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Aviation Safety Event Set for November in Charlotte

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The best way to deal with transportation disasters is to prevent them. With that goal in mind, the NC Department of Transportation is co-sponsoring a safety event for corporate pilots and airplane mechanics this coming November in Charlotte. Here’s the info:

Statistics have shown that one of the safest means of transportation is by airplane. Aviation maintains a low accident rate compared to other transportation modes because the industry has taken a proactive stance on safety training programs.

Safety is the No. 1 priority for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation. As a part of that priority, the NCDOT-DOA is co-sponsoring a corporate flight and maintenance aviation safety event at the Duke Energy Corporate Hangar located at 4620 First Flight Drive in Charlotte on Nov. 15-16. The free event – also sponsored by Duke Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) and aviation industry representatives – will provide logistical and certification renewal training credit for corporate jet pilots and aviation maintenance technicians (AMT).

A portion of this program will qualify for the FAA AMT Awards and Inspection Authorization Renewal Program via the Safety and Education Section of the Division of Aviation. Pilots will also be able to earn FAA “Wings” credit that qualifies for recurrent training requirements.

The evening program on Nov. 15 will focus on regional airline and corporate jet pilots. Well-known psychologist, aviator and humorist Dr. Jerry Cockrell will be the featured speaker discussing decision making, judgment and situational awareness. Dr. Cockrell is a former Boeing 737 captain with more than 20,000 flying hours who was one of the earliest developers of Crew Resource Management programs in 1977. He has worked with corporate, government and aviation groups including Mobil Oil, Arco, all branches of the military, the United States Coast Guard and the FBI.

On Nov. 16, corporate jet aviation maintenance technicians will take part in seminars on topics such as aviation law, human factors, high-technology diagnostic/inspection systems and avionics maintenance interface tools. Dr. Cockrell will also present a seminar.

For registration and information, contact Katrina White of Duke Energy at (704) 280-1423 or via email at Katrina.White@duke-energy.com. For general information on aviation or aviation safety, contact Division of Aviation, Aviation Safety and Education Specialist Tom Freeman at (919) 840-0112 or via email at tfreeman@ncdot.gov.