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Safety Culture and Social Media in Aviation

I am writing this post after reading Seth Godin’s invitation to spread more ideas and publish them on social media or any other way suites you.

I started thinking about how can this relate to aviation, and wha came to my mind was a great thought worth spreading.

We often talk about safety in aviation and how pilots are facing a great number of problems. As well as passengers need more services and how future of aviation needs more pilots and therefore a better safety system.

We all know how many studies are being published and how professionals are getting into details about how pilots error works, how management should change, stats and so on.

What few people know is that no one knows more about his own job if not whoever is doing that job!

What I mean is that if you want to know what’s going on in a specific field in aviation and if you are looking for solutions, maybe you should ask for suggestions directly to the people doing that job daily.

In this sense I relate to Seth Godin’s post and I think about the number of people in aviation using social media to gain more personal visibility instead of actually contributing to spread a newer culture in aviation.

Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the main social media I use and the number of pilots I see that continuously publish photos about themselves and of the cockpit they fly in is endless.

Endless is also the number of followers they have and to reach such a wide number of people couldn’t be possibile just 5 or 6 years ago.

There is nothing wrong in publishing photos about yourself, but once you got the number of follower why not get them to understand more about safety in aviation.

We are used to think that true scientific results should come only from truly awarded scientific sources such as universities or research centers. This is true, but nowadays things are very different.

With social media anyone can publish a thought about something that is happening in their life, and excluding fake news, if you are truly willing to get more people to know what is happening you can publish it on social media or a website.

You don’t need to be a scientist to know what is happening in your job and if you have an idea to improve yous and other pilot’s job, then let as many people know about it.

What is sopping you?

Maybe the fact that it’s not as interesting as posing in front of a beach after landing in the Maldives. There are certain things that you might not know about social media.

In my experience people appreciate both kind of contents, the more easy and fun once as well as the more serious ones. You can talk about flight safety in an approachable way.

Going back to Seth Godin’s post, what really pulls us back is the responsibility of what we say. With power comes responsibility and this is what people are afraid of.

It’s easy to publish an image of a pilot in the cockpit knowing that thousands of people envy your position ignoring the fact that it was hard to get there.

It is easy to snap a picture and press publish adding some hashtags.

Why not try to get into details of things and write more about aviation safety culture and get future pilots and passengers more aware about what is really going on in your job?!

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