If you had been at Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina in early December of 2016 you might have had the opportunity to observe one of the most inclusive emergency exercises conducted in the state. Simulating a crash at the airport, those participating included, but were not limited to:
- Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Team (ARFF)
- Horry County Fire Rescue
- Horry County Police Department (Airport Division)
- South Carolina National Guard
- The Red Cross
- Transportation Security Administration
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Myrtle Beach Police Dept.
- Myrtle Beach Fire Dept.
Armed with a partial aircraft fuselage that is transported around the country, complete with dozens of inflatable mannequins, the group “rehearsed” what they would do if, in fact, a crash had taken place. Conducted every three years, the exercise helps the facility to be ready for come what may. And, as a pilot or would be pilot, you should find EMERGENCY CREWS AND KING AIR 300 TRAINING a most important topic!
“Understanding what transpires at the time of a crash is good to know,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, noted with a small nod, “but perhaps knowing how to prevent the need is probably much more important.”
Jason is absolutely right. And, there are several steps that allows one to help prevent a crash, including but not necessary limited to:
- Fully understand what constitutes “risk” when developing Risk Management Protocol. (A workable formula might be Risk = Probability X Consequences)
- To be on the safe side, assume that Murphy’s Law is in effect (Anything that can go wrong will!)
- Plan “Outs” ahead of time
- Make plans for establishing a “No Go” Decision
- Know your Limitations
- Work diligently to improve your deficiencies
“Part of every pilot’s training,” Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s President, pointed out, “includes ‘crash avoidance’ and it is, obviously, an important part of their training.”