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Tom Henricks

The final briefing in the shuttle

Tom Henricks flew four NASA Space Shuttle missions, 2 as commander and 2 as the pilot. He has also served as an F-15 test pilot and F-4 fighter pilot. Tom joined the McGraw-Hill Companies in 2006 and is now president of Aviation Week. Previously, Tom was a Vice President at Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and the V-22 Deputy Director, an exchange assignment with Boeing Inc. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.Tom Henricks flew four NASA Space Shuttle missions, 2 as commander and 2 as the pilot. He has also served as an F-15 test pilot and F-4 fighter pilot. Tom joined the McGraw-Hill Companies in 2006 and is now president of Aviation Week.

Briefings need to be seen as an essential component of the overall safety culture. Checklists are helpful to avoid errors of omission, but must be kept upto date. Not every contingency can be covered by a checklist and individuals must be able to adapt from a checklist if the situation requires. Checklists help to facilitate cool, professional decision making by individuals. Checklists lead team members to a place of confidence that preparation is complete and work may begin.