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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Airworthiness
Notice Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Notice Number: NOTC2663
Maintenance Safety Tip
This notice expired on
Friday, December 31, 2010

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip
By Eastern Region FAASTeam
November 2010

In the first phase of the FAA Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance study, the FAA determined that one of the major obstacles to technicians achieving productivity goals was their inability to see the big picture. Often technicians are given only their piece of the puzzle, for example, being assigned tasks with deadlines without explanation or direction -- a “just do it” assignment.
Another common situation is performing a portion of a major task, possibly without training or explanation as to how their actions affect the overall task.
Accidents and incidents occur when we are unaware of others and when focus is lost. If we train ourselves to be more aware of others while focused on the task at hand, we have taken a major step toward accident and incident prevention in the work place.
To help you stay focused, continually ask these three questions:

  • First, How do we achieve situational awareness,
  • Second, How do we know we have situational awareness, and
  • Third, How do we know we’ve lost situational awareness?

Stay alert and stay safe!