Higher Education

Aviation Safety: A Balanced Industry Approach, 1st Edition

  • Michael Ferguson
  • Sean Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 1435488237  |  ISBN-13: 9781435488236
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $101.75
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AVIATION SAFETY: A BALANCED INDUSTRY APPROACH, first edition provides an innovative approach to the presentation of contemporary aviation safety detailing a number of pertinent subject matter areas. This book is designed to enhance the pedagogy of aviation safety by presenting topics and information that are derived from and directly applicable to various aspects of the aviation industry. Featuring issues on contemporary aviation safety, flight safety programs, regulatory organizations, ground operations safety, gap analysis, ethics, and safety management systems, the book provides a theoretical background to safety issues, all while making a significant connection to how the information can be directly applied to the aviation industry.

Features and Benefits

  • Authored by experienced aviation safety and educational personnel with years of experience in safety and aviation industry operations.
  • Select chapters feature an "In-Focus" section containing excerpts from interviews with actual members of the aviation industry.
  • Provides a balanced approach to aviation safety information, covering ground operations safety, gap analysis, the ethics of safety, accident/incident prevention, standard flight-related issues and regulations, and human factors directly related to aviation safety.
  • Case studies highlighting safety and human factor-related experiences in the aviation industry appear throughout the text.
  • Features unique chapter topics on ethics of safety and occupational wellness.

Table of Contents

1. Beyond Compliance: The Ethics of Safety.
2. Regulatory Oversight and Compliance.
3. Risk Management.
4. Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS).
5. Elements of Effective Safety Programs.
6. Introduction to Human Factors.
7. Ground Safety.
8. Flight Safety Programs
9. Airport Safety.
10. Emergency Response
11. Health and Wellness.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Ferguson

Michael D. Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Aviation at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota specializing in airline safety, airline management and ethics. He holds an MS degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and is certified by the FAA as a private pilot, an advanced ground instructor and an instrument ground instructor. Ferguson has over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry, which includes several leadership positions in operations and safety as well as managerial positions at Delta Connection, where he was exposed to safety issues from an operations perspective.

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Senior Technology Manager (CSTM) with more than 15 years of safety, environmental, and industrial hygiene experience in the aviation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. He has built successful safety and health programs through the development and implementation of corporate and facility-based policy, procedure, and training programs and currently works as a safety consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Sean is also a Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist (RPIH), and Certified Senior Industrial Technologist (CSIT).