||Director of Safety:
|Maj Kay Rudo
Maj William "Bill" Manley, Jr.
Lt Col Alex Bodnar
The Safety Team is soliciting articles for the Safety Beacon in order to make the beacon more relevant to CAP. Authors of articles, which get published in the beacon, get credited with safety currency for that month. Likewise we are looking for Safety Education Modules for the SMS. If your presentation is uploaded into the SMS, you will be credited with safety currency for that month. If you have suggestions for articles or education modules let us know also. We want to hear from you. All submission should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/CivilAirPatrolSafety and "like" them to receive updates.
CAP Safety Awareness:
There has been some discussion in the media lately about the safety of general aviation that could lead to questions of your subordinates from parents, customers, and potential members. This interest was brought on by a series of articles in USA Today this past week as well as a number of articles in various publications that opposed the views that were expressed. As you know, we are a leader in the general aviation world with a much better safety record than general aviation as a whole and many flying organizations overall. That is not always easy to articulate though, and the following talking points should be shared with your personnel so they can answer questions that may arise:
All DEWg commanders or operations staff should brief your units on this topic. If they have any questions, the National Staff is available to answer them.
- Though there are risks in flying just as there are risks in driving or even walking across the street, Civil Air Patrol members work very hard to conduct operations safely and protect our members, customers, and the resources we are provided.
- CAP’s safety record is on par with or better than many commercial operations, and is often touted as the role model example for a general aviation flying program.
- Civil Air requires its pilots to do more than what is in the Federal Aviation Regulations before they can fly for us.
o Civil Air Patrol pilots receive additional training and flight evaluations just to fly the aircraft, and also must complete specialized training before they can fly missions for us like cadet orientation flights or search and rescue sorties.
- Every pilot is re-evaluated on a regular basis, and CAP pilots are also encouraged to participate in structured proficiency flying to improve their skills.
- CAP has hundreds of instructors who have completed factory training on the use of new equipment and they also present this training to local members. This training ensures that our pilots are proficient in the use of the technology available to fly safely, but they are also prepared and practice operating their aircraft should this technology fail.
- Civil Air Patrol also goes above and beyond federal requirements for maintaining and equipping its aircraft.
- CAP aircraft are flown frequently, inspected regularly and maintained to the highest standards in the industry
- CAP contracts with aircraft maintenance facilities who have proven records of high quality maintenance and we ensure that they continue to adhere to industry and FAA maintenance standards.
- CAP works daily with Cessna factory representatives to ensure that we have up-to-date information on aircraft system malfunction trends and CAP informs the field of all safety concerns and service bulletins.
- CAP’s safety program requires an analysis of every in-flight system failure or ground mishap and actions must be taken to prevent recurrence, no matter what the cause.
- CAP’s discrepancy tracking system used in conjunction with the knowledge of experienced flight release officers greatly reduces the risk of an aircraft with a known malfunction being cleared for flight.
Contact the local commander, director, or senior officer immediately. That person should:
- If the mishap qualifies as an accident*, notify the CAP National Operations Center (NOC) at 1-888-211-1812 (x300) immediately. Then follow up with DE Wing Staff as below.
- If other than an accident, contact the Wing Director of Safety, Ass't Wing Director of Safety, or the Wing Commander (if a Safety Officer is not available).
* CAPR 62-2 defines an emergency as "a mishap that results in death (within 30 days), serious bodily injury,
or major damage to, or loss of, equipment or property"
Flight Safety Topics
Recent incidents of propeller and tail strikes involving CAP aircraft have resulted in the publication of two online briefings:
Cold Weather Flying Resources:
- CAP National Safety website: http://www.capmembers.com/safety/
- FAA Safety Briefings: http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/
- FEMA courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/
- CAP Safety Alerts: http://www.capmembers.com/safety/safety-alerts/
- CAP Safety Newsletters: http://www.capmembers.com/safety/safety-newsletters-2248/
- CAP Safety Resource Links: http://www.capmembers.com/safety/resource-links/
- CAP Safety Education: http://www.capmembers.com/safety/safety_education/
Civil Air Patrol Partners with FAA for Safety Training
Safety Education: Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA's WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
The WINGS program - available to all aviation enthusiasts at http://www.faasafety.gov www.faasafety.gov - helps aviators and aviation enthusiasts construct an educational curriculum suitable for their individual flight requirements. Providing increased awareness through education complements CAP's safety management system. Additional info can be found at the CAP National and FAA websites:
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