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Runway Safety Recurrent Training

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From the FSDO Safety Program Manager and myself; Our goal is to increase awareness and education about Runway Safety. Take 20 minutes and look it over.

“Hello everyone,

There has been an significant increase of runway incursions lately. In fact
it is so serious that Jim Ballough (AFS-1) and John Allen (AFS-2) traveled
to the Eastern Region and Southern Region to meet with key management
officials from Part 121 carriers to focus on reducing pilot deviations.
This week, Ballough has been holding similar meetings in the Central, Great
Lakes, and Southwestern Regions, while Allen has West Coast duty in the
Alaska, Northwest Mountain, and Western Pacific Regions. You can view the
presentation on

Within it is a reference to the ALPA/AOPA/FAA Runway Safety Program, an on-line, interactive course. You can complete it in 30-45 minutes and get a completion certificate. Armed with this certificate, you can request credit for a portion of the new Wings pilot proficiency program, which may help lower your insurance rate if you fly GA on the side. To check out the course, go to 

Don’t be fool that the above message addresses the 121 arena only . We are
experiencing the same problem in the GA world as well!”

Things you can do:

1. Identify airport surface operational hazards to NASA ASRS, the FAA Safety Hotline and airport management.

2. Review cockpit procedures to identify elements that may contribute to pilot distraction during taxi and develop a TEAM approach to Transfer, Eliminate, Accept or Mitigate those hazards.

3. Use an airport diagram, free from airnav.

If you have questions about the new Wings program, give me a holler, I am a Lead Rep for the FAASTeam at the Ft Worth FSDO.

Fly (and Taxi) Smart


How’d ya Like to be a Ground Controller at JFK?

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Listen to this ATC tape, and see if you can pick out who is flailing, who is trying to help out and who is getting snippy. Think about how you would react in this situation, from ATC and the pilots’ standpoint. What Human Factors are at work here? What are the Threats, and how can they develop into Error? What are the consequences of Error if two jumbos collide on the ground? How would you manage this hazard (and “stay away from JFK” doesn’t count”)!
Professionalism goes a long way here, in keeping the situation stabilized and avoiding another Tenerife.

JFK ATC on a good day. Like the guy says, go visit a tower someday if you can. These folks do some amazing things in their 4 dimensional world, and have my utmost respect.

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March 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Super Huey Okinawa

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Here’s a photo from 1993 of Clark Kent Lewis flying the mighty Super Huey (UH-1N) on a Close In Fire Support (CIFS) to Ie Shima

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March 14, 2007 at 3:52 am

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I’m somebody! I managed to get a photo posted on

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March 13, 2007 at 12:22 pm

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