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One of the many benefits Baldwin offers our clients is Safety Chats, a time for Baldwin's staff of experienced aviation professionals to discuss topics affecting the aviation community. Below are previously recorded chats for you to enjoy.

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Dec. 6, 2021

Building Safety Capacity

Learn how you can increase your organizations safety capacity. Baldwin's new Accident Prevention Effort (APE) tool is intended to quantify an organization's efforts to build safety capacity

July 12, 2021

3 Things that Make
or Break an SMS

The safety management system is dependent on human actions. In this episode, we discuss three key drivers between a good and a poor SMS: training, leadership, and engagement.

May 24, 2021

A revisit Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

A discussion of what SPIs are, the ways they help your organization, how to measure using lagging and leading indicators.

May 10, 2021

Assessing Your Fatigue Management System

Implementing an FMP is essential to ensure operators are not performing duties fatigued.

April 26, 2021

WX Alert: The Derecho

Widespread downdrafts cause this relatively rare phenomenon.

April 12, 2021

Inspections and the IEP

Engage managers to be a part of the inspection process.

March 29, 2021

Revisiting Safety

Communication Strategy

Communication Strategy ensures that the right individuals get the right information.

March 15, 2021

Human Organizational Performance and Leading

Not a program... It is an operating philosophy.

March 1, 2021

Training Department Managers in SMS

Variations in SMS training - not everyone is trained to the same level.

February 8, 2021

Tomatoes and Blocks: 
Safety Manager Productivity

Running an effective SMS can be a lot of hard work. In this Safety Chat we discuss two tools to help balance that work: Time-blocking and the Pomodoro Technique.

January 25, 2021

Mitigating Complacency and Skill Erosion during COVID

Many managers and frontline employees are reporting concern over these issues. We give suggestions you can use to help: Knowledge, Attitude, Skill and Habit.

January 11, 2021

Elements of Safety Policy

Safety policy and objectives is foundational to a safety management system. Policy is leaderships expression of how they want safety to be managed.

December 21, 2020

WX Alert: Freezing Rain and the Effect on Santa's Sled

A unique take on freezing rain

and its effect on aviation. 

December 7, 2020

Let's Get Real about the FRAT - Part 2

A continuation of last weeks discussions on the FRAT. A discussion of the ways to make the FRAT more real.

November 16, 2020

WX Alert: The Alberta Clipper

We discuss the implications Alberta Clippers have on business aviation safety.

November 2, 2020

Appropriate Safety

Manager Training

Safety manager training is important but what constitutes good training? We discuss the need for teaching the interdependency of the four elements of SMS.

October 19, 2020

Business Continuity in

Times of Emergency

A discussion of the means for preserving functions critical to the nature of your business in the face of a disaster.

October 5, 2020

Reducing Stress and Anxiety During the Pandemic

A discussion on the relationship between stress and fatigue and how you can communicate to reduce stress for others.

September 21, 2020

Using Objectives to Improve Safety in the Organization-Part 1

What safety objectives are and how they tie into performance indicators and performance targets. 

August 31, 2020

WX Alert: Atmospheric

Stability 101

Listen as we discuss what atmospheric stability is, how it develops, and how it effects weather locally and world-wide.

August 10, 2020

Revisiting SPIs

What are SPIs and how can you use them most effectively within your organization

July 27, 2020

Descriptive Statistics: Working with Ordinal Data

Learn more about nominal and ordinal data and how you can use it as a safety manager.

March 9, 2020

Accountable Executive Training

We discuss how to present to your accountable executive including best formats, timetable, and what's required for an ISBAO Audit

Sept. 20, 2021

Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

 How do we set an objective with the desire to change the results we have little to no control over? We look at SPIs and SPTs and the difference between process-based objectives and outcome-based objectives.

June 7, 2021

Measuring Safety Culture

Strong safety culture is critical to fostering a healthy Safety Management System. Today we discuss how to measure that culture.

May 17, 2021

WX Alert: The ‘Canes are a Comin’!

Hurricanes are nature's most powerful storm. What to expect for the 2021 Hurricane season.

May 3, 2021

Organizational Commitment and SMS Engagement

Leadership that demonstrates care and well-being for followers - not only safety- can increase organizational commitment.

April 19, 2021

Supporting FOQA with SMS

Digital Data Management: 

It's not your father's FOQA Program.

April 5, 2021

Safety Capacity

Building Safety Capacity is the new way to look at safety in operations.

March 22, 2021

WX Alert: Dry Lines

Dry lines usually spawn discrete thunderstorms which can turn into supercell thunderstorms.

March 8, 2021

A Look at Continuous Improvement

It's called continuous improvement,

not continual.

It's an ongoing journey.

February 15, 2021

WX Alert: What Is Wind Chill and Why Does It Matter?

Learn more about wind chill - what it is and how we use it today!

February 1, 2021

Risk Tolerability

We discuss classifying risk, the relation of hazards and risks, risk acceptance vs. risk tolerable criteria, and more. 

January 18, 2021

Using Water Vapor Imagery to Understand the Atmosphere

The atmosphere is our work environment and we should learn all we can about it. We look at the importance of imagery for weather predictions and flight planning.

January 4, 2021

Constructing a Functional Safety Manual

Rather than just a "check the box" requirement, we look at the importance of a safety manual, what to include and not include, constructing the manual, and more.

December 14, 2020

What's the Point of the

Safety Committee?

What should the safety committee be doing? Who should be on it? Should it be strategic or tactical? This and much more.

November 30, 2020

Let's Get Real about the FRAT - Part 1

Is a FRAT all that is needed for an effective SMS or has that been a misconception that has grown through the years

November 9, 2020

Organizational Pathogens:

Just Culture in Action

 We discuss internal actions that can harm the organization and what leadership can be doing in the area of justice.

October 26, 2020

An Introduction to ARMS Methodology of Risk Assessment

Learn more about ARMS and its ability to quantify some of the unquantifiable in operational risk assessment.

October 12, 2020

Using Inferential Statistics in Safety Management

When we get data in, what can do with it besides sticking it in a graph which can have very little meaning.

September 28, 2020

Using Objectives to Improve Safety in the Organization-Part 2

Learn how SPIs and SPTs fit into safety objectives. We take a look at some sample data and it can be used to set objectives

September 14, 2020

Threat and Error


We take a look at the framework for looking at hazards, assessing them and implementing controls.

August 17, 2020

Stoicism and Organizational Safety

Finding the balance over what we can control and what we cannot. What does the organization have in its power that it can control?

August 3, 2020

Setting Up Initial and Recurrent SMS Training

What are the requirement for a safety manager in the area of initial and recurrent training and how to keep it relevant for your employees.

July 20, 2020

WX: Mountain Waves

Listen to a discussion of what mountain waves are and how they have the potential to be a factor in flights over mountain ranges and parts of the midwest.

- Safety Chats - 

Using the FAA DCTs to Augment the IEP
00:00 / 20:56

July 6, 2020

Using the FAA DCTs to Augment the IEP

What is the Internal Evaluation Program (IEP)? Learn to decipher DCT titles - SP vs. EP vs. ED.

WX Alert: The Meso-Scale Convective Complex
00:00 / 16:33

June 15, 2020

WX Alert: The Meso-Scale Convective Complex

We talk about the Meso-Scale Convective Complex - what it is and how it affects your flight plans​.

WX Alert: Low-Level Jets
00:00 / 18:30

May 11, 2020

WX Alert: Low-Level Jets


Find out more about the causes of and preventative actions you can take when encountering a low-level jet.

WX Alert: Virga
00:00 / 20:06

April 13, 2020

WX Alert: Virga

The effects Virga can have causing moderate to severe turbulance and pose a hazard to flight operations.

Does SMS stand for 'Some More Stifling'?
00:00 / 19:56

June 29, 2020

Does SMS stand for 'Some More Stifling' of operations?

The difference between looking at what could go wrong vs. the entire spectrum of performance. What did we do right?

Safety Communication Strategy
00:00 / 17:22

June 8, 2020

Safety Communication


Do you have a strategy to communicate within your safety management system? 

The Safety Committee vs. The Safety Action Group
00:00 / 19:29

May 4, 2020

The Safety Committee vs.

The Safety Action Group

Learn more about the differences between the Safety Committee and the Safety Action Group and their uses no matter the size of your org.

Organizational Excellence
00:00 / 27:24

June 22, 2020

Organizational Excellence

Learn more about how an Internal Evaluation Program (IEP) can support  not just compliance but Organizational Excellence and Safety Performance Monitoring. 

Leading for SMS Engagement
00:00 / 18:56

June 1, 2020

Leading for SMS


A discussion about the ways your leadership style can encourage your employees to report and be fully engaged in safety management. 

Leading Remotely
00:00 / 22:10

April 27, 2020

Leading Remotely

Conversation regarding leadership and the ways the we can adapt our leadership rather in person or with our remote employees.

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