Month: July 2019

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Supreme Court of India,90-day limit for suspension of govt. employees but DGCA 12months for reasonable doubt.

License suspension for varying period has now become a norm. The Honourable Supreme Court of India ruling must be taken as a bench mark for restricting the period of suspension to 90 days. The quality of reports must be improved to include other contributory causes like policies (FDTL), Fatigue, Company etc.

 
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Qatar airways 614 go-around post failure, few aviators expose their cognitive lock

I have a question to ask the seasoned aviators. After decades of discussion over the decision to go-around or not, why is a go-around being condemned? At this moment, I have more questions to ask than comment on the crew decision. The crew experienced a failure on final approach and they flew the aircraft to land safely. Kudos to the crew. With little information being available at this moment, the hearsay is that the aircraft experienced engine trouble on final approach. The estimated height would be between 2000′-1200′ AAL. The crew decided to carry out a go-around and followed the…

 
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Whatever glitters is not gold, Interpret the Satellite’s weather image

Ever wondered what the Satellite weather image that we see so often mean? More often than not, we see the full disc image of the earth or images of geographical regions with white or colour impressions. Are the images direct reading types or is a deeper interpretation required.

 
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Non-functional SMS,some accidents are just inevitable

All systems are composed of three basic elements: people; processes; and technology. While managing safety, all three elements have to work cohesively in order to produce the desired results. The cost of workplace injuries is staggering: employers pay as much as $1 billion per week in direct and indirect workers’ compensations costs. Indirect costs include training replacement employees, accident investigation, lost productivity, etc., and can be 20 times higher than direct medical and wage replacement costs. The industries with the largest percentage of workers’ compensation claims include: air travel (7.3 percent get injured on the job), beverage and tobacco manufacturing (6.9…

 
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“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!”

“If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!”

 
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Can punishment improve safety? Suspended licenses of Indian Pilots

Introduction After a recent spike in the number of flight safety related incidents in India involving runway excursions, the regulator resorted to suspending the flying license of crew without giving the specific reason or determining the root cause. The dialogue in today’s safety world is filled with praise for just culture with criticism for terms such as blame and punishment. So should safety focus solely on positive reinforcement and completely eliminate negative consequences? The answer is a resounding “no,” but with some much needed guidelines. State Safety Programme is an integrated set of regulations and activities aimed at improving safety….