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Pilot Knowledge and Common Mistakes

Pilot Knowledge and Common MistakesInvestigators have concluded that Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 due to a combination of mistakes made by inadequately trained pilots and faulty equipment. Please read full story here.

One of the most disturbing statistics about general aviation accidents is that more than 75% of them are made because of pilot error. Considering that it’s unlikely that pilots are going away anytime soon, the solution comes in the form of prevention. Saying this is easy, but actually making progress toward this goal is rather problematic. The first step toward eliminating pilot error is to examine the enemy. Just what types of errors are pilots committing and why? Then, armed with this information, pilots can make a concerted effort to avoid such mistakes through a fusion of training, planning and keen attention.

In his article “Top 10 Pilot Errors“, David Ison describes the top 10 errors pilots make. We encourage all pilot students to read this article and make notes that they can find helpful in their studies and practices.

To be the best pilot you can you must be aware of possible mistakes. Here is an insight offered by a flight instructor Jason Schappert, who outlines 5 most common mistakes student pilots make.

Failure to use the checklist

I had it fairly easy in my high school years. Most of my tests consisted of open book or open note tests. I figured if I wanted to pass I better take the time to look up every answer to make sure it’s correct.

This is similar to our checklist usage. The answers are right there in front of us but many students fail to use them.

Another twist to this is: Checklist usage for start, taxi, run-up, and takeoff and it remains on the dash untouched for the remainder of the flight.

Although you may think you’ve completely memorized the checklist it’s always good to double check.

Clearing Turns

I find students frequently get so eager to perform their flight maneuvers that they forget where to start. I always start each and every maneuver with a set of clearing turns. It’s important for you as the student to make sure the area is clear before conducting any maneuvers.

Turning Crosswind

This tends to be an unknown with many pilots however the AIM suggests pilots turn crosswind 300 feet from pattern altitude. Example: If your pattern altitude is 1,000 feet, you’d turn crosswind at 700 ft.

Runway Signs and Markings

Unfamiliar airports can seem like a jungle even to a veteran pilot. To better equip yourself have a taxiway diagram of every airport you plan to visit on that flight. Be sure to brush up on your runway signs and markings, I have a great video podcast on this subject you can view HERE.

VFR Cloud Clearance Requirements

This is a huge one! I’ve heard stories of students on their checkride flying into clouds because thats the heading the examiner put them on. Regardless you are responsible for maintaining proper cloud clearance which is: 1,000 feet above, 500 feet below, and 2000 feet horizontal from the clouds.
Next time your instructor puts you on a heading that looks like it may break these minimums, be sure to explain to him that you may be breaking the regulations if you continue of this heading.

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