With increasing use of Safety Systems, Personal Attention/Responsibility to Aviation Safety must be emphasized

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john goglia aviation safetyFormer NTSB member and a man who spent many years as an airline mechanic John Goglia knows aviation safety. Through that combination of real world experience and high level analysis, he provides important insights. The below TORQUED  piece reflects that valuable perspective.

Aviation, particularly commercial flight, has greatly benefitted from improved regulatory regimes, increased automation and data rich safety processes. Though none of these is intended to reduce or minimize the human connection with safety, a consequence of these advancements has been greater reliance on systems and a subconscious diminution of individual involvement.

Former Member Goglia summarized recent findings of the NTSB Most Wanted List as follows:

  • aviation safetyReduce fatigue-related accidents
  • Disconnect from deadly distractions
  • Require medical fitness for duty
  • Strengthen occupant protection
  • Prevent loss of control in flight in general aviation
  • End substance impairment in transportation
  • Enhance use of recorders to improve transportation safety

He knows from his past within that organization of the merit of its work on that prioritization of safety issues requiring responses. Relying on his time on the ramp and in hangars, Mr. Goglia makes impassioned pleas for personal responsibility by examining Personal Accountability for Fatigue Management and then Responsibility for Learning About Side Effects of Legal Drugs.

It would be easy for an aviation safety professional to unduly rely on the FAA’s state-of-the-art Fatigue Management approach found in Part 117. However, as John notes and as reiterated by the FAA’s Deputy Administrator, the responsibility to assure attentive pilots, flight attendants, etc. is jointly held—by the pilot, her/his fellow crewmembers and management.

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Equally with the FAA’s extensive drug testing rules, a natural human inclination may include relying on this parental-like scheme to avoid problems. Here the former NTSB Member eloquently explains the need for every airline and aviation professional to educate himself/herself about the effects of other prescriptions and combinations thereof to impair your ability to perform your tasks to the highest levels.

Add to Member Goglia’s list, two more examples needing  increased recognition of individual responsibility:

  • aviation safetythe shift of basic cockpit tasks from human hands to precisely performing computers results in both

As usual, when Member Goglia writes on aviation safety, it is wise for all to take notice. His recommendation, as to two on the NTSB Most Wanted List most deserving of attention, is spot on. The list was not intended to be exclusive; so adding an additional pair is consistent with the goal of improving individual attention to safety. This advice is most apt when new systems, intended to enhance safety performance, are being layered on the existing methods.

As always ultimately every pair of eyes involved in this business must be focused on and attentive to SAFETY.

 

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