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If you're paying attention to aviation safety dialogue
these days, you're hearing a lot about safety
leadership. The idea is sound; beef up aviation
leaders' appreciation of the top-down dynamics that
drive positive safety cultures. Everyone, regardless
of which rung of the ladder they stand on now, has
observed and experienced leadership along the way.
It's tempting to conclude that since we've noted the
good, bad, and ugly from our past leaders, we've
gained all the perspective needed to lead well.
Turns out, there's a lot more to be learned about the
leadership qualities and techniques needed to get
groups to embrace safety as a core value.

Advanced Aircrew Academy's CEO Dan Boedigheimer emphasizes, "Turbine aircraft operators
require regular and up-to-date training," adding that, "most companies' training modules are
updated annually or even less often. Our subject matter experts are updating the training
modules weekly, which presents a significant benefit to our training customers."

Organizational culture and leadership deficiencies
are frequently identified as accident contributing
factors. This lends further incentive for leaders (and
aspiring ones) to actively seek knowledge about
safety leadership and the best current thinking on
how to apply it. As I attended a superb presentation
by executive leadership coach Jim Spigener at the
recent Air Charter Safety Symposium it hit me,
though, that there's another important vector we
can't overlook for building strong safety cultures:
from the bottom-up.

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USAIG President and CEO John Brogan notes, "Advanced Aircrew Academy is a great fit
within our Performance Vector Program. A comprehensive and professional review of a flight
operation's training needs and practices is a strategically minded step with huge upside for
strengthening operational safety and culture. It's the kind of enhancement to ongoing safety
initiatives that our policyholders find especially valuable in the Performance Vector program,
and we're delighted to see many of them already taking gainful advantage of this new alliance
since its announcement last October."

The day prior to the Symposium, the NTSB held
a panel on improving the safety of Part 135
operations (access the session recording here). A
scene-setting case study involved the May 2017

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Aviation industry stakeholders often talk about the importance of
attracting new people to the industry, but just as critical is retaining
the existing talent. Experienced business aviation professionals looking
to advance their careers or hone their skills have options developed for
and targeted at candidates who are not new-hires or fresh out of flight
The idea of creating some sort of advanced degree or certification
program for aviators, specifically those involved in business aviation,
is not new. That said, there are still but a few programs out there for
senior aviators, flight department managers, senior cabin crew, and
maintenance personnel.
FlightSafety International's (FSI) Master Aviator Program is an outgrowth
of the company's advanced training programs, which comprise the core
courses in the Master Aviator curriculum, according to Steve Gross, FSI's
senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Brian Moore, FSI's
senior vice president of operations.
Each candidate in the fixed-wing program is required to take up
to four type-specific core courses (advanced rejected takeoff go/
no-go, advanced crew resource management [CRM], advanced energy
management, and advanced upset prevention and recovery training
[UPRT]), four elective courses drawn from a list of specialty or
enrichment simulator courses and eLearning or LiveLearning courses,
as well as international procedures line-oriented flight training and a
number of IS-BAO eLearning Library courses.
The rejected takeoff course covers takeoff procedures "and when to fly
and not to fly the airplane," Gross said, adding that he also refers to the
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