September 2019 Issue

More Cockpit Stress

In the May 2019 issue, I couldn’t help but note the connection between Key Dismukes’ article “Stress in the Cockpit” and Mr. Burnside’s observations in “Cockpit Communication.” When there is poor communication in the cockpit, stress levels are going to rise. It doesn't matter if the communication shortfall takes place in the air or on the ground. Two of the four categories of errors made by airline crews that were pointed out by Dr. Dismukes were “inadequate comprehension, interpretation, or assessment of a situation,” and “inadequate communication.” These categories are faithful descriptions of the failure to explicitly define and communicate expectations that your friend experienced with his flight instructor.

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