For Your Best Learning: “Own” Your Errors!

If you are an educator in any field, you know the “excuse-makers”. How often do we hear “it was the wind”, “I didn’t get enough sleep”, or “the plane is acting funny” (et cetera ad nauseam)? But you probably also noticed the people who “own” their errors and admit to struggling, actually learn faster. Excuses … Continue reading “For Your Best Learning: “Own” Your Errors!”

Building a “Mindset of Professionalism”

It is difficult to define “professionalism” simply and comprehensively. This essential pilot attribute certainly requires personal integrity and commitment; to doing your best job, in the best way, every time (and even when no one is watching). But it’s not limited to a complex airframe or environment as is commonly asserted. You can be a … Continue reading “Building a “Mindset of Professionalism””

How and Why We Fail (Understanding Dumb Mistakes)!

How many times have you mentally kicked yourself for doing something incredibly stupid? And upon reflection, you can’t even figure out *why* you performed this way?  This “all too human” process is fascinating and built into our human operating system. Examining and understanding the little daily goofs and lapses can improve your life, but more … Continue reading “How and Why We Fail (Understanding Dumb Mistakes)!”

To Err is Human! “NASA Form”

by Parvez Dara, ATP, MCFII, MEI (and our SAFE Treasurer) Did you make a mistake today? If you said no. I would beg to differ. We make tiny errors in our daily lives that go unnoticed all the time because they are mostly isolated and of little consequence. The adage is “To err is human.” … Continue reading “To Err is Human! “NASA Form””

Preventable Tragedies

by Parvez Dara, ATP, MCFII, MEI (and our SAFE Treasurer) Pilot error is the single most important cause of fatalities in aviation. Especially when you allow the statisticians their free reign at numbers. The percentages that pile up suggest upwards of 80% of all fatal accidents are pilot related. One wonders then why these lamentable … Continue reading “Preventable Tragedies”

“Unlearning” is Essential for Pilot Education!

As educators, we often stumble right out of the starting gate if we begin with “this is how it works…” By doing this we fail to address (and help unlearn) preconceived notions already present; how it does *not* work! It might be better to first ask your student how they *think* a complex process (like … Continue reading ““Unlearning” is Essential for Pilot Education!”

September 2017 e-News “Read More”

Read more…(Privatization) Privatizing ATC has been compared to handing full control of the nation’s Interstate Highway System to a group such as, say, the American Truckers Association. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to envision what would happen to flight schools at busy airports if the airlines gain control of ATC,” said SAFE Board Chair … Continue reading “September 2017 e-News “Read More””