opportunities to practice flexibility and strengthen our team. Safety … (more…)

Jets pass

A Smooth Hand-Off

11.11.2013 | Post by Chris Lutat

There are many models we could use in this short piece to describe the importance of a smooth transition from one mode of aircraft control to another – namely, the transition between manual flight (that characterized by no support from … (more…)



09.23.2013 | Post by Antonio Cortés

According to psychologists and human factors experts, accidents in aviation occur when highly-skilled individuals commit unsafe acts, or allow such acts to occur by omission.  To the extent that an accident is not inevitable and unpreventable, a series of unsafe … (more…)


Truth or Consequences?

08.19.2013 | Post by Kent S. Jackson

Criminalization of FAR Violations: Truth or Consequences? It is a simple question of social policy:  If a pilot or mechanic makes a mistake that results in an accident, is it better to find out the truth of what happened and … (more…)


The Challenge of Increasing Automation

07.19.2013 | Post by Vice Chairman Christopher Hart

The Challenge of Increasing Automation Automation in the cockpit has unquestionably improved safety.   Over-reliance on automation, however, may cause pilots to lose basic flying skills, and automation may mask deficiencies in training.  The crash of Air France Flight 447 into … (more…)

Weather radar

Cluelessness or Complacency

06.14.2013 | Post by Erik Eliel

Intuitively, most true professionals are predisposed to wanting to do the right thing, although the path may not always be abundantly clear. Occasionally aviation experiences a significant event which serves as a reminder of how little margin of error exists. … (more…)

Osprey upside down female in flight


05.13.2013 | Post by Antonio Cortés, Rodney Rogers

It was a curious sight to behold at the beach.  A young osprey hovered approximately 30 feet above and just offshore.  Raptors are among the supreme hunters of the avian world.  Scanning the water below for fish, its head tracking back and … (more…)


Icing: Loss of Control In-Flight

05.01.2013 | Post by BJ Ransbury

Icing Discussion Associated with Loss of Control In-Flight As a professional flight instructor with the opportunity of witnessing the baseline skill set of thousands of fellow airmen in countering loss of control in-flight events first hand, I welcome all opportunities … (more…)


WINDEX as a Flight Briefing Tool

04.12.2013 | Post by Mike Smith

From the 1960’s to the mid-1980’s thunderstorm-related wind shear in the form of downbursts was the leading cause of commercial airline crashes. Through the work of Dr. Ted Fujita, Dr. John McCarthy, and others, those crashes have been eliminated. The … (more…)

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