USAF completed its safest year on record in Fiscal 2006, Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc, chief of safety, said in a statement Tuesday. Numbers tell the story: 19 major aviation mishaps compared to 32 in 2005; eight destroyed aircraft vs. 11 in 2004 and 2005 and significantly more in prior years; and one aviation fatality vs. 14 last year. Looking at the graph here, one can see a dramatic drop in the Class A flight mishap rate. Read more about the drive “Toward Zero Mishaps” in the December issue of Air Force Magazine.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.