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                                        "Keeping the Fun in Flying!"


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WingsOfun.com BLOG #70: December 16, 2014     

   



WELCOME PILOTS

    

     I had a great time at the EAA Chapter 8 Christmas party in Walnut Cove, NC this past Saturday. In addition to spending time with my mentors and friends, it was great to see all the “rag and tube” aircraft at the grass landing strip. Remember: It’s the people that make aviation great! 


                                                                                Walnut Cove, NC Private Airport (WOF Media)

    

                                                                            Von M., Phil D. and TW Freeman (WOF Media)

     A quick shout-out to Marty Heller for sending this information to share with fellow subscribers about the Unicom/CTAF frequency change at Cape Fear Regional (Southport/Oak Island, NC).

"Flying to Cape Fear Regional Jetport (KSUT)? If so, be aware that the CTAF/Unicom changed on 18 Sept 2014, to 123.05 due to conflicts with surrounding airports with the same 05/23 runways. NOTAMS, ATIS, Airport Facility Directory and electronic databases have all been updated on that date. The Charlotte sectional updates in January."

                                                                                   Source: http://www.capefearjetport.com/

Safe travels.

~TC FREEMAN

“Keeping the fun in flying!"
tom@wingsofun.com


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COFESSIONS OF AN AVIATION SAFETY SPECIALIST

By TC FREEMAN

     A flight instructor friend commented to me, “Isn't it tough being a safety guy?” Guessing that his question was really one of being constantly scrutinized for safe actions I responded, “I don’t really worry because I have always wanted to be safe, be it flying or otherwise.” One of the comments that my father always received about his flying was that he was very conscientious about safety, and since he is my mentor I try to emulate this positive trait. I have a confession. I’ve fallen short of the goal of personal responsibility with regards to safety.   

     I was having my mid-morning green tea with the guys from work talking about the issues of the world and what-not. Having a good view of the runway this spot is a favorite for discussion and airplane watching. One of the guys commented, “Look at all of those birds circling the runway,” and we all looked to see about 20 birds overhead. While the runway was dormant I said, “Do you think we should call the airport authority to send someone out?” Jokingly, we all responded, “Naaaa!” A couple of minutes later a commuter jet took-off flying through the group of birds knocking one of them to the ground. After a collective gasp we notified airport officials about what happened. It's hard to admit that I let myself become complacent and didn't act until a bird-strike happened.

     Quick sidebar: Airfield managers have tools such as shotgun blanks, air guns, dogs and hawks to scare birds from runways.

    While the commuter continued successfully on its journey I knew the ramifications of such an event could have been a lot worse. In writing this story I was tempted to cross analyze my actions by blaming it on one of my co-workers, lack of a good night's sleep or poor office moral. The truth is I let myself down by not being proactive during a potentially serious situation and taking appropriate action to mitigate the problem.

     I see this complacency happen all over, from ignoring fire alarms while in a movie theater to drivers being oblivious to fire-rescue vehicles trying to get to the scene of an accident. The next time you see a potential hazard take action immediately or you might regret it for a long time to come. I fell short of the goal to have a positive safety culture in my organization that starts with no one other than me.

 

About the author:

TC Freeman has been flying since he was a teenager and is now an aviation speaker and author. Being employed as an Aviation Safety Specialist for state government, he has a passion for spreading the thrill of flying just for the fun of it via the website, www.WingsOfun.com.

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