Aviation Safety Letter 2/2005

Aviation Safety Letter Joins the Integrated Journal

As you've read above in Brad's message, the Aviation Safety Letter (ASL) is also bowing out of its current format after 32 years of uninterrupted production. From humble beginnings, the ASL has actually remained humble all the way; trying its best, in a no-frills design, to convey lessons learned from past aviation occurrences, without preaching, or unduly over-emphasizing others' unfortunate aviation errors. Over the years, we have received our share of complaints and criticism regarding article tone, unnecessary emphasis on one's mistake, and perhaps one too many unsolicited editorial comments; mercifully, we have received many more notes of appreciation and praise from pilots, commenting on how the newsletters have invited them to think outside the box; to challenge how they view aviation safety - theirs and that of others in the industry. In this respect, we would like to believe the newsletters have succeeded.

But we are not truly leaving; just changing format. The new journal will be primarily based on our original suite of newsletters, and readers will quickly recognize them as they go through the publication. The journal will attempt to maintain the same look and feel of the original products, with a more modern touch, and will likely evolve over time as we broaden topics and invite a larger spectrum of aviation personnel to learn from each other.

Our hope in merging all specialties into one product is to break down silos, allow crosspollination, and avoid duplication of messages. Pilots will be able to read articles meant for aircraft maintenance engineers (AME), while AMEs will now have direct access to ASL & Aviation Safety Vortex articles, all in one package. The material previously found in the Airspace Newsletter will return after a few years on the shelf; new columns will feature articles from various branches of Transport Canada Civil Aviation, such as Civil Aviation Medicine and Regulatory Affairs.

If the only constant is change, the following ASL tagline will never change: Learn from the mistakes of others, you'll not live long enough to make them all yourself...

Paul Marquis
Editor, Aviation Safety Letter

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