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October 26, 2007


christopher carfi

brian, this is great validation of the PAMA vision, and a wonderful show of support from bombardier!

Todd J Caruso

I attended the Bombardier Safety Standdown this year for the first time, but Monday was a traveling day and I was not able to attend any of the Maintenance Workshops.

The remaining three days that I attended were great. I believe that the interaction of flight crews and maintenance personnel was welcomed by both. While Safety Standdown is currently geared mainly toward the flight crews, I found a lot of information that was pertainent to maintenance personnel i.e... Aerodynamics (discussions on flight control flutter with in flight video), topics on fatigue, sleep deprevation and professionalism.

A future "Maintenance Safety Standdown" venue should be held yearly and the subject matter kept seperate from the traditional PAMA topics. Subject areas should be get mechanics and inspectors thinking "Outside the Tool Box" and on a higher level to include such topics as Human Factors, Sleep Deprivation, Critical Thinking, Aerodynamics etc. Guest speakers should include high level government officials like Gen. Mark Rosenker, Chairman of the NTSB, Mr. Nick Sabatini, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA as well as other well respected persons like Dr. Tony Kern, Capt. Sam Harris, Dr. Bill Johnson and Dr. Mark Rosekind. Basically Safety Standdown tweeked to a maintenance audience. However; this venue should be linked to the current Safety Standdown to keep the Flight Crew/Mechanic interaction.

Brian Finnegan

Thanks Todd - I agree with you. Sorry you missed Monday as there was some great dialogue - something I think we should promote. We have a lot to learn from one another, as well as from those great lecturers. Once the lecture is done, we will be well served to foster more open discussion. Brian

Ron Carr

I agree primarily with the FAA's proposed rule changes to Part 147. However more emphasis should be placed on MX documentation of their work performed (i.e spelling and std. industry abbreviations etc.) also some additional training on state-of-the-art composites inspection and repair and finally verbal communication with flight crews to ensure full understanding of MX delayed/completed. Ron

Patrick Kinane

We are all going to have our personal areas of focus. Mine happens to be on the soft skills that we have ignored for the most part. Maintenance safety is reliant on the soft skills that are lacking in our management and supervisory staff. Maintenance has always been under pressure to produce now the managerial mantra is 'do more with less' which to me is a formula for unsafe practices. Management is great at preaching safety and applying safety techniques but poor at practicing the concepts of people skills to truly affect safety. Production gives way to quality too often in business in general but it will jeopardize safety in aviation maintenance. Organizational trust has an indirect but profound affect on safety and management/employee trust in the airline sector is at an all time low.

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