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NBAA Single Pilot Safety Standdown Builds Culture of Safety
Aug. 13, 2014
Developing a culture of safety, and operating within it, is a priority for any pilot, but especially for those in single-pilot business aviation operations. To support their endeavor, NBAA will hold its annual Single Pilot Safety Standdown prior to the opening of its Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Sponsored by Textron Aviation, and emphasizing peer-to-peer sharing of single-pilot experiences, the 2014 standdown will include experts from the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aviation Performance Solutions and AvWxWorkshops.com, who will lead the discussion on their safety specialty. Among the topics for discussion are the following:
- Runway incursions and excursions
- Loss of control
- Bad weather
- Air traffic control
- The human-factor challenges faced by single pilots
Textron’s Michael Graham, and Mark Larsen from NBAA will moderate the event.
Space is limited and advanced registration for the standdown is requested. The registration fee is $25; that includes lunch, but does not include registration for NBAA2014. Jason Talley, who attended his first standdown at NBAA2013 in Las Vegas, said the event delivers a great deal of value to pilot-businesspeople like himself. The owner of a new Cessna Mustang, Talley had 1,800 hours of flight time, but none of it in jets. His insurance company recognizes the NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown as a continuing education course, and by participating in it, the company reduced his transition time significantly.
Based in Orange County, CA, and employed in the technology sector, Talley also sits on the boards of several companies, including the senior advisory board of Honeywell-Bendix/King.
“There was a lot of good data, especially the statistics on accidents for four different classes of operators,” Talley said, adding he also plans to attend this year’s event. From there, the standdown presented a significant amount of information on the traps that have ensnared previous aviators in single-pilot operations, and the participants and presenters discussed how to avoid them.