The Greater Washington Business
Aviation Association (GWBAA) held its Third Annual Safety
Stand-Down on May 7 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The
attendees included pilots, maintenance technicians and other
representatives from corporate flight departments and aviation
support businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and from
areas throughout the country.
Doug Carr, vice president of safety for the National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA), gave the opening remarks and was
followed by Jim Burin, director of technical programs for the
Flight Safety Foundation, who spoke about today's aviation safety
"A safety culture is the single most important item for any
aviation operation and the one item that you can't buy," said
Burin. "It must be supported by senior management."
This year's event included three breakout sessions. Bob Hobbi,
owner of ServiceElements, spoke about achieving superior levels of
customer service for FBOs, charter operators and flight
departments. John Rahilly, principal of Rahilly Aviation
Associates, gave a presentation on how to obtain the best price and
highest quality service when having an aircraft serviced.
Additionally, the NTSB's Dr. Paul Schuda gave attendees a tour of
the reconstructed portion of the fuselage of TWA Flight 800 and
explained how the accident aircraft was reconstructed.
Captain Alfred Haynes, of United Airlines Flight 232, was the
keynote speaker. In 1989 Haynes and his crew crash landed a
crippled DC-10-10 in Sioux City, Iowa with no hydraulics. Although
there were 111 fatalities, there were also 184 survivors. During
his presentation, which included the video of the accident together
with ATC recordings, Haynes credited Crew Resource Management (CRM)
with limiting the number of fatalities and praised everyone
involved in the accident: pilots, flight attendants, maintenance
personnel, air traffic controllers and especially the Sioux City
emergency response crews who responded to the accident.
"This year's Safety Stand-Down built on the success of our last
two stand-downs and was an unqualified success," said Paige Kroner,
president of GWBAA. "My thanks to all of our sponsors, speakers and
volunteers who contributed to that success."
This year's sponsors included Bombardier, Dassault Falcon,
Gulfstream, Satcom Direct, Welsch Aviation, Sharp Details,
FlightSafety, NBAA, Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather
& Aviation and Landmark Aviation. The stand-down is eligible
for credit towards NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)