August 1999 Issue

Think Pro

Improvise if you must, but the published procedure is there for a reason

Safety is simple. Use the right tool, the right person and the right procedures for the job. In well-maintained certified airplanes the right tool is usually there. The pilot presumably has been trained to fly the airplane and navigate competently.

Sometimes, however, the third leg of the safety stool is missing. The right procedures for most operations and even some emergencies are specified in the aircraft manual, but sometimes pilots arenít familiar with the proper procedures, or sometimes they use procedures from other aircraft or other sources that arenít proper for the aircraft and environment in which theyíre flying.

Failure to use the proper procedures is an important finding i...

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