For the victims' families, after seven years now from when the unexpected and unimaginable occurred, I still can not find the words to express my empathy, condolences, and continued prayers to them and their loved ones who are now shining down on us with those angelic wings.
As stated in my prior posts to this one, and by many others, there are many lessons to learn. Not only lessons, but something on a much greater flight level - advocacy. Why is this on a much greater flight level? Because advocacy creates awareness. Awareness creates action to establish and implement safety culture and SMS. Action makes the skies safe and enjoyable. It's better to be pro-active (establishing the above) than to react (having to tell a family that they lost a loved one due to the fact that these systems were never in place.)
My friend Karlene has been on the front lines to this advocacy to the level that she is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Aviation Safety with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her one wish for aviation is powerful and is the fuel that is driving her mission for aviation safety, air company safety culture, and establishing this SMS - to create action to change. I have no doubt that she will change the world of aviation as we know it for the better.
Having read Karlene's "Flight For Series" numerous times, I have come to learn that there is much truth buried within the pages of these novels. With the recent and unfortunate headlines since Air France 447, her audience have come to realize this too. Having seen a sneak peek of her next work (due out this up and coming February), I urge everyone to read the first three novels in this series as the challenges that lie ahead for the aviation industry are only just beginning.
The night of May 31st, well into the morning of June 1st, should be one of the greatest advocates itself for every airline. Adverse flying conditions and mother nature do not discriminate towards any airline nor aircraft. The chances that this could happen to any flight are there. The chances of having safety systems in place to make sure that corrective action in order to avoid an aviation catastrophe are up to all airlines and us. The unexpected event into that fateful night has taken place. The experienced pilots who advocate for these systems and the literature are out there. We must do everything we can to beat the odds of encountering these potentially disastrous chances.
The time is now to be proactive instead of reactive before events such as this slip your mind and it's regretfully too late. Never forget, because the grieving families of any and every aviation catastrophe out there surely are not going to.
Air France 447 Suggested Readings (I highly suggest leaving reviews on Amazon for the authors below):
Bill Palmer Karlene Petitt