We always hear the statement safety first being used as a caution whenever we endeavor to do something. Be it an adventurous undertaking like paragliding or work related such as in a construction site the safety of individuals is what takes precedence.
So when it comes to the aviation industry what are some of the safety measures that we see in practice? Although to our untrained eyes, these may look like minuscule matters, at the end of the day, it’s the tiny details that end up saving our lives.
No small task
Maintaining safety measures and ensuring the welfare of the passengers is not a one man show and no small task. This is where flight consulting agencies play a huge role. Because these agencies are the people who assist aircraft owners with services like crew training and certification. They tend to provide training assistance for both pilots and ground crew. And these are the people who run the show, so if they have all the necessary tools to excel in their area of expertise then it will ensure the smooth running of an aircraft.
Just like in any other industry even that of aviation has mistakes that can be avoided and those that cannot. Those that can be avoided are the ones where human factors are involved and those accidents which cannot be avoided are the ones which are out of our control, most people will say it is the work of a higher power.
So some of the duties that are within our power to correct include the preflight check and pre flight test run that is compulsory. Assessing the airworthiness of a flight includes checking the cockpit to make sure all the equipment are functioning perfectly and checking the fuel tanks to ensure there is enough fuel for the entire flight. Walk around the airplane, searching for damage caused by cracks or impacts and layers splitting from airframe exhaustion, tough landings, or other accidents. Inspect the exhaust for any signs of damage and look for oil or other lubricant leaks anywhere on the plane. Check the wheels and landing gear to make sure everything is in place.
Making sure that all of the above mentioned checks are done is the responsibility of the ground staff, but the final check has to be done by the pilot himself. Because one a plane has taken off almost everything rests on his/her shoulders. Being a meticulous and conscientious staff of an airline crew and taking responsibility of your job is critical to ensuring the airworthiness of every aircraft be it an aviation maintenance manager, a foreman, crew chief, technician, aircraft groomer, or aircraft fueler. Every small contribution matters.