Category Archives: Cockpit Resource Management

Thoughts and suggestions for enhancing your flights.

Are You Getting Good Weather Information

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) doesn’t think pilots are getting all the information or the best information to make decisions during preflight or while in flight when they go to the typical aviation weather sources, specifically the Aviation Weather … Continue reading

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Flying with a Mentor

Why would you want to fly with a mentor pilot? Maybe you’re new to an airplane; newly rated as an instrument pilot; or going someplace challenging that you haven’t been before and you would like to have the assurance of … Continue reading

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To Error is Human

This year’s nationwide FAA Safety Stand Down took a realistic and practical approach to human error by first acknowledging that, because we have a brain, we are susceptible to making unintentional mistakes for a multitude of reasons. The question isn’t … Continue reading

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Autopilot: Friend or Foe?

After years of trying to convince pilots it’s OK to use the autopilot, the pendulum is now swinging the other way. The FAA is afraid pilots are losing flying skills because they use the autopilot too much. Today, even in … Continue reading

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Respect Your Passengers

As pilots, we have become accustomed to and familiar with the flying environment and the equipment we operate to the point we forget what impact it has on non-pilot passengers. Even though they may fly commercially, many are unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Let’s Run out of Gas

Running out of fuel short of your destination must be easy to do because it seems to happen to a lot of people.   The 2010 Nall Report’s review of 1,418 accidents that occurred in 2009 concluded that 1,181 (83.3 percent) … Continue reading

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Roll the Dice or Stack the Deck

Many pilots think accidents are inevitable—that they only happen to the other pilot, not to them. Such a fatalistic attitude can be hazardous to your health. You can and do influence the outcome of every flight you make, and just … Continue reading

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