Behavioral Drift Threatens Safety

 - September 16, 2013, 1:35 PM

“Behavioral drift” poses the single greatest risk to aviation professionalism and safety, according to Bill Grimes, CitationAir vice president for safety. During an NBAA podcast, Grimes said that while solid adherence to company and industry procedures is a core element of professionalism, outside influences can cause pilots to drift. “As the norms of an organization are eroded, they’re replaced by work-arounds that eventually set new standards,” he said. “People start cutting corners. All that leads us to believe we’re in a safe place when we’re not.”