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HPDE - Proposed Right-Seat Instructor/Passenger Check-list/Tech-List Addendum:

With so many great minds in one place, I would like to  brain-storm a much needed Right-seat Instructor/Passenger Check-list/Tech-list Addendum:

Disclaimer: As we all know at the end of the day the bottom line is, the Instructor is the last line of defense to maintain safety as necessary. Even in an industry so well regulated as aviation, ask any commercial Pilot In Command of his experience enforcing safety when an agenda is on the line. That's why I want a tangible list that has as little room as possible to be disputed to ensure the Instructor is fully supported to enforce their and other's safety needs.

 

TECH-LIST (Addendum)

Safety Equipment

- "passenger seat" equipment greater to or equal, in safety protection, to that of the driver? (includes use of Hans devises)

Vehicle

- tires: pressure as recommended by manufacturer?

- modifications: adhere to club standards?

- cage: doors have been gutted? If yes, is cage present, do cage bars extened into door?

 

CHECK-LIST

Pre-Session

- class: student attended?  If No: Did student have prior permission?  If no: may result in: [next session canceled - instructor may use session for class time]

- walk-around: check

- tires: appropriate for current track conditions? (race slicks not recommended)

- fuel level: check level

- communicator: working - "in use" - battery charged

- Pre-brief

On-Track

- Instruction: student fails to comply 3x's to an Instructor's "Safety Command" may result in: [session over] (3 incidents in same day [day over])

- brakes: (pre-solo) brake-fading: [pit-in/cool-down/visually inspect]

-  car control: four-offs, spins, tank slappers or loss of car control, may result in: [instruction session over/no passenger] (3 incidents in same day [day over/no passenger])

Post-Session

- debrief

- walk-around: check

 

 

NOTE: Please post your constructive comments, ideas, concerns, likes/dislikes, etc....

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I have heard that air-bags can catch on a full-face helmet causing severe neck damage.

Has anyone heard reports of these incidents? ....have any statistics? 

Would like to weigh the options of disabling air bag systems is such situations.

Your comments are more than appreciated.

 

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thanks for the question.... I have not heard of any.  But thats the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

no one shares incident reports....write that down.    i am not quaified nor do I want to guess.

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Thank you for your reply. I was feeling quite alone in my dilemma.

I have contained myself as long as possible in fully communicating the events that transpired that day, that inspired this list, as it has literally been eating-me-up inside.

http://www.motorsport-safety.org/comment/342#comment-342

I not so many words I was told I would be replaced if I did not go out with the student and was even told that SCCA sanctions 4-point harnesses. which I found out later THEY DO NOT!

The above incident resulted in my termination as an instructor with that organization (which shall remain nameless), and has inspired my to take the year off from instructing from all my Groups so I can to do what I can to prevent further such incidents free from having my Instructor Position weighed against me..

 

 

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Your list is a good start and I agree with most of what's written.  I'd like to add a couple of items if I may.

Safety Equipment

- helmet in good condition, check helmet expiry date

- if equiped with non-oem belt, check harness expiry date

- brake pads & brake fluid: within manufacturer's service interval, or upgraded pads and brake fluid

- wheel bearing check - no free play all 4 corners

CHECK-LIST

Pre-Session

- student: any medical condtion to declare (also check for hearing aid)

On-Track

- 1st lap: play spot the marshall station

- Instruction: if a student fails to comply to any command check for hearing issues

- flags: consistently missed flags - 3x causes debrief in pit lane

Post-Session

- walk-around: check tires for over/under inflation and excessve wear

I deliberately kept my suggestions short and easily verifyable, otherwise the list could be much longer.  The truth is we rely on self declarations of student vehicle safety because we simply don't have that much time before the first session, or even after each session. 

 

 

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