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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Whether action was or was not taken against individuals by the FAA, the problems described provide many lessons for active mechanics.
Common theme to close calls between aircraft and GSE were operators rushing to either get a job done or rushing to juggle more than one assignment, usually requiring different equipment.
Managers I’ve spoken with have universally reported sales figures that are the rosiest in a long time.
It’s not just what you say that matters!
In general, according to the CDC packages or luggage should not pose a risk.
The preliminary report concludes that the airplane was fueled with 40 gallons of Jet A (20 gallons in each tank) instead of 100LL avgas.
OSHA’s website has some excellent suggestions - specifically aimed at ramp workers - for preventing common worker injuries.
The first step is to follow company procedures, second, check the equipment
With ramp worker turnover so high, it’s especially important for supervisors and managers to ensure that safety policies are not only in place, but actively monitored to ensure compliance.
Money can be used to acquire low-emission vehicles – including electric GSE – and to install refueling and recharging stations to support low-emission vehicles.
Unmanned aircraft systems equal job opportunities for maintenance professionals
The only way to insure the safety of your operation is to directly oversee how the increased activity is being handled by your employees, especially during peak times.
With more and more attention paid to the quality of drinking water, it’s critical for operators to properly and routinely clean and test their potable water trucks.
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.