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Operational Control 03

Best Practices: New OSHA Ops and 04
Training Standards
SMS Corner: Safety Culture 05
ASI Message: Goldilocks 05
Lessons Learned: Case By Case 07
NBAA Safety Committee: Efforts Focused 08

a message from USAIG
Greetings! It's so easy to
take meteorology for granted
nowadays, we even bristle if
the forecast misses the mark a
bit. The occasional unexpected
shower aside though, today it's
virtually impossible (thankfully)
for a major storm system to arrive
unannounced. What are your
considerations for safety, aircraft
preservation, facility preparation,
and continuity of business if a
hurricane or other major weather
event is forecast at your flight
operation in 72 hours? In this
issue you'll find some discussionspurring thoughts on preparative
steps to consider. Also inside,
human behavior expert and NBAA
Safety Committee member Dr.
Shari Frisinger poses some key
self-evaluation questions to ponder
about your safety culture. Enjoy
and, as always, we welcome your
feedback! Fly smart and fly safe.

Paul Ratté
Director of Aviation Safety
Programs, USAIG

Hurricane Season and More
Is Your Company Prepared?

ing the skies closely right now," said Jon
Tonko, Director of Customer Support for Fort
Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service. "We're
also using the same resources as our customers,
teammates, and other pilots do when looking
at future weather conditions." Those resources
include forecast predictions from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
to the National Weather Service's Aviation
Weather Center web site
and even The Weather
"If at three to five days out it looks like a storm will
Channel on television.
In the weeks ahead of
impact us, we begin preparations to shore up our
the official start to hurricane season on June
facility...topping off our fuel farms, making sure our
1, Banyan reviews its
practices from the previgenerators are ready, ensuring we have sufficient
ous year and prepares
emergency contact
tie-down ropes and hangar pins, and laying out
information, including
shutters for the windows and doors."
phone lists to distribute
to staff members. "We
pass around a teammate phone list so we have
for any number of scenarios-including fires,
the most up-to-date information on file," Tonko
national emergency, and even widespread TFRs
said. "That also includes such items as whether
that make travel to a particular area difficult-
or not a teammate has access to a truck that
but stormy weather takes precedence this time
could come in handy in the aftermath of a major
of year for pilots and aviation businesses based
storm, and if they are willing to help with cleanin South Florida.
up afterwards."
"Like anyone else in the area, we're watchSouth Florida FBO offers practical advice
Although experts generally agree that North
America should experience a lighter-than-average
2014 hurricane season, with somewhere between
three and six named storms expected to form
in the North Atlantic, summertime offers a good
opportunity for all operators to review their contingency plans for extreme weather conditions.
Operators may prepare contingency plans

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