ALPA Holds First Risk Management Course
Eleven line pilot safety
representatives from seven pilot groups participated this week in ALPA’s
first-ever Risk Management Course, designed to give ALPA safety reps a thorough
grounding in the philosophy and practice of risk assessment, safety management
systems, ASAP, and FOQA.
An important component of the course was the time devoted to small-group
exercises. In one, the pilots conducted a risk assessment and developed
recommendations for mitigating safety issues at two actual airports. In another,
they played the roles of ALPA rep, FAA rep, or airline management rep on an ASAP
ERC as they dealt with an actual, but de-identified, ASAP report. A third
exercise involved making decisions as an ALPA FOQA gatekeeper.
Particularly popular with the attendees was a panel of
ASAP Event Review Committee (ERC) experts, made up of Capt. Dick Holloway (DAL),
his pilot group’s principal ASAP ERC representative; Patricia DeMasi, Delta Air
Lines ASAP manager; and Dr. Doug Farrow, acting manager of the FAA’s Volunteer
Safety Programs Branch. The emphasis of the panelists was on ways to reach
consensus on an ERC.
Meeting at the Association’s Herndon, Va., offices, the pilots spent
two-and-a-half days immersed in a wealth of material provided by instructors
Capt. Dale Peterson (ALA), ALPA SMS team leader; Capt. Rich Sampson (PDT), ALPA
Safety Information Analysis Programs team leader; F/O Jeff Mee (CAL), ALPA
Training Programs coordinator; and F/O Stephen Demko (UAL), his pilot group’s
Look for more coverage in a future issue of Air Line Pilot.