December 2017 Issue

The Risks of Routine

When everything is going well, we can get complacent. But the real problem is when things arenít routine.

One of the great joys of flying is a routine flight. Iím not referring to a flight that went as expected, which undeniably is the greatest joy, Iím talking about flying a routine route. If you hop in your plane on a Saturday afternoon to fly to your favorite $100 hamburger location and get a respite from your weekday worries, or a cargo pilot plying a daily route, you probably know the pleasure I am talking about. Pilots who fly routine flights can feel at one with their aircraft, heightening their sensitivity to any little deviation, like unusual engine noises or subtle performance changes with different loads.

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