Monthly Archives: January 2012

Safety Management System and General Aviation

A Safety Management System (SMS)—the risk assessment and dispatch process for each flight—represents a critical aspect of commercial or corporate flight operations. A series of factors must be considered through an independent evaluation system that lets pilots and supervisors know … Continue reading

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Desert Thunder VII

Thermal, CA October 2011: The Red Star Pilots’ Association conducted Desert Thunder VII at Jackie Cochran Airport (KTRM) in October. Desert Thunder is an annual training program for pilots who want to learn to fly tactical formation, fly low level … Continue reading

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T-34 to Georgia

In addition to flying the Plus One Flyers Malibu for some time, I’ve been fortunate to be able to fly a friend’s T-34 out of Gillespie on formation flights with the San Diego Salute Team for fly-bys at parades, holidays … Continue reading

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2006 MCAS Yuma Air Show

A January air show in Minneapolis sounds as crazy as a July air show in Yuma. But, the flight line in Yuma in February is heaven. Like the PGA, the winter air show circuit covers the sunbelt in the Southwest … Continue reading

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2009 Moscow Air Show

When the San Diego Air & Space Museum put together a trip to Moscow for the 2009 MAKS Air Show I thought the price looked a little steep until I studied the itinerary and determined it was an offer I … Continue reading

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Checklist Discipline

Why do pilots stop using checklists? Safety experts use words like familiarity or complacency. It might be because many general aviation pilots have never been told about the difference between a do-list and a checklist. They are actually the same document; it’s just a … Continue reading

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Rich Martindell: Aviation and Safety Consultant

Rich Martindell: Aviation and Safety Consultant rich@wild-blue-yonder.com 619-253-7649 University of Southern California trained aircraft accident investigator and safety program manager. Experienced in risk analysis, management and mitigation and establishing compliance programs for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). … Continue reading

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