Some air crashes are not really accidents. Todd and John characterize the focus of this week’s episode an event where a perfectly good airplane was destroyed.
“Some pilots have more money than brains, and this seems to be a case of that,” John says.
The 2021 air crash event involved a Cessna Citation flown by a single pilot. Although the pilot had experience in aviation, he had been denied a type rating for the plane and single pilot authorization by an Arizona flight school.
This fateful flight started in the Portland area. Before takeoff, the pilot was not fully responsive to air traffic control. That issue continued as the flight progressed to the Mount Hood area.
“Something was amiss and it wasn’t the aircraft,” Todd notes.
The flight ended with an extended spiral into the ground.
Also in this episode is advice related to restricted air space riles and risks and the need for student pilots to secure renter’s insurance.
The efforts of the Flight Safety Foundation take center stage. Special guest is Jim Burin, former technical director at the Foundation and chairman of the award committee for the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award.
Greg and John highlight the many accomplishments of the foundation as an independent, international, and impartial non-profit that exists to champion the cause of aviation safety.
The Foundation works to identify global safety issues, set priorities and serve as a catalyst to address these concerns through data collection and information sharing. Foundation studies and publications serve as a key resource for the industry at all levels.
The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award recognizes notable achievement in the field of aviation safety. John is a past recipient. The process of selecting the latest winners is underway. Learn more at https://flightsafety.org/foundation/aviation-awards/the-laura-taber-barbour-air-safety-award.
The Flight Safety Detectives take on two recent events where pilot stunts led to FAA to revoke their pilot certificates. Pilots are counted on for solid decision making and judgement. The FAA found that pilots failed in their duty to fly safely.
The FAA took the action when pilots Andy Farrington and Luke Aikins conducted a stunt for Red Bull that had been denied. In the other incident, Trevor Jacobs was penalized for staging a crash.
Greg, John and Todd share insight into where these pilots went astray. They talk about ways that they could have gotten online attention without jeopardizing safety.
“In the aviation industry we work to make every flight safe” Greg says. “These guys threatened aviation safety for no good reason.”
The detectives support the strong message sent by the FAA actions.
James “Jim” Rahn Saffley passed away on May 25, 2022 at the age of 81.
James served as Third President of PAMA from 1978-1982 when the PAMA National office was in St. Louis, MO.
Known to everyone as Jim he was a great leader of the association, he was also an outstanding leader in the aviation maintenance profession. Jim also was instrumental in giving guidance to new inspiring A&P Technicians.
Jim had a humble personality that never expected anything of others he was not willing to do himself. He was a confident man who was known by all as a trustworthy and loyal friend. Those close to him knew of his tough exterior with a big heart who was always willing to lend a helping hand. You always knew where you stood with Jim whether you liked it or not. He had an uncanny knack for seeing the potential in others they could not see in themselves.
Jim had a passion for aviation that encompassed over 60 years of his life. He started his career in aviation washing airplanes at the age of 19 and rose to the pinnacle of the industry eventually owning his own business--an FBO which provided commercial and private aviation services. Ironic how a man who was afraid of heights spent his whole life in and around airplanes.
Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara Saffley of Wentzville, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, his three daughters, Sandra (Hernandez), Donna (Eilerman) and Suzanne (Beckerman) and nine grandchildren--Mark, Jeffrey, Amy, Kristen, Ben, Alex, Jordan, Brianna and Brett. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Adolf Saffley and mother, Freida Loretta Saffley nee Spangenberg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jim’s honor to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org), in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385
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