Human Factors advice for pilots using Electronic Conspicuity Devices
Electronic Conspicuity is a really important tool for keeping our airspace safe. Our report shows its advantages, but also highlights the need for more training, awareness and hands-on practice. We will continue to work with the UK Civil Aviation Authority on the progress being made in this area, so that the benefits of Electronic Conspicuity can be realised. The research found that, despite the advantages of Electronic Conspicuity, there were many learning points including a ‘false sense of security’ from some pilots, issues around distraction when flying, and over-reliance on the technology.
Southdown Gliding Club Safety Evening
Southdown Gliding Club hosted a GASCo virtual safety evening on 13th April
Avoiding mid-air collisions
Maintaining a good lookout is vital and a very good short reminder on the basic techniques is contained in this short video clip made by the UK Airprox Board
Planning v Executing; Sometimes a Catastrophic Gap
The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) holds an annual safety conference which is one of the largest in the USA. The 32nd of these was delivered onliner on Thursday 24th March 2022. Join FAA Safety Team member Paul Diette (who incidentally lives in the UK and flies from Goodwood) as he reviews GA accidents in the North East USA and introduces the 60-minute keynote presentation, Planning v Executing; Sometimes a Catastrophic Gap, by the former Commander and Flight Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, Richard McSpadden. Richard currently serves as the Senior Vice President of the US AOPA Air Safety Institute, where he leads safety programs that reach a global audience as well as serving as the industry chair for the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee.
When it's not really Pilot Error
An incident is different from an accident, but is it still an incident if no one else saw it happen? And what are the benefits of investigating known incidents? Dr. Shawn Pruchniki, Clinical Professor at Ohio State University, discusses that accidents, incidents, and near-misses are all valuable learning opportunities, particularly when so many accidents occur for the same reasons. Digging deeper into the cause of an accident can reveal details that can help to remove the “pilot error” label as the cause of future accidents.
NATS Altitude episode 14: General Aviation: Returning to the Skies
Altitude is a monthly live-streamed webcast produced by NATS where people from across the industry join our own team of experts to offer their insights into a wide range of aviation topics and trends. In this episode, Antony Hatch, Air Traffic Control Watch Manager at Luton Airport talks Amanda Rhodes an air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre who looks after airspace around Luton Airport and Mike O'Donoghue, GASCo's Chief Executive about returning to flying after an extended break. You can follow Altitude on social media to keep up to date with the episode schedule and sign up to attend. Finally, if you have any ideas for topics, you would like NATS to cover in the show, please let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preventing Loss of Control with Gerry Humphreys
This video is taken from a GASCo Safety Evening presentation. In it, Gerry Humphreys, Chairman of the General Safety Council of Ireland provides describes loss of control, the associated human factors and the need to develop resilience in order to prevent it occurring.
RAeS Cierva Webinar: Flying on Mars - Development of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
In this video Ben Pipenburg engineering lead for the Air Environments Mars Helicopter Team delivers the Royal Aeronautical Society's 2021 Cierva Lecture. Ben discusses the challenges of designing, building, landing and flying a helicopter on the surface of Mars. Although this talk is not directly related to GA safety, the achievement is a landmark in aeronautical history and there are many safety lessons to draw from this inspiring project.
Helena Hughes from NATS gives advice on how to avoid an airspace infringement
Helena is an air traffic controller at Swanwick centre as well as being a commercial pilot and instructor. In this short video she offers advice to General Aviation pilots on how to avoid an airspace infringement and what to do in the event they have one.
GASCo RSO Nils Jamieson talks to LAA Reporter, Neil Wilson at the LAA Rally
GASCo Regional Safety Officer talks to Neil Wilson at the LAA Rally about the Pre-Flight Challenge and describes some of the other work he does as as a GASCo volunteer