July 2000 Issue

The Death of Airmanship

Blame technology, cost or sloppy training if you want, but the real problem is with the pilot

A pilot girds for attempting GPS approaches for the first time.

A safety pilot or instructor is in the right seat to look out for traffic and aircraft control while the new GPS owner briefs himself (again) on his toy. The two pilots go over the planned approach and probably program it into the box while still on the ground.

They take off and fly away from the airport to check out operation of the moving map and make sure the simple-looking en route stuff really is simple. That part probably goes pretty smoothly, and soon they’re emboldened and ready to make the first approach. Maybe the left seater goes under the hood. Maybe he doesn’t.

ATC gives the pilot vectors to the final appr...

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