NTSB Loss of Control; April 24th

Loss of control in-flight is the #1 causal factor of general aviation fatalities. Though largely a catch-all grouping encompassing many diverse sources, the majority of these accidents implicate insufficient pilot situational awareness and maneuvering skills during critical phases of flight. For this reason, deeper analysis of this phenomenon is of particular interest to flight educators. … Continue reading “NTSB Loss of Control; April 24th”

Addressing the “Loss of Control” Dilemma!

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) is the “catch-all causal factor” for the NTSB, topping the list of fatal accident causes and the “Most Wanted List” for every year in recent memory. We are excited to have Patty Wagstaff and Rich Stowell for our live ScreenCast on November 16th unpacking this dilemma. NTSB Member Earl Weener … Continue reading “Addressing the “Loss of Control” Dilemma!”

Build Better Flight Educators; New CFI-ACS!

Please stand back and take a fresh  look at our flight training industry. Why do we have the least experienced aviators (brand new CFIs) in charge of creating our next generation of pilots? Does this enhance safety? Should those “one year olds” really be teaching our new aviators? There is even a push in our … Continue reading “Build Better Flight Educators; New CFI-ACS!”

April E-News “Read More” Links

SAFE eNews – April 2017 Read More…(Update on ACS Work Group Recent Meeting) Wilt said FAA members on the Working Group asked for better ways to communicate the impact of various airspace system changes to the training community, and a group discussion resulted in several ideas for the FAA to consider.  For example, participants discussed … Continue reading “April E-News “Read More” Links”

PIREPS Save Lives; Please Report!

The pilot of a Cessna 310 lost his life on a missed approach while shooting an ILS in “VFR conditions.” He was current and fully briefed but the weather worsened enroute and no one reported the downpour at the airfield (or that the tower had been struck by lightning!) There is no way an FSS … Continue reading “PIREPS Save Lives; Please Report!”

Automation Dependency: “Children of the Magenta”

We are seeing a significant increase in accidents involving the overuse or misuse of cockpit automation. If you have not watched the American Airlines video “Children of the Magenta” please do that now. (What I am going to write here is perfectly captured by this talented presenter.) We have forgotten that in flying we are … Continue reading “Automation Dependency: “Children of the Magenta””

The Myth of Multi-Tasking: Micro, Macro, Meta

OK, let’s be honest, a human really cannot multi-task (simultaneously perform two tasks demanding intense concentration). Sad but true, neuroscientists have clearly proven this. Here are some great exercises to make sure you truly believe this. It is especially important to embrace this truth in our world of technological distraction. We all still see people … Continue reading “The Myth of Multi-Tasking: Micro, Macro, Meta”

SAFE July News!

SAFE Member Dinner Thursday At AirVenture 2016 Registration for the SAFE Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner on Thursday evening, July 28 at 7 PM is now available. For SAFE members, the dinner cost is just $5 with one guest for an additional $5; (additional guests after “plus one” are $25 each). The event will be … Continue reading “SAFE July News!”