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Why is Safety important? Well, the short answer is, if it is not, people are going to be hurt or killed, assets will be lost, we will be a failure in our missions to serve our customers and communities, we will be an embarrassment to them, and then the courts and lawyers enter your lives. You never want to be the one who is responsible for an injury or death of another that might have been preventable.
The Pacific Region has incredibly diverse missions and people. We operate in basically every climate type in the world. Tropical in Hawaii, Dry parts of in every state, Temperate and Continental for most, and Polar in Alaska. We operate near glaciers, volcanos, mountains, deserts, congested urban areas, and farms, and sparsely populated areas. We provide assistance after hurricanes and cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and more. We deal with it all in our just our region. On top of that, we have people from every background imaginable. We deal with multiple cultures, languages, religions, educational background, political leanings, and experiences.
Besides our common desire to improve ourselves and serve our communities/states/nations, we must also all have a focus on Safety to bind us together. We must ALL be doing our part to apply Safety principles in our daily lives and in the Civil Air Patrol. We must apply risk management strategies to mitigate risk (it can never be eliminated). We need to educate ourselves on our specialty areas and common core areas. We must seek out training opportunities, mentor, and be mentored. We need to constantly be seeking to improve our knowledge and to see how we can apply new information to improve safety (and other areas as well).
The CAP Safety program tries to closely mirror that of the US Air Force and other leading aviation and civilian industries. Specifically, according to CAPR 62-1, “The overarching goal of any safety program is to mitigate risks, control hazards and prevent mishaps. The primary goal of the CAP Safety Program is to protect both the membership and its assets in the performance of their volunteer duties.” In addition to that, according to CAPR 62-2, “The overall purpose of mishap reporting and review is mishap prevention. Prompt notification and reporting of all CAP safety mishaps in accordance with the procedures in this regulation is mandatory.”
If in every task or operation we apply safety and risk management protocols then mishaps will certainly be kept to a minimum. Then, we need to learn from what remaining mishaps we do experience.
Commanders – know your role in Safety. Read CAPR 62-1, paying particular attention to paragraph 3c.
Unit Safety Officers – know your role in Safety. Read CAPR 62-1, paying particular attention to paragraph 3d.
Activity Directors and Commanders, Mission Safety Officers, Activity Safety Officers – please pay particular attention to paragraph 3f, 3g, and 3h.
Every Member – please pay particular attention to paragraph 3i.
- CAPR 62-1 and 62-2
- Wing/Group safety supplement
- Pacific Region safety supplement
- CAP-USAF Det 8 safety supplement
- Read CAPP 217
Take Courses – they are all short
- 3 online safety specialty track courses
- 3 online risk management courses
- 4 mishap reporting tutorials
Download and Familiarize
- The Mishap worksheet
- The Risk Management worksheet
- Who your commander and safety officers are and how to contact them
- Who your wing and region directors of safety are and how to contact them
- Don’t guess – be sure by looking it up or calling someone
- Don’t update mishaps in the Safety Information and Reporting System (SIRS) unless you know what you are doing
- Your wing director of safety and region director of safety are here to serve YOU. You do not serve US. We ae here to guide and support you—especially those of you who are new to your roles.
My cell # is 702-218-6703. If I can’t answer the phone, please leave me a text so I can get back to you.
Cold Weather Flying Safety Resources
- A Pilot’s Guide to Ground Icing (NASA Glenn Research Center)
- A Pilot’s Guide to In-Flight Icing (NASA Glenn Research Center)
- Icing and Cold Weather Ops (AOPA)
- CAP National Safety Program
- Safety Specialty Track Training
- CAPR 62-01, CAP Safety Responsibilities and Procedures
- CAPR 62-02, Mishap Reporting and Review
- Federal Aviation Administration Philadelphia Flight Standards Office
- Federal Aviation Administration Safety Site
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- U.S. Forest Service Aviation Safety Center