Flight Safety Detectives Episode 43: NTSB Still Not Onsite, CO Pilot Makes Up the Rules
The NTSB is still not doing onsite accident investigations. A pilot landing in Colorado decides to ignore the rules. Long-term health impacts of COVID could impact pilots, mechanics and flight attendants. Greg and John focus on these topics in their latest episode.
A recent accident in Buffalo prompted two senators to write a letter to the NTSB asking for an onsite investigation. The Board responded that they are not visiting accident scenes and deferred to the FAA for on-scene information gathering.
Greg and John continue to call on the NTSB to do its mandated job. They discuss the impact on aviation safety now and into the future.
This episode also analyzes a midair collision involving a Beech A36 Bonanza and a Robinson R44 Raven II in 2018 at Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The Beech pilot chose to set aside the rules and flew over the Robinson with disastrous results.
They wrap up with a discussion of COVID. People with even minor cases are reporting loss of taste and brain fog. Sense of smell is important to just about every aviation role on the ground and in the air. Clear thinking and decision-making are just as important.
Flight Safety Foundation Presents Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award to PAMA President John Goglia
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member, airline maintenance professional and long-time safety advocate John Goglia is the 2020 recipient of the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award. Goglia was presented the award virtually on Thursday as part of Flight Safety Foundation’s 73rd annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS).
Also during the special presentation, former Foundation President and CEO Sir Stuart Matthews was recognized with an honorary Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award for his significant and enduring contributions to aviation safety.
Goglia, who has decades of experience in the aviation industry, was the first, and to date the only, airframe and powerplant mechanic appointed to the NTSB. He served on the Board from August 1995 to June 2004.
Before joining the NTSB, Goglia worked as an airline mechanic, was a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams and operated his own aircraft service company. While on the Board, he was recognized for his interest in airport safety improvement in fire and rescue operations. He also was an advocate of the need to focus attention on the significance of maintenance as a factor in accidents and for greater compassion in dealing with the families and friends of accident victims. Since leaving the Board, he has been a teacher, researcher, consultant, author and mentor.
Matthews, who earned his pilot license at age 17, retired as president and CEO of the Foundation in 2006 after serving in those positions since 1994. He had previously been a member of the FSF Board of Governors since 1989 and chairman of the Board since 1991.
Upon his retirement, he received the 2006 International Federation of Airworthiness Whittle Award, named for the inventor of the turbo jet engine, and the Aero-Club of France’s Grande Médaille d’Or.
The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award, which has been presented annually at IASS since 1956, recognizes and celebrates original and remarkable worldwide contributions ─ in method, design, invention, study or other advancement ─ in the field of aviation safety, be it civil or military.
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The NTSB is considered a non-essential service and on-site accident investigations have been suspended during COVID-19. With no one on site to gather facts and evidence, John and Greg ask if the NTSB is needed anymore.
Even before the pandemic, the agency had an increasing case backlog. Reports that have been issued recently are incomplete and offer scant safety insight.
John and Greg find the recent NTSB reports inadequate to identify risks and determine effective mitigation. The reports lack the evidence to support the stated probable causes and offer little safety insight.
As John and Greg celebrate the one-year anniversary of Flight Safety Detectives, they use their straight-talking platform to call out the agency they have both proudly served for failing to do its job.
Flight Safety Detectives Episode 41: End of a Long Day and Weather Add Up to Disaster
Greg and John examine the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder from American Flight 1420, a MD-80 that crashed at Little Rock Airport in 1999. Greg served as the NTSB investigator in charge (IIC) and John was part of the headquarters support team.
The 30-min recording reveals the pilots were racing the weather as well as fatigue from a long workday. John and Greg walk through the conversation reflected in the recording, highlighting how different decisions could have changed the deadly outcome.
They offer insights beyond the words of the transcript. What isn’t said and done is as compelling as what is documented in the CVR.
Greg and John discuss the process of looking at the aftermath to determine the cause and what could be learned. Findings led to checklist and operational procedures changes as well as configuration updates at the Little Rock airport.
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