CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 1 | Issue 3 - 1
A PUBLICATION OF THE
Air Safety Institute
ASI's newsletter for the serious flight instructor | Vol. 1 Issue 3
…MOST PILOTS ARE AS RELUCTANT TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY AS THEY ARE TO ABORT A LANDING AND PERFORM A GO-AROUND. INSTRUCTORS MUST DO ALL THEY CAN TO ERASE THIS DANGEROUS MINDSET.
Table of Contents
2 A new flight plan
4 ASI webinars: Convenient safety seminars 5 Checklist: Don't fixate
6 Safety spotlight: A little learning 7 Chief's corner: Switching hats
BY MARK W. DANIELSON
INSTRUCTORS, please teach your
students that when things go bad in an airplane, it’s always best to let someone know. Having said that, nearly every time I’ve experienced an emergency, I have been reluctant to declare it, and I’m not alone. But why are pilots so reluctant to admit they need assistance? Two reasons stand out. First and foremost, declaring an emergency isn’t emphasized enough in flight training, and second, there is a perpetual myth that anytime you declare an emergency, the FAA will haunt you with a paper trail for the rest of your life. The first issue is something we can resolve.
The latter is more perception than truth. To demonstrate this reluctance, I offer a story a friend recently shared with me. He was flying his family from Mexico to Oakland in his Piper Saratoga when the engine suddenly quit. Thankfully, clear weather and daytime simplified matters. My buddy did a commendable job of turning toward the nearest airfield, switched fuel tanks, turned on the boost pump, checked the magnetos, pumped the throttle, adjusted the mixture, and talked to the controller advising him of his predicament, but throughout his endeavor, he never once uttered the word “emergency.”
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