Operating an aircraft is a large responsibility that carries tremendous benefits, as well as substantial risks if taken lightly. There are lives involved in every flight which means safety must always come first. FLT Academy consistently demonstrates excellence in safety by adhering to the following strategies.
Meeting FAA Safety Requirements
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the entity that governs all aviation activities in the United States. They have set forth a number of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) in several categories that help define standards of aircraft operation and safety. Many of these regulations deal with aircraft maintenance, pilot training activities, safety features, and protocols, working to promote safe aviation while protecting pilots, flight attendants, passengers, and the general public from unnecessary risk.
How We Exceed the Standard
Beyond just following guidelines, at FLT Academy we choose the most experienced Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (AMP) and invest in the latest aircraft technology to ensure each flying situation is as safe as possible. All our airplanes are held to the strictest safety standards and are regularly maintained to exceed FAA requirements. Our maintenance is done in-house by a team of over 7 of Utah’s best aircraft mechanics, allowing us to hold strict tolerances on parts. Each of our planes is inspected at least every 50 hours to ensure safety and safe operations. In addition, all flight instructors go through weekly training to ensure quality of instruction. It’s safe to say that we pursue only the highest standard of excellence.
Our Safety Management System (SMS)
We implement a comprehensive Safety Management System that works to keep all our practices and protocols—for lack of a better word— grounded. Our SMS includes different programs that are designed to identify, address, and prevent potential problems. Current safety programs at FLT Academy include the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), and Safety Concern Reporting (SCR). Of course, these programs work to keep our entire team fresh and up to date on standards and best practices so only the highest quality instruction is delivered to each and every student.
Better Training Leads to Safer Flying
It is commonly thought that many plane mishaps are avoidable with better pilot training. Knowing how to properly respond to an emergency is not something best learned amidst such a situation. A pilot must train and prepare for a wide variety of circumstances in order to react properly when possible danger presents itself. Knowing how to handle these moments of tension with a qualified instructor or within the simulator are crucial for all future pilots.
At FLT Academy, we put a strong emphasis on emergency preparedness and training for adverse situations including, but not limited to:
- Poor weather conditions
- Fires in the cabin or outside the aircraft
- Engine failures
- Cabin pressure failure (commercial aircraft)
- Steep turns
- Full stalls
While some say, ‘practice makes perfect,’ we say ‘practice makes prepared pilots.’ Practice is just another way to further increase safety when in the cockpit.
Our First Priority, Always
For all those pursuing a career in aviation, we want to emphasize the importance of strict safety guideline observance. Not only does our pilot training put safety at the forefront, but so do our practices both in the air and on the ground— at every moment. Before our students receive their pilot’s license, we make sure they are experts in safety, readily equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle any situation. When you’re not in one of our aircraft, you can be assured that all of its maintenance needs are being met. When you’re not with an instructor, you can be assured they are receiving updates and safety trainings. At the end of the day, it’s simple. We don’t skimp on safety.