May 2000 Issue

Master, Slave or Partner

Checklists can run you, or you can run them. Either way, donít defeat their original purpose

A few friends recently had an e-mail discussion on checklist use. It started when one said he had been working on an audiocassette checklist ďas an adjunct to a speedy but complete check from preflight cockpit to shutdown.Ē The tapes were planned to have background music and a pause tone so pilots would not get ahead of themselves during taxi or takeoff.

Itís hard to believe that anyone needs to have another voice in the cockpit (not to mention background music) at critical times in the flight. Itís hard enough to keep your attention shifting from one important task to another without an additional distraction.

In more than 30 years as a pilot, Iíve never ceased to be amazed at the...

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