Airline Operations: Complacency Can Cloud Vigilance

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Airline Operations

Complacency Can Cloud Vigilance

“We are experiencing unprecedented safety in airline operations, which is a blessing but care must be taken to assure that we maintain an extreme vigilance. The new chairman of the NTSB, Robert Sumwalt, spoke at a recent safety conference and felt that the number one concern in aviation safety was complacency. During an extended time of successful operations, complacency can cloud vigilance. The fewer the problems the more vigorous must be our ability to analyze fewer data points and try to glean critical information.

Ironically, the challenge today is that there is so much data, but so few problems, and thus who and what kind of analytics are relevant in identifying those potential issues. The exponential explosion of technology gives us tremendous opportunity for holistic and coherent analysis while at the same time lead to confusion and chasing solutions into too many rabbit holes. A while back I opined about the power of data and its applications. Clearly the data genie is out of the bottle but our challenge is to bottle a variety of genies.”

— Ray Valeika
Mr. Ray Valeika is a Member of the Boards of Directors of Safety and Reliability Board of Carnival Cruise Lines. Read full background…



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robert sumwalt ntsbRobert L. Sumwalt was appointed  37th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in August 2006, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed Mr. Sumwalt to an additional 5 year term as a Board Member. He was designated Vice Chairman by President Donald Trump on March 31, 2017.


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