“Flight Safety Detectives” and former NTSB investigators discuss inconsistencies in training worldwide and validity of new NTSB recommendations on avoiding 737-type crashes
WASHINGTON, DC, October 16, 2019 – John Goglia and Gregory Feith are two of aviation’s most well-known, well-informed and outspoken aviation safety insiders. In the latest episode of their podcast series “Flight Safety Detectives,” they explore inconsistencies in training standards in the U.S. and worldwide that often lead to catastrophic crashes. Goglia is a former NTSB board member and, Feith is former NTSB lead investigator, having investigated more than 2,500 air crashes.
The podcasts are available at flightsafetydetectives.com or wherever you get your podcasts.
Goglia and Feith today posted the sixth episode in their “Flight Safety Detectives,” podcast series -- an interview with Captain Chinar Shah, manager of safety for Jet Airways (where she used to be a pilot) and senior flight operations consultant at GHS Aviation Group.
Shah is a professional pilot, flying for more than 19 years,13 as a pilot in the airline ranks including the Boeing 737 Max. Her career commenced with an appointment as an ATR72 First Officer in 2006. She then rapidly advanced within the Jet Airways organization in both grade and position being promoted to ATR72 Captain in 2011, ATR72 Line Training Captain in 2012, and B737NG and B737MAX Line Captain in 2014.
Shah and the Flight Safety Detectives talk about the training, confidence, knowledge, nerves and experience it takes to be the best of the best. According to Shah, pilots need to know what “The Normal” is in the air so when there is an extraordinary and dangerous situation, the pilot knows immediately what is wrong and how to correct it.
In previous podcasts, Goglia and Feith have covered extensively the Boeing 737 Max crashes, most recently questioning recommendations issued by the NTSB, tasking the FAA and aircraft manufactures with “dumbing down” the latest generation commercial airplanes to make up for the incompetent or unqualified pilots who may be flying these airplanes in the future. Feith says that “these recommendations are an embarrassment and an insult to the well-trained men and women who spend hundreds of hours in training and are capable, competent and well qualified to handle any issue that they may face.”
Goglia has more than 60 years in the aviation safety business. He is the only airframe and power plant mechanic to get a presidential appointment as an NTSB board member where he spent nearly a decade leading the most important aviation investigations and influencing policy. His experience in the industry has made him a highly sought-after consultant, expert, speaker and writer. He is frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine and author of Torqued, a monthly column appearing in AINOnline. Goglia is also chairman of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
Feith is a former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator and “Go-Team” captain. He has more than 40 years of aviation safety experience. Feith spent more than two decades with the NTSB serving as the Investigator-In-Charge or U.S. Accredited Representative for numerous high-profile aircraft accidents including Valujet in the Florida Everglades, American Eagle ATR-72 in Roselawn, Korean Air Boeing 747 in Guam, among many others.
He has investigated more than 2,500 aircraft accidents worldwide. In addition, Feith led a team of mountain climbers to 21,000 feet on Mt. Illimani in Bolivia to investigate the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 980, the highest “controlled-flight-into-terrain (CFIT)” crash in aviation history. Feith is also an aviation products inventor and has been inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation.”
Six episodes are currently available which include discussions about a variety of aviation subjects such as the October 2018 crash of a Lion Air Flight 610, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, and the second MAX 8 jet crash that crashed in March 2019 involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
Goglia and Feith talk about how the industry, regulators and Congress are reacting not only to the controversial crashes that have grounded Boeing’s 737s, but also how the world regulators and the industry are reacting as well. Other podcast episodes address the regulatory and legal aspects of maintaining an aircraft, and “issues-of-the-day” that affect both commercial and general aviation pilots and mechanics. The Flight Safety Detectives point fingers, interpret the facts, politics and policies related to specific incident and accident investigations, and ask the tough questions that haven’t been addressed by the industry or the national/international media.
In addition to flight safety-related topics, Goglia and Feith identify and discuss with their unique perspectives, topics of interest such as traveling with infants and children, tips and tricks for navigating through airports and security, dealing with unruly passengers, and packing your bags (what you can and cannot take through security) among many other topics. There is no aviation-related topic that the Flight Safety Detectives won’t address. The podcasts will also feature discussions with some of the world’s most knowledgeable and well-known aviation industry subject-matter experts, and Goglia and Feith also answer listener questions.
To interview Goglia or Feith, please contact Robert Deigh 703-401-6339; firstname.lastname@example.org or call them directly. Also, to advertise on the show and/or website, or sponsor a Flight Safety Detectives show, please contact John Goglia at 703-597-4502 (email@example.com) or Greg Feith at 303-279-6096 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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