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The Passing of a Giant

03.06.2015 | Post by Tony Kern

This last week marked the passing of one of aviation’s greatest minds, Dr. Jerry Berlin. To me Jerry was both a friend and a mentor, and we shared the stage on many occasions around the world. He would always take … (more…)

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Five Things I Told My Son

02.06.2015 | Post by Tony Kern, Professionalism

My son, Trent, recently graduated from U.S. Air Force pilot training and is set to begin his aviation career flying Boeing C-17 Globemasters around the world. As I pondered the milestone, I asked myself what words of wisdom I might … (more…)

NTSB board members Robert Sumwalt and Debbie Hersman inspect the wreckage of Comair flight 5191 following a wrong runway departure attempt. Forty-nine lives were lost in the crash.

Maintaining a Sterile Cockpit: An Essential Attention Control Technique

08.27.2014 | Post by Robert L. Sumwalt III

I had been a member of the NTSB for only seven days when the call came during the pre-dawn hours on that Sunday morning: a regional jet had crashed at Lexington, KY and there were massive fatalities. With that, I … (more…)

Aircraft Performance Declared Runway Distances

Aircraft Performance

08.05.2014 | Post by Dan Boedigheimer

Declared Runway Distances You have a scheduled flight from Waterbury-Oxford, CT (KOXC) to Palm Beach, FL (KPBI) with 4 passengers. It is warm day with a low stratus cloud layer producing rain at the airport. Based on the flight plan … (more…)


Why Recovery Training is Essential

07.17.2014 | Post by BJ Ransbury & Randall Brooks

Why Recovery Training is Essential to Reducing Loss of Control In-Flight   There is a growing awareness in the aviation industry that the threat of Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) must be addressed. Across all sectors of flying – personal, … (more…)

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Modern Monitoring

06.20.2014 | Post by Chris Lutat

If we were forced to choose only one of the Nine Principles outlined in our book, Automation Airmanship, whose mastery would lead to the greatest leap in individual and team performance in aviation (or any other high-risk/high-reliability endeavor), we would … (more…)


Attention Control Techniques on the Runway

05.19.2014 | Post by Al Gorthy

It is a well-known fact that the irresistible pull of distractions and interference are primary factors in all types of accidents, not just aviation.   Safety Standdown 2014 will tackle the difficult subject of Attention Control, as it relates to our … (more…)

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04.24.2014 | Attention Control Techniques, Post by Pat Daily

If you’ve seen the movie “Up” then you know exactly what I mean. One of the major characters in the movie is a dog with Attention Deficit Disorder. Every time he sees a squirrel, it becomes his sole focus. We … (more…)

Who Changed the Clock?

03.19.2014 | Health, 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…)

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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…)

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