February 2016 Issue

Who Is Flying the Plane?

According to the FAA, accidents and incidents have occurred due to a lack of communication or misunderstanding as to who actually had control of the aircraft. This is particularly a problem between students and flight instructors, but affects all flight operations when two or more people have access to the flight controls. Without clearly delineating responsibilities—who’s in charge—two undesirable outcomes are distinct possibilities: No one is at the controls, or both pilots are under the…

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