Look The Other Way

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In aviation we are constantly reminded to do the right thing and place safety first in every aspect of aircraft operations. This holds especially true in aviation maintenance. A maintenance error on the ground can prove fatal once the aircraft is in the air. After all, there are no breakdown lanes in the sky. That being said, airlines and corporate flight departments are in the business of making money. Naturally, the more time an aircraft sits on the ground the more money the airline or corporation loses. As a result of a poor economy, aviation companies are now more than ever are making efforts to increase productivity of their maintenance departments in an effort to reduce aircraft down time. This means they allot less time for maintenance inspections and repairs. Management is pushing their maintenance departments to the ragged edge of productivity in and effort to maximize profits. Unfortunately, amongst the budget slashing safety is dropped off the list. This hurried approach to aircraft maintenance leads to human error. That is why it is imperative that mechanics of all experience levels are aware of human factors and how they pertain to their day to day activities. And perhaps more importantly, how to protect themselves and others from the hazards related to human factors. Before explaining how human factors affect aviation safety we need to understand what human factors are. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) definition of human factors is,” A multidisciplinary effort to generate and compile information about human capabilities and limitations and apply that information to equipment, systems, software, facilities, procedures, jobs, environments, training, staffing, and personnel management to produce safe comfo... ... middle of paper ... ...ion Today 08Aug2009: n. pag. Web. 16 Apr 2011. . Graeber, Curt. "The Role of Human Factors in Improving Aviation Safety." Aero Magazine Unknown: n. pag. Web. 16 Apr 2011. http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/aero_08/human.html. Johnson, Bill. "Human Factors Tool Box." AMT Magazine 12 Jan 2011: n. pag. Web. 12 Apr 2011. http://www.amtonline.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=1&id=5571. United States Federal Aviation Administration. “System Safety Handbook”. , 2000. Web. 12 Apr 2011. http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aviation/risk_management/ss_handbook/media/Chap17_1200.PDF. United States Federal Aviation Administration. “Safety Management System Components”. , 2009. Web. 16 Apr 2011. http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/sms/explained/components/
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