Aviation has come a long way since the Wright
brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk. One thing that
has unfortunately not changed as much is the role
that weather plays in fatal airplane accidents.
Even after a century of flight, weather is still the
factor most likely to result in accidents with
From the safe perspective of the pilot’s lounge, it
is easy to second-guess an accident pilot’s
decisions. Many pilots have had the experience
of hearing about a weather-related accident and
thinking themselves immune from a similar
experience, because “I would never have tried to
fly in those conditions.” Interviews with pilots who
narrowly escaped aviation weather accidents indicate that many of the
unfortunate pilots thought the same thing -- that is, until they found themselves in
weather conditions they did not expect and could not safely handle.
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Safety Standdown Information
A "Safety Standdown" is a pre-planned event where a company, organization, or group of people suspend normal operations for a given amount of time (a few hours, all day, etc.) to discuss safety issues. The idea is to bring the entire group together, including top management, to identify and remedy safety issues.
The FAA Safety Team sponsors an annual Aviation Safety Standdown for pilots and mechanics in April of every year. In case you missed one of the meetings in your area, we have a Safety Standdown page at FAASafety.gov. We invite you to go to http://www.faasafety.gov/standdown/default.aspx and check out the resources there. There are links to the Advanced Preflight pamphlet, to the new Online course titled, "Avoiding Loss of Control," and to the four video presentations used at the individual meetings. There are also links to articles on this year's topics.
You can also find this Safety Standdown page by going to the Home page at FAASafety.gov and looking at the Hot Topics portal. The Safety Standdown picture link will come into view in a few moments. Just click on it!