Security President’s Corner
Russ Leighton, as the new Director of Safety.
Mr. Leighton is the Aviation Safety Coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Mr. Leighton is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Science, and a minor in Aviation Safety. Russ has been a pilot for 20 years. With more than 12,000 hours he has flown everything from single-pilot, part 135 freight in a Cessna 208, to international flying in a Boeing 767.
He is responsible for facilitating implementation and maintenance of programs such as ASAP, FOQA, LOSA, FRMS and SMS for the 65,000+ pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, and dispatchers of the Airline Division. He is also responsible for training and maintaining Aircraft Accident Go-Teams, to help the NTSB as parties to investigations.
Mr. Leighton was also an Air Safety Investigator for the NTSB, and was Investigator-In-Charge of more than 50 aircraft accidents.
Mr. Leighton was the chair the Pilot Records Database ARC, on behalf of CAPA. Recently, Russ has been the Labor Lead for the “Call To Action” aviation safety forum road shows, and was one of the labor representatives on the Flight/Duty time ARC.This committee was to help the FAA write regulations to create and maintain a comprehensive database of pilot training and qualifications, for use by air carriers when hiring new pilots.