June 2001 Issue

Clock Runs Out

Balky landing gear and fire trucks lead pilot to make two go-arounds – one too many.

Pilots love control. From the first flying lesson on, instructors preach the need to be in control of the flight and the airplane.

And despite the fact that those FAA people on the radio are called “controllers,” most pilots secretly believe those folks are really coordinators. There’s no question who’s really in control. After all, FAR 91.3 says the PIC is the final authority and you can do what you gotta do.

However, situations routinely develop where competent and qualified pilots who know what they have to do fall into the trap of letting outsiders dictate a course of events that run counter to the pilots’ safety. This goes beyond ATC, of course. Pilots find themselves pushed by...

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