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Flight Safety

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

All students, faculty, and staff are required to comply with the EKU Aviation Standard Operating procedures (SOP's) at all times. These procedures are designed to promote safety and effieicny while complying with both University and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

EKU Aviation Standard Operating Procedures

Student Acknowledgement of SOP's Form (PDF)

Waiver of Liability

Flight students are required to sign and return the below Waiver of Liability form before flying may occur.

Waiver of Liability Form (PDF)

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Eastern Kentucky University’s Aviation Program believes strongly in protecting its students, faculty, employees, University property, and the public.  To protect the life and interests of the parties involved, and to maintain an environment with highest standards of health and safety, the Program is instituting this policy. The Program mirrors the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines to ensure fairness and equity to all individuals.

EKU Aviation Drug and Alcohol Policy (PDF)

Student Acknowledgement of Drug and Alcohol Policy (Form (PDF)

Flight Insurance

EKU students may now purchase coverage for renters and flight instructors, also known as 'non-owned coverage', online.  CLICK HERE to visit the Starr Insurance website and complete the online application.

Winter Operations

Inflight Icing
5000 Feet
PIREPS

English Language Proficiency

The holder of an FAA certificate or applicant for an FAA certificate or rating should be able to communicate in English in a discernible and understandable manner with air traffic control (ATC), pilots, and others involved in preparing an aircraft for flight and operating an aircraft in flight.

FAA Advisory Circular 60-28B (PDF)

What is SMS?

EKU Aviation is committed to the safest airport and flight training operation standards possible. The Safety Management System (SMS) at EKU is an innovative, proactive and systematic approach to managing safety that is integral to all ground and flight operations with the objective of achieving and maintaining the highest levels of safety standards and performance. EKU students and faculty are the key resource to the success of the SMS. All employees are encouraged to the report any accidents, incidents and hazardous conditions and behaviors as soon as possible.

Aviation Safety Reporting Form

SMS Confidential Reporting Program

The SMS Confidential Reporting Program provides for uninhibited reporting of existing and potentially hazardous conditions and occurrences at the airport, or during flight operations. With the participation of EKU employees, accidents may be prevented. The overall safety environment of the airport, flight and ground operations can be improved while protecting the reporter's confidentiality and thus  eliminating any fear of retribution.

This policy shall not apply to information received by the organization from a source other than the employee involved in the event, or which involves an illegal act, or a deliberate or willful disregard of promulgated regulations or procedures.

Confidential reports may be made by calling  (859) 622-1014 or by email to aviationsafety@eku.edu to submit a report online. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The identity of any employee providing safety information will be kept confidential to the extent permissible by law.

Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

The participation of EKU students and faculty is paramount to the overall success of the SMS. Every individual is responsible for communicating any information that may affect the integrity of flight or ground operations. Everyone may contribute to the safety of our flight and ground operations by utilizing the SMS Confidential Reporting Program to share important safety information.

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