Features

May 2019 Issue

Cockpit Communication

Especially in a training situation, it’s important that everyone in the cockpit knows the plan and what they reasonably can expect from everyone else.

I recently had the chance to chat with a long-time friend and pilot about some issues he had with an instructor while working through a flight review. The friend was concerned about the instructor’s critique of his flying, which included comments like, “I didn’t expect you to do that,” and “I would have done it differently.” The friend wasn’t necessarily complaining about the critique itself but the after-the-fact manner in which it was supplied. Ultimately, it undermined his confidence and he chose not to fly with that instructor again, taking his chances with someone different.

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