December 2010 Issue

Distracted Maneuvers

Performing the emergency gear-extension checklist—or any other—isn’t a good reason to stop flying the airplane.

Flying has been said to involve hours and hours of boredom populated with moments of sheer terror. Of course, if we’re doing it right, there might be a number of times when we’re very busy, but avoiding the moments of sheer terror is what it’s all about. Indeed, one of the things separating seasoned pilots from those with less experience involves how we respond when things don’t go as we planned.

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