This week's FLYING LESSONS and Weekly Accident Update report was delayed
because I had the supreme honor of attending Bombardier Aerospace's
annual Safety
_15/3_15.html> Standdown 2007. Co-hosted by FAA, NTSB and NBAA, the
highly competitive Standdown selection is limited to 500 corporate and
airline department heads, command-level military safety officers,
astronauts, government safety investigators, manufacturer test and
demonstration pilots, and instructional leaders from around the world.
The LJPC [Leather Jacket Per Capita] Index was running extremely high!
Legends like Gene Cernan, Clay Lacy and Ed Bolen were there not only as
speakers, but as students.

A small but important minority among the 500 attendees were directors of
aircraft maintenance and production managers, and corporate aircraft
cabin crew managers and instructors. Joining us also were an additional
34 chief surgeons, emergency room physicians and nuclear power plant
managers, whose industries are adopting the safety principles of crew
resource management.

I was amazed as a Bonanza checkout instructor that I made the cut. I
got to meet the head of FAA safety, chat briefly with the chairman of
the National Transportation Safety Board, spend a lot of time with some
extremely accomplished pilots, mechanics and educators, and even split a
peanut butter cookie with Bob Hoover. I hope I can develop this unique
opportunity into publications and programs increasing safety for
single-pilot operators who rarely have access to speakers of this

Obviously I can't condense four long days of seminars and workshops into
a single narrative, but to give you the flavor of the event I'll
highlight a defining quote from each speaker's presentation. Consider
how each gem of wisdom applies to the way you fly.

"Because we haven't yet had an accident does not make us safe."--Bob
Agostino, Director, Flight Operations, Bombardier Aerospace and
founder/guiding force of the Safety Standdown

"Professionalism has nothing to do with a paycheck or the size of the
aircraft. Professionalism is doing things right and at the right time
even when no one is looking."--General Mark Rosenker, Chairman, NTSB

"There is absolutely no room for complacency in aviation."--Nick
Sabatini, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety

"We have to be safe, and we have to be perceived to be safe."--Ed Bolen,
President and CEO, National Business Aircraft Association

"Safety requires uncompromising personal discipline."--Carl Dinwiddie,
Regional Director, North Central Region, NTSB

"Training how to do it right is almost totally unrelated to training on
how not to do it wrong."-Dr. Tony Kern, Convergent Knowledge Solutions
LLC, B-1B USAF (ret.)

"Things that have never happened before, happen all the time."-Dr.
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Associate Dean, Ross School of Business, University
of Michigan

"Flight crews must see the importance of debriefing with maintenance
crews."-Dr. Bill Johnson, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for
Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance Systems, FAA

"Symptoms [of hypoxia] vary greatly between individuals and can be
different for the same individual between exposures."-Dr. Donna Murdoch,
Human Systems Solutions, Inc., USN (ret.)

"Professionalism is an absolute requirement in an inherently risky
business."-Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 commander and "The Last Man on the

Despite a 150% structural safety margin for aircraft certification,
"above 100% [of certified limits] aluminum suffers permanent distortion
[and] at 150% immediate catastrophic failure."--Sean Roberts, Founder
and Director, National Test Pilot School

"Expect an RTO [Rejected Takeoff] once for every 3000 takeoffs."-Sam
Harris, V1 Training and Captain, USN, quoting Flight Safety Foundation

"A long history of success does not necessarily mean it's safe."-Steven
Nagle, Chief of Aviation Safety, NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, and
four-time Shuttle astronaut

"We're an overmedicated society.don't trust anyone who carries a
prescription pad."-Dr. Lawrence Lay, D.O., AME, PhD. Aerospace
Engineering, ATP/CFI/A&P

"The experience level [in corporate aviation] is down."-Dr. Kurt
Barnhart, Aviation Department Head, Kansas State University

"Pilots do as pilots are taught. [When someone else crashes] ask: what
do we have to do with that accident?" - Dr. Jerome Berlin, Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University and co-originator of airline Cockpit Resource

"If you're going to cheat on your sleep to increase your productivity it
works.but only for one day."-Dr. Mark Rosekind, President and Chief
Scientist, Alertness Solutions

"If you're obsessing in flight about having made a mistake or violation,
you'll make an even bigger one."-Kent Jackson, aviation attorney and
ATP, Jackson, Wade & Blanck LLC

"Learning from past behavior and why it was right or wrong, and
modifying that behavior accordingly will make the difference."-Matt
Burdette, ASI Group

"Two-thirds of all accidents occur with pilots having less than 1500
hours in type."--Fred George, Senior Editor, Business and Commercial

"Contaminated runway data are not required by Federal airworthiness
standards."--Rogers Hemphill, Aircraft Performance Group

"Experience can work against you."-Antonio Cortes, Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University, C-21/C-141 USAF

Fly safe, and have fun!

Thomas P. Turner, Master CFI

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