John Goglia has 40+ years experience in the aviation industry. He was the first NTSB member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic's certificate. He can be reached at email@example.com.
John Goglia is an independent aviation safety consultant and Adjunct Professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and regular monthly columnist for four aviation trade publications. He was an airline mechanic for more than 30 years. He has co-authored two text books (Safety Management Systems in Aviation, Ashgate Publishing 2009 and Implementation of Safety Management Systems in Aviation, Ashgate Publishing 2011).
There is now some evidence from the fast food industry that even small hourly increases in wages and increased benefits can have a significant impact on reducing turnover.
Lubricant changes are now an important part of maintaining engine reliability, and that information will be used to better schedule required maintenance and improve engine reliability.
Rookies might not realize temperatures on hot ramps can exceed the ambient air temperature by more than 10 degrees.
Initial reports point to the possible failure of the ground handling company to place chocks behind the aircraft wheels.
An unplanned for increase in traffic could clearly disrupt operations and cause untold headaches for everyone.
Moving aircraft too quickly is one of the most common causes of aircraft damage at general aviation airports, just as at air carrier ones.
The 2014 AMC had 28 teams from five countries registered to compete in 16 different events.
It’s really become an important tool for a mechanic who wants to keep up with what’s happening in the aviation industry and a source of information for future jobs.
The GTAA undertook a 90-day review of just what happened on five particularly cold days in January this year that wreaked havoc on its operations.
A critical component of any SMS is the identification of hazards in a company’s operation. And mechanics are in the right position to identify them.
If working on the ramp is your life attending the annual premier ground equipment show in Las Vegas is a must.
Even if this particular aircraft disappearance does not end up involving ramp security, these are good questions to ask ourselves in reviewing our own ramp operations.
Grappling with the difficulty of attracting the attention of GSE operators during aircraft movement.
There is another argument for increasing worker pay – and that is that it improves the safety and efficiency of ramp operations.
The Vice President's comments also do not reflect some of the infrastructure improvements that have already taken place.
A little planning ahead goes a long way
A daily log of the types of problems encountered can help with a big-picture review of winter operations once warmer temperatures arrive.
Worker killed by a lavatory waste truck he was guiding to an aircraft.
Baggage handlers and other ramp workers are a line of defense if we encourage them to note and report unusual activity.
An extra margin of time is just as important as an extra margin of safety.
No matter the size, all airports should re-check their emergency plans and look for vulnerabilities.
Money saved from under-staffing is more than made up for by the additional fuel burn.