Sully, Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III, landed US Air Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in a New York minute after a double bird strike at 3,000 feet disabled both his engines.
Professor Suzanne Kearns, an Assistant Professor in the Commercial Aviation Management program at Western University, designed the m-Safety iPhone application to improve and maintain pilot safety skills at the highest level. She would happily program in the reflexes of a pilot with 40 years of experience in fighter jets and commercial aviation. “I wish there was a way to digitize Sully,” she says with a laugh.
Kearns knows first-hand about aviation accidents having lost a close acquaintance in her training years. She earned her pilot’s license by her sixteenth birthday and has a Masters in Human Factors and Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, a degree in aviation safety.
Kearns, who also holds a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning made it her mission to build web and mobile based learning courses for pilots. “This is a mobile concept with several “snap courses” that are interactive and take about five minutes to complete,” she says. m-Safety is focused on “soft skills” such as communications, leadership, decision making, situational awareness and workload management.
She designed m-Safety to help pilots with one of their greatest training challenges – to remember information long after they leave class. “Followup for retention is where mobile is important,” she says. “After a week, people only remember 20% of what was taught in a classroom.”
Kearns developed m-Safety with support from WORLDiscoveries. “They have helped me with everything. WORLDiscoveries helped me secure capital through the Western Innovation Fund to build a prototype,” she says. “Without their support m-Safety would stay in the theory stage.”Read more