September 2001 Issue

Time Shortage = Human Error

Take your time, whether it’s in preflight, fuel planning, weather watching or instrument approaches

Getting rushed or falling into situations where a time shortage rears its head is one of the leading causes of inducing errors. If you are rushed for time, you are eleven times more likely to commit an error.

You are more likely to skip critical items, overlook important details or jump at the first idea that enters your mind without fully looking at other options. You’ll ignore important warning signs and generally get that “deer in the headlights” look. It’s prevalent in all segments of aviation. During my recent research into EMS helicopter accidents, I found that time pressure was one of the leading error-causing conditions.

Some time shortages are self-induced. Others are created...

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