July 1966 Approach: The Naval Aviation Safety Review Magazine

July 1966 Approach: The Naval Aviation Safety Review Magazine

vo approach No 1

Our product is safety, our process is education and our profit is measured in the preservation of lives and equipment and increased mission readiness.


  • Strike One, You're Out
    By LCDR R. E. Post
  • Spot The Hazard
  • The New Boss
  • RAWS
    By LCDR J. B. McDaniel
  • Operations Safety Symposium
    By LTJG S. G. Gross
  • Guessing Game
  • Underwater Ejection
  • Survival Field Test
  • So Who You Kidding, Tiger?
    By LT R. E. Atkins, MC
  • Sea Survival
  • 33 Man Machine Complex
    By C. I. Barron, MD
  • Class Always Tells
  • The Case for Tech Pubs
    By LCDR C. E. Witkowski


  • Short Snorts
  • Anymouse
  • Headmouse
  • Flight Surgeons' Notes
  • Maintenance Notes
  • Murphy's Law
  • Letters
  • IBC Lift and Drag


  • Cover: OV-10 Painting by Robert Tourt, Courtesy North American Aviation, Columbus, Ohio
  • Pages 6 and 32: Photos Courtesy Ed Holm, Naval Institute Proceedings
  • Page 15: Photo Courtesy of Author

RADM Paul D. Buie, Commander,
NavWeps 00-75-510

Purposes and policies: Approach, published monthly by the U. S. Naval Aviation Safety Center, is distributed to naval aeronautical organizations on the basis of 1 copy per 10 persons.

It presents the most accurate information currently available on the subject of aviation accident prevention. Contents should not be considered as regulations, orders or directives and may not be construed as incriminating under Art. 31, UCMJ.

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The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes which they believe will improve the material without altering the intended meaning. Reference to commercial products does not imply Navy endorsement.

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Printing: Issuance of this periodical approved in accordance with Department of the Navy Publications and Printing Regulations, NAVEXOS P-35. Library of Congress Catalog No. 57-60020.

U. S. Naval Aviation Safety Center
CDR Stephen Oliver, Head, Safety Education Dept. A. Barrie Young, Jr., Editor
LCDR J. B. McDaniel, Managing Editor
LT J. B. Pugh, Flight Operations Editor
J. T. LeBarron, Research/Ass't Flight Ops Editor J. C. Kiriluk, Maintenance/Ass't Managing Editor J. A. Bristow, Aviation Medicine/Survival Editor Robert Trotter, Art Director
Blake Rader, Illustrator
F. L. Smith, DMC, Production Control Harry Culbertson, PH1, Photographer
F. W. Chapin, J01, Editorial/Production Associate P. D. Lucas, J02, Editorial/Production Associate

Contributing Depts.

Accident Investigation, Head, LtCol W. L. Walker Aero-Medical, Head, CAPT R. E. Luehrs, MC

Analysis and Research, Head, CDR D. A. Webster Maintenance and Material, Head, CDR V. R. Knick Records and Statistics, Head, CDR J. T. Simons, Jr.

approach/My 1966

Only Change is Permanent

We frequently hear it said: "When we get through this emergency, or this crash program, or this special situation, things will settle down and we can get back to normal." Many of us have longed for a stable state. To yearn for normalcy is certainly "normal."

However, the history of the Navy has been one of continued change. This change throughout our history simply parallels the changes which have taken place throughout the world—changes in all aspects of civilization: scientific, technological, and sociological.

It is plain to see that not only is change here to stay but the rate of change is increasing. It is well recognized that the rate of change throughout the world, in all of civilization, down through the ages, has been steadily increasing.

It has been said that scientific and technological changes in the world are increasing at a rate which is proportional to Time raised to a power—at an experimental rate!

It is essential, therefore, that we recognize this ever increasing rate of change in the world about us in order that we may continue to effectively meet the needs of the modern society which we serve. Many of our present day methods, procedures, and equipment will not adequately meet the needs of tomorrow.

Consequently, we must place a high premium on creativity. Relying only on experience as a basis for solving our problems will become less effective as the rate of change in this world increases.

If we are to meet the needs of tomorrow, we must encourage imaginative, creative thinking. In times like these, creative imagination can be of equal importance with time-honored experience.

—Adapted from the "Engineer's Digest," USCG

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