First safety seminar a success

Stephen Farnworth


Cool weather did not deter the attendance at the first Safety Seminar held by the Hawkesbury Flying Club/ COPA Flight 131. Close to 50 people attended the event held at the East Hawkesbury Airport on Saturday April 10th.

It is the club’s hope that its sponsorship of the free seminar would enhance the safety of local pilots as well as others with an interest in aviation.

The seminar started with a presentation by Transport Canada Safety Specialist Will Boles. He explained how human factors play a role in aviation safety. According to several studies, human error has been implicated in a variety of occupational accidents, including 70% to 80% of those in civil and military aviation.

Using the “Flight Crew Dirty Dozen” presentation, Boles illustrated the 12 most common human factors which affect a person’s performance. Audience participation and feedback was positive as the PowerPoint presentation and video clips demonstrated key points.

The second presentation was made by Carole Smith of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. Smith brought us up to date on the use of the 406 ELT. She gave an overview of how the new 406 Mhz emergency transmitters work with Canada’s search and rescue system and how they provide a much better chance of successful rescue than the older system.

She also outlined some key considerations in the selection, installation, registration, and testing of these devices to ensure the best possible performance.

Participation at this seminar met the requirements of the Canadian Air Regulations biannual recurrent training and all participants received a log book sticker. Due to the success of this seminar, the Hawkesbury Club is considering similar seminars.

Our next big event is the Annual Barbecue and Corn Roast planned for Sunday, August 8.

Flight 131 always wel - comes new members. For more information email Hawkesbury