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When good just isn’t enough
August 13, 2019
When I think about this year’s Safety Standdown theme of “Elevate Your Standards,” I am reminded of Captain Eugene Cernan. I met Gene in 2004 at my first Safety Standdown, and I have to admit, I was a little awestruck. My heroes were there in force. Wally Schirra, Bob Hoover and Gene were sitting in the Captain’s Quart...
Hypoxia: What Pilots Need to Know
August 06, 2019
Ask any Pilot about the procedure for a rapid depressurization at altitude…You will get the same response every time. PUT ON YOUR MASK! But what about a slow or insidious depressurization?
Elevate Your Standards in Aircraft Maintenance
June 20, 2019
Standards can be defined as, “A measure of quality or attainment.” Quality is a very important measure when it comes to aircraft maintenance. Our standards provide us with a foundation for our actions. If we have low standards in aircraft maintenance it will show up in low dispatch reliability, high incident/acciden...
Winds of change: our standards when it comes to weather
May 10, 2019
I believe I speak for everyone in the Midwest when I say, “Welcome back spring!” The 2018-2019 winter season seemed like it would never end and judging by the discussions I had with colleagues throughout North America, this sentiment was a common one....
Automation, Airmanship and Bombardier Safety Standdown
July 17, 2018
Almost 70 years ago, one of the earliest commercially available computers was delivered to the US Government by the Remington Rand Corporation, the UNIVAC-1. The joke that circulated for years afterward goes like this: A bunch of scientists created a huge machine capable of complex calculations and called it UNIVAC. E...
The Normalization of Excellence. Sounds cool – what is it?
July 17, 2018
Gotta tell you, I was thrilled when I first heard that the Bombardier Safety Standdown was adopting a concept from one of my books as the theme for 2018. Then I started to worry.
The Normalization of Excellence
June 01, 2018
The theme for Safety Standdown 2018 is the Normalization of Excellence. At first glance, these words may seem contradictory, after all, excellence isn’t normal, it’s exceptional. Excellence is achieved by the best of the best – it wins Super Bowls and Olympic gold medals. If you move from the field to flight deck, shou...
What Does “Intentionally Safe” Mean?
April 17, 2017
What does it mean to be “intentionally” safe? “Intentional” implies that you go beyond a basic level of safety because of an effort you are making. Safe means the mitigation of risk, which in aviation can be subjective based on the type of aircraft you operate, mission, environment, and an operation’s risk tolerance....