When: Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, 4 pm eastern time (UTC-5)
Title: HAI@Work: Off-Airfield Landings: Analyzing Risk Using the Bowtie Method
Duration: 1 hour
Who can attend? Anyone
Dial-in available? (listen only): Yes
One realm of operations that sets helicopters apart from fixed-wing aircraft is their ability, and frequent requirement, to land somewhere other than an airport. Whereas airports are typically spacious and developed and operated to minimize surprises, off-airfield landing sites—such as golf courses, mountaintops, and parking lots—even if they’re intended for helicopter operations, are usually less controlled and can spring surprises on aircrews arriving or departing.
One safety management system (SMS) that’s especially helpful in determining the risk involved in using an off-airfield site is the Bowtie method, which takes its name from the diagram one creates when using it—a bowtie. Bowtie risk management aims to identify the potential threats and consequences associated with a high-risk scenario such as an off-airfield landing and offer mitigation and prevention measures.
To explain and demonstrate this approach to safety, our panelists will be:
- Gerald Kosbab, President, AeroDirections LLC, Plano, Texas
Jerry went into aviation right out of college, first at Cessna and then at Piper. He has gone on to senior positions at EDS, Aircraft Technical Publishers, and Sextant Readings Solutions. He is now president of AeroDirections, which provides integrated risk, safety, and quality management systems for the aviation and aerospace industry.
- Kodey Bogart, CEO, KB Solutions LLC, Merritt Island, Florida
Kodey has lived a professional life full of rotorcraft, with more than 11 years in the US Army National Guard, which included a combat tour as a Black Hawk aeromedical evacuation pilot that earned her two Air Medals and a Sikorsky Rescue Award. She has been an instructor pilot and flight safety adviser for Bristow Academy and is currently an associate instructor in SMS at the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Institute. She founded KB Solutions in 2018 to bring her SMS expertise to small businesses, yet she still finds time to fly law enforcement and air ambulance missions for the Volusia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office.
- Jorge Sánchez Hidalgo, Director of Operations for Latin America, AeroDirections LLC, Quito, Ecuador
Jorge has a background that includes conducting research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a continuous-improvement internship at United Airlines, and management positions in SMS with Aeromaster Airways in Ecuador. When he saw deficiencies in traditional training methodologies, he cofounded and now manages imPROS, a company that uses the improvisational techniques of acting to improve the effectiveness of communications across all levels and functions of business. He joined AeroDirections two years ago to direct its operations in Latin America.
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