Last week, RTI’s Aviation Director, Steve Hull attended the International Society of Air Safety’s (ISASI) Reach-Out Workshop Program hosted in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This outreach program has been developed to spread the ISASI message to promote and encourage airline safety throughout the world. This year’s two day seminar, titled “Proactive Safety – From Theory to Practice”, was designed by Air Astana and was held at the Intercontinental Hotel Almaty. The seminar delegates included over 80 representatives from IATA, Airbus, Registry of Aruba, DGAC, airports and airlines hailing from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Russia.
As a representative of ISASI, and based on his various experiences of over 40 years in aviation, Steve was invited to give two presentations during this event. As opportunities to visit such a diverse city as Almaty, do not arise every day, Steve decided to talk about his experiences as ‘Lead Investigator on the B777 accident at LHR’ and also controversially, ‘Do airlines really understand Pilot suicide?’
In his first presentation, Steve recounts his experience as the lead investigator on the B777 accident that occurred in 2008. In this accident the most probable cause was ice forming in the fuel feed pipes that restricted fuel flow to both engines resulting in the aircraft landing short of Runway 27 left at London’s Heathrow Airport.
In Steve’s second presentation, he explored the relationship between depression and suicide. Although statistically the number of fatalities in the last 40 years is minimal, the thought of pilot suicide is horrific to the travelling public and with no positive way to detect depression there is no easy solution. Airlines presently rely on the pilot to report depression to the airline and as this would result in the pilot losing their license albeit temporarily, most would be unlikely to do that. He further talked about remotely piloted aircraft or aircraft that fly by computer from take-off to touchdown, but ultimately it is the travelling public who will decide, the miniscule possibility of a rogue pilot, or no pilot at all. What would you prefer?
At this time, we may not have all the answers to ensure aviation safety, but the ISASI Reach-Out Workshop Program is a great way to begin.
For ISASI to remain as the premier organization for Safety Investigators it is important that the Reach-Out program continues to spread the safety word to all parts of the globe.
ABOUT STEVE HULL:
Steve Hull, Aviation Director of RTI, is responsible for the aviation business in the UK and Europe, and is the lead for aviation matters in the RTI Group. Mr. Hull champions over 45 years in aviation, as a senior air safety investigator/air safety manager, licensed aircraft engineer and flight engineer. He has investigated over 50 incidents and accidents and led a team to investigate the causal factors and compile comprehensive reports that included recommendations to the airlines' boards to prevent recurrence. Steve has extensive flight operational experience with over 8,500 flying hours as a flight engineer on the B747 and Concorde.
He was the editor of FLYWISE, the BA corporate safety magazine which was considered an industry leader and a benchmark in the reporting of safety information. He was the former Chairman, now Vice-Chairman, of the UK Flight Safety Committee (UKFSC).
Steve regularly talks and presents to several major ‘Blue Chip’ companies including, Shell, BP, NATS, CAA Aviation Medics, Aviation Underwriters plus new pilots and engineers. He has also lectures at the European Centre of Aviation Training and Cranfield University.
He is an Incorporated Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Membership Secretary of the European Society of Air Safety Investigators and was the initial airline lead investigator after the B777 accident at London Heathrow Airport in January 2008.