Archive | March, 2013

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…all the way to impact….

Why two pilots on the flightdeck?  Because it works?  Actually it often doesn’t. One of the most frequently-cited examples of the failure of the multi-crew monitoring concept is the Eastern Airlines Lockheed TriStar accident back in 1972. On a night approach to Miami there was a problem with the landing gear indication, and the crew […]

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Not so humble: the Pilot Monitoring

The “pilot not flying” (PNF) is not such a humble role, according to developing wisdom. Even when it’s being carried out by the copilot. Besides which, PNF is now out of favour as a role description, replaced by PM (pilot monitoring).  In the USA the latter has been common currency for a while, but it […]

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