Tag: #safety

Posted in Aviation Conformist Human Factor Social animal

A question of Safety or Ethics, how Boeing & Alcoa handled differently.

Two accidents where supposedly Boeing did not inform the pilots about important technical information affecting safety. Is it a Safety or Ethical issue.

0 Comment
Posted in #approachand goaround #pilot monitoring #safety #training Aviation Conformist Fatigue Human Factor Training

Will Artificial Intelligence improve pilot behaviour & replace the co-pilot?

Can Artificial intelligence (AI) make the co-pilot’s role in the flight deck redundant? Humans are more intolerant when dealing with softwares but more forgiving with humans making errors. AI is not just a software but closer to the human brain without the physical form. But obvious there will be new methodologies developed to produce the future Captains who haven’t flown as copilots. The Multi Crew Pilot license was a step towards producing competent co-pilots with minimum real time aircraft experience. The Captains will also be made after the industry is comfortable with the presence of AI. AI is the simulation…

0 Comment
Posted in Human Factor

Two fires but no evacuation. When Saudi flight 163 turned to ambers and Singapore 368 survived

On 19th Aug 1980 Saudi Airlines SV163 turned back soon after takeoff due onboard fire and after landing met with an unfortunate fate and all 301 onboard perished. 36 years later Singapore Airline B777 flight SQ368 to Milan, turned back soon after takeoff and landed back with an engine fire which soon engulfed the wing. Fortunately, all aboard disembarked the aircraft safely. Both aircrafts turned back and landed safely. Both crew had issues identifying the appropriate procedure applicable in the scenario they were facing. Cabin crew of both crew had the authority and training to initiate evacuation in the absence…

0 Comment
Posted in #safety #training Aviation Conformist Human Factor Social animal

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…

0 Comment
Posted in #safety Human Factor

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….

0 Comment
Posted in Human Factor

FAA issues safety alert, you need extra safety margin for landing on wet runway

The recent spate of runway excursions at Indian airports may have multiple contributory causes including but not limited to : Piloting technique Tail winds Runway condition wet/contaminated Runway friction level Psychological pressures The pilots are required to calculate the landing distance of the aircraft based on the aircraft condition , environmental factors and runway conditions. After the calculation there is a 15% safety margin added to cater for various inaccuracies. FAA has issued a safety alert for operators SAFO19003. As per FAA several recent runway-landing incidents/accidents have raised concerns with wet runway stopping performance assumptions. Analysis of the stopping data…