Local

January 11, 2013

Committed to safety, mishap prevention

Photograph by Darin Russell

Before returning to flight operations, Team Edwards welcomed the new year with the annual Back in the Saddle briefing Jan. 7, focusing on safety, teamwork and mishap prevention.

After spending time with friends and families during the holiday season, Back in the Saddle has helped the Edwards community shift their focus back to safely and effectively accomplishing the mission of flight test for nearly 20 years.

“We at Edwards do not do normal operations, we conduct flight test and what we do is actually very dangerous. If you let go for just a few moments you can end up killing somebody. Back in the Saddle gets everyone back into that mode of thinking, that what we’re doing is dangerous and we better pay attention to what we’re doing,” said Bill Koukourikos, 412th Test Wing Safety Office deputy chief.

“We all love to have fun with our families, we need that time and we’ve had that time now. Now that we’ve had the two or three weeks of spending time with our families and getting reacquainted with our kids, spouses, aunts and uncles – it’s time to get back to work,” he continued.

While returning to flight operations is fairly simple for personnel stationed at operational Air Force bases, the Edwards community faces unique challenges as they settle back into the flight test mission.

Unlike in the operational world, the unconventional nature of flight test lacks fixed rhythm to help personnel re-acclimate after holiday downtime.

“It’s not like a normal Air Force base where you come back from vacation and know what’s going to happen and you basically go back into your normal rhythm. That’s why everyone gets the Back in the Saddle brief and there are also safety briefings going on within the units. It gets people thinking about flight test, flight operations and risks so that when they hit the road running, they’re not going into it cold,” said Koukourikos.

Back in the Saddle combines mishap reviews with informational briefings to get useful information out to the workforce. Throughout the briefing, personnel had the opportunity to hear about lessons learned in 2012 from those at Edwards and throughout the Air Force.

“We are trying to reduce risk by giving people good information and have everyone think about what they are up to. There were mishap reviews, taking no kidding accidents with the F-35 and C-17 for example, that occurred in the Air Force and briefing them to the flyers and engineers. This year, we also included informational briefings about hypoxia and the Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System,” said Koukourikos.

It is an important briefing for Edwards personnel, who are given only one day to get spun up before returning to normal flying operations. For the safety of those involved and the success of the mission, it’s important that operations personnel have their head back in the game, ready for the work ahead.

“It’s like when you take a summer vacation and then head back to school; it takes you a week to get spun up. Well, here at Edwards, you don’t have a week – you only get one day,” said Koukourikos.

The Back in the Saddle briefing also helps mitigate risks associated with what is known as the “January Effect,” during which there is an Air Force-wide increase in the frequency of mishaps.

“The Air Force sees a spike in mishaps throughout the month of January and it is our job to prevent that from happening. I’m proud to say that we here at Edwards don’t have a spike in January,” said Koukourikos.

By beginning the year with a focus on safety and mishap prevention, it ensures that the flyers, engineers, maintainers and airfield operations personnel are fully prepared to handle everything from the normal to the unusual as Team Edwards looks ahead to another successful year of flight test in 2013.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs July 24, 2014

Webster fall classes Webster University will be running the following classes this upcoming fall terms: FINC 5000 Finance, Aug. 17-Oct. 16, Wednesdays 5:30-9 p.m.; and FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance; Oct. 19-Dec. 19, Wednesdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Each term/class will have the same 10 students for both classes. Call 661-258-8501 or visit Webster University at...
 
 
edwards-F35a

Joint Strike Fighter ITF ground testing F-35 gun

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell An F-35A, tail number AF-2, fires a burst of rounds down range at the Gun Harmonizing Range July 17. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB is in the proce...
 
 

NASA’S American Eatery (Bldg. 4825)

July 27-30 Lunch Specials 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Three pieces fried chicken Mashed potatoes and gravy Vegetables Tuesday Pork carnitas Refried beans and Spanish rice Wednesday Pepper steak over white rice Thursday Teriyaki chicken Fried rice and egg roll Friday Bake cod Macaroni and cheese Broccoli All Blue Plate Specials — $7.89 Drink...
 

 

Volunteers needed

There will be a luncheon at the Barstow Veterans Home of California Aug. 15 and the home needs 20-30 volunteers to help serve food items and spend time with the residents. The home is offering free lunch to all those who come and support this event.†Those who would like to help out would need to...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Airmen’s Little Angels, FCC Provider of the Year

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Col. Michael Rakoczy (far left), 412th Mission Support Group deputy commander, and Latausha Bushrod (far right), Edwards Family Child Care coordinator, presented Christina Huff with the...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Exchange doubles gas savings July 24-26

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The Edwards AFB Exchange Express Gas Station. In honor of its 120th anniversary, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is pumping up gas savings by doubling the discount for MILITARY STAR ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>