One of the many benefits Baldwin offers our clients is live Safety Chats on the first Monday of the month from 10:00 - 10:22 am (EST) when Baldwin's staff of experienced aviation professionals discuss topics affecting the aviation community. Below is a sampling of previous chats for you to enjoy.
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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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Listen as we discuss what atmospheric stability is, how it develops, and how it effects weather locally and world-wide.
August 10, 2020
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
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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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2020
WX Alert: Virga
The effects Virga can have causing moderate to severe turbulance and pose a hazard to flight operations.
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?
June 8, 2020
Do you have a strategy to communicate within your safety management system?
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.
June 22, 2020
Learn more about how an Internal Evaluation Program (IEP) can support not just compliance but Organizational Excellence and Safety Performance Monitoring.
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.
April 27, 2020
Conversation regarding leadership and the ways the we can adapt our leadership rather in person or with our remote employees.