periodic retraining

July 22, 2022, Israel

As a frequent flyer I take an interest in aviation safety. I watch disaster documentaries; how little oversights in security, in inspection standards, led to major disasters. Yes, these are gruesome but just as I watch gruesome surveillance cameras that caught real life violence, I watch these. One must know the dangers. 

I could go through a very long list of tiny "insignificant" oversights that eventually led to a plane crashing. A wrong screw, a quick fix, a "this little dent in the wing does not need to delay the flight" that led to the plane experiencing a disaster in mind air.

Now let's be honest. When we are on the plane and the captain announces a "slight delay" due to mechanical problems, few of us are sympathetic and understanding. We are in no mood to wait. Unless we are in Business class, we want to get this experience over with as soon as possible. What the heck is going on with those delays!!

Over the years certain lessons have been drawn:

We need outside inspectors, you can't decide that your plane is just fine, an outside unbiased inspector with no financial interest in the airline, must be the one to approve the plane for takeoff. It is not his problem if your flight is delayed and you lost some money.

Most of the problems were caused by: workers who were in a hurry and under a great deal of pressure to get the plane out on time. Fear of delays was a major reason for overlooking "minor" problems. but a little crack, over time, can cause a wing to fall off, which is a serious problem. 

Another cause of problems was the lack of periodic retraining. The people doing the inspections indeed had training but in most cases that was years ago. The airline saw no reason to waste money and valuable time to send these people for costly retraining. The results were dead passengers and dead crew members. 

In the area of airline safety many of these lessons have been incorporated into the new standards. Lessons were learned. The price of these lessons were dead people and destroyed planes, but the lessons were learned. and now we must make the very obvious comparison to Krav Maga.

How recently did your instructor train with his teacher? How many Periodic Retraining's did he attend? What is the date on his most recent diploma, 10 years ago? Do you know if he is still teaching the system correctly or have minor cracks, little seemingly insignificant mistakes crept in that could someday cause your plane to crash? Have there been important improvements that your teacher has not incorporated in the system? 

Now let us go for a moment to that moment of panic on the plane. You are seated comfortably in Business class, and then suddenly whoosh, a huge wind, and...the roof of the plane is gone! and along with it your lovely flight attendant has been sucked out, her body will never be found. You are holding on for dear life to your chair, thank God you had your seat belt on. And now you think...I did notice a dent on the side of the plane when I entered, but I thought, nah, those in charge know that they are doing, no need to worry. And now does it seem like a good idea for the airline, and you as the customer, to invest a little effort and money in Periodic Retraining? Might that be a good idea?

When one is on the street and suddenly a thug appears waving a gun at you, or putting a knife to your throat, now does it appear like a good idea to perhaps have invested a little more in your training? Perhaps missing class or not wanting to "waste" $5 on a vimeo training lesson, does that seem like a good choice now?

Same as it ever was

same as it ever was

same as it ever was...

same as it ever was

same as it ever was

same as it ever was...