Aviation International News June 2022

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ACSF symposium highlights positive work culture issues B Y K E R R Y LY N C H

As aviation reporting programs continue to expand as a key means to elevate safety, so too has the need for positive cultures to ensure the success of such programs, according to speakers at the recent 14th annual Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium. Workplace culture was among several safety themes highlighted during the two-day symposium that ran April 5-6 in Daytona Beach, Florida, with further topics surrounding health and wellbeing, among others.


Kimberly Perkins, a Gulfstream G650 compelled to adapt to the style established captain and industry researcher, highlighted by the captain. Further, 75 percent said her findings from surveys that underscored they have been hesitant in speaking up to the importance of culture in the flight deck share safety concerns because of the culand the larger organization. Surveys found ture in the flight deck and 57 percent felt when there is a positive synergy in the flight silenced after bringing up such a concern. deck, pilots feel more valued and willing to “We know captains or PICs play a very large ask for help or share mistakes, Perkins said. role in establishing a microculture in the Conversely, they found pilots are about 50 flight deck,” Perkins said. percent less likely to share information The FAA has adopted and updated crew when they do not get along. resource management training (CRM) guideNotably, 93 percent of first officers sur- lines over the past 18 years, but 51 percent of veyed said they sometimes or always feel survey respondents said their CRM training

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