Safety Day 2011

On March 3rd, 2011, the Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association presented its 3rd Annual Safety Day, at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. The event brought more than 110 attendees, and hosted five presenters- Former NTSB Board Member John Goglia, Astronaut Greg Johnson (USN, Ret.), Jonna Doolittle, granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, Professor Glenn Harmon (USAF, Ret.) and Dr. Jerry Cockrell, CRM Expert- who spoke on topics ranging from Professionalism to Crew Resource Management, Fatigue Countermeasures.

The day began with an industry briefing from Doug Carr, Vice President of Safety, Security and Regulation of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). John Goglia followed, and presented on the topic of professionalism in the industry, with a keen focus on the maintenance function within the flight department. By mid-morning, Shuttle Astronaut Greg Johnson related how SFRM- NASA’s equivalent of Crew Resource Management- works when abnormal operations occur. During Lunch, Jonna Doolittle spoke of the life of her grandfather, General Jimmy Doolittle, who overcame personal adversities as a young man to become one of the greatest contributors to modern aviation and lead the harrowing Tokyo raid of 1942. Following lunch, Professor Glenn Harmon of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University discussed fatigue management, recognition and countermeasures in the cockpit. The day concluded with Dr. Jerry Cockrell, who with light-hearted humor and a contagious laugh, provided an entertaining account of Crew Resource Management.

The event was made possible through the generous support of Lead Sponsors Cessna Aircraft and CitationAir, Contributing Sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace and Galvin Flying Services, Inc. and a host of Supporting Sponsors, including AirBP, Aircraft Window Repairs, BKD Aerospace, Clay Lacy, Executive Flight, Inc., Lane Powell, National Business Aviation Association.

Already in the planning stages for its 4th Annual Safety Event, to be held March 1st, 2012, at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association is dedicated to promoting the interests and recognition of the regional business aviation community. In pursuit of this mission, the PNBAA endeavors to provide a unified voice on issues of interest to the regional and local business aviation communities; promote the economic value of business aviation regionally and nationally; act as a bridge between the community and regional / local regulatory and enforcement agencies and promote networking and interaction amongst its members.

About Our Speakers in 2011

PNBAA has been honored to host some of the most recognized experts on aviation safety during past safety events and the 2011 Safety Day was no different. This year’s event featured:

Captain Greg Johnson (USN, Ret.)

Johnson was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from West Seattle High School, Seattle, WA in 1972, and the, University of Washington in 1977 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Captain Johnson received his commission through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Program and received his Naval Aviator wings in December 1978. He was designated an instructor pilot in TA-4J aircraft, in 1980 he transitioned to A-6E aircraft, and in 1984 he reported to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He performed flight tests in A-6E and F/A-18A aircraft. He also was the maintenance department head in an operational A-6 squadron. He resigned his commission in 1990 and accepted a position at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division. From 1990-2007 Johnson served as a Captain in the United States Navy, reserve component, and was the Commanding Officer of four Naval Reserve units. He has logged over 9500 flying hours in 50 aircraft and over 500 carrier landings.

In April 1990, Johnson was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division, Ellington Field, Texas. He qualified as a T-38 instructor, functional check flight and examiner pilot, as well as Gulfstream I aircraft commander, WB-57 high altitude research pilot and KC-135 co-pilot. In 1994 he assumed duties as the Chief, Maintenance & Engineering Branch responsible for all maintenance and engineering modifications on NASA JSCs 44 aircraft.
Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Johnson was the class leader for the seventeenth group of astronauts comprised of 31 U.S. and international members. Johnson was initially assigned as an Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP) responsible for configuring the Orbiter switches prior to launch and strapping astronauts in their seats for launch. From June 2004 to November 2005, Johnson served as Manager, Launch Integration, for the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center. Johnson served as the pilot the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In completing STS-125, Johnson logged almost 13-days in space.

Professor Glenn Harmon, (USAF, Ret.)

Glenn Harmon is an assistant professor in the College of Aviation at Emery Riddle University’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus. He holds an MS in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Professor Harmon brings a varied aviation background to the classroom including military, airline and general aviation. He began his love with flying as a cadet in Air Force ROTC at East Carolina University. During his distinguished military career, he served as a Weapons System Officer (WSO) on the F-111 supersonic swing wing fighter in Europe and as a navigation instructor on the T-43 while teaching at the USAFAir Force Academy. After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, he was selected to attend the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to become an aviation physiologist and commanded a hypobaric chamber unit at Langley AFB training aircrews, civilian pilots and parachutists in high altitude physiology. Professor Harmon continued his flying as an airline pilot with Atlantic Coast Airlines and Independence Air based at Washington-Dulles airport. There he flew the British Aerospace Jetstream 41 and the Bombardier CRJ as a captain, instructor and line check airman. He has spent numerous hours in general aviation as a flight instructor, National Intercollegiate Flying Association coach, aircraft owner and advocate of flying safety and education.

Dr. Jerry Cockrell

Dr. Jerry Cockrell is a psychologist, aviator, humorist and in-demand speaker. His ‘down-home’ style and hilarious anecdotes have charmed, educated and entertained audiences around the world. Dr. Cockrell, a former Boeing 737 Captain, has over 20,000 flying hours including flying a Boeing 747-400 on international routes for an FAR 121 carrier. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education.

Beginning his work in 1977, he was one of the earliest developers of Crew Resource Management programs. Since that time he has conducted more than 200 Crew Resource Management and Check Airman Safety Seminars for such air carriers as: United Parcel Service, Alaska Airlines, Air B.C., Air Ontario, Frontier Airlines, Overseas National Airlines, Mark Air, Reeves Aleutian Airways and Henson Airlines.

Jerry has worked with corporate, government and aviation groups including Mobil Oil, Arco, all branches of the military, the US Coast Guard and the FBI. Jerry has the honor of being one of the first speakers to make aviation safety presentations in all 50 states and internationally to England, Germany, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Canada and Australia delivering over 3,000 safety and humorous presentations.

Mr. John Goglia (Former NTSB Board Member)

Mr. Goglia served as a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first NTSB Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.

As a Board Member, Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. Also as an NTSB Board Member, Goglia participated in numerous air, rail and bus accident investigations. He chaired the Board’s public hearings on the ValuJet crash into the Florida Everglades.

Prior to becoming a Board Member, Goglia held numerous positions in the airline industry and was involved for more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. For 12 years, he operated his own aircraft service company.

Goglia served as the Massachusetts Governor’s appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Commission.

Ms. Jonna Doolittle

Jonna Doolittle is an author and journalist. Her first book, Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle¸ is a memoir of her famous grandfather, aviator Jimmy Doolittle, and his equally extraordinary wife, Joe.

Ms Hoppes represents the Doolittle family at air shows across the country and is a popular speaker at libraries and air museums. Her articles have appeared in Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine, as well as other publications.

She is past Chair of the Literary Guild of Orange County and a member of Sisters in Crime, a mystery writers’ organization. She also works as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force and lives in Southern California.

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