Brad Brugger earned his wings as a Collaborator through more than two decades of aviation leadership experience, most recently as the Safety of Flight and Compliance Coordinator for the Air Transport Division of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). Throughout Brad’s career, he has demonstrated a unique ability to harness organizational support for collaborative programs and initiatives. He has worked extensively with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and co-chaired and served on numerous aviation sub-committees and consensus-based working groups. He brings a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and possesses an extraordinary ability to seek multiple points-of-view before building a consensus. He has recently turned his talents to high-consequence industries beyond aviation, including law enforcement, the fire service, and energy production and distribution companies.
In addition, Brad has over 23 years as an Aviation Maintenance Technician and Crew Chief at a major US airline. Much of his time in these positions was spent working on F-100's, B727s and MD-80 aircraft. He has been an active TWU member and Shop Steward. Since 2004, Brad has been the primary TWU International Coordinator of the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) for the airline Maintenance program. As the TWU International ASAP Coordinator, Brad assists and coordinates 15 of the TWU represented ASAP programs at three US airlines, these programs cover Flight Attendants, Dispatchers and Maintenance personnel. Brad Brugger has been a longtime advocate of the application of Just Culture within the ASAP programs and the organization as a whole in order to promote a strong Safety Culture within the airline industry. He was instrumental in incorporating Just Culture into the M&E ASAP program, as well as the development of an M&E Just Policy, which is the application of Just Culture principles and tools into operational, investigative, and human resource policies.
Brad Brugger was recently named the Safety of Flight and Compliance Coordinator for the Air Transport Division of the Transport Workers Union. This role recognizes his expanding role in promoting safety throughout the industry. Brad is the Aviation Industry ASAP Sub-Committee Co-chair and the Air Transport Association (ATA) ASAP Leadership Alliance Principal for maintenance. He is the TWU National Transportation Safety Board Party Coordinator for investigations and the TWU's FAA Liaison. As the TWU FAA Liaison, Brad also has worked closely in cooperation with airline maintenance leadership and its Voluntary Self Disclosure Program. Brad has been an active participant in numerous industry working groups as an expert for maintenance safety, human factors and Just Culture for the Transport Workers Union. He contributes to and is an active member of the SMS Aviation Rulemaking Committee, the industry Maintenance Fatigue Working Group and the Maintenance Human Factors Working Group. As a member of the Human Factors Working Group , Brad has contributed as an SMS, Safety Culture, Just Culture and Human Factors expert to the development of a proposal to implement a Maintenance Human Factors Program at the airlines.
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