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DESCRIPTIONSite Surveys. Presented by Burt Compton. Concept of the Soaring Site Survey. Based on the Swedish Soaring Federation mandatory Site Survey program which resulted in a decrease in the glider accident rate in Sweden by more than 50%. Soaring Site Survey. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Site SurveysPresented byBurt Compton
Concept of the Soaring Site Survey...Based on the Swedish Soaring Federation mandatory Site Survey program which resulted in a decrease in the glider accident rate in Sweden by more than 50%.
Soaring Site Survey...You must invite the Soaring Safety Foundation to conduct a survey. A soaring site cannot fail a site survey - it is a observation of glider operations.A one-day visit includes an evening Safety Seminar to discuss concerns with all of the club members.
BenefitsIndependent, third-person observations.Generates a confidential verbal report.A basis to modify your Safety Culture.Reinforces your commitment to safety.Refreshes CFIG teaching techniques.Identifies your Good Ideas, to be shared.
Beyond The Bottom LineSave lives, prevent injuries.Reduce damage to aircraft and property.Save your club, and your soaring site.
Corrective ActionsAfter the Site Survey, club managers begin: Reviewing Ops Procedures Updating Manuals Giving Authority to the Safety Officer Strengthening Club Management Periodic Self-Evaluation
Site Surveys in 18 States2002 2005 CA (3)IL (2)VT (2) TXMI (2)NHNMWIMACO (3)MN (2)VATNIAPAFLNYAZ
Site Survey ChecklistClub Member ConcernsRecent IncidentsCurrent Operational AspectsManagement Structure
Site Survey ChecklistManagersSafety OfficerFlight InstructorsTow PilotsLine Crew
Site Survey ChecklistAirspaceAirportAircraft- Gliders- Towplanes
Site Survey ChecklistGround Handling Launch Point OrganizationTakeoff ProceduresAerotow and Release ProceduresLanding Patterns
Modifying the Safety CultureWeve always done it this way. Avoid operating in a bubble.Compliance with safety procedures by pilots of privately owned glidersAttitudes about risk managementConsistency in training / periodic checkoutsInstructor RecertificationSafety Meetings
Sharing The Good Ideas!
Common ObservationsLaunch Point OrganizationGround handling & securing of gliders.People & equipment along the takeoff line.
Club Instructors Inconsistent training:no syllabusno student progress checks / pilot recordsdifferent checklistsdifferent landing pattern shapesdifferent stall/spin recognition trainingCFIG renewal by non-glider method
Common ObservationsTowpilots Diving after glider release,aggressive flying, rope management, taxi routes.
Club ManagementPoor record keeping, especially pilot currency.Not establishing authority of a Safety Officer.
Rescue Equipment / Emergency Plan
Common ObservationsStrange checklists, if any.Flying high above the towplane wake.Flying square patterns in relation to landmarks on the ground.Lack of awareness of new procedures / sources of training and safety information. Insisting on doing it the old way.
Crew Resource ManagementGlider PilotTowpilot Wing Runner
Burts TriangleSafetyFunThe Bottom Line
Dont Lose Sight of Safety!SafetyFunThe Bottom Line
Invite the SSF
Soaring Site Survey
Flight Instructor Recertification Clinic (FIRC) Speak at your Soaring Safety Seminar
Contact the Soaring Safety Foundationwww.SOARINGSAFETY.org
SSF Trustees:Rich Carlson (Chairman)Bernald SmithGene HammondBob WanderBurt Compton