What is CRM for Aviators?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CRM is Crew Resource Management. The AUX-17 C School, course #501573, is a required course for pilots, crewmembers, and observers. It is an active duty Coast Guard course so the class students are active duty, reserve, and auxiliary members. Flight discipline is the foundation of the Crew Resource Management. AUXAIR training is ongoing, with aviation training workshops held at least annually. Recurrent training is conducted in Crew Resource Management (CRM), aviation decision-making, risk management, aero-medical topics, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and general aviation safety topics. AUXAIR patrol and administrative topics are included as well. The scary reality is that most mishaps (accidents/crashes/incidents) occur during the flight perceived as low threat or routine such as arrival, departure from base, or search. We let our guard down and that often leads to danger.

The class delves into personal skills, team skills, and operational risk management within Team Coast Guard policies and procedures. We don’t have to leave the flight line as auxiliarists but if we do, then we must return home safely, execute the mission more effectively, and win internal and external “battles” more decisively. We have the ability to monitor, train, and improve our Blue Threats. Blue Threats are human error, complacency, physiological degradation, hazardous attitudes, poor self-management, and time. Red Threats are beyond our control but must be considered in our plans and training. Red Threats include weather, terrain/sea state, environmental factors, criminals, and terrorists.

At a recent travel safety conference, respondents admitted that over 50% of airline missions involved procedural non-compliance such as exceeding airspeed limits and failure to us checklists. Non-compliance is almost commonplace. The ego of the aviator comes into play- we trust ourselves to know how and when to break the rules, but we trust others far less to make that same call. Ask questions, advocate your opinion about concerns, resolve differences, and then reach a decision.  Always practice the Conservative Response Rule, a pre-briefed agreement to put safety as the top priority so that we don’t force ourselves to land in the airport we took off from or always fly the same route no matter what weather or traffic exists. Continuous review is the most vital- and most difficult skill – which leads back to asking questions. The professional’s performance ladder to efficiency and precision almost perfection with effort. Without discipline the same ladder can take you down from safety to survival, violation to incident, and accident to fatality. Hone your craft, meet other professional aviators, network with other crewmembers and be a safer crewmember, pilot, or observer by taking this class. To get started in Aux-17, please contact your leadership about a STTR (Short-term-training request) and then sign up for the class after October for FY2018 at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=AUX00

Pilots have the priority to take Aux-18 Spatial Orientation/CRM held in FAA Oklahoma City OK.






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