Stupid-proof Your Flying with Aviation Safety AviatorCast 137
On this episode of Aviator cast stupid proof your flying with aviation safety welcome aviators Another episode of Aviator cast last. Load up your flight bag with useful flight training topics interviews in aviation fashion. Let's kick the tires and light the fires coming to you from from Angola check headquarters in Homer Alaska Yours your host. In Flight Instructor Chris Palmer Welcome Aviators to another episode of aviator cast. Ask My name. Is Chris Palmer coming to you from homer Alaska great to have you here. Hope you're well hope you are working toward your aviation Dole's here for a little bit more information Russian inspiration and just a step forward in this podcast today so I thought the topic of Talking about like stupid. Proofing your flying lying in some ways that we can build some routines some checklists some mindset in too stupid proofing in what we do because at the end of the day a lot of us have tendencies to boot stupid things and I think that's just a human condition right as generally what we are are always trying to do so in aviation we watch out for ourselves that way. Make sure that we are trying to keep the ultimate safety so we are going talk about in this particular podcast white. Getting your head right I next and last is the most important thing you can do. That goes to human factors that goes to those that important decision. Making also Being introspective and knowing what you're thinking and feeling in how that plays out to aviation safety how checklists help keep us pilots and check also why habits gouges end. Routines are essential in a fast paced environment. In how using recurrent training being can make your skills skyrocket. So let's just dive right in and go through several of these and have a discussion so first off is is the mindset stuff yourself before you wreck yourself kinda funny saying that My wife says every now and again now one thing I've talked about every every now and again is that humility is one of the traits that we certainly need as pilots. We know that there are hazardous. Attitudes out there that we learn about when we When we do flight training and they are certainly true they are present we have all of them to a certain degree or another We have have several of them Most so you have to identify what those are. We're talking about those things like Resignation Nation anti-authority invulnerability Macho One. I came up with was a know it. All and there's there's several others that I'm forgetting out the top of my head but those things that are kind of human nature that we tend to We tend to to gravitate toward as an attitude toward certain things so those are called again. Hazardous attitudes you've probably heard of him before but the biggest thing we can do you for aviation safety for stupid. Proofing are flying is to have humility and this goes back to one of the core beliefs. I Have I've even when it comes to aviation accidents is that I I never place myself as being better or or more professional channel than the pilot that had made the mistake. So what I do is I rather take a step back and ask myself. What would it take for me me to get in that situation to make those same decisions and I feel like I learn more that way? I learn Maya limitations. And what my problems. uh-huh are in how I can be better by being realistic about the fact that hey it can happen to me in will happen to me so that goes to humility but just having the sense that yes we are our own worst enemy and if we aren't careful than Than we can on get in trouble so this can be again. This can be counteracted. In several ways we can define our hazardous hazardous attitudes so that we can avoid them. I think that's very important to do on a regular basis we can Create what are called personal minimums the FAA has these personal little minimums that show What we are and aren't willing to do in our flying and those are more specific scenarios that we want to avoid while we build experience so you can see those on the FAA website? Just search personal minimums worksheet and they have something you can work through and actually come up with a scenario so you don't actually crossed that line in those personal minimums are always better minimums than what is is the actual legal minimum or at least They are often better. If you're really proficient and of course you can go down to the minimums in in certain cases. But you're not leaving yourself a lot of wisdom. I just think that this whole mentality of Being humble as a pilot is something we need more of. There's just not a lot of room in aviation for Ego and when we get accidents that happen and in things happen it it ends up being a breakdown at the end of the day in humility in the pilot being able to identify problems in themselves and and make a change as a result. So be humble check yourself before you wreck yourself. Probably the biggest point. I'm going to make today Eh. So checking yourself so checklist. We know that checklists are thing. K Y this is inherent in aviation especially training and And Professional Aviation where we use checklists religiously so if you did your training right you would have had an instructor. Dirt really drilled. This end you that. You gotta do your checklist. You gotta do your checklist. And it's literally there to fight against the stupid also. Call it the stupid so literally there to fight against these tendencies for you to forget to do things incorrectly. And you know things like landing with your landing gear up and And not switching fuel tanks all sorts of things that are pretty crazy so actually the origin for checklists came from When they are developing the B seventeen must have been prior world war prior to World War Two or at least the US's involvement in in World War Two? They're doing test flights and one flight took off without the It was an an elevator. Lock I think it was external an elevator lock. That was on the outside that had been left in so they went down the runway and tried to take off and couldn't couldn't control the pitch and had an accident. It was fatal. And that is when the checklist Began to be developed a very serious way and of course. It is a mainstay mainstay in aviation now where we are using checklists constantly Q.. Check ourselves every. Airplane has a checklist. you'll find them in the operating being manual for your airplane. Pilot Operating Handbook Airplane Flying Manual. Different names that they have but you will find on there you can also purchase them online through Through some different people who make laminated versions of them. That are just in one card and I like that version a lot because it has extra information on it so you can also go that direction too. So that is where the origin came from but now we have checklists as as part part of our cockpit all the time we fall in and out of practice with checklist. I think everyone does where As we get closer to check rides we I use them a lot more but really we should be using them all the time. A case you just be habitual that we're using them constantly so if you get interrupted interrupted while you're using a checklist then you need to start the process over again or make sure that nothing was skipped and also if you are falling out of the habit of using your checklist make sure to pick it up again and start to use them again okay. That habit can be built Even if you didn't originally learn it to a great degree you can learn to do that. Checklist make it really convenient for yourself again. That's why I have those laminated cards. I'll put a link to it here on the website ANGLE OF ATTACK DOT COM OR AVIATOR CAST DOT COM. You can find this episode and get a link for those so they're nice nice and laminated and they worked out pretty well make them easy to reach. Make them right there in your view. Sometimes I tuck them in the window. between the Glare Shield and the window. or I'll have it right under my leg or somewhere where I can just grab it quick reference it and put it back very very important that we go l. through those checklists and use them on a continual basis. So that is the checklists that we should use another thing. It is Simply Habits gouges and routines and so. This is kind of like a checklist but as more things we do on a regular basis that make things things predictable as a pilot rather than just leaving things up the chance. Habits are things that we do the same way every single time so when we you walk up to an airplane to preflight we We do it the same way. Every time We avoid being rushed through that process and and we simply focus on that habit and no matter what. We're doing it the same way every single time. So that is a habit not sure what the actual definition mission is of a habit. But it's got to be something along those lines to where we're eventually Building some sort of muscle that we That we put into our flying all right now. There is a flip side to everything right because if you do the same things every time then you can You can get what is called confirmation bias with which is like your brain tricking. You thinking that you're actually seeing what you want to see. That really is not there and so it is important every now and again for certain things to mix it up and so like for the prefight for example staying in that analogy walking the other direction could be something that you do Maybe doing your checklist backwards. The just different things to do that could help you. Mix It up a little bit to make sure that you're not. I'm just going through the motions but the you're actually doing what you're supposed to be doing in. That's the difference here. So there is a flip side to have. It's where you you can become so habitual on something you just forget and and That sounds interesting but we can be blind to those things we've done so many times us through habits so just be careful about that too. GOUGES are Kinda like acronyms things that we use in aviation to quickly run through you. A checklist is kind of like a memory item checklist. So one that I use is called. C. GUMP's which CARPI gas undercarriage mixture prop seatbelts switches. Che's agency snacks to make my students laugh. So see gump's is a landing checklist. There are critical times and flight where we may be. He rushed for one reason or another where we simply need something to reference like that that can quickly get our head in the game where Maven Maven. Be Too busy to pull out a full checklist and go through it now. That's never an excuse for a lot of operations but I can say in the real world operating the real world. It's just nice to have something like a garage. So sees gums works. Well cigars works well for takeoff and I know that I can do seagulls really quickly likely and from memory and set my airplane up And be good there So for example like One one recent sent little twist. I've done with C.. Gump so as Pete which actually check in luck gas I look when you're looking and verifying to okay undercarriage. This is something that I have started the verbalize recently where I say what type of landing gear I have. So I'll say fixed gear or I'll say retractable gear. It has down. It is three green but this gets tricky if you're working with an amphibious airplane where you you don't want your wheels hut for landing on floats or you. Yeah you you WanNa make sure that your wills up. Your wheels are up in the floats as for landing on water in your wills or down for landing on on On hard surface. Okay so just gets tricky. I just WanNa make sure that I'm I'm checking myself to remind myself of what airplane men and then of course the other things too but those are the sorts of things I think of when I go through this the process now I did end up seeing someone do Aguirre. I witnessed that myself but I got there several minutes after someone did a gear up landing. When I was flying in Wisconsin we came in to land at the airport ended up having the land on a grass runway that was more favorable to the wins anyway but Just minutes before US assess the one eighty two landed without their without their gear down. There's no reason for it other than they simply forgot and is something that still happens. Who knows why but I I don't again going back to what I started with with humility. I don't look in data. Say Oh man what idiots. How could they do that by? Look at it and say okay. What led up to? That could get myself in that situation. And so that's why I get Kinda freaked out and a little bit Ansi about doing something like C. Gump's because of I know if I do it every time. been the likelihood of me making a mistake will drastically decrease in that case ace alright so habits gouges routines things you go through or you're just doing it the same way every time but maybe maybe avoiding the the idea of doing it the same way every time. Maybe it's more important that we are actually doing. It is the the idea that I want to get across is that we are actually sleep performing those habits those procedures. Those things we need to do nor do it safely. So just the very act of doing a prefight preflight. Just the very act of doing a seagull checklist A bunch of different things. We could talk about an aviation that lend to aviation safety so so that's habits gouges and routines lastly and this is GonNa be a shorter podcast. But that's okay. I want you to keep in mind something that the Airlines Airlines too. And that is recurrent training so we know that we need three takeoffs and landings Every ninety days to carry passengers for day and night We also know that we need a flight review every two years and that is how we stay legal. Okay however that's not necessarily current so what airlines do is. They actually do training more often than that on a regular basis. They're required to do so and I think that we as general aviation pilots. It's if we WANNA remain safe we would do well to adopt this voluntarily into our own repertoire so at the bare minimum Those those legal requirements aren't really good enough to remain to be a safe pilot. So what you can do is set up a regular schedule with A CFI maybe meet with a C.. Every six months and you go through some training you can decide at that point if you want to get signed off for your flight review every six months or if you simply want to just go get some training whatever. It is the quality of that training that matters more than the actual Signature in your log book But do that in open yourself up to new experiences and new things new perspectives and even revisit. Is it things that you've done in the past because I know that even for people that have gone through their private pilot Training they they end up getting a little bit apprehensive about stalls Al's because they haven't done done them in a while they haven't done steep turns in a while and I don't necessarily want to get into the repetition of maneuvers constantly. That's not necessarily what I'm talking about. What I'm what I'm talking about is working on those things that you're uncomfortable with work on those things you want to know more about go and experience different new things under the safe watchful eye of an instructor? That is what I'm trying to get across and when you do that then you are going to continue to grow as a pilot you will continue to learn new things you can check yourself and check the bad habits. He may be forming forming. And maybe that's something you bring to the table as you say hey. I'm doing this voluntarily and I want you to look out for bad habits that may have formed in my flying and please be be very strict and point out what I can do better. Let's make a list. I'm here to improve and I think that'd be a really really healthy position to come from in doing this Doing this recurrent training so we talked about The the big big picture thinking of getting your mind. Right is the utmost importance to everything here because everything stems from that getting in the checklists and using those was route on a regular basis the habits the gouges the routines that we do in aviation makes making sure we're actually doing them. And then the recurrent training that we can subject ourselves to so do you guys have any other ideas about how we can. Stupid proof are flying at love to hear your feedback in the comments. I feel like this is something we could do apart Q.. On so go ahead and leave me a comment. Send me a message. 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