In naval aviation, there are only two permissible places for a maintenance tool: In a technician’s hand, or in his tool box. There is a tool inventory before each job, and a tool inventory afterwards. If a tool is found missing, the entire squadron is grounded until the tool is found. Because it’s got to be somewhere. And the default assumption is that if it’s not in the tech’s hand or in his tool box, it’ll be in the spot where it can do the maximum damage. Because we all kneel at Murphy’s altar.
Look who’s giving lessons to who:
Surgeons hoping to improve patient safety traded ideas yesterday with military pilots – trained professionals who also know a little about performing when the stakes are high.
In a hangar at BWI Marshall Airport, Navy pilots described efforts they take to ensure that stray objects don’t get caught in their engines, that their every mistake is recorded and reviewed, and that they practice new tasks over and over on simulators before they attempt them in flight.
The parallels between surgery and aviation are gaining traction in an era in which doctors are under pressure to reduce medical mistakes that account for an estimated 100,000 deaths a year in the United States.
A number like that makes the Marines look good…