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Region of Risk

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Region of Risk

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect”— Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930's.

The Human Factor in slips, trips and falls

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Falls are one of life’s great overlooked perils. We fear terror attacks, shark bites, and other minutely remote dangers, yet more than 420,000 people die worldwide each year after falling. Falls are the second-leading cause of death by injury after car accidents. In the United States, falls cause 32,000 fatalities a year (more than four times the number caused by drowning and fires combined). Nearly three times as many people die in the U.S. after falling as are murdered by firearms.


The Federal Aviation Administration has produced a series of educational posters designed to bring awareness to human fatigue in aviation maintenance (MX). Each poster is part of a MX fatigue themed series designed to improve awareness of fatigue related issues. The posters provide information on how MX personnel can change their lifestyle and work habits to improve safety and quality of life. These eye-catchy

Your body doesn’t know the difference

Fatigue, the type of fatigue that is likely to affect job performance is caused by a lack of adequate restorative sleep and rest. For the most part our work schedule is the most well planned part of our life. That is, we have a good idea which days we’re going to work and what time we’re going to start and complete each duty day. There are exceptions, of course, but typically our work doesn’t consume so much of our time that we should acquire adequate sleep. The real problem is often the part of our life that happens outside of work.

Ex-Avantair DOM Sentenced for Obstructing NTSB, FAA

Former Avantair director of maintenance David Esteves was sentenced late last month by a Tampa federal district court to eight months of house arrest, three years of probation and a $2,000 fine for obstructing the NTSB and FAA during an aircraft accident investigation.That investigation was the result of a July 28, 2012 incident in which an elevator fell off of an Avantair Piaggio Avanti as it was departing Camarillo,