HELICOPTER INSTRUCTOR – PILOT OR SOCIAL WORKER?
Nov01

HELICOPTER INSTRUCTOR – PILOT OR SOCIAL WORKER?

Teaching students to fly any type of aircraft is probably as much about people skills as it is about flying. You have to relate to all types of individual and must often adapt your teaching style to their aptitude, previous life experience, attitude to flying, and so on. Perhaps this applies particularly to helicopter flying, which can be very difficult for many students, at least in the beginning. I’m sure all rotary...

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Up, up and away (Perhaps)
Oct27

Up, up and away (Perhaps)

Going around is taught as a normal flight manoeuvre during early training. The psychological subtleties become apparent only later. Darragh Owens explains the importance of the go around The go-around is one of the earliest safety-related procedures to which a learner pilot is exposed during initial training. The student is taught that a decision to discontinue the approach to landing, to climb back up into the sky, can be prompted by...

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Up in the Air
Oct03

Up in the Air

By Darragh Owens When decision-making theory meets reality, the learning curve gets steep Aeronautical decision-making during private and commercial pilot training, is an important part of the theoretical knowledge syllabus. It is, however, possibly one of the ground subjects most disconnected from the practical reality of flying. It’s clearly important to study the various concepts and models that are currently (they evolve as time...

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Aviate, Navigate, Advocate By James McBride
Sep21

Aviate, Navigate, Advocate By James McBride

There is a concerted effort in modern CRM teaching these days to ensure that inexperienced First Officers are aware of their responsibility to speak-up during line operations, in order that they contribute effectively to the decision-making process. In several companies, this is referred to as encouraging F/Os to ‘Advocate’ their thoughts and opinions when faced with situations requiring the cockpit crew to reach a decision. You may...

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Recovering Aviation UPRT is valuable and necessary. At the same time it highlights some deep issues for the future of piloting
Aug17

Recovering Aviation UPRT is valuable and necessary. At the same time it highlights some deep issues for the future of piloting

The increasing focus, in recent years, on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) as a key safety goal in training for professional pilot licences, whose specifics are discussed elsewhere in this issue, is certainly something to be welcomed. The safety spotlight shifts from place to place as aviation evolves. For a long period, after the birth of aviation more than a century ago, ‘safety’ was centred on manual aircraft handling...

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Some Thoughts on ‘See and Avoid’
Jul04

Some Thoughts on ‘See and Avoid’

I’m sure I’m not the only pilot who’s not completely comfortable with the idea of ‘See and Avoid’ when it comes to avoiding other aircraft in uncontrolled airspace. Of course, it’s one of the first things you are taught when learning to fly. You keep a good lookout for other aircraft. You keep your eyes outside the cockpit as much as possible, you move your head around to minimise blind spots, you keep up a...

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