|CANSO’s Grobotek receives award for ATS Incident Analysis Group
CANSO’s director Tanja Grobotek received AFI Incident Group Analysis AIAG recognition in the form of a Scroll of Merit for her past contributions as former International Air Transport Association (IATA) AFI Director Safety and Flight Operations together with Chris Michalakis and Mike Jones, both previous AIAG Team Leaders from Delta Air Lines, “in recognition of valued and significant contributions to the AIAG process in the long past”. It was a journey to improve the effectiveness of AFI Air Traffic Incident Analysis Group during her tenure with IATA Africa and achieve improvement of the investigation feedback rate from 23% (in 2005) to 88% (2018).
Innovative approach to mental health problems discussed at ICAO
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia, backed by ICAO’s head of aviation medicine, took a paper to the global aviation stage at the recent 41st session of the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada. The paper presents a move away from seeing mental health as binary sick/not sick status to a continuum of well / less well / illness. Qualified peer workers who see someone every day, and work alongside them, can recognise changes in behaviour and unsafe practices more readily than a doctor who sees them once a year. The aviation medical profession has been talking about this issue for more than two decades and hopefully support is now building for a global approach aligned with ICAO standards that oblige industry to embrace preventative health measures. More about this proposal in the next edition of the Foundation’s SafetyFocus magazine, going to print in February for distribution into 42 African countries.
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In memoriam: Michel Trémaud, 1952-2022
Michel Trémaud, an Airbus engineer and safety specialist who held leadership positions at the airline and was a key figure in Flight Safety Foundation’s campaign against approach and landing accidents, died in early October. He was 70.
Mr. Trémaud began work at Airbus in 1981 as a maintenance engineer and became the director of Flight Operations Standards in 1988. He held at number of positions at Airbus and retired as senior director and head of safety programs/initiatives. Earlier, his career included positions at Aerotour, Air Martinique and Bureau Veritas.
While at Airbus, he was a member of the International Advisory Committee of AviAssist’s partner, the Flight Safety Foundation. Mr. Trémaud received an FSF President’s Citation in 2001 for his role as an author of the briefing notes that formed the basis of the Foundation’s Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit, which was the culmination of Foundation-led efforts to identify causes of ALAs and controlled flight into terrain.
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