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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Prevention of Accidents: CRM


As you know I am working on my second novel, Flight For Safety, the sequel to Flight For Control While many of us are impatient for the release, myself included, I cannot rush this novel. The message is essential.  

The Theme: Aviation Safety.  

Something not only pilots should feel passionate about, but passengers as well.  

Please welcome Captain Adelsohn once again, on  CRM:

"The Learning method in our every day job functions every day is a constant process that never ends.
As a professional  in our particular duties as Pilots, Flight Attendants, Maintenance etc., we must be constantly able to work together in a safety environment. This is even more important when you consider that this efficiency may depend our lives and the lives of others when we flying an airplane. 
Being updated every day as a Crew implies learning.
Today the constant development of aviation brings several extremely high loads of new responsibilities and tasks for those directly involved in the operation of an aircraft from the crew on board and ground maintenance personnel to air traffic controllers, to many others.
Aviation is not just boarding a plane, but also is to understand the principles that allow an aircraft to fly, but do safely. It is very important to understand the ability to understand the knowledge, as an airmen, why your aircraft fly, this emphasize how important it is that flight crews receive proper training and appropriate, not only to fly the aircraft correctly it is also to be prepare for any situation you will expect and resolve in any abnormal situation or circumstances that we can have during the flight.
From the beginning CRM, initially recognized as a Cockpit Resource Management. This concept after some years become much wider doctrine, being known until today as Crew Resource Management.
The CRM emphasizes the importance of using all available resources effectively to achieve air operations safer and more efficient. The goal of CRM is to improve every day the ability of the crew in a decision-making, administration and management of the resources available and have a good communication with the rest of the crew and other elements involved in the safest operation of the aircraft.
But CRM does not end here, because the operation is more deeply involved with two other important aspects in the training of flight crews, human factors and the organizational culture ,it is very important issues.
Statistically, the vast majority of air accidents occurring at present point one of the main cause are 80 % sometimes described as a Pilot Error. All of us in the aviation environment related or not specifically, when a plane crash we wonder many things and questions, when we read in the newspapers or listen to reports on the media the phrase that summarizes what happened  when an airplane crashed we think was a pilot error????? . Not necessarily incompetence or lack of experience. Some factors influencing a decision-making, that overload the workload and that in many cases inevitably lead to the accident.
In the meantime the organizational culture, which reflects the regular of social and intellectual expression of a group or organization that determines the assertiveness of all the members working together to prevent incidents or accidents. We need to focus and have a good safety business plan in the organization, defining a good Safety Program and the Safety Management System that includes the safety policies and objectives, Safety Promotions, Safety Assurance, and Safety Risk Management.

A change in the attitude of the group is reflected in a change in the attitude of the individual.
Today all this reflects that CRM tries to change the attitude in making decisions based on custom and culture, emphasizing the importance of knowing how to handle the resources and skills of the crew.
Today I am sharing this article and this reading to know a little more of this doctrine, to understand more deeply the importance of constant training and updated and motivated me to write these words, which targets to encourage everyone to read and share with others in the aviation community to learn to do the same. To be UPDATE, implies learning, Aviation Safety is a commitment. Safety First.
Eliminate cultural barriers it is very important for crews and safety, also establishing the importance of everyone’s contributions. Creating a spirit of shared commitment recognizing cultural differences and reinforcing a positive safe behavior. Remember always, upon you think you do not learn more of aviation, it's the time to retire because you're about to make the big mistake of your life."

What are you doing to improve Aviation Safety?  

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene


  1. How interesting, it reminds me of this article:
    Written by an astronaut (ok, ok: my favorite astronaut ;-) )

    1. Thank you so much for the link to my favorite astronaut too!! And they even have a photo of my favorite Swiss Cheese model too. Excellent!

    2. The only astronaut who is NOT a fighter pilot but an airline one!!! Plus, he's super nice and funny :-)
      Hahahaha the cheese part cracked me up.
      Oh, and actually he was the one who first told me about CRM - I bet his Air France background is pretty heavy haha

    3. Nice and funny... he's an airline type pilot, that explains all! ;) Yes, we'll talk about the cheese one day. Just don't line those holes up. :)

    4. hahaha I guess that was redundant ;-)

      I will keep in mind, wherever I go, to make sure those holes are not lined up - my journey to Mars does NOT go through such a tunnel!

    5. I'm sure your journey to Mars will not go through such a tunnel! Do you ever wonder why someone came up with cheese in correlation with pilots and aviation? Hmmm... ;)

  2. Thank you so much for this great post. CRM is so important in many ways even yes, most of all safety. Safety is what makes flying many things especially fun. Even in the most turbulent skies. (Well, depending upon who you say that to. ;) CRM should be implemented not only in aviation but also non-av companies as well.

    1. It is so important. lol... yes, definitely who you talk to. Thanks so much for the comment. And I hope you're staying warm back there on the East Coast!

  3. Dear Karlene : Thank you very much for sharing my CRM article with the community, as Pilots we must all work together for the prevention of accidents no matter in what Country the Pilot are flying , the day the Pilot think they don’t learned more regarding the concept of aviation this is the day that the pilot should be retired because maybe he/she can make the mistake of his life. In our career as Pilots every day we learn something new, Safety is First and you never know when you could have a bad situation in your airplane, the best Pilot is the Pilot who always be prepare and stay away of accidents, a good training of course is very important, we are humans and everybody make mistakes, but we can prevent accidents.A good CRM is the key for succeed inside your cockpit

    1. Luis, you are so right...this is important. And thank you for keep up on Safety!!!


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