New OSHA Fall Protection Rule - Are You Compliant?

New OSHA Fall Protection Rule - Are You Compliant?

In January 2017, new OSHA rules tightened the requirements to help prevent falls from ladders and raised work platforms. The new rules are primarily focused on the construction industry, but also apply to aviation maintenance technicians workers in hangars.

Incorporated in the new rule are advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards, all providing effective and cost-efficient worker protection. General Industry standards (includes aviation) are specifically addressed for slip, trip, and fall hazards; including an additional requirement for personal fall protection systems.

These changes are estimated by OSHA to prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every…

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Big Sky, Little Airplane

Big Sky, Little Airplane

We were enroute from Guadalajara, Mexico (MMGL) to Laredo, TX (KLRD). Laredo was a Customs stop. We only had one short leg after Laredo and we would be done for the day. It was early afternoon; the weather was beautiful.

The Big Sky, Little Airplane theory is wide open spaces, like the airspace over North central Mexico at FL370 that we were in, and ATC procedures should keep two aircraft from coming near each other, not to mention colliding. Recalling the Gol airlines flight 1907 and Embraer 600 midair collision over northern Brazil kept us from believing that theory.

While at…

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Loss of Control Leads to CFIT - Part 2

Loss of Control Leads to CFIT - Part 2

Remember our initial discussion on the Hawker 700 crash in Akron, OH? If not, review that blog post.

Many people wonder "why didn't the Captain take over"? In this situation, I actually agree with the PIC's decision to let the SIC fly the leg. I've come to the conclusion that sometimes it's better as the Captain to be the Pilot Monitoring as I can keep my Situational Awareness going and manage the flight instead of doing the actual flying.

Where it all went wrong is the Captain's decision to not go-around from a descent and approach that had so many…

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"Maintain Vertical Speed, Maintain"

We departed Punta Gorda, FL (KPGD) enroute to Houston Hobby (KHOU) and were cleared to climb to 11,000 feet. The weather was typical for southern Florida in the spring time—2000 Broken and 10 miles.

A couple of minutes after takeoff, while climbing above the broken layer, we received a TA almost immediately followed with an RA. This was not your typical Climb or Descend corrective RA. It was one I’d never heard before: "Maintain Vertical Speed, Maintain."

The RA was very explicit, and I followed the verbal instructions by maintaining my current rate of climb and keeping the VSI…

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Loss of Control Leads to CFIT - Part 1

Loss of Control Leads to CFIT - Part 1

The NTSB released their factual report of a Hawker 700 crash in Akron, OH (KAKR) a few months ago, and the facts are a little disturbing. As usual, it's never the one event that causes an accident, but a combination of factors.

As a CFI-I with 20 years of experience, type ratings from large turboprops to airliners, and 9000+ hours of flight time, I've learned a few things along the way. However, there was a simple maxim from a professor when I was going through flight school that has always stuck with me. He called it his "time compression theory" and…

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"Traffic, Traffic"

You are rapidly climbing to FL370. Your requested flight level is 390, but ATC has restricted you to FL370 due to an Airbus 319 flying in the opposite direction and maintaining FL380.

You are climbing very well today and your rate of climb is 3000 feet/min. When you pass FL361 you receive a TA against the Airbus "Traffic, Traffic." Simultaneously, a TA is issued in the Airbus "Traffic, Traffic." Six seconds later when you are passing FL365 you get a "Level off, level off" RA. You slowly start to reduce the vertical rate but given the closure speed, three seconds…

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