Who chooses your spokesperson?

By Linda Tavlin
December 17, 2018

This blog post is by author, Linda Tavlin, communications expert, and international consultant and Cranfield instructor, who has trained aviation organisations all over the world including AirAsia and Swiss Air.

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Is increased visibility key for a successful search and rescue at sea?

By Jim Nixon
December 7, 2018

Those of a certain age will remember the 1985 public information film ‘Get Yourself Seen’. The advert demonstrates different ways to improve the visibility of cyclists – predominantly children – who would have just learned how to ride a bicycle.

This advertisement, with its frantic soundtrack, underlined the importance of being visible to other road users, and preserve personal safety.

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A good accident investigation is no accident (Part II)

By Bill Dawson
November 15, 2018
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A good accident investigation is no accident (Part I)

By Bill Dawson
November 8, 2018

Bill Dawson, Senior Inspector (Ports & Harbours) for the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), writes about his time at Cranfield University after studying our Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Applied Marine Accident Investigation short courses.

Find out how he got on, and the areas of the courses he found most interesting and relevant, below.

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World-leading approach to patient safety: Working with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to set the standard for national safety investigations

By Pete McCarthy
October 31, 2018

Cranfield University, Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) has been working closely with national and international state level safety investigation organisations for more than four decades. CSAIC delivered their first course aimed specifically at training Air Accident Investigators in 1977, attracting an international cohort of students that paved the way for the hugely successful accident investigation course.

The following decades (after some very high profile, high impact...

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Training transport safety investigators: touching on the now and the future

By Leigh Dunn
August 28, 2018

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again."*

*Having first conducted a comprehensive safety investigation, which is not carried out to apportion blame or liability but to make evidence-based safety recommendations with the intention of reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence, and in improving overall safety.

The iconic phrase "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again" is attributed to Thomas Palmer from his 1840 book, titled The Teacher’s Manual. The phrase highlights the...

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Aircraft damage assessment limitations and application of 3D scanning techniques

By Phil Mumford
August 14, 2018

The problem

According to a study conducted by Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) in 2007, it was estimated that 27,000 ramp accidents and incidents occurred worldwide every year, resulting in an estimated cost of $5 billion to the airline industry. Initial analyses of the data collected at the time indicated that contact between airplanes and ground-service equipment—baggage loaders, air bridges, catering vehicles, fuel trucks, etc.accounted for more than 80 per cent of these ramp...

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How can we use data to analyse aircraft landings?

By Joni Pelham
July 31, 2018

In the study of aircraft safety the behaviour of the aircraft in landing is crucial. If we can gain a better understanding of what happened and why during both normal and abnormal landings, we can identify opportunities for improvement as well as threats to be addressed.

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