Kwasi Adjekum

Kwasi Adjekum
University of North Dakota | UND · Department of Aviation

Ph.D., CSP, ASP, ATP

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November 2016 - May 2017
University of North Dakota
Position
  • Adjuct Professor
August 2014 - present
University of North Dakota
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Teaching of undergraduate courses in crew resource management and global aviation in capstone projects.
August 2012 - August 2013
University of North Dakota
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Research into how to integrate and implement Safety Management Systems into Collegiate aviation programs.
Education
May 2014 - December 2016
University of North Dakota
Field of study
  • Aerospace Sciences

Publications

Publications (21)
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An increase in evidence-based studies into the deleterious effects of fatigue on flight operations has been reported by key aviation groups globally. The collegiate aviation flight training environment has not been researched at the same level when compared to military and airline operations. College aged students are unique in the sense that they...
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There seems to be a paucity in extant literature that assesses the relationship between Safety Management Systems (SMS) and High Reliability Theory (HRT) behavior process of Mindful Organizing (MO) among aerospace organizations. There could be benefits for organizational safety by exploring this relationship in high-reliability organizations (HROs)...
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Some African airline operations have been perennially plagued by weak safety regulatory oversight, ineffective threat and error management strategies, and a fledgling Safety Management System (SMS) adoption and implementation. A model of the HFACS developed by Wiegmann and Shappell was used to analyze the fatal crash of a Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8...
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Advances in the commercial space industry have highlighted the safety hazards and associated risk inherent in commercial space operations in the United States. The National Transportation Board (NTSB) recommended the implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) into commercial space service provision as part of its accident investigation repo...
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Fatigue is a pervasive safety hazard in aviation affecting several aspects of a pilot's’ ability to safely perform their jobs. Several factors can contribute to fatigue, including inadequate sleep, stress, long work hours, excessive workload, and inadequate nutritional habits. In addition to flight training, some factors including academic, social,...
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Extant research advocates for assessing and continuously improving resilient safety culture in high-reliability organizations (HROs) such as aviation that has a fully functional Safety Management Systems (SMS). Perceptions on the relationship between four (4) organizational management factors (Principles, Policy, Procedures, Practices) and resilien...
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Organizational safety resilience is a key factor in sustaining an effective safety management system (SMS) in high-reliability organizations (HROs) such as aviation. Extant research advocates for monitoring, assessing and continuously improving safety in an organization that has a fully-functional SMS. Safety resilience provides a buffer against vu...
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Extant literature suggests minimal research on the reliability of Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components used in fabricating non-military Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Stochastic failures of components during operational cycles over time poses a safety hazard to flight operations. The purpose of the study was to critically assess the operationa...
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The integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Space (NAS) in recent times has been met by mixed public responses. The paper establishes four constructs each of which encapsulates multiple backgrounds and concerns of the stakeholders: functional knowledge, utilization trust, operational integration support, and safety risk...
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The study conceptualized Safety Management System (SMS) initiative, self-efficacy, and transformational safety leadership as constructs that relates to safety behavior (measured by safety compliance and safety participation) when mediated by safety motivation using a quantitative approach. Structural equation modeling techniques was used to derive...
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The study conceptualized Safety Management System (SMS) initiative, self-efficacy, and transformational safety leadership as constructs that relates to safety behavior (measured by safety compliance and safety participation) when mediated by safety motivation using a concurrent-triangulation approach. The study also evaluated the relationship betwe...
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Some collegiate aviation programs in the United States have adopted the voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) strongly advocated by the Federal Aviation Administration to build a proactive safety culture. While relevant safety culture research has primarily focused on flight personnel, there has been limited investigation on non-flight collegiat...
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The purposes of this study were to assess the perceptions of respondents on scale items that measure safety culture in collegiate aviation programs in the United States (U.S.) and establish levels of interactions between demographic variables and safety reporting behavior. A convenience sample (n = 259) of flight students inclusive of those who are...
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The position paper did a comparative analysis of John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and Oliver Tambo International Airport in South Africa (FAOR). The study revealed that JFK was a public owned airport, but had some elements of privatization in the form of a Hybrid Public-Private Partnerships, because operations of some ter...
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The position paper did a comparative analysis of John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and Oliver Tambo International Airport in South Africa (FAOR). The study revealed that JFK was a public owned airport, but had some elements of privatization in the form of a Hybrid Public-Private Partnerships, because operations of some ter...
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A cross-sectional quasi- mixed-method approach was used to determine the relationships between safety culture perceptions and safety reporting behavior among flight students with and without certified flight instructor (CFI) ratings. Respondents (n=259) were recruited from five collegiate aviation programs in the US and took part in the study. Surv...
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The paper did a comparative analysis of the carbon emission and European Union Emission Trading Surcharges (EU ETS) of South African Airways (SAA) current fleet that used aviation jet A1 fuel and the same fleet if it had used a 25% bio-fuel ‘drop in’ for the European routes within the first quarter of the 2014 flying year (FY 14). Operational data...
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An exploration of the relationship between safety culture perceptions and safety behaviors in a collegiate aviation program was conducted using the Collegiate Aviation Program Safety Culture Survey (CAPSCUS), which is a modified form of the Commercial Aviation Safety Survey. The study assessed the safety culture perception of respondent [flight stu...
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An assessment of the perceptions of respondents on the safety culture at an accredited Part 141 four year collegiate aviation program was conducted as part of the implementation of a safety management system (SMS). The Collegiate Aviation Program Safety Culture Assessment Survey (CAPSCAS), which was modified and revalidated from the existing Commer...
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The economic benefits of safety programs in aviation operations in the United States are undeniable. Making a strong business case for these programs is not easy, since safety is not tangible until there are accidents and incidents. Safety Management System (SMS) is an organized approach to a systemic safety improvement and challenges the safety pr...
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An assessment of the safety culture at an accredited four year collegiate aviation program was conducted. The Collegiate Aviation Program Safety Culture Assessment Survey (CAPSCAS) was used. Participants were drawn from flight students and instructors in the program. The survey captured the perceptions of participants on the status of the safety cu...

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There is the need to assess the effectiveness of SMS implementation and training and how it affects variables that influences safety- risk decision making among flight students and instructors. This study would analyze how SMS training impacts safety risk decision making and invariably safety behavior of pilots in the flight training environment.